Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The importance of establishing your brand”)

In today’s world you are only as good as your promotion. In other words, if people don’t know about you, then your chances for advancing  your career will not seem sufficient in most cases. While talent and ability can make you great, without any promotion no one will know about you. Everything that involves money and success needs promotion. For vocalists, I always say that “A great singer who performs in the middle of the woods does no good for anyone unless people know he or she is in there.” That just means that the word needs to be put out so that people can know who you are and what you do. Years ago the McDonald’s fast food franchise become vastly popular. The rise in popularity didn’t come from them having the best food, but rather through advertising and promotion (using a clown  and other characters to boost sales). Mercedes Benz became popular through shrewd advertising establishing their vehicles as luxury cars. If you want to rise to higher levels, then you need to promote your own brand. For example, years ago I had to make a big choice. I was scheduled to go on tour in Brazil with Billy Paul (He sang the legendary song “Me and Mrs. Jones”). It would have been nice to go to Brazil, but I was also offered the opportunity to play with an orchestra for a  big PBS special entitled “Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia.” Both events were scheduled during the same times. Here are the particulars: I would have spent two weeks in Brazil and I would have made sufficient money for two weeks. However, by doing the PBS special I made more money “in one day” than I would have made for the entire Brazil tour. Also, by doing the special, I was seen A LOT on television and that helped to promote my brand. Needless to say, I left Billy Paul to do this show, and it was the “best PR decision I ever made.” People STILL remember me from the show I did  and my stock raised considerably from it. In our lives we are bound to come across tough decisions. You can always take the “sure fire thing” and make the safe decision, but if you expect to grow then sometimes you need to “take a chance.” Promotion is never a guarantee, but if done right it could make the biggest difference in what people know about you. You can “dare to be great” if you have the confidence to establish your brand. 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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Billy Paul and Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( “Preserving the lives of our seniors”)

My father is 83 years old. He has lived a great life and he accomplished a lot. He was good friends with Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta, Andrew Young, Vernon Jordan and Jesse Jackson. We have pictures of him with former Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, George Bush sr and we even have a picture of him with Hillary Clinton. “Pop” is also a diabetic. He has been one for the past 20 years. It is tougher to keep his health intact and at this stage of his life he requires more monitoring. Just last week he had a foot problem that looked bad. One of his toes had turned black. We contacted the doctor who told us to bring him in immediately. I did “exactly that.”Good thing… because his foot had an infection that if not treated swiftly would have gone into his blood stream, traveled up and then something really tragic could have happened. Now he is feeling much better (and there is no talk of amputating anything). I am posting this today to inform you that when it comes to the health of a senior you should never take chances. Our bodies wear out as we get older, and any moment of hesitation could cause dire consequences. We had a scare, but at least this scare resulted in a happy ending. No one lasts forever, but some ailments are preventable. In order to preserve a longer life we need to “check our engines from time to time.” I am thankful that my father is smiling today. I only hope that if you have a loved one who needs monitoring that you are diligent in doing so. Seniors have to depend on you. We should not let them down. 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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Billy Paul and Brett jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“How should a father react when his daughter is featured in Playboy?”)

http://www.playboy.com/galleries/sexy-cosplay-black-female-cosplayers/slide-4

Okay, let’s just say that I had a very “weird” expression on my face when I first heard this. My daughter, Jazzmin Jolly, told me that she was recently featured in a recent Playboy magazine article. Now, MOST folks who are knowledgeable enough already “know” that over the years Playboy magazine has always been a “gentleman’s publication” that featured great looking woman wearing “great degrees of nothing but empty space.” In other words, “naked…” When my daughter relayed this information to me I needed an explanation “quick, fast, and in a hurry.” That was when she informed me that when she went to one of her “anime” conventions a picture of her was taken and featured in one of Playboy’s “online publications.” The best part about this conversation was that she was “fully dressed” in the picture. You can click on the actual link above to see it for yourself… So, as a father, how should I have felt that my daughter was featured in a well known publication such as Playboy, even though she was fully clothed? I can tell you that I felt a “great degree of relief.” My daughter loves the world of cosplay, and to be honest there is a lot about this realm that I still don’t know. The basic gist is that she goes to these conventions and dresses up (along with others who do the same) as famous “anime” or movie characters. It is a world that Jazzmin loves, and I fully support her desire to take part in it. One year I was with her (I think it was in South Carolina) and I saw first hand how people don special costumes, special makeup, along with special gimmicks and actually “role play” the characters. Some of them go to exorbitant lengths to “capture the essence” of the characters. Hey, when growing up I always had my “own” infatuation with super heroes. I so wished that I could have been one. Well, the kids of today actually “CAN” with these conventions. They may not have the actual super powers that go along with it, but that doesn’t stop them from living out their fantasies regardless. I love my kids, and I will always support them in their endeavors to do something positive and fulfilling. While I may not want my daughter featured in “too many” Playboy articles I can still say that she has made me a very proud parent. Jazzmin wants me to one day dress up as one of my super hero fantasies. While it is still an infatuation for me, I think I am “well past” my prime for doing this. I will leave this realm for her, and wish her the absolute best in it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Billy Paul (“Me and Mrs. Jones” and “Your song”) and Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Life… from this point on…”)

