When you are secluded at home you can sometimes find things. I found this clip of Estelle (“Her hit song was “American Boy”) that I played for her here in Philly at the Kimmel Center. From what I remember, this was a fun night. My brother, Bill Jolly was playing keyboards, Johnny Croom was on drums, and Robert (Wawa) Legrand was on guitar. I had almost forgotten about this clip. Of course, I am on the right side of your screen playing the red guitar. Hope you enjoy it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
This thing has been tough for all of us. Yesterday I wanted to get a haircut (stop laughing) at my normal hair cutting place (I said stop laughing). I was informed that the place closed down due to this epidemic. Now I am going to end up looking like Wolfman Jack (I said stop laughing). This seems to be happening everywhere. Most places feel so different to me now. Since I have been home bound I have been working more on music. The good thing is that several singing artists now want me to put together song projects for them. Why not? I have time now…. The good news is that I can work in my studio and no one has to leave home. In other words, if you would like for me to write or record a song for you, I can do it without you leaving your house. You can tell me what kind of music you want me to put together, or you can email me a voice file (preferably in wave or mp3 format) of you singing your song that I can save to my computer and then I can actually put the music “around” your vocals. You can make any changes you want. I will record all instruments for you and put together a great finished product. Just email me at Brettjolly@aol.com and we can work it all out for you. You don’t have to sit at home doing nothing. Make good use of this quarantine time and do something you have always wanted to do… Make your own music… Here is one of my artists, Toni Trower, posting a song that we worked on together simply entitled “I need you.” Hope you like it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
I know a lot of theories come up when a crisis like this happens. Some of them are basically ‘conspiracy’ theories and may not be able to be proven at all. However, I would like for you to examine a book by Dean Koontz. The book was entitled “The eyes of Darkness” and was written in 1981. This book was supposed to be a ‘fictional novel’ and yet people are becoming more aware of it’s contents today. Some of the details in the book are rather striking to today’s situation. Here is an excerpt from it:
There are a couple of points that warrant studying. First, this book refers to a ‘man made chemical weapon disease’ that originated in Wuhan, China. This Corona virus thing allegedly originated in Wuhan. If that isn’t enough of a coincidence, the book says that this disease surfaces in the year 2020. That is a little eery for me. To be fair, there are some parts of this that actually don’t match up. The disease that Koontz refers to has a 100 % mortality rate, which this current virus does not appear to have. It is also supposed to kill everyone who gets it within 48 hours (which also is not the way this virus works). He also gave it a different name. While these other factors cannot be ignored we must also keep in mind that this book was written almost 40 years ago. It is possible that Koontz was just smart enough to know that a lot of suspicious activity originated from Wuhan, but was he also smart enough to predict the exact year as well? I say that you should check out the passage in the book and come to your own conclusions. I don’t believe that we know all the facts about this disease. I feel that world governments don’t tell us all the details of world events exactly. In fact, I believe that many of us are misled or even lied to. The thing is, we need to be smart enough to examine a situation beyond the surface. People can tell us anything, but that doesn’t mean that what they say is always true. If you have been lied to once, then you can be lied to again and again. In Koontz’s book this disease will dissipate away rather quickly. Let’s see if that speculation holds up. It seems to have disappeared in China, so maybe there could be some truth to that. At this point, time will tell. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Soundcheck for Estelle (The song “American Boy”) in background with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
Currently we know how this epidemic is playing out. People are urged to quarantine and stay socially distant from each other. Government and unemployment checks have been approved but no money has arrived yet. At this point what do you think will happen? Sales of guns and weapons have gone up, which seems to implicate a realm of fear for most. How dangerous can this be? If you just “think” someone is coming to break into your house, how prone are you to shoot him or her without knowing for sure? Also, considering the massive amount of unemployment, how long do you think people can hold up on the debt they owe? For instance, rents and mortgages will suffer greatly if people are now unemployed. What if “everyone” stopped paying them? Of course, credit ratings would probably suffer significantly, but then again this would be the case for just about everyone. What if everyone stopped working while siting a dangerous health hazard? Banks would close, food stores would close, gas stations would close. While this seems like a rather extreme scenario it is still quite possible that this could play out. What if all of society just “quit?” What would you do? Right now we are not that far from this situation. Would the government try to subsidize everyone? Can they? What about those who are imprisoned? They are in danger of risking a major health catastrophe yet what can you do? The humane thing would be to let them out. However, unleashing a non working criminal element onto society can be dangerous for us all. It may be time to ponder the ‘what if’s.’ While you don’t want anything bad to happen it may be time to at least ‘prepare’ for it. Are you prepared? Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brett Jolly and Verdine White from Earth Wind and Fire
Last year I was performing at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I was playing with this one group and we were performing there regularly. One night this one guy comes up to the band and everyone was snapping pictures. I had absolutely no reason for why that was happening. Next thing I know this guy wants to perform a tune with us. No big thing for me. I will play for anyone. He tells me that he wanted to do “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder. I will play any and every song asked of me. We played the song and people were still snapping lots of pictures. I had absolutely no idea who this guy was. After the song was over I was told that we just jammed with Rick Springfield. He was best known for his big hit “Jessie’s Girl.” I thought that was cool. Anyway, I just happened to find the video for this occasion, and I wanted to share it with you today. I hope you don’t mind. I am the one wearing the blue t-shirt playing guitar. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
If you have been suffering through this crisis, then please understand that you are not alone. A lot of people are having money issues, and while these issues are nothing to joke about I am going to joke about them ‘anyway.’ A while ago I made up a song and video about having no money. Since a lot of people are in this situation now, I figured it might be a good time to rehash and repost this song. Please do not get offended. This video is only designed to put a smile on your face. None of us can help the circumstances we are in right now. It is good to stress less and have a little levity now and then. If you are feeling the economic crunch from all of this, then it might be beneficial for you to view this video. This is my song and video simply entitled “Broke.” You are more than welcome to check it out. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
I just tried to post a video interview of a friend of mine who just contracted the Corona virus. Unfortunately, it didn’t work on this blog site. However, I can tell you that this lady was riding planes a lot due to her new job and she believes she got the disease through her travel. She said that her throat felt like it was sore or burning. She also said she had problems breathing. She said that she could not hold her breath for at least 10 seconds. She is a devoutly religious woman and she knows that God will help her get through this. She mentioned some things that she felt everyone needed to do. Certain things like drink hot liquids will help. Also make sure to drink a lot of water. Spray and clean everything. I can’t remember all of what she said, but if you have no clue then just “google the information.” I tried to post her video earlier because I think it is beneficial to hear from someone actually going through the illness. You may personally know of someone. People need to take this disease seriously. My daughter has already told me to stay inside. While for some things I have to venture outside (like food) I don’t plan to spend a lot of time in any public gathering spots. Money wise I am holding on just like everyone else. If the government is going to pay us then I will simply wait for the check to arrive. This is a trying time for us all. Please do not take this disease for granted. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Singer Ashanti in concert onstage with Brett Jolly