Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (” Just imagine for a second if the election really WAS rigged”)

Donald Trump has been saying for quite a while that the system is “rigged.” Of course, he is referring to the upcoming Presidential Election system that is to be held this Tuesday, November 8. This is a very strong statement to even assume. For the sake of legitimacy let’s actually “examine the possibility that he could be right.” Bernie Sanders ran against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries. However, Wikileaks (with a leak of 20,000 emails) showed that the DNC staff actually discussed how to deal with Bernie Sander’s popularity as a challenge to Hillary Clinton. That would mean that instead of letting the primaries play themselves out in a “winner take all” scenario it was “quite possible” that Hillary was “already favored” before the contest even started. If this was indeed the case then one could safely argue the fact that the primaries were “somewhat rigged.” When we look at another “past” election, it had been said years ago that Al Gore won the “popular vote” while George Bush still claimed the Presidency when they ran against each other. Many believe to this day that particular election was “rigged.” So is it even “possible” that this election could be rigged also? While “anything is possible” it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is “probable.” Let’s just imagine for a second that some “electoral powers” had colluded to plot Hillary’s victory. If so, then what would have been the best way for them to make this happen? While Trump claims that the election (which has not even transpired yet) is rigged against him, is it quite possible that it was rigged “FOR” him when he ran in the Republican primaries? When you think about it, Trump won rather handily against his Republican adversaries, crushing most of them to become the nominee. Now imagine “this” scenario… If the “forces that be” wanted to ensure a Hillary victory on November 8, who would be the best candidate for her to run against in a fair election? Whether you agree or not, Trump’s campaign has practically “imploded” on many counts due to his own methodology for running his campaign. Many people believe that Trump himself has been responsible for his subpar poll ratings. What better way to ensure a Hillary victory than to have her run against someone who in many eyes seems unstable and disrespectful with a hot temper? Would it have been tougher for her to win against a Mario Rubio or a Ted Cruz? Because of Trump’s penchant for “self destructing” maybe it was somehow “ordained” for him to handily win those primaries so that Hillary could stand a better chance to beat an alleged “inferior candidate” in a “fair” election. As far fetched as this sounds, it is actually “quite possible.” So many shows and media have actually made a “joke” of Trump’s Presidential run that it is possible that our minds are being manipulated and we don’t even know it. In the eyes of many, NEITHER candidate seems trustworthy, but when choosing the lessor of 2 evils Clinton appears to have the edge today. When you think about it, just about “everything” we think has been “manipulated” through the media we watch and through the people and circumstances we encounter. That’s why politicians ask for so much money to promote their campaign. If our minds can be manipulated, then just about “anything” can be rigged. Trump “may” be right, or he may not… but the same system that he clams will work against him tomorrow is part of the same system that brought him to where he is today. If he didn’t complain about it then, should he complain about it now? Please keep in mind that today’s Daily Thought is “purely hypothetical” and we are “not insinuating by ANY means” that the election is rigged.” We know better than that. We merely decided to take a look at how it could possibly work if what Mr. Trump said is true. I invite you to draw your “own” conclusions. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

WWW.Brettjolly.com

Email: Brettjolly@aol.com

Skype: Brettjolly1

In the studio with Bill Withers (grey beard to far left) his daughter (next to him) and singer Anthony Hamilton (white shirt with cap) and Brett Jolly off to far right or picture

Bill_Withers,_daughter_and_Anthony_Hamilton

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Please be attentive”)

Yesterday evening I played my normal Wednesday night event. I enjoy this time of the week and normally we have so much fun. Unfortunately, the mood of the night shifted to anger when we discovered that one of our band members was beaten outside in the parking lot with the intent to rob. The band member was getting his equipment out of his car when about 6 or 7 youths rushed him and started beating and kicking him. According to my friend, one of them even had a gun. As he laid there on the ground one of the youths said “You know what this is about… hand it over.” Before anything else could happen something made them disperse quickly. I was really upset when hearing of this, and I am so sorry that I wasn’t there at that particular time to help my friend. While nothing can change what happened, I am hoping that posting his experience will help others. You see, this happened during the nighttime hours, and he was handling his equipment by  himself with no one else around at that time. They rushed him while his attention was turned towards the handling of his equipment in the car so he never saw them coming. They got to him through the element of surprise. The best way to make sure you never become a victim is for you to pay attention to your surroundings. The lot was big enough for him to lock himself in his car if he had only taken notice of this gang approaching beforehand. Since he knew the other band members would be coming soon he could also have just waited for them to arrive so that there would be witnesses around. Thugs will prey on you only when they know no one else is around to identify them. Finally, it is beneficial to have a mode of defense. You don’t need a gun. My other friend (who is a police officer) said that mace of pepper spray will render anyone incapacitated and out of commission. Women especially need to  have this and it could definitely help save lives. The gang that did this were cowards. The place where we play is not even in a bad neighborhood, but these guys just happened to be roaming through it on this night. I remember years ago pulling into a gas station to get gas. As I pulled up next to the pump, there were 2 young males looking around VERY suspiciously. None of them was buying anything and the both of them kept talking quietly at each other while “pointing” to different people buying gas. This triggered something in me, and after they pointed at me I made my own assessment to drive off. Later on I heard that there had been a robbery there. I paid attention and I did not become a victim that night. Please never assume that something bad can never happen to you. Punks who want your money will come to your neighborhood to get it (because they know that the chances of you having it  and them not being recognized are greater). When you drive into someplace at night, don’t get out of the car immediately. Survey the area first and make note of anything you deem “suspicious.” Pay attention wherever you go, and hopefully you can avert being the “next victim.” Thank you for reading my Daily Thought, and as always I wish the very best to you that life has to offer.

WWW.Brettjolly.com

email: Brettjolly@aol.com

Skype: Brettjolly1

Bill Withers (grey hair to the far left), his daughter in the middle, Anthony Hamilton in the white shirt and cap and Brett Jolly to the far right

Bill_Withers,_daughter_and_Anthony_Hamilton

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (My experience with Bill Withers)

I wanted to reminisce about a time I had a few years back where I had a long conversation with a musical idol of mine. His name is Bill Withers and when I first met him I only saw the whiteness of the back of his head (and his tall stature) but somehow I just “knew” it was him. My only recollection of him was pictures of him much younger with “no” grey in his hair. Of course, he was much older now, and to my surprise he was “very eager” to talk to me. We conversed about a lot, but one of the main things he mentioned was that he felt it was “time” to get out of the music business when it started to change for the worse. He said that record labels no longer cared about writing songs that pertained to life itself. They were willing to degrade their products just to make a sale. If you ever listened to Bill’s music you will find realness in his lyrics. He always had a story to tell. I told him that my favorite song of his was one that was actually “not” one of his biggest hits, a song simply entitled “She wants to get on down.” He told me that I loved the song because of the great bass line that’s in it, and I couldn’t disagree with him. However, I just found a song of his that also was not a big hit that I truly like as well. It has to be one of the shortest songs on record but the lyrics to this are truly powerful. The song is entitled “Better off dead” and here is the link to it:

I learned a lot about the old music business from him (some things I can mention and some things I can’t) but I enjoyed my time (over an hour) chatting with Mr. Withers. I have heard people say that they have had extreme difficulty trying to find him to get an interview. He gave me an awesome one that I will always treasure. Bill’s voice is just about gone now. He is retired from singing (in fact, I just “might” be the last bass player to have ever played for him… That’s how much he doesn’t want to sing anymore). If you ever get the chance, please Google the name Bill Withers and check out his music. If you like soulful music with great lyrics then you won’t feel cheated at all by him. It was my pleasure to perform with him and thank you for allowing me to share my memory with you today. Thanks for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer today.

