Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Being “generationally challenged”)

I am not sure if being “generationally challenged” is even a term, but right about now this is about the way I feel. In case you were wondering what “generationally challenged” means I think we can probably use another word which sounds “exactly” like the word “bold” without the “b” in front. I have a cell phone. I think just about everybody has one. Lately I have had issues with it charging up. Personally, I think the battery in it wore out, but whatever it is the phone just started losing power.  It finally “died” sometime last night. I know “very little” about phones. In fact, most times I have to ask others about them because I really have no clue. I do know that “this morning” I have to go get a new phone. The problems I have are the fact that “I don’t know what to look for” and these things can be really expensive. Yesterday I went into the store just to look at phones and they were starting in the “hundreds of dollars.” I don’t think I need a whole lot, but phones today seem to come with super powers. They do everything, even if you don’t need a phone to do everything. I have heard of “smart phones” before but I feel like a real dummy when trying to figure one out. I have to step up to the new age. If not, I will continue to be “generationally challenged.” I could use some advice, but no one can send me any information on my phone because it is dead now. I am losing out on calls. I am finding out that there is not much that I can accomplish without a working phone. Okay, maybe I am not generally challenged but rather “old.” Either way I need a working phone and I am getting ready to head to the store to choose from the over priced phones they have. The real question will be “How do I even work these darn things?” The amazing part is that the store doesn’t cell batteries. They only sell phones “with the batteries included.” Isn’t that convenient? Once I get a phone today it will take a while before I can even figure it out. I don’t have time to learn “new tricks.” Well, I am off. Thank you for listening to me gripe today. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Jean Knight (She sang “Mr. Big Stuff” ) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass

 

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( A song segment video taken from last night at my Wednesday night event)

Last night was a lot of fun, and we had a great crowd. A lot of times I will post videos of serious singing moments. Many people actually try their best to make a great impression. Every once in a while we get the more “sillier” moments like this. These girls wanted to do a “New Edition” tune, and the lead singer had to read the lyrics off her phone. Her sister and friend joined her and it became a laughable moment. I have “never” seen anyone twerk while performing a New Edition song before. Needless to say the crowd loved it. This is the kind of stuff that happens at the Crab Tavern on Wednesday nights (201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, Pennsylvania) from 8:00 to 12 midnight. If you are ever in the area you need to come check us out. 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 (How the Jacksons are doing now without Michael)

I had heard that the rest of the Jackson brothers had gotten together to go on tour on their own. I applaud this decision because I always felt that they had talent too. So much emphasis was put on Michael that often the reputation of the brothers was maligned when people referred to them. I wanted to actually see them in concert to hear how it would sound without Michael but could never get to see them. Well, I discovered this video of them in concert. At some points the video is blurry but it contains enough to determine what is going on at their shows. First off, a lot of the tunes that were done with Michael are now being done in different keys (“Way off” different keys). That is not much of an issue because even Michael himself performed those songs in different keys.  Next I looked at the guitar players in the band (Jermaine and Tito). I noticed how they were not playing much while moving around. There was another bass guitar playing on stage so obviously Jermaine didn’t have to play, and when I looked at Tito there were moments when he was not playing either. The voices sounded nothing like Michael at all.  It was great to see them still perform though, and I can honestly say that I “would” pay to see them live in concert. I will share this video with you so that you can see for yourself. Hopefully if the Jacksons come to your area you can support them.  Their talent didn’t end when Michael died. Now they have the opportunity to showcase themselves with Michael, and I applaud that decision. 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 first, biggest and best blessing)

In a world where a “lot” of kids don’t even relate to their parents, I have a father who has ben such an integral part of my life. I know the stories. I have heard them so many times. Many kids don’t even know who their father is. Mine was not only in my life, but he taught me all the things that I needed to know to survive. Yesterday was October 15, and yesterday was my father’s 86th birthday.  Today he cannot stand up. He cannot walk and he has been bed ridden for years. However, his spirits are good, and his mind is still sharp, and he also recognizes his blessings. His greatest love is his family, and most of us were there for him yesterday. It was a touching moment. Everybody sang “Happy birthday” purposely off key (way off key), and it was such a beautiful event. When I was younger I had all sorts of questions for my father, and I used to wait to see if he would give me an answer that I disagreed with.  All of his responses were perfect to me, and as a young boy I needed to hear that from him. He coached our baseball team (We won a couple of championships) and he was friends with Martin Luther King, Leon Sullivan and Coretta Scott King. We have pictures of him with former presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and a much younger Hillary Clinton. He may not be what he once was, but he is still my dad (and that is more than enough or me). Not many people get to live to 86 years of age, and we are so ecstatic that he is still here. I realize that not everyone is blessed to relate to their father the way I relate to mine. I am not saying that this makes me better than others, but it does make me feel more confident about myself. Nothing can replace the love of a father who is a major part of your life. I know this for a fact. Today I want to pay homage to him, and let the world know that I love my father. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Elton Jolly, my father

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (How should men relate to women?)

