Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“My own turning point in life”)

I remember when I was really young. I wanted so badly to be a star basketball player. I was so dedicated to this dream that each morning that I didn’t have school I would wake up at 5 am just to go out to the playground to practice. I used to collect the basketball cards that featured some of the players in the NBA (National Basketball Association). I worked hard, trained, and I got to be really good at it. My very fist league basketball game that I played in the score was tied with just a few seconds left in the game and I took (and made) the winning basket. Some of the guys in my class  joked that I would take a basketball with me to the prom. Well, when I got into my high school years things took a different turn. I remember playing in a pre season game. I was running downcourt, jumped high in the air to catch the ball, and as my momentum was going one way I decided to push off my leg in the other direction and I experienced a sharp pain in my knee that was unbearable. In one play I managed to tear so many things in my knee, most notably my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). I honestly thought someone had shot me. The bad part was that I got up and tried to continue to play. I tried to take a shot and found that I couldn’t jump at all. I eventually had to go to the sports medicine clinic where the surgeon informed me that my career was over. Even though I was able to eventually play basketball again (and play it well) I never fully recovered to the point of where I wanted to be. When I received the news I was devastated. I took a long 2 hour walk in the park (in the rain). It was during that time that someone had brought a bass guitar over my house and I asked the guy if I could hold it. Miraculously the instrument felt so comfortable in my hands and I was able to figure out on my own the bass line to a song by Kool and the Gang entitled “Hollywood’s swinging.” It seemed so easy to me, but I was still feeling bad about my basketball career. Then it got to the point where I was able to get hold of the school’s bass guitar and bring it home. I practiced on it and started to improve dramatically. Then my uncle saw the progress I was making and actually gave me a new guitar. It was red. As time went on I began to realize something. God didn’t give me what I wanted, but he sure enough gave me what I needed. Playing pro basketball was not in the cards for me, but playing music was. I haven’t looked back since. Sometimes life can lead you in another direction, and sometimes you may not be able to understand why that happened. Your destiny is where your heart is. Just because you can’t do the things you want doesn’t mean that you can’t thrive doing something else. Looking back on that day when I found out about my injury I wish I could go back in time to have a talk with myself and ease my own fears. I am good now, and I am blessed. I hope you feel the same way when it comes to your own life’s direction. It may not be perfect and you may have bumps along the road, but that is all a part of life. Embrace your potential and your destiny. You may be glad you did…

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Berry Gordy, comedian Chris Tucker, Cody Wise, Kool and the gang with Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Protecting your music”)

Are you a songwriter? If so, how much do you know about the rules of copyright? Did you know that other people can “legally steal up to 8 bars of your material?” Do you know the “proper way” to copyright your songs? I have had many artists tell me that they did the “poor man’s copyright” by simply mailing a copy of their song to themselves and then leave it sealed until the court case. In the United States, the best way to protect your song is to simply register it with the “Library of Congress in Washington, DC.” You can send your tune to them through conventional mail or you can just submit it electronically (online). I believe the site is Copyright. gov. If you just Google “copyright options” you will come across a plethora of sites that will claim to copyright your material for you. However, you need to be cautious because these other sites will charge you “more money” to utilize their services. So far the cheapest method I have found is to go straight to the copyright site “directly.” Also, if you have a whole bunch of tunes, you can save yourself a “lot of money” by just “copywriting them all at once.” There is a flat fee for copywriting each time you do it, but there is no limit to the number of songs you can submit. Some people don’t like to go through the trials of copywriting because it can be time consuming. Be wise and protect your music. Also, I have known that many artists will literally “send their music to some “big name artist” in hopes that the artist will utilize their song and thus make them famous. That is a “very dangerous move.” Big name artists will “rip you off” just as well as anyone else, and if your music is not protected then you will only become “yet another victim” to the music industry. You may be surprised at how many people have “already been victimized by this industry. Protect yourself, and if necessary hire a “music entertainment lawyer.” If the proper wording is not used when it comes to contracts you could find yourself losing everything. Get to know the industry before you set yourself free in it. This is just some friendly advice from Brett Jolly. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Cody Wise, comedian Chris Tucker, Berry Gordy, Kool and the Gang and Brett Jolly in concert.