WWW.Brettjolly.com
Email: Brettjolly@aol.com
Skype: Brettjolly1

Bill Withers (white hair to the left) his daughter, Anthony Hamilton and Brett Jolly in rehearsal at PIR studios

Bill_Withers,_daughter_and_Anthony_Hamilton

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: New Spotlight Feature: The music of Bill Withers)

I would love to introduce a “spotlight” feature from time to time if no one minds. “Great  music should be considered timeless, but those who have never experienced certain artists due to generation gaps in music are often cheated.” Some people only listen to certain radio stations that only “play” certain artists. While a lot of those artists are great to hear, there are so many others out there who you may never have experienced, only to realize that great music is not limited to only one station or one era. I began to realize this when I started playing (and listening to) some classic Jimi Hendrix material. Up to this time, I never realized just how great he was. With that being said, today I would love to submit to you an artist that I actually had the pleasure of performing for. I consider him to be one of the last pioneers for “clean music with feeling” and when he left the music scene we all lost out. The man I am referring to is the legendary “Bill Withers.” For those of you who are “not” familiar with him, he had great tunes such as “Lean on Me, Who is he (and what is he to you), Use me, Lovely Day,  Just the Two of Us (with Grover Washington Jr.,) I want to spend the night and Hello like before (to only name a few).” The beautiful thing about his music was that his lyrics were simple and yet meaningful with power. You could actually “feel” the topics he sang about. He didn’t have a great range in  his voice (he didn’t need to). He was a “true artist” in that he sang and wrote “what he felt.” He was big back in the 1970’s and now he is  retired from music. Now over 70 years of age, Bill should be considered a “legend.” When  I worked with him, I had the opportunity to actually sit down and talk with this man for a long time and I took in every word he said. He told me that he had to get out of the music business because it was “no longer any fun.” He said the direction of music started to go down in quality and he realized that he “just didn’t want any part of that anymore.” He said that he has no regrets about his decision  to get out and he is doing fine. He told me that his management wanted to portray him as a great guitar player (On the cover of one of his albums there is a picture of him holding the guitar). He said the truth of the matter is that he “didn’t know how to play guitar,” so they had to bring in a specialist to show  him a couple of chords to play. He only learned a few, but he managed to make the most of those chords. He used them to write a song entitled “Hello like before,” a hit that has an incredibly beautiful sentiment to it. If you can, I invite you to Google this song and listen to it for yourself. While you are at it, you might want to check out the other songs that I previously mentioned. As new generations come and go, a lot of art gets “pushed back” and lost into oblivion. Bill Wither’s music is considered to be the last of its kind, and I feel it should be preserved (which is why I am spotlighting him today). A “true” artist is someone who performs, sings and writes according to what he or she feels. Bill Withers was a true artist. I also realize that one man’s music can be another man’s misery. Just because I happen to love the music of Bill Withers doesn’t mean that everyone else will. However, if you are into “music with expression, feeling and a nice groove to match it all” then I invite you to Google his name and listen to his tracks. Also, if you have an artist that you would like me to review, then by all means submit the artist to me. I feel that great music doesn’t have to be “limited” to “what they are playing today.” I am hoping to keep the legends alive (and I will review new and upcoming artists as well), even as the styles, fashions and genres move on. No matter what style of music, if it is good then I would love to “feature it.” Thank you very much, and I hope that you have a beautiful and serene day.

WWW.Brettjolly.com

Email: Brettjolly@aol.com

Skype: Brettjolly1

Bill Withers (to the left with grey hair) his daughter and Anthony Hamilton with Brett Jolly at PIR studios

Bill_Withers,_daughter_and_Anthony_Hamilton

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: My radio interview on WWW.900amwurd.com)

