As always we had a lot of fun at my Wednesday night event. Last night we decided to do a song from Grover Washington Jr. and we featured Benny Barksdale on saxophone. I sang a couple of lines and Stan Brisbon played a solo on keyboard. We had an awesome night last night and I hope that you enjoy this particular segment.
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I have no idea if this is true or not. President Trump denies it and if he has proof I would love to see it. There are some things that might have a semblance of truth to them (but because of the circumstances you should never say regardless). If indeed President Trump told a grieving widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for” after his death then to me that would seem very “inappropriate and insensitive.” Giving your life up for our country is a very honorable thing, and should be treated as such. To dismiss it as though “it comes with the territory” seemingly takes the honor away. If you are not familiar with the story here is the link:
Do I think Trump is a bad person? I don’t, but I also don’t believe that he is smart enough to uphold the traditional values of the Presidency either. He has been known to say things without thinking first, and that is a very dangerous position for any person to take. Apparently he does the things he wants and says the things he says without checking with his advisers first. They have to find ways to clean up all the messes he makes. Trump also claims that the former President (President Obama) never called the families of the soldiers who were killed in action. In my own mind I find that difficult to believe, and I also can’t imagine the story making it this far if Obama didn’t in fact make those calls. The last part of this equation was “How could Trump even know whether or not the calls were made from Obama?” President Obama would never have confided in Trump, so how could Trump even pretend that he knew? There are a couple of things I do know. If Trump is going to make it as our President, he needs to “let go” of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The fact that he keeps mentioning them to the public shows me that he is incapable of moving on. Also he “really, really” needs to disengage his Twitter account. I honestly believe that one day all the quotes he writes will be used against him. He doesn’t realize it yet, but one day I truly believe he will. If in fact he is not fully equipped to be in a position of leadership then I hope we can recognize it soon enough before anything bad happens. We don’t need someone to lead our country who is incapable of making the right decisions. As for right now, we have no way of knowing for sure if Trump made those comments or not. I sincerely hope that he didn’t. However, I do hope that he finds a way to “think first” and trust the guidance of his advisors first when it comes to “any” portion of the Presidency. It is not just his future that depends on it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer:
Chubby Checker (“The Twist”) and Brett Jolly
Pop has been around the world. Pop has just about outlasted all of his friends. Pop knew just about “everybody.” On October 15th, my father turned the page and celebrated his 86th birthday. He cannot walk, cannot stand up, his hearing is bad and he is totally bed ridden. His attitude is great (everything considered) and the first thing he said when we told him was “I’m glad I made it.” It is not easy growing older. We used to be so dependent on Pop. He would manage our baseball games, often arriving late after getting off a plane from some place in the world. He would come to the games in his suit, and he would always arrive “just in time” to coach. We won 2 city championships with him. Pop was also a great Gospel singer. He and his group did some great gigs and Pop would tear it up vocally in church. Life goes in cycles, and all the fun you had during the beginning and middle just seems to dissipate at the end. Pop enjoyed his life, and Pop still does, but everything is different now. We have pictures of him with Presidents Carter, Nixon, Ford, Reagan and he even has a picture with Hillary Clinton. He was good friends with Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, and Martin Luther King. Yes, Pop has had a great life, but it was still our pleasure to see him celebrate his 86th birthday. Thank you, Elton Jolly, for all you have done for us, and we look forward to seeing you the “next” 86 years. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
I just read an article about this guy named Harvey Weinstein. Evidently he did a lot of film making, but during the process he apparently also fed his enormous sexual appetite. Some of the things he has allegedly done are shocking. This guy has been in business for many years, but yet “now” the allegations are starting to come out against him. There is another man I know who has some fame to him. I know him quite well and people are thanking me for hooking them up with him. They believe that he is going to help them. I know different. What is it about these people who have some fame to them? Why do others reach out to them and why do they feel that they can treat others any way they want? This Harvey Weinstein guy has gotten away with a LOT over many years. For those of you who don’t know his current situation here is an article for you to read:
The problem here is that this guy would not have gotten to do “any” of the bad things he’s accused of so far if not for his fame. He probably would have been arrested a long time ago. The other issue is that if he can do this to people, “how many others” in his position are doing the same thing?” Normally people who have acquired fame did so through the workings and investments of someone else (usually with the money and the affiliation) who believed in him or her. Most times these people feel they have free reign to treat others in any way they please. Do I fault this Weinstein guy? Yes, I do… but I don’t think he is the only one responsible. When people start treating others in a bad way it is usually due to a change in their own circumstances. They feel they have now been given power over others (and some of their behavior is based on what they have seen from others, so they just follow suit). The problem is that a lot of people “allow” them to do bad things based on their fame alone. That is not right. Whether it is (allegedly) Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Donal Trump or any person of fame, no one should allow them to get away with improper behavior. These people are so used to fame and fortune that once they start getting away with it in the beginning they continue to do it with others. Once people begin to realize that a person of fame is just as human as the rest of us then hopefully they can put an end to it. I don’t care about anyone with any fame. I can joke with them or against them, because to me it really doesn’t matter. I will never allow anyone with fame to disrespect me. Hopefully you won’t either. Believe in yourself, trust yourself and most importantly you need to respect yourself. That should take care of all your needs… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The Emotions (“You got the best of my Love”) in concert with Brett Jolly on Bass
I have to go to Bunny Sigler’s funeral today (viewing only) so I opted to post a segment of last night at Treasures. Hope you enjoy. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
This past week, legendary singer Bunny Sigler passed away. For those who are not familiar with him, Bunny was involved with a lot of big name hits. He was involved with Love Train (done by the O’jays), Shake your Body (Done by the Jacksons), Got my mind made up (Instant Funk) and Somebody loves you (Patti LaBelle). Bunny was one of the funniest people you could ever know. He sang incredibly at my mom’s funeral. That was probably the “only” time I can remember him recalling all of the correct lyrics. He has actually had some great tunes that never got publicized that much. One of my favorite tunes by him is this song:
Bunny’s funeral will be this Friday at Sharon Baptist Church here in Philadelphia. He was also my neighbor. I have worked with him on several different projects and I will sorely miss him. There are some stories that I cannot tell (but I really wish I could). If you want to know, I might be able to tell you in private. It was great to work with him, and I hope he can rest eternally in God’s hands.
Bunny Sigler and Brett Jolly playing at the Phillies Game