A couple of days ago I heard Kevin Hart was chosen to host the Oscars. The next thing I hear is that Kevin is stepping down from hosting the Oscars because of past homophobic tweets. I don’t know a lot about what he said but here is the article:
I do not believe in showing discrimination of any kind. This world has far too many differences for us to exhibit hatred just because people are not like us. If Kevin Hart expressed hatred towards the gay community then I consider that wrong. However if there was no hatred involved (and no negative comments toward gays) then I don’t know if there was any foul activity committed. Whether we all want to admit it or not, everyone has a little bit of discrimination within them. If you hate a lady because of her hat, that’s discrimination. The difference comes on how you act upon your discrimination. You can’t help what you feel, but you can surely make a difference in “how you show” you feel. It is not up to me to judge Hart’s feelings. It is not up to me to determine if he meant harm to people. I think if you want to know how he feels, then simply “ask him.” The same goes for anyone in the same situation. We live in a society where we have freedom of speech, but what you say can (and most often will) be used against you. Certain topics should be left alone and I firmly believe that. A good man knows when to say “nothing.” With that being said, I would like to thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Wayne Brady and Kevin Lattimore in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
We had fun last night again at my Wednesday night event. Someone asked for a Graham Central Station song and this is one of my favorites. We like to play tunes that a lot of bands don’t normally play. We also like to take requests from people who like various tunes. In order to see what we do you would need to be there. We are at the Crab Tavern in Darby, Pennsylvania (201 North Macdade blvd) from 8:00 to 12 midnight. Hope you enjoy this tune. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
A hypothetical question: Let’s suppose that you came across a 9 to 10 year old boy with bad circumstances. Let’s suppose he had a father who was in jail and a mother who was constantly strung out on crack cocaine. The boy could be African American (Black) and poor. The boy could have tattered clothing and could seem unkempt. If you knew these circumstances to be true, what would you actually “say” to this child? Would you try to encourage him to use his circumstances to make a better life for himself? Would you offer the child help to motivate him to a better lifestyle? Would you wish him luck knowing in the back of your mind that jail awaits him once he gets old enough to commit a crime? Would you just automatically assume that he is a lost cause that no one can help and say nothing at all? What would you say? The truth about this situation is that this won’t say as much about the child as it says about “you.” Children need guidance, and a child cannot help the circumstances he or she was born with. For you to automatically assume that this child’s life will go nowhere means that “you have given up hope.” Your mentality contributes to the negative values of the child and you could become part of the reason for the child’s failure in society. That child needed a supportive hand “just like you did growing up.” Granted, your situation may not have been as bad off as this boy but without the proper guidance you could have ended up in a bad situation as well. When a child lacks any positive activity then that child will only go out to create his “own” activity. Of course, this might not be positive at all. When I grew up, I knew other boys who got involved in gangs. I had a friend who was a good boy growing up until he fell in with the wrong element and committed two murders. Their lives could have gone in different directions. I had parents who “cared” about me, and I believe that is why my life is so blessed today. Some will not care about what I am saying today, but I hope you keep this in mind. A child without a strong presence in his or her life can become a problem to an innocent person who happens to become a victim to that child’s negative activities. That victim could easily be you (or someone related to you). You may not think this child’s problem is yours, but his bad upbringing could easily become “your” problem under the wrong circumstances. Love can go a long way if utilized correctly. If you stop prejudging people with your eyes you just might be able to save others in need. It could start with you… 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
The one thing that I have noticed is that many people seem to neglect the importance of others. They act as though certain people have no significance. Most times this is done on sight alone before they even get to know the person. Why is that? Is it because we have our own stereotypes of what we think a respectable person should be? For instance, there are many men out there who will never respect a woman police officer. If she is in a position of authority then she has earned the right to be respected. Some people will have a problem respecting a minority in a position of leadership or power. A boss is supposed to be in charge no matter what his or her ethnicity is. Parents who love their children should always be respected, yet there are people out there who show no love for the people who raised them. What about senior citizens? They have earned the right to be respected, because they have been here longer than the young folk. Poor people are often disrespected simply because they don’t have much money. Being poor doesn’t mean that you are inferior. It just means that you don’t have as much money. While having sight is a wonderful gift from God it is also our biggest source of discrepancy. We react to what we see in others often on sight alone. We are often victims of our own stereotypical views. Respect is something that we all should give freely without judgement. The cover of a book is only the outside portion. The real content lays within. I hope you take note of people today that you feel may not be respected and show them some love. sometimes the smallest act can make the biggest difference in a person’s life. We all deserve it. Let it start with us. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brett Jolly, Wynton Marsalis and keyboardist Stan Brisbon
“Where” did these guys go? This song was a “great” tune and it seemed as though everyone loved it at that time, but for some reason these guys came and went with success. At one point I was hearing about how this group was going to conquer Boys II Men (who was also popular during that time) and the next moment they just “faded from view.” Now it feels as though this group became another one of those “one hit wonders.” I realize that the music industry has demons, and if they can stop Michael Jackson from getting airplay (the last couple of CD’s he had) then they could take “anyone” off the charts. I don’t know if this group even exists anymore, but to me this was a “great” song. I hope you remember this. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
A while ago I was asked to do an interview for a magazine. I have done many television, radio and magazines before, but I had never been featured on the cover. Lo and behold I found this 2 day ago. Since it has been posted on Facebook it has gotten close to a thousand “likes” on it. I have not seen it yet, but I look forward to checking it out. It was very uplifting to witness all the “congratulatory” remarks associated with this honor. I don’t know where you can even get the magazine, but hopefully I will find out all the pertinent information soon. My brother is one of the great keyboardists in this country and he has done a lot as well. If you would like to know more information on us both you can simply go to WWW.Billjolly.com and WWW.Brettjolly.com. As soon as I find out more information on this I will let you know. In the meantime, thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
On Wednesday nights we usually encounter all types of different musical scenarios. A lot of great talent comes out and last night was no exception. We had an awesome crowd, and the atmosphere was so much fun. There are a lot of great tunes from last night that I can post for today, but this time I wanted to post something really different. We are mostly old school music, but that won’t stop us from doing something of a younger fashion. This guy wanted to do a classic rap tune. While it was not much of a challenge musically to do it was still a fun change to our night. If you are ever in the area on Wednesday nights I hope you come out to join us. We perform at the Carb Tavern, 201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, PA from 8:00 pm to 12 midnight. I don’t know this guy’s name, but we enjoyed doing his requested tune. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.