This probably seems like a simple question, but yet there are still many men out there who have “absolutely no clue.”  Yes, women like to dress sexy. Yes women like to show off curves and be themselves. However, that “doesn’t” mean that women expect men to “disrespect them.” I have had talks with some men who ask the same question. When you date a woman for the first time and she is wearing a low cleavage outfit or extremely short skirt how is a man supposed to react to her? I told the guys that the first thing they needed to do was focus on her “face.” If you can’t keep your head up than automatically you are doomed from the start. For the most part you should “know” that you won’t get any of what she is showing on the first date, so why pay attention to it? She will probably respect you a lot more if you show that you can look past her great physical attributes. Each situation is different, so I can’t say for sure if a woman will allow you to get intimate with her on the first date or not, but as a man you need to at least “act like you know nothing is going to  happen.” If she surprises you then that is “great” but you should never just “expect it.” In fact, if a man can show some resistance it just might be to his own benefit later on. The biggest problem with this for women is that there are a lot of females to each male. When one woman plays hard to get then her female neighbor down the street might be ready to get physical that same day with your man. While a man can hook up with another female it doesn’t mean that he will respect her once she does. Having a relationship is good, but having respect with that relationship is even better. Of course, this does not apply to “all men.” Sound confusing? Of course it does. I would simply say that if a man has any problem with how to relate to women, just “think” about how you would want a man to relate to “your daughter.” That should give you “all” the knowledge you need to know for how to properly court a woman. If you keep this thought in your head, then women will probably like you more for your maturity. Never be over aggressive and by all means get to know her before assuming anything. It might just make a big difference in your outcome. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Comedian Kris Tucker, brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Donald Trump’s meeting with Jim Brown and Kanye West)

My first thought when I heard about this was “Why was this event so publicized?” Retired football great Jim Brown and rapper Kanye West go to see President Donald Trump and it makes for big news? There are plenty of people who support President Donald Trump but won’t be able to get a meeting with him with camera’s rolling. West and Brown decided to talk to him and it was treated like some form of “important foreign summit.” I had to think about this for a minute and then it started to hit me. Even Presidents need boosts in popularity, and while Trump may not seem that popular in the Black community, having these 2 in his corner might be considered big news (to somebody). However, public reaction to the meeting appeared to be “very negative” with may people saying derogatory things about Kanye West. Former President Barack Obama once referred to him as a “jackass.” Who did this meeting benefit? I do believe Kanye may have lost a lot of music sales with his decision (or course, that hasn’t be proven yet). Jim Brown has nothing to lose. He retired from football long ago and no one really cares what he thinks anymore. For those who would like more information on the meeting here is an article:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/11/politics/kanye-west-jim-brown-donald-trump/index.html

For the record, Kanye and Jim are allowed to support “any” candidate they choose. Today’s Daily Thought is not about demeaning them for their choices. This is more about the public reaction that followed what happened. Should Trump have benefited from this visit? I think he feels that he should have. Why else would he publicize the event so? Neither Brown nor West should be considered “political figures” by any means so why was this meeting blown out of proportion? I heard many people say that the only reason it was made so big was because of how it might look for Tump’s polarity with Black people. From what I heard it didn’t work well for him (and it seemingly damaged Kanye’s popularity). Time will tell if this thing gained any objectives for anybody. In the meantime we will see if anything positive results from this meeting. I like to look beyond the surface for a lot of things. This event didn’t move me at all. Maybe it moved you. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Chuck D (Lead rapper for Public Enemy) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (A magical moment taken from last night at my Wednesday Night Event)

Our Wednesday Night Open Mic Event is “really taking off.” A lot of people are coming out to see us, and those too far away in other parts of the world are checking us out on live stream (Facebook… Daniel Jenkins’s page). Each Wednesday we are at the Crab Tavern (201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, PA, from 8:00 to 12 midnight) with great food, great people and a great atmosphere of fun. We feature the area’s best talents and we also take requests. Today I am posting a requested song sung originally by Aretha Franklin but covered by Mickie Lyn. I am the one in the violet/purple t-shirt. If you are ever in the Philly/Darby area on a Wednesday night I hope you can come out and join us. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.