Just recently i talked to a singer/friend who is looking to put a music package together. She has great talent and I truly think she is definitely marketable. We had the chance to talk about her style as well as her image and the conversation went very well. I was totally surprised when she even told me that she likes to read my blog. As the conversation went on, she mentioned that she made a “really bad mistake” in her life, and that it was so bad that she almost went to jail for it. She said that I could easily Google her name and the case would probably come up. I immediately told her that “we ALL” make mistakes in life and none of us is perfect. I told her that I didn’t need to look up what she did and I didn’t care about it either. You see, many people will tend to judge you by the past even though the past is now over and that person from back then may no longer exist. No matter how much you look over your shoulder at the past, that scene “never” changes. The person who matters most to me is the one who is experiencing “life… from this point on…” I’m sure we ALL have done things in our lives that we wish we could correct. The fact of the matter is that we “can’t.” I mentioned before about my barber who  mistakenly killed 3 people when he drove recklessly. He told the judge that he knew he made a bad mistake and he could understand if no one would forgive him. As bad as his crime was, he is free now and he is a totally changed man. His reputation may forever be tainted from the accident, but at least now he has the opportunity to move on and make amends. I also remember years ago when I was an apartment manager and an applicant for my maintenance department came to me. He told me that he had done time in prison for murder and he admitted to me that he would like a second chance in life. I wanted to give it to him, but the landlords told me that i couldn’t hire him because of his record. Well, the man I eventually hired with a “good record” was accused of stealing and was fired from the job. I only wished that i could have given the job to the one man who I thought deserved the second chance. Time will tell if this singer/friend of mine will be able to overcome whatever she did wrong in the public eye. I have no intentions of judging her on anything other than her dedication to making this project work. I think it would be nice if we ALL could learn to judge people not in accordance with what they’ve done, but rather from what we think they “will do” in “life… from this point on….” Sometimes things truly are better “the second time around.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer. Please make the “most” of it…

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Billy Paul (” Me and Mrs. Jones” and “Your Song”) and Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“How to build on a child’s musical gift”)

So I was asked a simple question… “somewhat”…. A parent told me that she had a child that was learning how to play piano. The biggest issue that the parent wanted to know was “What music should I make my child listen to?” A red flag popped up immediately when I heard her utter the word “make.” You see, playing music is an “art” and when it comes to artistry I just don’t think  you should ever try to “force” it. When you “make” someone become an artist you stifle their creative ways and inhibit a child’s desire to explore. For example, when I was young my mother found that I could actually play piano on my own. She “immediately” put me into “piano lessons” where the teacher tried her best to teach me how to “read” music. To this day it never worked. The problem was that i was an “ear” player, and i didn’t see any joy in learning how to read music. I rebelled a lot and actually left the piano alone for a while over this. As long as a child has his or her own “natural intrigue” then i believe it is best for a parent to build on that. If a child is “interested” in piano lessons, then by all means go for it. Now, as for what type of music the child should listen to, I suggested that she let the child check out any and all types of music or whatever music the child desired. An artist sometimes needs to explore on his or her own the world of creativity. I loved figuring out a song on my own without the help of s music chart. I remember one time performing a gig with the New Jersey symphony at the NJPAC center near New York City. They had a song that they wanted me to play, and they put a stand with a chart in it in front of me. My eyes opened wide because I didn’t know how to tell them that I could not read music. So as I sat down in the chair, I leaned forward as if to “pretend” that I was studying the chart, and when they played the song I simply “followed by ear on  the fly.” I breathed a rather “hefty sigh of relief” when they congratulated me on a great job.” They say that a lot of artists are weird, and I can agree. I probably should have learned how to read music, but for some strange reason I always felt that if I learned  how to read music, then I would have depended too heavily on it and my natural ear for it would have dissolved. A gifted child should be motivated to enhance his or her craft, but i just don’t believe that a parent should “force” a gift. I told the lady to let her child listen to any and everything, and as the child’s artistry grows, so will grow the musical range of what that child listens to. I believe that most of us have a gift of some kind. The joy in life is in being able to do what you love to do and excel at it. For any parent reading this who has a gifted child, I hope that you keep the “love” for the child’s gift “intact.” Let your child “tell  you” what he or she wants and see if you can help those creative juices flow. I thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer. Have a great day.

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Billy Paul (“Me and Mrs. Jones” and “My song”) and Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Spotlight: Billy Paul… “Me and Mrs. Jones”)

One of the “biggest” songs of all time was a tune entitled “Me and Mrs. Jones,” a song about (of all things) “infidelity.” The song was performed by Billy Paul, a really nice guy who is “extremely approachable.” I toured with Billy for years and had a lot of fun on his gigs. The interesting part about his career is that even though he is “amazingly popular” overseas, he doesn’t do a lot here in the United States. We would perform in huge stadiums in places like Brazil and yet here in the States he would often do little gigs like block parties and even bars. If you ask him the story about the song “Me and Mrs. Jones” he would gladly tell you that he didn’t even like the tune and it was the very last song to go on that album. Even he never imagined that it would become as big a hit as it did. Some publications actually have him listed as a “one hit wonder” but that is actually not the truth when it comes to Billy. In Europe he had a tremendous hit doing a cover of Elton John’s classic “Your song.” He also had a few lessor known R&B hits that achieved “moderate fame” in his career. My all time favorite tune of his is a simple little song entitled “Love buddies.” If you get the chance, I hope you can Google it to check it out for yourself. Billy has been around for a long time, and considering what he has been through in his life (He had to overcome some major habit issues) it is amazing to note that he has actually outlasted most of the other artists at Philly International Records. He was able to “get his life straight” with the help of his partner, manager and wife (all in one) Blanche. If you talk to her, she does “NOT” like to be called “Mrs, Jones” and will let you know that fact in a very hot second. Even though Billy is now “up there” in age, he “still” manages to travel overseas and do gigs. I remember performing a gig in Brazil with him and the women in the audience were throwing “white roses” to him (and to me) onstage. That atmosphere was absolutely crazy, but a fun gig nevertheless. One story said that Billy’s fame would have continued on if not for one particular song he recorded that changed his image. One of the funkiest tunes you will ever hear is a piece by him entitled “Am I Black enough for you.” While the lyrics are somewhat racy, it is still one of my favorite tunes from  him. While many others from that era have left us, Billy Paul is still here and still going strong. If you ever hear of him performing in your area, I hope you take the opportunity to go check him out. I think you will be glad you did. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always, I wish the very best to you that life has to offer.
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Billy Paul and Brett Jolly performing in Tunisia, Africa
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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: Robin Thicke blames his separation on telling the truth)

In  this recent article it has been alleged that Robin Thicke, the crooner who had the big hit “Blurred Lines,” states that his estranged wife, Paula Patton, left him because he told the truth. Here is the link to the article:

http://www.people.com/article/robin-thicke-drugs-paula-patton-lawsuit?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_265720&xid=partner_zergnet

In the entertainment field there are a “lot” of demons that “can and will”  possess you if you are not strong enough to handle them. With fame often comes a “lot” of “temptation” and if you don’t handle it right you just might end up feeling as though there is a bright red target on your back. Thicke admitted that he had a drug and alcohol addiction. He said he took Vicodin and would often mix it with water and consume it before and during interviews. In his statement, he makes it seem as though his wife left him because he finally told her the truth. The fact is that she left him because he was “untruthful.” He was photographed literally “grabbing” some lady’s behind and for those of you who happened to see the video to his song “Blurred Lines” the women in it were all topless. It can be tough for any married couple to endure when one or both have a successful music career. You have to be able to “separate the business side” from the “personal side” and you have to incorporate a “massive faith” in trusting your partner. Paula Patton was an actress who knows the industry. She also was a wife who “knew her husband.” Thicke has no one but himself to blame for her leaving him, so for him to blame it on the fact that he “told the truth” was paramount to him not accepting responsibility for his own actions. The truth was coming out anyway whether he admitted to it or not. Telling her the truth did not excuse him from what he did so stop trying to blame it on the truth. Thicke and Pharrell Williams are credited with the success of Blurred Lines, even though they are currently being sued (and they are suing) the family of Marvin Gaye for copyright infringement of Gaye’s song “Got to give it up.” Many people feel as though the song was “stolen” from Gaye’s track. I have personally played both songs many times, and while I can tell you that the styles of both songs are very similar, there was no stealing of music in this instance. The melody lines are completely different. The chord progressions are completely different. The key of the song is completely different and the bass lines are completely different. If there is a stolen sample of Gaye’s tune in there I could not hear it (and my ears are perfectly tuned to pick out such things). Normally with most entertainers they have a “great rise” in their career that lasts for a while before they come crashing back to earth. In this situation it appears that Thicke’s “rise and fall” are actually transpiring at the “very same time.” A friend of mine who is a musician was once upset because his wife was leaving him. He was really bummed out over it and he asked me what he could do. I told him that the best way to get his wife back was to “show her something she never saw before” from him. Months later I talked to him and he thanked me for the advice, because they are now back together and happier than ever. I only hope that Robin Thicke finds the wherewithal to follow the same direction. This industry will “devour the weak” and his best friend “should” have been his wife. As I just said, his wife knows him, so if he really wants to get her back, then he needs to show her “someone that she DOESN’T know.” Accepting responsibility for his own actions is a “great way” to start. 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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Billy Paul (“Me and Mrs. Jones” and “Your song”) and Brett Jolly in concert

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