Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Video of a song taken from our Wednesday Night Event)

This lady’s name is Tabitha, and she said that she is relocating from California. This was her very first time at our Wednesday Night Grand Slam. She said that she loved the atmosphere and she will be back. We ‘love’ first timers. If you admire live music (with a live band that plays everything on the spot) then we hope you join us. You can sing, play or just listen. We do this each and every Wednesday at the Crab Tavern (201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, PA, from 8:00 to 12 midnight). The most important element of our event is to have fun. Once you come through you will see that for yourself. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (What about confidence?)

Yesterday I mentioned the importance of good communication. Of course, good communication goes really well with ‘confidence.’  If you don’t believe in yourself then how can you expect others to do so? Please note that there is a huge difference between confidence and arrogance. Arrogance goes a lot further then conceit. Confidence is the belief in yourself that you can get the job done. People don’t just see confidence. They ‘feel’ it. A person who has confidence won’t focus so much on all the bad things that they feel could ‘possibly happen.’ They think positively with very little (if no) doubt. I often get called to perform with bands that I don’t normally play with. I rarely ever ask them about their set lists because I am ‘confident” I can play everything if asked to. Some bands  have special arrangements, key changes and modified parts. If I don’t know what’s going on then most times I will just pick it up ‘on the spot.’ I am filling in this weekend for a group. When I am asked to perform, I have several objectives in mind. I want to make sure that the band members don’t look back at me whenever a mistake is made. I also want to see smiles on their faces from me playing stuff correctly. Lastly, I want to get paid and go home. I don’t come in saying a lot, because too much information confuses me. There have been times when I came to a group and certain members had no faith in me. The didn’t think I would be able to handle their tunes. After I finish the guys usually have a huge change of heart. I love that feeling. Confidence goes a long way if you utilize it correctly. Believe in yourself, especially when others doubt you. You will not only make a difference in their views, but in your own as well. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Comedian Kris Tucker, brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( Just how important is good communication?)

We all know that when we want certain things in life, we need to be able to communicate. Sometimes the difference between what we want and what we actually get depends on ‘how well’ we communicate. For instance, a politician running for office could be very intellectual, but if he or she can’t communicate well then  voters may  not trust enough. When applying for a job, you will (most times) have to engage an employer who you will have to communicate with. Your communication skills will need to be on point to not only get the job, but to determine how much your skills are worth. I remember years ago when I was searching for a new job. I was young and starting out then. The original job I had only paid about 24 thousand a year. When I went to interview for the new job I told the man that I was making 30 thousand a year. He then hired me and said that he would increase my salary to 31 thousand. If I had not done a good job in communicating I might not have gotten the salary that I got (and yes, I did lie a little bit). Have you ever gone to one of those time share meetings years ago? Often these people would keep you there for about 2 hours, put some crazy numbers together and then try to trick you into paying $400 a month for a time share. On top of this, you would still pay upkeep fees and in most cases $99 for the day you wanted to rent a room. Most people who got suckered into this didn’t even realize that if you want a room most of them could be secured by paying that day (and a lot of times they would be less than $200). Those people who attempted to sell you the time share had great communication skills to get you to pay that much for one. Good promotion involves great communication. In order to get people to trust in your product or service they have to feel as though they can trust you. When you go about your day, chances are you will have to communicate with someone. You should take note on how well you do. The people you often see on television and hear on radio are good communicators. We often take our communication skills for granted, but the better you are at communicating the better your chances of getting what you want in life. You are what you ‘say’ you are. Confidence and communication can make you even better. Your skills ‘start’ with how well you speak. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Harold Melvin’s Bluenotes in concert with Brett Jolly on bass

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The best basketball players of all time)

