Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Celebration live from Kool and the Gang “And me”)

I realize this is not a full video of the song, but for now this was the best I could find for what we did last November 12 at the Kimmel Center here in Philadelphia. Onstage we have Jazzy Jeff, Jeff Bradshaw, Nile Rodgers (from the group Chic) and Kool and the Gang all together onstage doing a finale of the song “Celebration.” We had a fun time and when it came to planning this song we had to work some things out. First, rarely ever will a group have 2 (two) bass players on the same song. Kool, who is the leader and bass guitar player for his group came up to me and asked if I could play along with him on this song. I told him that whatever he wanted was fine with me. You will see Kool out front and I will be performing on this tune as well. It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (A musical scene taken from our Wednesday night event)

As I have said before we have “so much” fun on Wednesday nights at our open mic event. We play for local talent in the area and we also play our own choice of music. In between we take requests. This song was requested, so I wanted to share it with you today. We don’t get to rehearse these tunes so most times we play them for the very first time on the spot. I hope you enjoy this segment and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (A night of stars last night)

Last night was a cold night in Philadelphia. The temperatures went down drastically in a short time span. I had a gig at the Kimmel Center here in Philly. If you have never been there before, it is a marvelous venue that is acoustically fantastic for music. This venue is usually booked for orchestras to perform in. The event last night was something called the Marian Anderson Awards, done in tribute to the late great singer Marian Anderson. They honor established people in the entertainment industry while also helping to promote lessor known young talent. Over the years the event has had such notables as James Earl Jones, Berry Gordy, Patti Labelle, Bon Jovi and this year they paid tribute to Kool and the Gang. Also on the program was Jeff Bradshaw, Jazzy Jeff (from the Fresh Prime of Belair), and Nile Rodgers (famous guitarist from the group Chic). This was a Black tie event and it was truly formal. We had to be there at 9:00 am and had to stay to rehearse with the main acts all day. Hopefully I will either have some footage and/or some pictures later on. We played a lot of Kool and the Gang songs. With Nile Rodgers we played “Hollywood’s Swinging” and his classic from Chic “Good times.” With Jeff Bradshaw, we did the song “Joanna” by Kool and the Gang. We even did our own tribute to them with me singing “Jungle Boogie.” At the end of the night everyone came onstage and we all decided to play “Celebration,” another classic hit from Kool and the Gang. Kool brought one of his old bass guitars and he told me that he really didn’t feel like playing it, so he asked if I could play along with him on the song. I told him that it would be no problem (even though most groups rarely ever have 2 bass guitar players on the  same song). We did our thing and the people stood up and applauded. It was a very good night and I was extremely tired when I finally got back home. I hope to have more information at another time. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Kool and the Gang, Berry Gordy, Comedian Kris Tucker with Brett Jolly on bass

Berry Gorday, Kool and Brett

 

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Finally got my computer back)

Yes, today has been a very busy day for me, but at least I managed to get my computer back (after paying $500 to do so). It is amazing how disoriented you can feel without the comfort of your computer. I had been without it for the entire week. I managed to figure out how to do some things on my phone, but I consider myself to be “generationally challenged.” In other words, I am “old.” I had rehearsal this morning for the Marian Anderson awards and I had to wake up early for it.  Right now I am tired but glad to be back in the present age of technology. Hopefully I can get back to speed on all the things I have missed this week. The lesson I have learned is that I should not take everything for granted. There will be times when things need to be repaired and in order to get things done I will need to go with “plan B.” I will get back on my game again starting Monday. Thank you all for your patience and have a great weekend. As always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

 

Wayne Brady (Host of Let’s make a deal) in concert with Brett Jolly on bassWayne_Brady_and_Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Songs I absolutely hate to play)

I am still without my computer and I hate that, but there are songs that I have to play regularly that I hate even more. Someone asked me the other day if there were any songs that  I can’t stand playing.  I am going to list some of them now and the reasons why I despise them so much. First off, every wedding band that I have ever played for does this song and it really gets on my nerves. That song is “At Last” by Etta James. If I had a dollar for every time I had to play that song I could probably retire for life. Next comes a song that is so demoralizing to a musician. It is a good tune but I am sick of hearing it. That song is “Brick House” by the Commodores. I have played that song so much that I could probably do so in my sleep. I wish they would outlaw that tune. If you have heard a lot of wedding bands then you have probably heard that insidious medley of Earth, wind and Fire tunes. They usually start off with “September” into “Let’s groove tonight” into “Sing a song.” The sad part about all if this is that everyone seems to do the exact same medley. When I fill in for certain groups I just wait for it because I already know it’s coming. The longer we play it the more aggravated I become. I also hate “celebration” by Kool and the gang and “Its getting hot in here” by Nelly.  There is one song that I dont get to play that much and I am real happy about that. The tune is called “I love the nightlife” and I have no idea who sings that song. That song makes me want to change my religion.  That is how bad it is. Finally I think we can add “Rappers Delight” to this list and I am done for today. Just thinking about these tunes makes me want to go out and hit someone.  No I am only kidding but these songs really do irk me. I’m sure you have certain tunes that you hate as well. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.