Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Another memorable moment at my live Wednesday night event”)

My Wednesday nights at the Crab Tavern in Darby, Pennsylvania, are so magical. The audiences are “always packed” and the talent that has come through has been “phenomenal.” I host the event and it is arguably the “number one open mic event in the city.” We have a live band that will take everyone’s requests and “actually play them.” Most times we never know what song the artist wants to do until they come up to the microphone and actually tell us. If it is a song that we have never heard before we will take a small moment to listen online and then “play it.” If you are ever in the Philadelphia area on a Wednesday night and are looking for a great night of entertainment you need to come out and join us. It is so much fun with great food and an awesome live band. This particular feature is a gentleman by the name of Dwight K. Smith. He is electricity onstage, and in this particular performance he rocked the place. I am the one in the orange shirt playing the red bass guitar to the left of your screen. I hope you enjoy this number. 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 very poor choice of words”)

When it comes to the violence that just happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, much of the nation seems to be coming together to combat racial hatred from bigots. Those White Nationalists who demonstrated and managed to kill and injure others came there with intentions of stirring up anger and engaging confrontation. How in the world could any hate group “not expect” backlash? It is because of the nature of these people that I find it “very disappointing” to hear the words recently uttered by President Donald Trump when he said,  “I think there is blame on both sides.” The comment was ill timed and obviously not thought out very well. Even if there had been “any semblance of truth to what he said” the remark was not appropriate under any circumstances to make. I realize that Trump has to appease this group to some degree because they represent a major part of the contingency that helped him get elected. However, the more he speaks on it the more it appears his popularity gets deeply mired in quicksand. There is “no defense” the President can give to the hate mob that gathered, and if he cannot accept that then his 4 years will be a much steeper climb for him than he realizes. In defense of Trump I will say that he has a very “difficult job” to do. His failed agendas have not won him any new fans and his team seems to be in constant disarray. As much hatred as President Obama endured during his Presidency I think Trump’s ordeal right now might be even worse. He can’t even expect to win support from his own party. I really don’t want him to fall. In fact, I don’t think anyone should want a President to fall, but it seems to be clearer now more than ever that this man does not have what it takes to be the leader of the United States of America. I don’t know if he can rebound successfully from these last comments he made but I do know that now might be the time for him to drum up some form of “diversion.” Don’t be surprised if something new comes up regarding North Korea (or anything else along that scale) to help take our minds off of this issue. It still won’t make anyone forget. Hatred and bigotry should never be supported and you definitely cannot “let them off the hook by sharing the blame.” Trump’s team is now trying to figure out ways to make his comments “go away.” I wish them luck. Thank you for checking out my Daily thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.


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Jerry Butler in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Diversity and your God given gifts”)

What is truly awesome about the human race are our many”differences.” Everyone is “unique.” People are born into different circumstances, different cultures, different desires with abilities.  I recently talked to someone about a man in a relationship who was a musician. It had been reported that the man was making ” only a moderate amount of money” doing what he loved to do, and that was making music. His wife asked him to get serious about life and get a regular job that could possibly pay him more money. His response was that he had a “God given ability” to play and entertain others and that made him happy. For the sake of his woman (or family) should he have given up his desire to play? I can relate to this situation because I myself play music for a living and on several occasions I actually had a 9 to 5 job that I tried to sustain. I was not happy at all, and  while the overall pay was a little better I had to work longer hours just to make that amount. I was an apartment manager and I had to deal with many different issues from people. Others were getting laid off due to the economic state of the company and their duties were being assigned to me. At one point I actually “wished” that I would get fired. The job was having an effect on my health and mental state and each day I regretted entering the building. Finally, the day came when I was “officially terminated” from the job. The company was struggling and I knew it was just a matter of time. However, when they alerted me I was probably the “happiest fired man ever.” Of course, I could have looked for another job in the same line of work, but I didn’t want to go through that same struggles and adversity. I realized that playing music made me happy, and while there are a LOT of struggling musicians out there wishing they made more money, I just came to the realization that I needed to “hustle a LOT more” to be financially comfortable. I now play just about every day each week but I am doing what I love to do and in most situations I can sleep later than most folks working a regular job. Money is “not” the cure for a better living. If you are stressed out and not happy then what good is your money? Do what you love to do, but make sure you do it with the dedication of “making it work.” You will spend a lot less time on doctor visits (smile) and maybe even live longer. I actually look forward to working (even though I find myself getting tired more). Someone asked me when I will stop playing. My response was “When they close the lid.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.


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Patti Labelle (in white) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

Patti Labelle and Brett


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The re-emergence of hate and bigotry”)

Hate groups never die out. They stick around and they wait for their opportunities to exhibit ignorance. Recently there was a hate demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia. A group of white nationalists (Neo-Nazis, skinheads and members of the Ku Klux Klan) gathered because of the city’s plan to remove a confederate statue. Counter protesters were there to greet them, and clashes occurred leading to the death of a 32 year old woman, Heather Heyer. James Alex Fields, 20, has been charged in her death. For those of you who are unfamiliar, here is the link to the story:

As former President Obama has said, no one is born with hatred. It is a learned trait, and those who practice hatred of this kind are troubled individuals. A lot of the people have no clue as to what’s in the hearts of the people they are exhibiting hatred against. They only know what they have been taught. People come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. The human race is extremely diverse. The sad part of it all is that unless you know your “full” ancestry you will never know how “pure” your DNA is. I will bet that some of those same White Nationalists will have a mixture of some group that they are protesting against. Bigotry will never go away. To some degree we all have it, but if your hatred controls you then you are the worst kind of offender. These people of hatred want and expect our confrontation. They know we are coming to greet them. What they won’t expect is our prayers for them. We don’t have to let others bring us down to their levels. They don’t deserve to have that much power over us. At some point in their lives you have to believe that God will show them the path to righteousness. Even this man who is about to go to jail will realize later on that what he did was wrong. We need to find a way for the world to “get to know itself.” We need people of all cultures, colors and customs to interact with each other so that we all can learn from each other. If that day ever comes it will be a “monumental day in the history of the world.” Until then, we just have to accept that ignorance is very much still among us. It is easy to practice hatred against those you don’t know or understand. Love thy neighbor, and through that process we can actually “make” this world a better place. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.


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Brett Jolly and Lynda Carter (Who played the original Wonder Woman)

Linda Carter and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Red Bass Guitar Photo shoot with Shonte”)

Shonte has been featured before. She has a great spirit when it comes to modeling and she represents very well. She said her favorite color was red, and she wanted to match up with  the guitar. We had an excellent day (but not a  whole lot of time) so we made the most of it, and I sincerely hop you enjoy her pictures today. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the absolute best that life has to offer.



Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Performing a song by my former boss, Teddy Pendergrass”)

This was a performance of the Brett Jolly Experience at Kelsey’s in Atlantic City. We are doing a song by Teddy Pendergrass (I worked with him for 6 years) entitled “Get down, Get Funky, Get Loose.” Brett Jolly is singing the lead and hope you enjoy the tune. 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 world view from the Phantom Poet”)

The world is going crazy, and this seems to be a fact

That chubby guy in North Korea wants to commit a hostile act
His threat makes Trump angry and his anger is now storming
Yet he continues to dismiss the real threat of global warming
He beat out Clinton for the presidency but America got played
Because it appears that he may benefitted from Russian aide
When you examine his Presidency this is how he’ll fare:
He looked pretty bad when trying to repeal Obamacare
He also wanted to build a wall along the Mexican border
He said they have to pay for it, but they are disobeying that order
He also wants to deport illegal immigrants and keep them out for life
He wants them all expelled, but what about his “wife?”
Yes the world is going crazy and we haven’t learned any lessons
Especially when we watch the comedy team of Trump and Jeff Sessions
His team of people want us to know what he is fighting for
But so many people are leaving that it’s a revolving door
There are other members of this circus and no one is disputin’
The other entertainment in this saga has been Vladimir Putin
The leader of Russia who stands barely 5 foot 6 tall
Has continued to reject his involvement and “denies it all”
Yes, it seems the world is going crazy and to prove it through demonstration
What is Trump’s defensive stance? Hell, he just went on “vacation”
There is hostility everywhere and throughout all of this crisis
It seems that we all have taken our attention off of ISIS
Yes, the world is going loco and we need to do something soon
I got it. Let’s leave this mess behind… and move to the moon…
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