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

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“My long music weekend”)

People will often ask me what it’s like to be a well working musician. Many think it is all fun and hardly any work involved. Well, this past weekend will hopefully give some better insight as to what I have to deal with on a regular. First off, Friday I actually did manage to get “some” rest. It was by far the easiest day of the weekend for me. However, Saturday I had to play in Long Island, New York (which was about a 3 hour drive from where I live). I was performing for some type of high level “Tina Turner tribute.” I was not their regular bass player but I normally sub for anyone who needs a fill in player and can’t do a whole lot of rehearsal. The interesting part of this was that I had to learn all the arrangement to about 20 tunes (which is a lot). I had to be at the original location by 12 noon and then travel to Long Island, do sound check, get the game plan and then do the show. This took up most of the day until the time for the show. When everything was finally over, I managed to do the show and got back home around 2:30 to 3:00 am. I am very thankful that the show ended “early enough” or I might have gotten back much later than that. On Sundays I have to play 2 services at church, starting at 7:30 am. This means I really need to get up by 5: 30 am (even though I will often let the alarm go off and try to continually hit the “sleep” button. Yesterday morning I felt like I was carrying bags of rocks as I tried to get out of bed. People told me my eyes were really red and I looked like a zombie who was trying to get life back in my body. Church services go on and usually never finish until about 2:00 pm. On MANY occasions I will actually fall asleep periodically in church, hoping that no one ever sees me do it. Then finally, after church was over I had yet “another” gig to do. After leaving church at 2:00 I had to be at sound check by 4:00. The gig was supposed to start at 6:00 but didn’t start until around 6:30. Needless to say I don’t think I got back home until after 10:00 pm. I was “drained” both physically and mentally. During this process I had to learn and retain the contents and arrangements of over well over 70 songs just for this weekend. If I didn’t have perfect pitch I probably would never have been able to do it. Who those of you who ask, “yes” I will have weekends like this from time to time… I do love what I do, but this is still a job for me, and it can be draining at times. Sometimes the most difficult thing to do is smile through it all. For the record, I am happy playing music and making a living off of it. For those of you who would like to get in this field just keep in mind that it is “not” all fun. 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

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Is Trump a genius?”)

No, today’s Daily Thought is not about bashing Donald Trump. However, there are a few questions or concerns I would love to have addressed concerning recent activities in his campaign. Just recently there was a report out that Trump paid no taxes from an incident in 1995 where he claimed close to a billion dollars in losses due to his failed business ventures. Since he managed to pay no taxes for it, some of his colleagues and allies are now proclaiming him a “genius.” When you think about it, Trump obviously broke no laws in doing so and he only did what just about every American should do when it comes to taxes (He took advantage of whatever exemptions and allowances he could). However, should this make him a “genius?” First off, somehow I just can’t imagine Trump himself handling his own taxes. Most people in his income bracket “hire lawyers and tax experts” to find those deductions (because he would have had to take a lot of time from his busy day to figure all that stuff out on his own). So if we just “assume” that Trump actually “did” his own taxes and was the “genius” behind his business failings, then why did it take so long for him to produce his taxes?  It somehow feels as though he was purposely “procrastinating” while trying to figure out excuses on how to explain his situation to the public. I’m not saying this is the case, but for me it certainly “feels” this way. Now that we know, what should we get from this? From my understanding, this only makes me believe that the rich will always finds ways to “get richer at the expense of others.” Also, for me it raises a very intriguing point. If Trump was the genius that “knew” at that time that his failed businesses would make him tax exempt, does that mean that he “purposely planned and intended” for his businesses to falter just so he could take advantage of that windfall? If so, then he basically “sacrificed” the occupations and livelihoods of all those who worked for him just so he himself could benefit. Is that something that a “real genius” would do? Also, since he claimed all those liabilities of losing close to a billion dollars, does this mean that in actuality Donald Trump is really “broke?” That scenario is tough for me to imagine because he obviously still has lots of money. Trump might have actually been a genius in finding those loopholes, but he wasn’t a genius when it came to “operating those businesses” (because if he were then he would have continued to make more for everyone employed there, including himself). I also can’t imagine his casino (or anyone’s casino) losing a billion dollars in just one year. I used to play music at all his casinos. I would often go down to the kitchens where just about “everyone working there appeared to be immigrants who barely spoke English (if they spoke it at all). I performed at his lavish birthday party in August one summer at the Trump Marina (it has since been bought out and the name has changed). There were always tons of people there and a lot of them were unhappy from losing money (which meant that the casinos were making money). I have no problem with him taking advantage of tax loopholes. That is what he is supposed to so. I just find it difficult to believe that a “real genius” would have managed to lose 912 million dollars in one year in the first place. Claiming bankruptcy shouldn’t make you a genius. For me, I need to know if he will bankrupt the country in the same manner and then show us how to take advantage of it through tax exemptions. I apologize if this sounds like I am bashing Trump, but some of his dealings are raising questions for me. For the record, I don’t think Hillary Clinton is totally honest either, but I don’t see her claiming to be a genius when it comes to doing bad deals. If anyone can show how losing that much money makes you a genius, please let me know. In that case, I know a “LOT” of smaller geniuses. 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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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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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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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Winter’s coming. Are you ready?”)

I don’t know about you, but I “can’t stand freezing” during the winter months. Here in Philadelphia some of our winters have been downright “brutal.” Last year wasn’t bad until we reached February. Once we got into that month we experienced “many days of arctic temperatures and heavy snow storms.” The year before that was even “worse.” Even though I was born in March, I “still” prefer the hot summer weather. When it comes to winter there isn’t much  you can do about the outside. Mother Nature will only do what’s “natural.” However, if you want to remain snug and warm “indoors” then I strongly suggest you make a visit to one of those “home improvement places.” Here we have stores like “Lowes” and “Home Depot.” If you don’t know much about heat preservation their experts can tell you what you “need” to know. For a LOT of homes (or apartments) heat will escape through your windows. There is a form of plastic that you can purchase that will “insulate” your windows, keeping the warm air inside and not allowing any of the cold air outside to creep in. This might be great to get for the cold months ahead. You may not be able to open your windows, but who wants to open windows during the winter anyway? Also, heat rises, which means that cold air will travel along the floor. If you don’t own a rug then now might be the time to get one. Any cracks or holes in your place could also be avenues for heat to escape. You can purchase things that will clog up these holes. When it comes to this winter, “what you don’t know can cost you.” Do yourself a favor and just go visit one of these home remedy places today. It just might make the difference in whether or not you actually smile this winter. 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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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The art of loving yourself first”)

I have heard several people talk about finding love and how difficult it is. Most cite stories about starting relationships only to find out that their trust has been shattered by some unexpected incident. While there is no fool proof way to find and establish love I think that the most important way to “start” is to first “love yourself.” You see, if you cannot love who you are then how can you expect anyone else to love you for who you are? If you respect yourself then your partner should have “no other choice but to respect you as well.” I have heard stories about how people take advantage of other people. There are many out there who will take someone’s kindness for weakness and then manipulate or try to control you. That doesn’t mean that you need to change your ways and become “mean spirited.” It just means that you need to start realizing your “own self value” and be patient while waiting for the one who is “just right for you.” The most important thing in a relationship is to stop thinking that you will “change someone” as opposed to just “seeing that person for who he or she is.” A squirrel is a squirrel, and no matter how hard you try you will “never teach that squirrel to sing.” You will only succeed in annoying the squirrel… The same can (and should) be said about relationships. If your partner has the desire to change on his or her own, then that’s fine. However, if you think you can just make someone into what you want him or her to be, then by all means good luck to you. As long as you love and respect yourself first, then I think you can find happiness with someone else who will see just how much you love yourself. Don’t let your negativity reflect who you are… You “both” deserve better…. 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

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