Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (When it should be time to bury the hatchet)

Last night I had two gigs. On the first gig I actually was the “opening act” for Spyro Gyra, the great jazz group. Unfortunately, when we finished at 9 o’clock, I could not stay around to watch them because I had to play in Atlantic City at the new Hard Rock Cafe at 10 o’clock. Atlantic city takes well over an hour to get there. I literally had to speed just to be only 14 minutes late (My GPS said that it should have taken me an hour and a half to make it there).  The group waited for me to get there, so I am glad it worked out for last night. The point of today’s Daily Thought is that a while ago I worked with this group that I am not longer with. The guy who was in charge of the group was not always friendly with me. In fact, we bumped heads on a couple of occasions. Like with anyone else, I did not want to cause any scene and only wanted to respect others while being respected. Needless to day, life took us both in different directions. Recently I found out on Facebook that he started treatments for cancer. He then put out pictures on his page of people that he really enjoyed playing with (along with little captions telling how he felt about working with them). He had my picture up there with a really nice and sentimental tag about how much he enjoyed working with me. I sent him a personal note on his private email stating how I love him and I am praying for him. When it comes to life and other people it is sometimes easy to harbor animosities with others. I didn’t want to judge this man based on past experiences, because none of us are perfect. It is easy for me to let go of the past because that portion of my life is over. Could you do the same for anyone in the same situation? Can you forgive? I didn’t write this for any other reason than to state the truth. For me it is never about where you came from, but rather where you are headed that makes the biggest difference. I wish we all could think that way. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Jean Carn in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar


Jean Carne



Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Song taken from last night at my Wednesday night event”)

We had a “packed” crowd last night and it was so much fun. Someone requested this song, so we “did it.” Each Wednesday at the Crab Tavern (201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, Pennsylvania from 8:00 pm to 12 midnight EST) we have musical fun. We are not afraid to play requests and try out something new. I hope you enjoy this clip as much as we did. I am singing the lead. 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 (Just how important is talent in this music industry?)

I had this talk last night with a few people at the gig I was playing for. With all the great singers out there why is there so much mediocracy from the new generation of artists? With the exception of Bruno Mars, everyone else “appears” mundane. They may look good but that doesn’t mean that they sound great. Don’t get me wrong, there are other singers out there besides Bruno who can sing, but on many instances their great ability is often hidden in music tracks that don’t seem to inspire at all. Why is that? Conventional wisdom is that the powers left at the record labels are not looking for great talent. They are looking for people who they can “market.” There is a difference. A music promoter once told me that if he had a great singer who looked plain he would not be able to fill up any seats. However, if he had a mediocre singer who looked great he could sell out his venue. I think this epitomizes the sad shape of the music industry right now. The underlying concept of all of this is “money.” If an artist can dance, move and look good while performing it means that the company will promote that artist more and put more effort into that person’s career. What about all the other people who are signed to the label taking up space? They are now “tax write-offs.” The old days where an artist sells millions of CD copies seems virtually “extinct.” No one buys CD’s anymore and streaming means less money from publishing royalties. If most new artists knew the condition of the industry would they still want to be a major artist? Probably not. There are other “behind the scenes” stories that will also depress anyone’s desires to want to make it big time. Until the industry changes (or until someone comes up with a better alternative) it appears to be on the verge of collapse. The problem now is that most music lovers don’t know what is going on. Some think that the music played on radio is the best music out there. They also think that the new generation of singers are the best. A change (and a new awareness) is necessary. You can still save your music (unless of course, you still like the current industry the way it currently is). “Money” is the answer. The industries cannot survive without your support.”Become the change that you would like to see.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought. As always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Chuck D (lead rapper from Public Enemy) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (What I think I have learned about life)

For those of you who didn’t know, last September I had a stroke. It surprised me greatly because I never thought something like that would ever happen to me. However, through God’s greatness, I overcame the stroke and I am now pretty close to one hundred percent. I think I learned something from this, and I hope that my life is different and better now. I try my best not to stress out now. I won’t let people accuse me of things that are hurtful. If they want to fight, I will let them know that they have a limited amount of time to say what they want, and then they will be ignored by me. Two, I try to live healthier. When I was younger I thought it was great to have muscles and be big in some way. It is rare to know of anyone who lives a long life being that way. I have lost some weight but it feels as though I can handle it better. I also take walks more now. I also listen to the stories of others who have been through similar experiences. From listening to others, I have found that life should have different expectations when going through the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. Never keep the same set of values for each decade of life you may live through. Always have something to remind you of any terrible ailment you may have gone through. The worst thing I can remember about having my stroke was the image of my kids crying over me. That was horrible and I hope that never happens again. May people have said that my story is an amazing recovery. I just say that I have been blessed by God. I do realize that I have to make the most of this second chance. Your life may be similar or may be different. If you live long enough your body is guaranteed to put you through some ordeal.  No one lives forever. Pay attention to the things that are happening in your life. Don’t ignore the warning signs. I now have a second chance and I sincerely hope to make the most of it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

The Elgins (“Heaven must have sent you”) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

The Elgins

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (A song sample from last Wednesday at my event)

As I have said before, we love to play, and we love to play just about everything. For the most part, this song is an instrumental piece previously done by Ramsey Lewis accompanied by Earth, Wind and Fire.  We are prepared to play just about anything and we love what we do. Hopefully you will enjoy this song. 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 (Red Bass Guitar photo with Harshita Lohia, from India)

It is my distinct pleasure to present to you Harshita Lohia, from India. This lady is extremely gifted and comes from a musical family. She plays many instruments and she is also a distinguished alumni from Moore college. She also designs clothes (which you can access) on her website, She was very receptive when asked about doing the photo shoot. We picked a great day and she did a “magnificent” job. She is one of those special people that is designed for “greatness.” We hope you like her pictures. 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 views on Steve Harvey)

I don’t know Steve Harvey. I can honestly say I never met the man. I have heard that he is often viewed as  a relationship expert. I don’t listen to his radio program a lot but a lot of his show is designed to address problematic relationship issues. There is nothing wrong with that, but my biggest problem is with his “expertise.” Harvey has had several “failed” marriages and I can only think that if he had followed his own advice this would never have happened. One of his wives was interview detailing how much of an abuser Harvey was. There were claims that he was keeping his son away from his mother and other negative things happening. Harvey is a very rich Black man who is doing a lot. I am not sure why he decided to get into the relationship arena considering all the dirt he has “allegedly” done. I just can’t find it within myself to support him. Maybe I am wrong. Recently there was another report that Harvey was about to get another 400 million dollar divorce from his current wife. I hear now that this report is allegedly false, but it still doesn’t improve any faith I should feel for him. This is the most recent article involving him:

As I have said, I have never met him, and I don’t know him. If the situations about his cheating and relationship issues are true, then I just can’t view him as any type of “expert.” I applaud him for the success he has accomplished and I do wish him well…. “seriously”…  If everyone else wants to support him, they most certainly can…. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.


Ashford and Simpson in concert with Brett Jolly