We had another great Wednesday night this past week at our open mic event. As usual, we take requests to start off the program and this past week someone wanted to hear some Parliament Funkedelic. We don’t like to turn anything down, so we attempted it and hear is the result. If you are ever in the Philadelphia Pa area and would like to check out live music, please come join us at the Wednesday Night Grand Slam (201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, Pa, from 8:00 to 12 midnight). We have so much fun. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
This is a fairly good question. From the published reports this disease is making an impact around the world. What can be done about it? The main fear about Coronavirus is what we ‘don’t know.’ Where did it come from? How is it that a cure has not yet been found? Can it kill everyone? If you think back years ago, there was another deadly disease which was threatening the world in the same manner. Do you remember the Ebola virus? From what I can remember, it killed over 5,000 people in Africa years ago. It conjured the same fear as this current virus. Everyone thought that it would wipe out the entire human population. “After” it killed over 5,000 people in Africa someone with the virus boarded a plane to the United States. It wasn’t until this person brought the disease here that a cure was ‘miraculously discovered’ and the disease was extinguished quickly. I cannot say the same for the Coronavirus yet, because there are already a couple of cases here in the United States. How many will perish until a cure is brought forth? From the way Trump is acting, I honestly think a cure has already been found but not totally ready yet. That is just a premonition on my part (I have no actual proof of this). Here are a couple of things that disseminate between Trump and the facts:
Whatever the case, we all need to be aware and take whatever necessary precautions we can. I do believe that a vaccine is already in the works for this, so if we can thwart this long enough it may make a huge difference. Time will tell. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Jeff Majors, Bunny Sigler in concert with Brett Jolly on bass
People ask me to tell some of my stories about being a professional musician all the time. I have plenty of them, but I may not remember them all exactly the way they happened. For instance, I remember doing a concert with Teddy Pendergrass (I believe it was in Westbury, New York). I remember the show flowing smoothly, and the next thing I knew someone was tapping me on my shoulder. At first I thought something crazy was happening, because I couldn’t imagine anyone getting close onstage while the show was going on. When I turned around, the legendary songwriting team Ashford and Simpson were behind me and they asked me if they could sing backup for Teddy using my microphone. Of course I was going to allow them to do it. I stepped right back and gave it to them. We all had dinner together later on. I also remember playing behind Bonnie Raitt, the legendary blues singer. She was so nice in personality, but the one thing about her is that she did NOT want her picture taken. I thought that to be rather different, but so be it. I also performed with Gerald Levert while he was “drunk.” I did the same for Eddie Money (yes, he was drunk as well). I even performed for Alexander O’Neal (and he was high at the time). I have done a lot. I hung with Lionel Hampton and talked about the music business. I also had dinner with Jeffrey Osborne. I even had a long and educational chat with Bill Withers. I really treasured that conversation. I had a great chat with Chaka Khan. I remember being behind Janet Jackson (She had this extremely low cut outfit in the back). I remember seeing a great tattoo behind her right above the area where the sun don’t shine. Needless to say, I was very impressed. I have seen Beyonce perform live and talked to her parents. She had an Asian keyboard player who tried to sneak past me from behind. She tried to go under my guitar and got hit in the head with it. I felt really sorry about that. I have traveled to a lot of places, and I cannot remember some of them. When you play in one city one night, get to bed about 2:00 am and then have to wake up at 5:00 to catch another plane to another city, your memory can get to be a little fuzzy. Just imagine doing this consistently. Yes, I have had some fun doing music, and my experiences were great ones. The music industry is not like it used to be. Groups don’t tour like they used to. The industry seems to be going through a significant change. I still play, and I still love what I do. 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 and Lynda Carter (The original Wonder Woman)
Finally, the next stage of the MeToo movement is coming to completion. At first I thought that only Bill Cosby would be found guilty, but now I have discovered that Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape. He is 67 years old, fragile and weak now, but that does not excuse any of the crimes he was alleged to have committed. Now they are trying to figure out the sentencing phase. For those of you who want to catch up, here is the article:
Abuse of power can still be rape. Granted, this man had a dynasty going on, but he used his position to prey on women. The real issue here is why did this take so long? How many others are going to stand trial as well? If they are found guilty, should they receive the maximin penalty? I am not a big fan of putting people with major health issues behind bars, but I also believe that no one should be allowed to be above the law. Bill Cosby is 81 and blind, but they had no problem at all sentencing him to 3 to 10 years. Weinstein’s situation could be a little tricky. He really doesn’t have a prior criminal record and his health is not good. That is the same thing as Cosby’s issue. However, his health was obviously great when he took advantage of these women. I am not trying to make an example of this man, but we need to protect our women from abusers. How can it deter this type of behavior if they only get a slap on the wrist during sentencing? What can women learn from this? The main thing is that hopefully this will change a way of thinking. Some men need to understand that you cannot abuse women and get away with it. Let’s see how the sentencing phase of this plays out, and let’s see if there are any other trials to follow. Everyone should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. That is the law. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Holly Robinson-Peete and Brett Jolly
If you have ever lived in Philadelphia, Pa long enough I’m sure you have experienced severe weather. Philadelphia has been well known for some extremely hot summers and some severely cold winters. Currently we are almost into March, and so far we have not had much snow here. In fact, we have not experienced much of any cold temperatures as well. Our last 3 winters have not been bad at all (at least when compared to Philadelphia’s normal standards). Why is this happening? Let’s not be premature here. It is still quite possible that we might get the coldest March on record. I have known Philly to get snow as late as April so we are not out of the woods yet. I think we just had the warmest January on record, and we may very well have the warmest February also. Those are usually our coldest months. Some will say this is a result of climate change, and they may be right. I have noticed that in the past few years states south of us have had to endure colder weather patterns than us. I don’t know if this means anything for the summer. It may be hot, it may be rainy, or it may even snow (yes, even that is a possibility). Whatever the case, I am extremely thankful that we have been able to get past this winter so far. I am not a big fan of cold temperatures. Still, Philadelphia weather is just about always unpredictable. The weather people have been wrong so many times with their predictions here. Let’s see what happens from here. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Kim Burrell and Lalah Hathaway at soundcheck with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
I recently talked to a friend of mine that was having an issue. She said that she goes out of her way to support her friends. She mentions them whenever she can and promotes them often. She is a singer and her friends are in a group with her. She said that recently she put out a solo musical project that a lot of people liked. However, her friends did not comment much on her project. She felt as though her friends must not have liked her project. I just told her that what she thinks is quite possible, and maybe they don’t know what to say, so they don’t say anything at all. Even if they don’t like the project, shouldn’t they at least say something? I told her that her friends are still her friends, but she needed to understand that people often have different reasons for disliking something. Sometimes it has to do with the actual product itself. Sometimes it has to do with little jealousies that people often have regarding your success. Sometimes people hate for no other reason than because ‘they can.’ If you are in any business you have to develop thick skin, and you have to realize that you can not please ‘everybody.’ If indeed her friends don’t like the project then they are entitled to feel that way. I always say there is more truth in the silence you receive from some people than the actual words they may say to you. Always listen to what is ‘not’ being said and learn from it. Never let it bring you down. When someone tells me that they don’t like something I did I take it upon myself to put out an even better project next time. I have nothing to prove to them. I do this to prove to myself. No matter what I come up with I know I cannot please everybody so I don’t expect to. I told her that when Prince opened up for the Rolling Stones he was heavily booed. That is the truth. Our success is derived mostly from overcoming our failures. Instead of pondering why some people react negatively you should compete with yourself and continue to put out better product. Then you continue to grow, and your friends might find reason to hate you even more. If you are willing to look deep inside, you may find that hate can be the ‘biggest compliment.’ Thank 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, bassist for Earth, Wind and Fire
Tabitha is from California and she has relocated here to the East Coast. She has tons of energy and a really great spirit. She wanted to cover this song originally done by Bruno Mars entitled “Finesse.” We have such a great time at the Crab Tavern on Wednesday nights (201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, Pa, from 8:00 to 12 midnight). You need to come join us. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The other day I actually heard someone use that derogatory “N” word that is considered slang. It rhymes with the word “trigger.” This word has often been used many times to describe Black (African American) people in an insulting way. When this guy was saying the word I thought it was wrong. This guy was Black, and he was referring to himself. Naturally, I condemn it when White people (or people of any other color) say it in reference to us. However, if it is truly bad for a person of another race to say the word, then it should be just as bad for people of the Black race to say it as well. Naturally, some people will still harbor the word and some might even murmur it under their breath at times. If you use the word, it doesn’t say much about the person you are referring to, but it sure says a lot about you. I have heard the word used in rap songs done by Black artists. Some people will use the word to antagonize, but it is important to make sure you don’t let other people control your anger. Naturally, if Black people refer to themselves in this fashion then can we blame other races for referring to us the same way? If there is a way to do a mind cleanse then this is one of the things we need to clear out. Hopefully you understand where I am going with this. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
From the Fish Dimension, Bill Davis and Marylyn McCoo in concert with Brett jolly on bass
Pete Buttigieg is running for President. Pete Buttigieg is also an openly gay candidate. Rush Limbaugh, a longtime radio host, said that America is not ready to elect a gay guy kissing his husband on the debate stage. Is he right? We as a nation have made great strides in changing our views over the years, but we still have a ways to go. We were “close” to electing a woman President. We already had a Black (African American) President. What would be wrong with electing an openly gay President? I remember years ago when I was working with legendary singer Teddy Pendergrass. We once had a talk about him performing concerts from a wheelchair. He was worried about how people would perceive him. I told him that some people were a little nerved at Ray Charles, Jose Feliciano and Stevie Wonder performing while blind, but public exposure made it more acceptable. I simply told him that the more concerts he does the more people will accept his situation. The same can now be said for Pete Buttigieg. Granted, some people may be uneasy should he decide to kiss his husband onstage, but even that can be overcome. Buttigieg said that he and his husband mostly hug onstage. If we are to continue evolving then at some point we ‘must’ accept the gay lifestyle. It is here to stay. Years ago certain people hid ‘in the closet’ when it came to disclosing their ways. Being gay may not be acceptable in the Bible, but we need to rise above that. There are a LOT of things that are not acceptable in the Bible, and being selective doesn’t help us. Can ‘you’ elect an openly gay President, or are you one of those people who are stuck in your ways? As we grow, we need to change, and that includes our views as well. Hopefully one day we all will see that. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Teddy Pendergrass in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
The NBA All Star game was held yesterday (Sunday, February 16). I had to play 3 church services so I missed it, but I heard about Chaka Khan’s rendition of the National Anthem. Chaka sang it prior to the game, and people and talking about it. I decided to check it out for myself to see what happened. For those of you who missed it, you can catch it here:
For the record, a lot of professional acts have been chosen to sing the National Anthem. Some have done better than others. After reviewing Chaka’s version I came up with a couple of things. For one, Chaka ‘obviously’ wanted to add her own artistry to the tune. She didn’t want to do it the customary (or ordinary) way, which a lot of artists have done in the past. From what I saw and heard, her biggest issue was that in trying to add her own style into the song she often went off key. It doesn’t mean that she was a bad singer, but I feel she tried to put “too much” into the tune. While some may roast the version she did others will love it. I was worried that after hearing her hit some of the high notes she wouldn’t be able to get back to the proper key of the song. I can tell just from hearing her that she could easily have sung the song properly. She has the right to add her own flavor to the song. Marvin Gaye did it reggae style many years ago and people loved it. I have played for Chaka before. She is an artist with great ability to sing. Hopefully people won’t judge her career by this one performance. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Very distant shot of Chaka Khan in concert with Brett Jolly on bass (to the left)