I believed I mentioned last week thatI had a pending performance with Paul Jackson Jr., the famed jazz guitarist who has played on a LOT of the tunes we have heard. A very nice guy, he has great guitar playing ability and is exceptional. For me, performing for him was a great challenge because his music is extremely intricate, and most people who perform with him usually “read the charts” in order to do the gig. I don’t read music at all, so I had to learn the show and actually “memorize” all the intricate arrangements. Needless to say this was a show that I could not relax on because there were changes everywhere. Through all of this, we did a great job (at least according to all the people who were there). For those who are not familiar with Paul Jackson Jr., he played on many hits. He played the guitar line on “Beat it” by Michael Jackson. He also played on “Saving all my love” by Whitney Houston. He played for Chicago. He played for Luther Van Dross on his recordings and he is officially listed as “the most recorded man ever.” It was funny to note that the guitar solo that was played in “Heartbreak Hotel” by the Jacksons wasn’t played by Tito Jackson at all. It was played by Paul Jackson (Of course, Tito played that solo live on the shows). It was fun doing the gig, but I think I got the most out of everything when Paul and I had the chance to sit down and I asked him questions. He told me that “streaming” is killing the money that artists used to get from the sales of their music. Streaming will allot the artists ” a percentage of a cent earnings.” In other words, before streaming came along an artist could make a million dollars off the sales of their music. With streaming, that million dollars could turn into somewhere around 17 thousand dollars. I also asked him about the durability of radio stations and how much longer they could last. He said that was a very good question to ask. He mentioned that currently a lot of cities have gotten rid of he jazz and even most of the gospel stations. The quality of the internet stations seems much better than the quality of the actual radio stations and currently those stations are struggling. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next few years. All in all, I had a great time doing the gig with him and just wanted to share the experience with you today. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brother Bill Jolly, Paul Jackson Jr., Brett Jolly and Keven Otterbridge
We had a “packed crowd” last night, and we had some really great talent come through. We took requests and had a great time. One of the requests we took is the song we did below. It was a song originally done by Carlos Santana years ago and I am glad that we were able to do it last night. I am singing lead on it. If you are ever in the Philadelphia area on a Monday night, I hope you can come through to 201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, Pa. The event is called the Wednesday Night Grand Slam and we perform it at the Crab Tavern between 8:00 and 12 midnight. Looking forward to seeing you there.
I have had a great career musically. I have played for many big name artists and I have truly enjoyed my role as a bass guitar player. The good thing is that I am still able to play and achieve new levels. Tomorrow (and Friday) will be a new level for me. There is this big jazz artist who played on many different projects. He has even played for Michael Jackson. For those of you who don’t know him, he is a phenomenal player by the name of Paul Jackson Jr. It will be my distinct honor to perform with him this Thursday and Friday at South here in Philadelphia (I don’t know the address but it is somewhere around 6th and Broad Street here in Philly). This guy has great arrangements in his music, and for me this will certainly stretch my skills. It seems that most people who perform with him read charts (because his music can be very complicated to play). I don’t read music at all, so I will have to memorize everything through perfect pitch. I have listened extensively to his music and I “think” I am ready to do this. Tomorrow will tell the story. For those who are not familiar with him, this is one of the songs that we will be doing tomorrow:
As you can see, I have a lot of homework to brush up on today (and yes, I will spend a LOT of time on this). I look forward to this challenge and I look to have a fun gig. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
During your life you are bound to come across someone looking for a handout. He or she could want money for just about anything. Usually they try to look poor and down on their luck in hopes that you will grant them some money. I know of a lot of people who refuse to give these people money. Some say that by asking for handouts they make more money than most of us do. I don’t know if that is the case or not, but I usually like to be generous. A lot of people have said that once they become rich they will give a lot of their money to the poor. To me, the art of giving feels more worthy when you don’t have money like that. If these people are truly poor, then they should be willing to take any amount of money you will give. It could be only a few cents but they will still be thankful. If they don’t appreciate the small amount of money you give, then next time you can let them know why you are no longer giving them money. I just heard that one homeless man decided to give out resumes instead of asking for money, and as a result he accumulated many job offers. If it is true, then that is an encouraging story to hear. Of course, there are scam artists out there (and they are very good at it, too). One guy came up to me and told me that his car was 3 blocks away and that he needed money for gas. I responded by telling him that I will go with him to his car and help push it to the gas station and then treat him to some gas. He got silent for a moment and then said that he would rather have the money. I told him that he needed to come up with a better story next time, and he would not get one penny from me. Regardless of his situation, I still like to help out those in need. No, I don’t have money like that, but if they appreciate the small amount I give then that lets me know that I did something good. If you can contribute to someone without getting scammed then that should be a good thing as well. You never know if one day you could be in their shoes. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Singer Jerry Butler in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
We all have limited times on this Earth. At some point we all should expect to expire. When that moment actually happens, how do you think people will view your existence? In other words, what will be your story? Will people view you as a kind person? Will they say you are reckless? Will they say that you cared for others or will they say that you only looked out for yourself? The way people will think about you depends heavily on the way you conduct yourself. When we die our story is all that we have left. We won’t be able to tell it, but others will. Do you care about how others view you? I would like to be known as a kind person. I do realize that you cannot please everyone and you should not try to. As long as I try to be an inspiration to my children (and others) I feel good about my story. I believe in helping others and I believe in respecting other’s wishes, even if I totally disagree with them. If someone is having a bad day I don’t want their circumstances to bring me down to their levels. We only get one life and we can only get out of it what we are willing to invest into it. If you don’t like that way you are right now then you still have a chance to change your ways. It is not how you start that determines your true value, but rather where you are headed. Your story says a lot about you and you should know how you stand with other people. Once you are gone, your story is all that’s left. Hopefully you can make the best of it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Kathy Sledge (lead vocalist for Sister Sledge) and Brett Jolly
Sometimes you can feel like you are in a rut. Pressure gets to you and depression could easily result. You are too close to the screen to see the overall picture. Whether you want to admit it or not you just might need to get away. The sad part about this is that you probably don’t even know it. You spend so much time looking out for everyone else that you never take time out for yourself. Your well being is important. You don’t need to go far and you don’t need to be gone long but you need to get away. Those same issues will still be there when you return but at least your perception of them will change. If you have not taken a vacation in a long time then that could be harmful to you. We all have responsibilities that we need to handle in life. That won’t ever change. The only thing you can do is change how you look at those responsibilities. Getting away for a small moment can be therapeutic. If there is something fun that you never get the chance to do then now might be the time to do it. Your health and well being are important. You can get away for one night or maybe just one day. Don’t allow yourself to get stressed out. You can go with someone or you can get away by yourself. That option is yours. Make the most of your life. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Chubby Checker and Brett Jolly