Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The copyright infringement of Blurred Lines)

Marvin Gaye’s family won a victory over the song “Blurred Lines.” They took Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke to court over this song’s infringement on Marvin Gaye’s tune “Got to give it up.” My understanding is that now Williams and Thicke are appealing the verdict. As a musician, I have played both of these songs “many” times. I have perfect pitch, and I know “very well” the similarities between components of songs. While I am extremely happy for the Gaye family, I am a little puzzled as to what was used to prove their point. When comparing both songs and their components I don’t find any musical violations (other than the style of the music and maybe the drum beat). The drum beat could very well be stolen, but I don’t think  you can copyright drum beats. As for the keyboard parts, they are not the same. The bass line is “definitely not the same.” The vocal melody line is definitely not the same. The keys of both songs are different. Yes, the style of the song was copied, but is that a copyright infringement? Obviously in this court of law, it was. I am interested in this case because I am a songwriter. I do not like to steal anyone’s material when writing my own tunes but it is important for me to know the rules so that I don’t make that same mistake. I can take just about any established song and change the elements of certain components. There are only so many musical notes out there to work with. I would never steal anyone’s vocal melody line and I would be very leery of trying to steal a key essential of any song. Songs need to be protected. That is what copyrighting is all about. That is also why we need to know the actual rules of what makes a song protected and that is why this case is really important. For right now, it feels to me as though the style of a song cannot be copied. That could cause the music industry to crash. I will keep an eye and my ears open for the final result of this case. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Singer Freddie Jackson in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

Freddie Jackson

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Song segment taken from last Wednesday at our open mic event)

Adrienne is an excellent singer, and this past week we celebrated Valentine’s Day. In accordance to the atmosphere, Adrienne decided to sing ” My Funny Valentine.” We think she did an excellent job and we wanted to share it with you. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 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 (Today is Valentine’s Day)

Today is February 14, and normally this day is designated as a day for lovers and romantic interests.  The other days of the year should count as well but officially this is “Sweetheart’s Day.” This doesn’t always have to be a romantic thing though. You can wish your mother a happy Valentine’s Day or your children (or just about anybody). This day can also be a day of great depression for some people. When expectations are not met then many relationships can crumble. Love should be displayed continually and not just on one day of the year. Hopefully most couples will keep that thought in account. Valentine’s Day is a great day to have, but in many instances it is almost like Christmas. Some people will expect more than what you can offer (or are willing to offer) and some times that can lead to disagreements. Don’t fake what you feel. When your emotions are not genuine then at some point those emotions will become exposed. If we live long enough, we can’t expect to fake what we feel for the duration of life. You may be substituting hurt for today in place of hurt for tomorrow (and that would not be fair to anyone). I guess I am just saying that you need to be “real.” Most people will appreciate honesty if you exhibit it correctly. That kind of love should be the most precious of all. Have a great Valentine’s Day. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly with actress Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The Jennifer Lopez tribute to Motown during the Grammys)

For the record, I did not watch the Grammys at all. However, I heard that Jennifer Lopez did a tribute to Motown on the show. Next thing I heard was that some people criticized her performance. It is fairly well known that she was never an artist for Motown and her vocal range was not all that great. I understand that she was never a part of Motown, but then again how many people left are? Some of the greatest artists from that label are gone. As for her vocal ability, she just did what everyone else does when tackling a song out of her range: She “changed the key of the song.” Even Smokey Robinson, who did “My girl” in this tribute didn’t sing it in the original key (and he was actually from Motown). I decided to check out the event online and I thought it was pretty good. Of course, there was a lot of dancing, but that is what Jennifer Lopez does “best.” She can still do it well enough to attract major attention, and while some of her vocals were canned the segment came across well in my opinion. Smokey Robinson said that the complainers about the tribute were “stupid.” Motown wasn’t just for Black people (and he would be right with that assessment). I will applaud Jennifer Lopez for a job well done, and will show support for the wonderful tribute she did. While it is true that Beyonce or someone else could have done it, Jennifer was ready, willing and able and deserved the chance. You are invited to check out her tribute and make your own judgment. 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 (My Valentines Day song/music video)

I wrote this song and a lot of people told me they like it. I needed to do a video for this song, and the young lady in this video offered to make the video for me. She also stars in the video and did an excellent job. The song is entitled “Hearts and Flowers” and the young lady’s name is Cristin Manley. I hope you enjoy the tune and thank you so much 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 (Forgotten Hit song)

I have no idea “what” happened to this group after this song became popular.  This song charted out number one and was very popular. I think I saw this group live on television “once” and then they disappeared fast after that. When I saw the group, they only had 3 members and only one of them played an instrument. That would have been very difficult for them to do live. I suppose part of the song’s popularity had to do with the actual “title” of the song (It relayed to about 9 million people). Whatever the case, this song sold. I have no idea what this group is doing now (or if it is even still in existence). I hope you enjoy this classic. 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 (Segment of a song I have always had problems trying to sing)

First, let me say that it is not easy “at all” to sing a song and play it at the same time, especially when you have never rehearsed it before with a band. I do this “all the time” because my guys are too busy and I am as well. Sometimes it can be a major challenge for me, and I readily admit it. This one tune I always wanted to do, but I knew that it would not be easy at all. However, this time I tried something different, and it made me feel a “lot more comfortable” with the tune. I cannot rehearse with the band, but I did manage to rehearse with my own instrument in my house instead. The end result felt great to me, and now I am willing to try this with just about “all” the other tunes that I do. This song was a major challenge for me and I wanted to tackle it just to see if I could conquer it. There are still some parts of it that may be rough but for me this was a personal accomplishment. In order to see how well I progressed with it you would have needed to hear me before. I don’t claim to be the best singer at all, but I have the will and resolve to attempt just about all tunes (especially at my Wednesday night event). I took a big chance on this. I hope you enjoy this. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.