Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“People”)

Have you ever sat down in a well populated area and just “watched” people go by? If so, have you ever tried to figure out each and every individual person as he or she strolled by? People are so diverse, and sometimes it is fun just to try to guess what you think a particular person may be like. Just based on looks alone, you may be able to determine if someone is very shy or very strict. Most times shy people tend to stay away from any unnecessary attention. Strict people often seem to be unapproachable. Then there are those types who  love attention (and most times you can tell from the clothes that they wear… flashy colors, weird outfits, etc.). Some people seem to exhibit more intellect than others based on how they look, dress, and present themselves. Some people can appear to be angrier than others (while others can seem to be more carefree and happy). Some people seem more uncomfortable than others. The great thing about life is that we all are products of our ancestry and our environment. Just like we inherit physical traits of our ancestors we also inherit mannerisms. No two people are the exact same way in everything. Of course, trying to guess what people are like (based on looks alone) could also make you “very wrong.” When you judge a book by its cover you are truly ignoring the “content of the book.” The best way to understand people and their diversities is to simply take the time to get to know them. You might be surprised at what they are truly like and just how much like you they may be. There is much more to life than “what we THINK we know.” Why not take some time just to say hello to someone you would normally never say hello to. Listen to that person and determine if your assessment was wrong or right. Knowledge is power and knowledge is light. Once we all start to see the light of others then this world will be a much better place to live in… 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 at sound check with Estelle (“American Boy”) in background

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Spotlight on Bruno Mars new tune Uptown Funk”)

Today I would love to do a “musical spotlight” on a new tune by an artist that I still consider to be “a baby” even  though his career has already been established and seems to be heading towards the next plateau. As a performer, I started liking Bruno Mars when I first saw his performance at the Super Bowl. I had no idea what this young kid could do, but I saw flashes of Prince, Michael Jackson, and even a little James Brown in him. In this new generation of artists, it is “rare” to see “anyone” who will even “sing live” to begin with. Bruno has a voice and he has showmanship and above all, “he performs.” When I heard his new single “Uptown Funk,” I waited to see what would happen with it before making a judgment. You see, since I am from “another era” I didn’t want to show any favoritism to this track. After all, the last time I heard any reference to “funk” during a “current radio played tune” was many years ago. I even once wrote a song entitled “If I could bring funk back.” Well, lo and behold, Bruno Mars has done it. I love the tune, but my first thought was “This doesn’t fit the mold of today’s current music. It sounds too live recorded. It sounds too creative. It wasn’t bland enough to fit today’s style of music.” Needless to say, people are loving the  tune, and I may even consider covering it myself. The beat of the song is strong even though I would have loved even “more” instrumentation to go with this mostly  vocal and drums song (and even featuring horns…can you imagine that?). Some of the lyrics are a “tad” bit corny to me, but that doesn’t stop it from being a great song. At this point I am waiting to see how the “rest” of the industry “reacts.” With the music industry, there is usually a lot of “follow the leader” going on, because if one artist comes up with a relatively new style of hit, then everyone else usually takes notice and starts to emulate the same formula. That is why I got tired of hearing all these artists come out with songs that sound like they are either sleep or drunk after Beyonce released “Drunk in Love.” If you have not heard Bruno’s new song, I invite you to check out the video. I love the way that was done as well. I realize that I am from a whole “other” generation so I didn’t want to sound “grandfatherly” in my assessment of tunes. Considering the quality of the music that I have been hearing, it is refreshing to me to hear this song getting airplay. I “only hope” that it is a huge success and that some of these other “lame ducks” step up their game to be “equally as exciting” with their music. I already know that the industry is more about “marketing” than they are “talent” but I am pleasantly shocked and surprised to see Bruno pull this song out of his hat. Stay tuned to see what happens next. 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 with Estelle in the background (“American Boy”) at sound check

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The “live” performance of Estelle with Brett Jolly)

I hope this works. This is the “actual live” performance of Estelle with Brett Jolly playing bass guitar for her (I am the one with the big red guitar on “her” left…viewer right), This was found by my son so there may be some shakes and some crowd blockage from people standing up. I apologize but hope you can get the most of this video. Thank you and my picture with Bon Jovi should be coming tomorrow. As always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer. Just click on the blue part of this code that says “https://facebook.com/elton.b.jolly”>

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“An evening with Bon Jovi… the Follow Up”)

“An evening with Bon Jovi… the Follow Up…” Last night was a great night for music in Philadelphia, and it was my honor to be a part of it. The Kimmel Center is one of the best performance venues for acoustics around, so the sound came through great. We were there ahead of time for sound check, and going over the songs for Grammy award winning artist Estelle. When she came in, she had on shades, a hat and very warm attire (because it was awfully cold in Philly last night). She didn’t smile at first. She came onstage and almost acted as though we weren’t there. Then after we played her song “American Boy” and she sang to it, a great big “smile” came over her face. She warmed up immediately after that, and told us how much she loved the band. We would not see Bon Jovi until later on that night, but the great atmosphere had already been established. The main event was when we had to play “Living on a Prayer,” one of the top songs that Bon Jovi had recorded. The song was received really well that night (even though  Bon  Jovi didn’t sing it, Estelle did). After the show was over, Jovi was backstage with a boatload of photographers  and people looking to interview him. As I walked up to the crowd he “immediately” pointed to me, stopped talking to them and came over with his hand raised for a high handshake and a huge smile on his face. He said “I just had to tell   you that you were  amazing tonight. I loved what you did. I thanked  him while all the photographers took pictures. Then my brother Bill Jolly and I took pictures with him, and as soon as I can find the people who took those pictures I hope to post them. Bon Jovi then confided to me that his vocal range was not what it used to be. He said that he could hit those high notes in his song years back but it is not the same now. I told him that time does that to all singers but his legacy will always remain untainted. He smiled and let out a silent “Thank you” and then we took even “more” pictures together. It was an awesome atmosphere for music, and even though I have experienced “many” gigs just like this it still warmed my heart to be a part of this magical event. Stay tuned for the pictures (If I can ever find the people who took them). I thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always, I wish the very best that life has to offer you today.

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Grammy Award winning Artist Estelle (in background with hat and shades) and Brett Jolly at soundcheck

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Tonight… an evening with Bon Jovi”)

“An evening with Bon Jovi…” Tonight at the Kimmel Center here in Philadelphia I have the distinct pleasure to perform for the “Marian Anderson Awards.” This is a very special function that promotes the accomplishments of big name starts who also “give back to the community.” This year’s featured recipient is the legendary Bon Jovi. For those who would like to know more about this event, just click (or cut and paste into your browser) the link below:

http://www.kimmelcenter.org/events/?id=5084

So let’s see… I have rehearsals with the actual artists today at 1:00  and then the show will be later tonight. Also featured this evening will be Grammy award winning artist Estelle (“American Boy”) and the All American Rejects-acoustic, with comedienne Wanda Sykes as the emcee. To be  honest, I never was much of a Bon Jovi fan, but for this show I managed to look him up and I must admit he has great skills. Of course, the song that we will be doing, “Living on a Prayer” had to be “lowered” a half step because the vocal range on the original track is “extremely high.” We will  have fun doing  this show and I hope to provide more details of the show tomorrow. Right now I “still” don’t know the full story of what we are supposed to do, but whatever it is, I will be “ready” for “anything.” If anyone reading this will happen to be in the Philadelphia area tonight and has money to spare for tickets, you are more than welcome to attend this event. Thank you and as always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Just Brett Jolly in concert

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