Is there a good side about being secluded at home with no place to really go? I don’t know about you, but in my area things have been fairly peaceful with not much illegal activity happening outside. Instead of roaming the streets, most kids are opting to stay home with their parents (something that I think is a very positive sign). People are driving a lot less, which means less accidents and falling insurance rates. A lot of people are resting more, stressing less and making good use of their time quarantined. Families are getting to know each other again, because they are stuck at home with each other now. Pregnancies should be on hold for a while because no one can get out to see anybody (but wait until 9 months after this thing is over). We are all beginning to appreciate each other more because we really have no choice now. The other day I walked outside my house and met with neighbors that have lived here in my neighborhood for over 30 years (but I never knew them). Yes, you can find good things in some bad situations. According to my Citizens crime app illegal incidents are still happening, but the reports of them have dwindled, perhaps leading people to think that crime is diminishing. I won’t be that foolish to think that. If people are lacking in money then crime will increase. That is a fact. Also, the warmer weather has not officially gotten here yet, but should arrive by this weekend. Make the most of your situation. Don’t become a victim to your circumstances. Read, learn and apply yourself more during this time off. If the news is stressing you out, then stop listening to it. True your television off if you need to. Be happy. It may benefit you significantly whenever the economy opens up again. 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 in concert with Brett Jolly
Songwriting is a beautiful form of artistry. If you are a songwriter then for you it is more than just notes on paper. Even though most people think of it as simply music that is not true. You can put any element of sound into your music if you think it sounds good. The deep part about songwriting is that everyone has different tastes. In other words, there will always be someone who doesn’t like what you have written (so don’t let that get to you). A successful songwriter should rely on the impressions of ‘a majority’ rather than just a few. I have known of several songwriters who came to me and had the same issues that many others have had. Somehow or someway they submitted a song to someone only to have parts (or even all) of it ‘stolen.’ There isn’t a whole lot you can do to prevent this, but there is one thing you can do to protect yourself, and that is to ‘copyright’ your song. When you copyright your song then you are establishing yourself as the owner of your tune. Others may try to steal your tune (or components of it) but if you own the copyright then you can get legal damages in court. How do you copyright a song? The best way I know of is to register your composition at the Library of Congress (This place is in Washington, DC.) You can go to their website at WWW.copyright.gov and follow instructions. Some of the biggest names in music have stolen other people’s songs. If you did the main work for your tune then you should have every right to receive full compensation for it. Learn the system so that it won’t feel so difficult to you. Taking precautions should help you in the long run. John Ellison (a man I once played for) wrote a song years ago, and for that one song he has made a great living. He wrote “Some kind of Wonderful” which is the third most covered tune in history. Because his tune was copyrighted, he now enjoys all monetary benefits from royalties. He was smart. If you are confused, take a minute to learn how to copyright your song at the Library of Congress. It might be one of the greatest decisions in your career. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Dee Dee Sharp in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
A lot has been said about how to handle this virus that is going around infecting people. Many solutions have been promoted to tackled this situation. The more solutions I hear, the more confused I get. At first we were supposed to social distance 12 feet from each other, then I heard that we were supposed to stay 25 feet from each other, then I heard that we are supposed to stay 6 feet from each other. Then I hear that this sickness kills only the elderly, and right after that I hear of many younger people who have died from this. On top of this, I heard that may white people were being killed, then it switched to many black people being killed. Then I hear of people who have contracted the disease and only suffer mild symptoms, while others got it and died from it. I am now hearing that tobacco may possibly dispel the virus, after hearing that hydroxychloriquine, ultra violet rays and disinfectant were considered as alternatives. To me this is all crazy. The more I hear about this disease the more I am convinced that ‘no one knows’ how to deal with it. I have even heard that it is not the disease at all that is killing people but the emergence of the 5G network. There are a ‘lot’ of theories out there, and to be honest, I am at the stage now where I trust ‘nothing.’ I am convinced that the real problem we have right now is “confusion.” Who knows what we need to do? I don’t want to scare anyone, but I can’t imagine anyone being more scared then they are now anyway. When someone “really” figures out what is going on, I hope they get back to me. Until then, I don’t need to continually check out the news to find out the latest update. I am going to take care of myself in whatever manner I feel is best. Something out there is infecting people, and I want no part of it. Hopefully you are well and safe this morning. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The late Gerald Levert in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
I realize those who support him will continue to do so no matter what I have to say about it. In fact, I am not trying to change anyone’s mind about this, but I just cannot ignore this. In case you are wondering what I am talking about, it is all about 2 concepts: “Light and Disinfectant.” In one of his press conferences President Donald Trump mentioned “ultra violet light rays and disinfectants as a means to combat the corona virus. I listened to it, and then said to myself, “He can’t possibly be serious.” I do realize that mistakes can be made by ALL of us, but this one was actually “scary” to me. It was scary because anyone who could think something like that is dangerous as a leader. This is ‘not’ meant to insult him. In fact, anyone who supports what he said is more than entitled to his or her opinion. If it were ‘just’ this statement that he made, I could probably overlook it. There is a lot more. At one point he talked about the lack of water for toilets. I have absolutely no idea what his mindset was for this concept. At another point he talked about the forrest fires and his suggested need for us all to rake the floors of the forrest in order to prevent this from happening. We won’t even talk about ‘Hydroxychloroquine.’ Yes, he said that. However, this comment here took it over the edge for me. Here are other reactions to his recent comments:
