This time there was a school shooting in Texas, and about 10 lives were lost because some deranged individual was able to obtain a gun. Many people talk about it, but what actions are actually being taken to conquer this epidemic? As crazy as this sounds, former President Barack Obama’s former education secretary had an idea that sounds ridiculous on the surface, but might actually make sense. He said that parents should consider “pulling their kids from schools” until stricter gun laws are passed. As radical as this sounds this idea appears to make more sense than sending your kids to their deaths (because legislators lack the balls to enact safer gun control laws). Here is the article from the official:
Our President appears to be going above and beyond to stop terrorists from coming into our country to kill us. What is he doing to stop the terrorists who already live here? The people who commit these heinous acts at school are often people who happen to gain access to firearms. Some are young people in need of special assistance and instead of getting the help they need they are left unattended and alone (with firearms easily available to them). Would you consider taking your child out of school until they find a way to curb gun violence? I most certainly would. Why would anyone want to send children to a place which is no longer safe for them? To be honest, this idea really doesn’t make much sense, but if it can somehow help to enact safer gun control laws then this is a great idea. We need to do something besides “talk.” We need people who will go to combat against the NRA and the ridiculous laws that allow mentally ill people from obtaining guns. Maybe we “need” a radical idea to initiate change… It is worth a thought… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Singer Estelle (“American Boy”) at sound check with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
At some point in most people’s lives they start to believe that they are “too old.” They want to be able to accomplish new things but they insist that at a certain point they can no longer grow. They themselves start to believe that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” However, when you say the words “I can’t” then you are only limiting yourself from accomplishing more. You can still learn more. Knowledge is an extremely powerful tool and the more knowledge you acquire the more of an advantage you can have over someone else. There are studies that have proven that people do not use all of the brain. The question then becomes “Why not?” You get one chance at this life and what you get out of it will depend heavily on what you are willing to invest into it. There should be no reason to hold back on anything that will stop you from impeding your growth. It can be done, but only if you believe in yourself. When it comes to performing, I still continue to find ways to improve even more. I want to continue going on until I am the very best on this planet. I may never reach that goal, but that won’t stop me from at least trying to get there. Hopefully you feel the same way. “Grow as you go.” I think these are important words to live by. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
This is a popular song being sung by my keyboard player Stan Brisbon. Unfortunately, you can’s see much of him because he is directly behind me. However, the song comes off great and I wanted to post it today. We have a lot of fun at the Crab Tavern in Darby, PA on Wednesday nights. If you are ever in the Philadelphia area I hope you can attend. We are located at 201 North Macdade Blvd and we have “so much” fun. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Every day can’t be perfect sunshine. The weather will not always be perfect for outside activity. You have no control over that. Only God does. However, you can make the most of the natural circumstances by your own planning. Just consider your options on days when you are stuck inside. I “love” rainy days. For me, they are perfect for opportunity. When a day is dreary I will usually work on something like music. I can try to finish up a project I am currently working on or I can just do one from scratch. Either way this is my chance to make something positive happen. If you spend most of your existence dredding rainy days then you are wasting energy. Once you start feeling negative attitudes about rainy days, then you lose a significant portion of your life. Embrace it, and make it work “for” you. Currently here in Philadelphia we are experiencing rain. I think it is supposed to be this way for the entire week. To me that means I need to accomplish something… and I will… Hopefully you will feel the same. Please keep in mind that you “did manage to wake up today to enjoy it.” That should be the greatest reason to love rainy days. I hope you enjoy your day no matter what the climate is outside. Thank you for checking out my Daily Though, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Sorry for the far out picture. This is Chaka Khan in concert with Brett Jolly on bass
I talked to influential people about music. I wanted to know how ratings were determined for radio programs. The conventional theory is that the higher the ratings for stations the more they could charge advertisers for commercials. I then wanted to know how the ratings were determined? This is what I heard: The ratings are determined by “meters” that “some” radio listeners are supposed to have. These meters allegedly determine what stations are being listened to. This has been the theory for a long while. However, I never know of “anyone” who actually “owned” a meter. I also know that a lot of people listen to music in their cars and not necessarily in their homes. Also, a lot of people from the newer generations will plug their phones up in the car and listen to music from off the internet. What meters are being used to determine the popularity of that music? When the music was played on the radio, there used to be charts to determine how well it placed with it’s popularity. What determines the popularity of the song? A number one song was usually rated that way supposedly in accordance with how it sold. However, it was found out that it was instead determined by how it was “stocked.” In other words, if the song was “placed” well in the stores, then it would be determined to be number one, so if the stores had it, yet no one bought it, then it was still a number one song. Does that make sense to you? It surely doesn’t to me. Assuming that any of this is true, what happens with the music of today? How many of you actually go to the store to buy a song or CD? Are there any stores left that even sell them? Since you can’t practically buy a CD anymore how can the popularity of a song be determined? Is it being determined by the records of apple Itunes? What about Amazon and Spotify? Artists are complaining that they are not making much money at all from these sites. What does this say about the profitability of making money through the sale of music? It would be nice to actually “know” the process of how music is handled through the system. Amazingly, no one has revealed what really happens. There might be a reason for that. The music industry has changed drastically. Do you think it is better for you now or does it only work for those people in charge of it? Inquiring minds “should” want to know. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Lyfe jennings in the studio with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
We all know about the successes of certain rock groups. Several have sold countless amounts of albums, and many of us love them. However, just how great were they really? Quincy Jones claimed that the Beatles were terrible musicians. Of course, it had been well documented how bad Ringo Star was on the drums. Even when Ringo reunited with Paul McCartney, Paul’s regular drummer still played along onstage with Ringo (They darkened him out onstage so that only Ringo was seen but if you look carefully you can still see him). Quincy said Paul himself was a terrible bass player. So if that was the case, how did all those hit tunes get written by the Beatles, and just who wrote them? Of course, on the song credits Paul and John Lennon were listed as the writers, but did they in fact write them? For some reason they didn’t own the rights to their own music. While we are discussing music, has anyone “really listened” to the Rolling Stones performing live? When I heard them I actually wondered whether they were the same musicians who played on the recordings. To me they sounded horrible (and when I talked to other people they said the same thing). Yet they have a countless number of big hits that people love. Today’s Daily Thought is not designed to bash groups, but rather to attempt to go beyond the surface of what we know. Did you know that most of the Stylistics “did NOT” sing on the recordings? The lead singer Russel Thompkins sang his lead parts, but all the backgrounds were done by other people other than the group. When the female group Sister Sledge recorded “We are Family” only the lead singer Kathy Sledge sang on the record. The backgrounds were actually done by the background vocalists in the group “Chic” and NOT done by the Sledge Family. When you dig deep down, there are a LOT of things that people don’t know about the groups they love. Smokey Robinson had a lot of great hits while he was with Motown. However, after he left Motown his music just didn’t seem to have the same type of flair to it. Could that be attributed to Smokey himself or to the other musicians who collaborated with him on the projects? I guess as long as the end results are great then it won’t make a difference who put it all together. If that is the case, then why do they attempt to mislead us? Should it matter as long as the music is good? Thank you for reading my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Russel Thompkins and his Stylistics in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar