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)