Over this past weekend I had a radio interview for a station based here in Philadelphia. The online coordinate for this station is WWW.900amwurd.com. The host was Dr. Richard Cooper and our particular segment lasted from 4:00 to 5:00 EST. For the record, I have done “several” radio interviews and I absolutely “love” doing them. Dr. Cooper played some of my songs but we talked a lot about my favorite subject: “Music.” He also informed me that he read my blog (which completely surprised me). It was a really great experience for me, so I hope you don’t mind me sharing some of the topics and answers with you today. I believe one of the early questions he asked was, “What was the main difference between popular music today and music of the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s? I answered by saying that music today has became a fad as opposed to being an art form. People got out of playing music for the sake of music itself and instead “grouped it” into categories and forced genres. In the 70’s and 60’s, some of the best works that I liked were  Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going on” album, Michael Jackson’s “Got to be there,” Stevie Wonders “Songs in the Key of Life,” Bill Wither’s “Menagerie” and of course, some of the Beatles “greatest hits.” During that time, music was expression, and  the music was designed to “fit around” the lyrics. No one cared about how “perfect” the time signature and tempo were for dancing. As long as you could feel the song, then it had great potential to be a hit. Then Dr. Cooper asked me if the emergence of Disco hurt music (and musicians in general). I explained that the way music had been played had to change in order to accommodate Disco. For example, James Jamerson was an awesome bassist for Motown. He played bass lines that most players today “still” cannot copy (for the record, I most certainly can). When Disco came about, Jamerson had to change the way he played to “simplify” the groove so that it could fit the concept of Disco. This was not an easy transition for him (and the reports are that he struggled with that), because he was so used to giving flavor to songs that were not of a constant steady beat. Disco was music designed for the art of dancing in a night party life. Some elements of today’s music still have aspects of disco in it. I also explained that what amounted to great music to me may not necessarily be viewed the same way by younger folk of today. I remember one time reading an article about a new group whose music was so corrupted and demonic that it was labeled as corrupting the morals of our youth. Would you like to know that name of the group they mentioned in that article? It was the “Beatles.” Now, if you compared the Beatle’s music with that of today, which would seem worse? I remember once having a talk with Bill Withers, and he told me that he left the music scene on his own because he couldn’t take the direction that music was headed in. He wanted to do songs that had sentimental value to his listeners, but the industry started to frown on that type of music, so he felt like he no longer belonged, and he left. The main force behind the decomposition of music can be drummed up in one word… “money.” Money became the driving force of what radio stations played. Money was the reason labels started to look for more “cost effective” ways to produce music rather put a lot of effort into making a quality product. Money is the reason why a LOT of labels have “gone down,” leaving only a handful of major labels left. Money is the reason why the heads of labels used to be people who knew about music, but now are only people who know about business. Money is the reason why there is not much of a need anymore to bring in “live” musicians to actually play the music in the studio. Yes, the music industry has changed, and in my opinion, instead of hearing the best music we are only hearing the best music that “money can buy.” There are a lot of great artists out there who will never get played on air simply because they lack the resources (funds) to do it. The industry is in need of a change, and hopefully with satellite, internet stations and new venues like Pandora we can get back to hearing “quality” in what we listen to. I realize that I am only one man and I only have one opinion, but if anyone reading this article feels that today’s music is actually “better” then let me know, and please provide a descriptive explanation of “why” you feel that way. I do realize that one man’s music can be another man’s misery. Thank you, Dr. Cooper, for allowing me your platform to reach out to others. It was a very exhilarating experience. By the way, I also celebrated a birthday on March 1. I guess that entrenches me even “further” into the “older generation. Thanks for checking out my Daily Thought today, and I wish the very best to you all.

WWW.Brettjolly.com

Bill Withers (grey hair), he daughter and Anthony Hamilton (and Brett Jolly) in PIR studios

Image

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: “Have you ever noticed?”)