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Your one wild and precious life”)

Over the weekend I saw a sign off the side of the road that managed to gain my attention. The sign was a simple one with a very simple message, and that message was “What do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Now, if you think about this “subliminally” (which I am always prone to do), then you can probably find “hidden” messages within these words. The fact that the word “wild” was used seemed to implicate (to me) that everyone should find a way to “have fun” with your one life. Roller coasters are wild. Surf boarding is wild. Anything that seems “adventurous yet fun” might be considered wild. Do you feel as though you are having a wild fun life right now? Are you at the stage where you would even consider having one right now? The fact that the word “one” preceded the word “wild” meant to me that you only have “one life” with which to make it enjoyable. The hidden meaning for me here was to have as much fun as I can with my “one opportunity.” If you knew your life was going to end tomorrow, would you be upset at not being able to do some of the things you always wanted to do? If you are like most people, the answer to that question would be “yes.” Well, since you are still alive now and able to read this, then you still have the chance to do something “awesome.” The word “precious” also has meaning, because if you are going to enjoy a fun life then it should have “value.” I am not trying to tell anyone how to live, because just about everyone is different. However, if your life doesn’t feel fulfilling to you then I suggest you make changes. When you’re dead, you’re dead, and everything you saved up won’t matter anymore, so enjoy what you have while you are “still able to enjoy it.” That doesn’t mean that you have to go out and do something illegal. That just means that you might want to go out and make the best of this one life you have. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very “best” that life has to offer.

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Berry Gordy, comedian Chris Tucker, Kool and the Gang and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“A victory for Sly Stone, hopefully a victory for music”)

This us a story that actually warmed my heart. As most of you probably know. I am a professional musician who has been a “strong advocate” for “change” in the music industry. For “generations” artists who made famous recordings have been gypped of money that they should have received. Well, just recently I read this story involving Sly Stone (from Sly and the Family Stone). If you like you can check out the article by either clicking on or copying and pasting into your browser the link below:

www.aol.com/article/2015/01/28/la-jury-awards-5-million-to-funk-legend-sly-stone/21135847/

Sly, who is now 71 years of age, won his suit against the people who ripped him off for his royalties. His ex manager and production company were the ones ordered to pay him $5 million dollars that they stole from  him. For those of you who don’t know, Sly wrote some “major” hits back in the day, including classics like “Everyday people, Thankyoufalllettnmebemiceelf again, Dance to the Music, If you want me to stay, I want to take you Higher” and many, many more. A LOT of major recording artists got “chumped” for their money, and many of them even died “broke.” Some, like Billy Paul (“Me and Mrs. Jones”) sued for his money and actually won the case. Hopefully, this decision for Sly might open the door for “others” to follow suit. The entertainment industry is “not” an “angelic one,” and often when artists create great work they are exchanging their talents for “fame” and not necessarily “fortune.” The legendary group The Beatles never owned the rights to their own music. How sad is that? Even  though Sly won this battle by “no means” does it signify that he won the war. It is one thing to win the money. It is another to make sure that the people who took it from him still even “have” it. Over the years I’m sure these people spent a “lot” of that money that was earned and while Sly  may  have a judgment, it doesn’t mean that he can collect anything, especially if the money is no longer there. However, you have to start wherever you can, and this should be a “good first step” for Sly. He had issues with drug usage during his career and he has been broke for the past several years. There are other stories out there just like Sly’s. Maybe with this court decision there is hope for them as well. Congratulations, Sylvester Stewart (Sly’s real name) and I hope that you have “finally” received vindication for the wrongs that have been committed against you. As for everyone checking out my Daily Thought today, I thank you for the bottom of my heart, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Berry Gordy, Kool and the Gang, comedian Chris Tucker and Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( Topic: “The benefits of advertising and promotion”)

No matter what you do in life and no matter “how good you are at what you do,” without one precise element you will “never” get to the level where you would like to be. Can you think of what it is that most people need to be highly successful? For instance, people have asked me “how” I got to play onstage with so many big name artists. I can tell you for sure that I didn’t “start out” doing that at all. In fact, I really wasn’t doing a whole lot of gigs back then because I didn’t know what to do (or how to do it). As I started doing gigs, then more and more people began taking notice and asked me to play for them. I would also go out to “open jam nights” in the city where other musicians could get to play onstage and showcase their skills as well. Over time people began to recognize that I was a fairly decent player and I started to get more calls for gigs. If you are following me on this conversation, by now you should start to realize that the  most important thing you need to get ahead in  your field is “promotion.” I always tell aspiring artists and singers that “a great performer in the middle of the woods never gets heard.” That means that unless people “know about you” then there is no way they can “hire” you. Back in the day when fast food restaurants began emerging, MacDonald’s was considering the top name and the top fast food venue. They didn’t get that way because their food was so much better than everyone else. They got that way because they had the “greatest marketing team” behind them to promote. They conjured up characters to represent them like “Ronald MacDonald” and the Hamburglar to help boost their recognition and image. That is what good advertising can do for you. That is why politicians need money to advertise, because they know that the “strength” of your advertisements can make the biggest difference in your success. So what does this mean for an ordinary person who is in an ordinary job making an ordinary salary? Well, it means that in order to make bigger bucks, you need to convince more people that you are “not ordinary at all.” You need to “sell” your services to a mass public and “create” a demand for what you do. Bernard  Madoff is currently incarcerated for scamming and conning people out of millions of dollars. He put together and promoted a “believable investment plan” that a LOT of people bought into. His promotion and advertising were so good that people trusted his plan and invested with him thinking that he was going to build a great financial future for them. Sadly, this did not prove to be the case, but it does prove what the strength of great promotion can accomplish. Do you think  you can name “any” wealthy and successful businessperson who did “not” benefit from advertising? Me neither…  Talent and skill is a great thing to have, but those things alone will “never” get you to where you need to be. I got promoted through “word of mouth and published pictures of me onstage jamming it out with big name artists” and this has enabled me to get where I am today. For those who have no idea of my career I simply invite you to check out my web page WWW.Brettjolly.com. This site is “my” particular mode of advertising, because it alerts people to all the things I do and all the people I have been privileged to perform with. It also “raises my stock” for newer potential clients, because once they check it out they realize that I am by “no means” an “ordinary” musician.  If you would like to take your craft to  the next level, then maybe you ought to see about advertising as well. If you don’t have that kind of budget, then find ways to do it cheaply, but by “all” means let people know about what you have to offer. You don’t “have” to remain “ordinary.” I thank you for checking out today’s Daily Thought, and as always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
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Comedian Chris Tucker, Berry Gordy, Kool and the Gang and Brett Jolly in concert
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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: “My thoughts on the music of Motown”)