Since I posted about Kobe yesterday I figured I would ignite a debate about who the best basketball players of all time should be. There are a “lot” of choices, and most of them hinge on what type of player you look at. First, when it comes to being a “clutch” payer, the one player that comes to mind is Michael Jordan. Whenever he had the ball in his hands during the last seconds of the game you automatically knew his team would score. A truly great player is one who wants the ball during a tied game during the end of regulation. Larry Bird was “very instrumental” at being a clutch player. Whenever his team needed points he always seemed to deliver. When it comes to big men in the game, there are several things to consider. Wilt Chamberlain was a huge dominator, even if he did so during a time when there weren’t many 7 footers in the league. Now just about every team has one. As the league progressed, more 7 footers came about with more mass and strength. Shaquille O’Neal was a prime example. Once he got close enough to the basket no one could stop him. Hakeem Olajuwon had a signature move that was unstoppable. The same can be said for Kareem Abdul Jabbar. I am really surprised that more centers don’t utilize that hook shot he had. It seemed unstoppable. As for guards, Allen Iverson would shake you right out of your pants. He was an intimidator who was relentless. Steve Nash was “incredible” when it came to assists and making plays. He could also score off any foot. Isaiah Thomas made a huge impact for Detroit. No one can argue the value of Kawhi  Leonard last year for his ability to help his team win a championship. He was phenomenal. Kobe Bryant had so much heart and a zest for working hard. He deserves to be up there with the best of them. Of course, we can’t make this point without mentioning LeBron James. He has done so much for the sport of basketball. He has been great defensively, offensively and he made his teammates better when on the floor with them. If he has a weakness, I am still not sure what it is. Finally, Michael Jordan is the epitome of pro basketball. He did whatever he wanted to do, and no one was able to stop him. He studied other players, and he also got in their minds mentally.  There are a lot of other players that I missed, but this post is only so long. The sport of pro basketball is a great one. New legends emerge all the time. Of course, people are great at different stages of their careers. A player in his 20’s is not the same as a player in his late 30’s. You may have your own favorite. This is only my take. I already know there are plenty of others that I have not mentioned yet. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Janet Jackson with Brett Jolly onstage

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The loss of Kobe Bryant and his daughter)

If you follow basketball sports regularly then I am sure you have already heard about the death of future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant. He died along with his 13 year old daughter Gianna in a helicopter crash somewhere in California along with several others. This is more than about what a great basketball player he was. He was arguably a lot like Michael Jordan with his game. He was one of the greatest players of all time. However Bryant also had more going on for him. He spoke several different languages. He pushed for greatness not only for himself but for his teammates. He was originally from my area. He went to Lower Merian High School where he blossomed. After he became a pro and made a lot of money, he donated millions to his former high school. Even though he was from my area I didn’t know him. I would see him down at the King of Prussia Mall mall,  and he would smile as the crowd chanted “Kobe.” His professional basketball career was complete. He retired (Somewhere around 2016) but he made a great mark on sports. I’m not sure if there is any lesson to be gotten out of this tragedy.  The only thing that comes to mind for me is that nothing is promised to us for tomorrow. The things you want to get out of life need to be attempted today, because there is no guarantee. My prayers and condolences go out to his family. Death is a part of life, and sometimes we have to pick up the pieces of what is left… and move on… Than you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly and Verdine White, from Earth. Wind and Fire

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( Song sample taken from last Wednesday, music event)

We love it when new talent comes through to join us. This man’s name is simply “Dre.” I don’t know much about him, but when he came through he was very impressive singing. We get new talent that comes through each Wednesday. We are a live band that likes to play everything, including songs we have never heard before. We simply take our phones out, listen to the song on  Youtube and then “play it.” This is a perfect example, and I hope you enjoy it. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( An interview about Trump with Mark Cuban)

Everyone has their own opinions, so naturally everyone can’t all be right. At first I wasn’t a fan of Mark Cuban, but he has an honesty that I can relate to (at least so far). He was asked what he thought about President Donald Trump, so he listed the good things and the bad. To me that is an honest opinion. I don’t know what other people think about Mark Cuban, and rightfully don’t even need to know. He is a billionaire, and he has made some great accomplishments.  When it comes to this interview, you can formulate your own opinion. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.