After talking with several people, I have noticed something peculiar that “seems” to happen during this time of year, and I would love to know if this is what’s happening with just about everyone. Is it just me, or do we always seem get “calls” from an ex (or exes) during this time of year? I am not talking about the “recently” departed, but I am talking about ex girlfriends or boyfriends that you have not heard from in a “long” time. Many people (men and women) I have talked to said that this “time of year” gives your past relationship people a chance to “check up on you.” In other words, there is usually “no harm” in wishing “Happy Holidays” to someone (even though this also gives them an “excuse” for calling you). Most times when these past flings call you they are really just checking up on you to see if you are involved in another relationship and most of them try to do this in a “discrete” way (which just about NEVER works). A lot of women that I talked to said that ALL ex boyfriends call to see what’s going on during this time of year. They didn’t do right while they were “in” the relationship, but now they want to make you believe that they have “changed” just “in case” you “might” want to entertain the notion to take them back.  We all know that if they have changed at all, chances are they have only “gotten worse,” but that won’t stop them from trying anyway. Now maybe I’m wrong with what I am saying, but from what I have heard from people this seems to occur a lot. This holiday season, I would love for you to “count” the number of ex boyfriends or girlfriends who try to “reach out” to you. If you can let me know, then I might make this an even “bigger” issue on this topic next time around. For the record, there is nothing wrong with this. It is common courtesy to check up on someone (and in most cases it is a nice gesture), but it is also easy to see the “ulterior motive” when you get these calls. I honestly don’t know if this usually happens with everyone or not, but the few that I have talked to surely “confirmed” it. Either way, I hope these upcoming holidays are great for you and filled with happiness, good health, and most of all, “peace.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought.

WWW.Brettjolly.com

Bill Withers, his daughter and singer Anthony Hamilton in the studio with Brett Jolly

Image

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: A moment with Bill Withers)

Today I would like to spotlight my own personal involvement with a “great” artist whom I had the pleasure of working with. When I was younger I marveled at his songs (and to this date I still consider one of his albums to be one of the best of all time, and that album is the one entitled “Menagerie”). I was imagining in my head what he would look like when I saw him, because the only pictures I could recall of  him were back during his prime, and of course, he would be much older now. As soon as I walked into the room I witnessed a white haired gentleman from the back. I could not see the front of him, but instantaneously, I “knew.” I moved around to the front of him, smiled and said, “You MUST be Bill Withers.” He said it was a pleasure to meet me and reached out his hand to shake. I would have been completely satisfied with that, but then he and I talked more, and that was something I had not anticipated. I asked him what happened, and why did he disappear from the music scene. He said that when the music started to go sour he could no longer take it. When the substance of music started changing for the worse, he said that he could no longer be a part of it. He “retired” a long time ago, and he said that he has no desire to come back. Bill is well into his 70’s now and the zest that he once had for music seems to have evaporated. He said that his label wanted to portray him as a great guitar player, but the truth of the matter is that he didn’t know how to play one. The label decided to bring someone in to teach him a couple of cords to make him at least “look” the part. Well, Bill took the 3 cords he knew and decided to write one of his best tunes and that was a song entitled “Hello like before.” For those of you who are not familiar with Mr. Withers, he had hits like “Ain’t no Sunshine, Grandma’s hands, and Lean on me.” He also had a great collaboration with jazz saxophonist Grover Washington entitled “Just the two of us.” The one thing I admired about my new friend Bill was that he was “no pretense.” He said that if he “can no longer feel it” then that means it’s time to “get out.” For this particular event, we were doing a tribute to him, but Bill didn’t even want to sing any of his own tunes. He had us bring in a new era vocalist by the name of Anthony Hamilton to sing some of the tunes, and then he had his daughter sing some as well. We were not disheartened, though, because even through all that, Bill DID sing, and even at this stage of his career it was an honor to back him up onstage. Periodically I would like to share some of my “music stories” with you, so hopefully today you don’t mind this particular one today. As much as I enjoyed playing for him, I think I enjoyed more just chatting with him. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and I hope your day is an awesome one.

 

Got a topic? Feel free to reach out to me by email at Brettjolly@aol.com of send me a friend request on Skype at Brettjolly1. Thank you and have a great day.

WWW.Brettjolly.com

Bill Withers (far left), his daughter, Anthony Hamilton and Brett Jolly at PIR studios

Image