Someone asked me the other day what my impression was of Motown, the old record label that produced so many musical hits around the 60’s. I remember years ago when one of my tour dates had me in Detroit and I took my extra time to actually visit “Hitsville” (where Motown had originated). I was so surprised to see that this place was nothing more than an actual house (more like 2 houses put together in a row home type community). When I looked at the small room where these artists actually recorded I could not believe my eyes. There was an old tube bass amp, and other instruments that were just “so” outdated by today’s standards. The room was small and I remember there was a square hole in the ceiling so the singers could have the effect of reverb (by standing under it to get that echo sound). No matter the size of the room, some really awesome music played by some really awesome songwriters had that small room “smoking.” Many people tried to describe Motown’s sound, but I can tell you that it was music at it’s purest form. During those days, they were not always concerned about making drum beats so straight so people could dance to it. No, they added creativity and occasionally even threw in “off rhythms” because it added to the creativity of the track. The writers and musicians who played the songs were musical geniuses. The stuff they recorded was natural, genuine and unique. On most of the recordings that were hits you could hear maybe 4 instruments, like bass, drums, guitar (often banjos) and piano, and yet they jammed in the studio. What people don’t seem to realize is that this group known as the Funk Brothers played on a lot of the sessions there, and I had the honor to meet up with these guys and talk to them years ago. We are both on some kind of award show playing behind different artists. I watched them play songs like “Sign, sealed delivered” by Stevie Wonder and I felt so bad because they were having problems moving their fingers to play like they used to. Age had definitely set in. Still it was great for me just to watch them, because they created musical history. When talking to them, they alerted me to the fact that they never got much credit for playing on the tracks, even though in many of the instances they were the ones who actually “wrote” the songs. When someone else came in with a song, they would make changes to it as well which also made the music special. When it came to the performing artists at Motown, they had some spectacular ones. Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, The 4 Tops, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye were just some of the many great stars they had. The sad part of Motown is that with all the great music that was produced there, rarely did musicians or artists get paid. In a practice that is still around today, many found fame, but rarely fortune. The Motown sound was funky with soul, and while it was mostly Black music in nature, “everyone” loved the sound. I would love to one day see yet “another” type of Motown sound come about. In fact, I wouldn’t even mind making it happen myself. Everyone loves music, and music can often accomplish things that mere words cannot. The Motown sound had it all, and while it’s time has come and gone, we should never forget the impact that it had on shaping our own lives. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and I wish you the very best that life has to offer today.

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Comedian Chris Tucker, Kool and the Gang and Motown founder Berry Gordy with Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: If I could address the world from a mountaintop)

Mr. Jolly, if you could deliver a message to the entire world from the world’s highest mountaintop, what advice would you give?

Interesting point, and one that I hadn’t thought of. To me, the biggest problem we have is the ability to understand and relate to each other as we really should. Blacks, whites, orientals, citizens of Pakistan, Israel and many other people of varying cultures have difficulty relating to those of different ethnic races. I believe the very “first” thing I would like to tell them is that “even though we are all different, there is NO such thing as a different race.” Instead, we are all a part of just “ONE” race, and that is the “HUMAN” race. To prove it, I would let everyone know that we ALL are the very SAME color on the “INSIDE.” When we begin to realize that we all should be dependent on each other for our own survival then hopefully we will be able to reach those that were once deemed “unreachable.” I would also let them know that war is “NEVER” stronger than love. Your enemy doesn’t “HAVE” to be your enemy. Sometimes it takes a greater degree of strength to forgive your fellow man than it does to fight him.  I would love to see the world take some of that money it uses to build defense mechanisms and weapons and take it to build more schools, computers and books for their young who need it. I would let the world know that I have never yet seen a gun that will “shoot itself.” Only the people “behind” the guns are the ones responsible for them being fired and killing someone. I would also like to see the world find a way to clone food, fruit and vegetables so that there will NEVER be a drought or world hunger. We can accomplish so much more working “with” each other than we can working “against” each other. Terrorism is only for those who cannot see past the scope of violence, and it never solves anything. Of course, I do realize that no matter what I would say on this  mountaintop, there will always be someone out there who will “oppose” that concept. Those are the people that I would need to reach out to. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone didn’t take a few shots at me while I actually attempted to “give” the message. That would only go to prove that this world is not yet ready for itself. There is strength in numbers, and united we can make a difference. The men of this planet need to treat the women with respect and dignity, because we surely cannot survive without them. When a man treats a woman as though she is “property” then he is only exposing his “own” shallowness. If we are truly superior to the wild animals then we need to stop being so barbaric in nature. Treat your neighbor with love and respect, and work out any differences you may have “peacefully.” THAT would be my message to the world… Do you think anyone would listen? Thank you for submitting this question, and please have a great day.

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