If Trump wasn’t so arrogant I could probably look past a lot of this. He takes responsibility for everything good that happens. He takes absolutely no blame for anything bad that happens. He contradicts his own statements a lot and he comes up with suggestions that often lead me to scratch my head. You can vote for whoever you want. I mean that. Right now world leaders are laughing at us, and I can’t say I blame them. President Trump may not be a bad man at all, and his intentions might be great. It is just difficult for me to support anyone who can make statements like these (whether he was being sarcastic or not). This is not about bipartisanship or political party for me. If Trump were a Democrat saying these things I would feel the exact same way. I only want what is best for us. During a pandemic like this leadership is the most crucial criteria for me. If I don’t feel we have a leader who can make some ‘sane’ projections on this then I have to come up with my own solutions. I will ‘not’ be ingesting any disinfectants into my body, and I will not allow them to probe my insides with UV rays. Those who support the President are more than welcome to abide by anything he says. It is time for me to jump off this crazy merry go round and find another ride. I’m sure many will disagree with this, but how many of you can tell me that I am wrong for thinking this way? If you are truly interested in making America great again, then why not start with great leadership? Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The Emotions (“You got the best of my Love”) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
I would like for you to examine this video clip closely. This is real and happening now. Robots are being created and they are being programmed with human characteristics. Of course, there will be a lot of things that robots can do that a human will ‘not’ be able to do. Robots will be able to go into dangerous areas like mine fields and they will be programmed to have no human weaknesses. On one side that sounds like a good and promising venture, but how will that play out for us in the future evolution of robots? If they are programmed to think for themselves then how long will it be before they decide that humans are no longer needed and should be eliminated? If robots revolted against mankind would we even have a way to shut them down? Chances are that by that time in the future I would no longer be here, but this is a scary thought for my children. Robots don’t need to use the restrooms, don’t need to grow from infancy, don’t need to eat or sleep and don’t get sick. Can a robot be elected as president to the United States one day? Can this be an experiment that one day gets out of hand? You may not need to think about this now, but this could have a ‘major impact’ years from now. When we get to the point where we are manufacturing life (through robots and even cloning) will we be going too far? Think about it. This virus thing we now have is something that was created and now has gotten out of control. Can the same thing happen with these robots? All those old movies about robots taking over the world now have significance. When you get the chance, please check out the video below and come to your own conclusions. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought an as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
This song was originally done by the Spinners. However, the Spinners were not available for this song so they brought in famed vocalists Jean Carne (“Closer than close”) and GC Cameron (lead vocals on “Its a Shame”) to sing it. However, the real surprise is the guest singer who appears at the 2:16 minute mark of this song. You should know who he is. However, if you don’t, just think of the person who is actually writing this blog today. That should be all the clue you need. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
I have talked to a lot of people who feel they don’t know how to write a song. They can’t get this part right or they can’t figure out a melody. I often get writers who want me to hear what they have done and then offer my critique. I talked to one guy yesterday about a Gospel song he had written. I tell most of these people that a hit song isn’t necessarily based on the quality of the song. If it is a hit song on the radio then a lot depends of the promotion behind it. In other words, the more money you invest into the marketing of a song the more successful it could be (“allegedly”). A lot of the great tunes that you like are not hits because of how good you think they are. The marketing of those tunes plays a very important factor. A lot of the new tunes that I hear on radio today sound pretty bad. The quality is awful, the lyrics suck and the arrangements of them are often terrible. This leads me to believe that there is ‘no’ proper ‘designated’ quality that a song needs to have in order to be a hit. There is this old song entitled “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen. It was a huge hit song many years ago. If you listen to the song, the quality of it sounds like something that was recorded in someone’s garage. The song “Hypnotize” by the Notorious B.I.G. has an instrumental sample of a former tune by Herb Alpert entitled “Rise.” The quality of what they did to it is not that great but it still became a hit. There are no solid factors that you need to consider when writing a song. I strongly suggest that you ‘write what you feel.’ If it doesn’t feel comfortable to you, then obviously it is not right. Music fashions and styles change a lot. Remember disco? What about techno music? The sounds of Motown? The industry will basically ‘follow the leader’ so if you make something that is new and different (and people like it) and then organizations will try to follow your direction. Stop trying to use the guidelines of others when it comes to writing your own music. In the end, you could probably come up with something that will be ‘even better.’ Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Jean Knight (“Mr. Big Stuff”) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
Here in Philadelphia you are supposed to recognize social distancing from each other. It is suggested that you stay at least 6 feet apart from each other in pubic and wear masks. No shaking hands or hugs… To contain this disease it is necessary to stay away from each other. As deadly as this disease has been, we need to do whatever is necessary to get past this. Even though we have to stay apart from each other, we can use this opportunity to stay connected as well. Now is the time to say hello to someone by phone, email or through social media. It is important to keep in contact with our world. I have been socially distant for over a month now. On facebook I put out a message that I ‘gladly’ welcome ‘anyone’ to reach out and say hello to me (whether I know you real well or not). If you can’t be there to say it physically then use all other ways of communication. Our world is still out there, even if we are banned from enjoying it like we are used to. Saying hello may seem out of character for some, but now is the time to reach out to people to check on them, wish them well and just to stay in contact. You don’t even have to be great friends or acquaintances. You can even do video calls (in case you forget what some people look like). A little hello can go a long way, towards your good will and the good will of others. This is a test of our resilience. We can allow the circumstances to change us or we can can work harder to change our circumstances. Sometimes I wish we could take our world underground. However, until that time arrives, I refuse to be a social hermit. If anyone wants to talk to me they are surely welcome. Once this disease is over with and gone we can resume our normal programming. That may be a short amount of time, or it could be longer than expected. For me, the world keeps on turning… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Freddie Jackson in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
I get it. People want to make a living. Those ever so late checks that the government sent to us are not enough to sustain a decent lifestyle. More is needed, but I don’t know if any more relief is coming. There has not been a lot of reported crime. Of course, the key element here is the word “reported.” The President has let it be known that he wants to open the economy back up. I think we “all” do. However, to what expense should we risk this? If people go back to life the way it was, are we in danger of making things even worse? Right now, many people are unemployed waiting for more money to come from someplace. Most stores in my area don’t even take cash anymore. If you want food you have to order it first (in some places by using an app) and pay for it with your card. If you do happen to go someplace you can’t even tell who you meet, because everyone is required to wear a mask. I can hardly recognize anyone. I am still hearing stories of people succumbing to this virus. That is happening every day. With all of this still going on, would it make sense to reopen the economy right now? I think they opened it in Florida (especially along the beaches). Maybe they made the right decision (or then again, maybe NOT)… As deadly as this virus is, I sincerely hope we are making the right choices. Our lives depend on it. Maybe it is safe to go back to where things were. If so, then that is fine. However, until we at last “know” (or have a fairly decent idea) then I don’t know if this is worth the risk. I’m sure there are people out there who disagree, but how much of their safety are they willing to place in jeopardy? Let’s try to use some common sense here. Your actions could easily impact the lives of others. I have already lost a lot of gigs that I could have had… but I’m still “alive.” If you are able to read this, then you are alive as well. Please think about that before you rush to judgement. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Jill Scott in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
There are a lot of theories out there. I am hearing more public opinions about what is needed for us to get back to normal. I’m sure you are hearing these as well. There is a reason for why the economy closed down. It created a serious health hazard to leave it open. People are dying. Is it worth the extinction of the entire human race to go back to business right now? I understand fully that our way of living sustains us, but if we neglect our health and safety for it then what good is an economy? If you have not noticed yet, the unemployment rate has skyrocketed. Crime has increased significantly (even thought it hasn’t been mentioned a lot). Whenever possible, people are working from home. Also, in case you have not noticed it yet, they are letting prisoners out of jail for safety and health reasons. Certain people can talk about reopening the economy if they want. I “want” the economy to open up again, but preferably AFTER we get this situation handled. I am not a big fan of his in “any” way, but here is the latest view from Rush Limbaugh:
As crazy as this sounds to me, some poor, misguided fool is going to believe him and prematurely go back to business again. That could be a disastrous catastrophe if the virus casualties start up again due to dumb logic. If you are willing to risk your life (and the lives of your loved ones) then go ahead and resume activities early. I prefer to be just a little safer in my logic. Even Wuhan, China, (which supposedly recovered fully from this virus) recently had to up their death toll from the virus. They may have started back too early. Listen, I want to get back to our regular living just like everyone else. Am I willing to risk my life for it to start early? “No.” Once we have this thing under control then I think we can examine the possibilities again. We need to think smart, and when you hear about others who think we can go back to normal now without any rational explanation needed then we need to be cautious. Their circumstances are not the same as ours. They can’t even hold a meeting with a large number unless everyone gets tested. Are you on their same level? I want to see the economy open just like anyone else, but I also want to live and protect my loved ones. I have lost too many friends already. I am starting to see light at the end of the tunnel, however, that doesn’t mean that we are out of it yet. The best we can do is “hurry up… and wait.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Jerry Butler in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar