Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Another song done by Brett Jolly”)

Here is another song done by Brett Jolly. This song was done at Kelsey’s in Atlantic City. This was originally done by Ray Charles but we decided to do it again. Hope your enjoy. Thank you so much 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 (“Brett Jolly sings Al Green”)

One of my favorite songs from Al Green, done by the Brett Jolly Experience (Brett Jolly on lead vocals). 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 (“Do you wake up with an attitude?”)

When it comes to me I look at each new day as a “fresh new start.” If I had any issues from the day before I always try to leave them behind me for the start of the next day. Why not? What purpose does it serve to start your day off with the same negativity you finished with yesterday? I have heard people use the expression “getting up on the wrong side of the bed” on many occasions. Even though it is only a saying, could some aspects of it actually be true? For instance, some people who wake up in the morning expecting the worst to happen usually bring the worst into existence. They seem to automatically know that their day is going to be horrible so they “think it into reality.” I believe that you can bring positive energies into your day by simply “looking for the best” in everyone and everything. Sometimes how you start your day can make the biggest difference in how successful your day can end. Does that mean that we all need to wake up each morning with smiles on our faces? Of course not, but if you want the best out of life then you need to actively seek out the best in life. Imagine this scenario: Let’s suppose hypothetically that you died and went to meet your maker. Upon doing so, you ask that you be allowed to return back to this planet because you have so much that you still have yet to accomplish. If the Devine One granted your wish and wiped your memory clean then today would actually be your new chance at redemption and a fresh start. Some of us need to act like it. If you have negativity issues then the first thing you need to do is conduct your own self evaluation. You need to try to see the things that others may see in you. If there is anything that you don’t like about yourself then by all means “fix it.” That could involve anything from your weight to your opinions to your attitude. You have the power to change so just use that power. Start with the way you “think.” Stop looking for bad days to happen. Wake up with the idea that you can find positive things to make your life better and then go out an enjoy “your second chance at life.” You might be glad that you did. 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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Comedian Chris Tucker, brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly in concert

Chris Tucker

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (” The trial of the former America’s Dad”)

For many years Bill Cosby was the “perfect role model” for America. He was not only a positive figure for Black America, but for all people of all races. He had a hit show about an African American family called the Huxtable’s on the Cosby show a few years back. He didn’t have to portray any Black people in a negative limelight (like a lot of movies and shows do). He actually made success happen promoting “positive images.” While a LOT of celebrity Black figures have been brought down during recent years with allegations (Tiger Woods, OJ Simpson, Kobe Bryant) Bill Cosby managed to remain the epitome of righteousness… “until now…” Currently Mr. Cosby is slated to go to trial after this year on charges that he drugged a woman and assaulted her. The court is currently considering whether or not to allow testimony from other women who also claimed Cosby assaulted them as key witnesses against him. All of a sudden, Bill Cosby’s reputation doesn’t seem so perfect now. He is now legally blind (and I think he is 79 years old) and the accusations against him are very old (However, that doesn’t mean that they are false). I don’t know the validity of the charges against him so I cannot speak on whether he is innocent or guilty. I do know that everyone is “supposed to be innocent until proven guilty” in a trial (but I don’t know if that concept is always exercised like it is supposed to be). From what I have heard of the case so far, the story of his accuser seems to be somewhat shaky (plus the time that has elapsed since the time of the alleged infraction until now may come into play as well). I didn’t think much about this case until I recently saw “pictures” of the women who are coming forth to make accusations against Cosby, and this is where I throw up the “caution” flag. From what I saw, most (or all) of his accusers are White (Caucasian) women. While I do not condone assault of ANY kind against ANY woman, I can’t help but fear that this case may blow up into another “Trial of the Century” just like that of OJ Simpson, but for all the “wrong” reasons. You see, whether or not we want to admit it, “race sells…” Even if you try to ignore it, chances are the “races” of these women may come into play when it comes to popularity opinion against Cosby. Whether he is guilty or not, it still needs to be proven in court. Once that “race card” starts getting played it automatically “taints” the perception of the observer. Bill Cosby needs a fair trial (EVERYONE does). If the pictures of these women get posted for everyone to see then Cosby may be “doomed” before the trial even starts.  If he is guilty then he needs to go to jail. Let’s just hope that “visual perception” doesn’t “condemn” him before this trial even begins. 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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Brother Bill Jolly, Jon Bon Jovi, and Brett Jolly

Bon Jovi, Bill and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Mortality”)

About a week ago I received grim news about an old friend of mine. He and I played basketball together back during our younger school days and I was saddened to hear that he passed on. His name was Tim. This weekend I went to pay my respects to Tim and while viewing the body I had my own epiphany. I had flashbacks of moments we had playing basketball together and then it struck me that time was indeed moving on. For Tim I wondered if he got everything he wanted out of his life, and then my focus diverted to my own existence. I began to wonder if I was getting the most I could out of my own life. What impressions would people have of me if I suddenly left this realm? Since tomorrow is not promised to anyone, what we accomplish today might make a big difference. I don’t think I needed Tim’s passing to motivate me to do more, but it did register on my mind that life is not over for me yet. What I get out of life depends largely on what I am willing to invest into it. “Great people” are only “ordinary people” who challenged themselves to do “great things.” Do I consider myself to be “great?” No… not yet,  but I would love to accomplish something great while I am still alive. The worst that could happen for anyone is “failure.” If I knew that I only had a week to live would I do anything different? Of course I would. However, the reality is that most of us don’t know when our day is destiny is due to arrive, and that means we can conduct ourselves as though we have all the time in the world or we can make great things happen now while we still have the chance. Tim was the same age as me. He will not get another opportunity to make change in his life. Since I woke up today I still have that option. I have no idea what the future holds but for now I feel the need to rise. Exactly what that may entail I’m not sure of yet, but if there is a higher plane for me then I want to visit it… Once we’re gone, we’re gone… I hope your epiphany is just as challenging and inspiring for you. If you woke up and are able to read this, then your life is not over… I hope you make it count… for something… 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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The late great saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Video of my brother Bill Jolly’s Hard Drive Band”)

It is great to come from a musical family. Often family members can relate to each other. My brother Bill Jolly is extremely talented. In fact, I invite you to check out his website at Today I would like to share a piece that was done a couple of years ago, but it showcases my brother’s band (or course, with me in it). This is a fun group and you will see why when you check this out. Here is a video showcase of Bill Jolly’s Hard Drive band. 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 (“Procrastination and mortality”)

This past Saturday I performed a gig with a good friend of mine by the first name of “Mark.” Mark is an exceptional musician who plays several different instruments (lead guitar, bass and drums) and he also is a great singer. For this gig there was only me, him and a drummer for the band (he played lead guitar for this one) and we had a great show that the people loved (especially for a small 3 piece band). We took turns singing lead. Afterwards we talked about doing a lot more shows together because we gelled so well musically. Well, I just got word yesterday that right after that gig he had a stroke and was hospitalized… After hearing about this I thought about how normal life had seemed and how I took for granted that there will always be time for us to do other gigs together. I now realize that when you hold off today for tomorrow then that day just may not be promised to you. I have no intentions of going on some kind of negativity trip here but there are many people with dreams that remained unfulfilled just because they procrastinated when it came to enacting on them. You may never know your “full potential” until you take the initiative to actually “reach” for it. There are things that I still would like to accomplish in my life. I still have dreams and goals that have not come to fruition just yet. While I am able to think, move and speak on my own I need to take those blessings and “expand.” Mark is a Pisces like me and he also has perfect pitch (which means he can hear some tunes and play them without having to practice first). I am very thankful the he is still alive but I don’t know the severity of what he is going through. I will keep him in prayer. Mortality of life means that we all are fragile. We all have dates with destiny and at some point our abilities will begin to erode. I remember years ago performing on the same show as the Funk brothers (These are the guys who actually “wrote” a lot of the music that became world famous on Motown records, even though they didn’t get much credit for it). In my mind, I knew these guys were “awesome” musicians who created some of the best music in the world. When I watched them play live and try to recreate some of that magic it saddened me to see them try to move their hands with the same agility and dexterity that they used to have. Time had caught up to them, and all their skills had weakened. I don’t know if they are still even performing live anymore, but the music they left us with was priceless. Today is the first day of the rest of my life. The same principle applies to you. What you do with the rest of  your life depends on what you feel about the rest of your life. Maybe it’s about time we all recognize our own mortality and stop putting off the things that we can accomplish today.  I could probably say more but I now realize that I have “work to do.” 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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The late Grover Washington Jr., brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly