Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Facebook’s live event video… Is it too much?”)

One thing I have noticed is that on Facebook there seems to be more live streaming events going on. It seems as though everyone wants everyone to know what is happening in their personal lives. However, while this is indeed informative does it carry any other consequences? Is there such as thing as showing “too much privacy?”  The other day I read a story online of a woman who actually died while filming her last moments of her life with her young child by her side. For those of you who would like to check out the story here it is:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/01/03/how-do-you-just-sit-there-family-slams-viewers-who-did-nothing-as-woman-died-on-facebook-live/?utm_term=.07ac02f2e905

There are several things wrong with this story. First, the people who Facebook claims witnessed the video allegedly watched her die without raising a finger to help her. That sounds very tragic. If indeed the viewers could determine that her life was in jeopardy how could anyone just sit there idle? I have not seen the live taping so it is quite possible that no one may have been able to determine the severity of what was happening. Still should this kind of thing be something that everyone can see on Facebook? The next thing to ponder is how much privacy should we be able to show on Facebook? Should people be able to see someone “die live?” I am waiting to see if anyone can actually show themselves engaging in a live sex act on Facebook. That might be “next.” I honestly have no idea as to the legalities of any of this, but if things get out of hand then Facebook’s live videos may end up providing content more risqué than anything we could ever see on normal cable television. Should this be a point of concern for us? Where do we draw the line? Is there any way that Facebook live can be regulated? I do not have any answers to this, but I would love to hear from those who do. Is this now a Pandora’s box that has gotten out of control? Many of us are hooked on social media and it now seems as though nothing may be “off limits.” Stay tuned, for the revolution “just might” be televised after all…” 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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Kathy Sledge (lead singer on “We are Family” by Sister Sledge) and Brett Jolly

Kathy Sledge and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Women posing nude to get the attention of the Republican party values”)

100 women posed nude near the site of the Republican convention this past Sunday in Cleveland, Ohio. They carried mirrors to symbolize “the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women.” Their main purpose was to vent anger against the “repressive rhetoric of many of those in the Republican party against women.” Spencer Tunick, the artist behind the idea, wanted to promote expression through art, thereby allowing the women to convey their messages. Yes, this story is true, and you can check it out at the link below: (Warning: many of the images are graphic in nature. If you are offended in any way regarding nudity, please exercise your option to refrain from checking out the link and please do not hold me accountable for any of its contents).

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/07/18/women-pose-nude-to-a-send-message-to-the-republican-convention/21434003/

On the surface I’m not sure of what to make of this. Would this get my attention? Absolutely. What regular heterosexual man wouldn’t take the opportunity to watch a bunch of angry naked women holding mirrors? Would I be able to grasp the message that they are trying to convey? Now that one has me stumped a little bit. For some reason I find it difficult to see the knowledge and wisdom behind a woman just because she is standing there nude. However, I “will” recognize her “other great attributes.” If she looks good and continues to stand there nude I will continually praise her for being the “smartest person in the world.” (smile) Okay, seriously, as a musician I understand the concept of “expression through art.” I do it a lot through my music. While I applaud the concept of the women, I’m just not sure if the way they are going about it is the best way. Sexism is what plagues many in the political realm, and while there have been many reports of women not getting equal treatment there may be other ways to fight against it. In other words, if you don’t want to be viewed as sex objects then posing as a sex object might only “fuel the fire.” For the record, I don’t think any of the women nor the artist were arrested. Whatever the case, the women got away with it. I don’t think Donald Trump was anywhere near that scene, but I think I heard reports of him checking it out through a high powered telescope from his hotel window (This is only a joke, okay?) While on the surface this story might appear funny the message behind it should not be lost. Women do deserve equal pay and equal treatment in ALL phases of employment. They work hard enough to deserve it. If those in the Republican Party fail to grasp this then there is always “strength at the ballot.” 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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Kathy Sledge (the lead singer of Sister Sledge… She sang “We are family”) and Brett Jolly

Kathy Sledge and Brett

 

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The Captain America story…like real life?”)

I took my kids to see the new Captain America movie. Every time one of those Marvel movies comes out my kids practically “drag” me out to see it (and of course, make me pay for everyone). In my opinion the movie was “great” and truly entertaining. One of the things I look for in movies is whether or not the plot is “believable.” Without divulging the story line and ruining it for everyone, I will just say that the theme of it was one that should apply to our world today. Many times governments will engage in violent behavior whereby “innocent lives” are taken. Wars always have casualties and the innocent should not have to pay the ultimate price for the unlawful actions of others (but yet that always happens). When someone commits an act of terror they should be caught and punished. However, in our own efforts to apprehend that person would it be right for us to endanger the lives of others in the process? I understand fully that terrorists are more than willing to harm others in their own quests to commit terror and they need to be stopped, but at what price? Police are often involved in the  same situation. It has to be a very difficult task to ensure everyone’s safety while trying to apprehend a dangerous suspect. The “Captain America movie” exposed this situation and that is part of the thing that makes this movie so incredibly good. It would be great to have a “world council” that will regulate the violent actions of others. I do believe that it already exists but obviously the power of this organization must not be strong enough if wars still persist. If we truly value the lives of the innocent then we need to have measures in place where we can protect them. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and I advise you to check it out for yourself. By the way, after we finished the movie we went outside into the lobby and ran into “Justin Beiber.” This is no joke (however, his security crew would  not let us take any pictures with him). That was okay with me, as long as my kids could say they at least met him. 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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Kathy Sledge (formally of the group Sister Sledge…She sang lead on “We are Family”) and Brett Jolly

Kathy Sledge and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The OTHER side to being a successful musician”)

So someone asked me the other day to post about the “other” side of being a musician. I know that I have posted all kinds of things about the positives, but I was actually asked to say something about those “OTHER experiences” I have had with people that are just “fans” of musicians. Actually, I was first asked if I had any “groupies.” Groupies are people that adore you so much they follow you “everywhere” you perform musically (and even places you may NOT be performing). For the record, as far as I know I don’t have ANY groupies. Yes, some people will show up at some shows but that doesn’t necessarily elevate them to “groupie” status. There “is” a difference. I was also asked to list some of the “off the wall” propositions I have had during my career. I am leery of this because I really don’t’ want anyone to think the wrong impression of me. I cannot help what other people do nor how they act, but I can tell you that I have not managed to live this long being “reckless.” There is already a strong negative stereotype about musicians and my parents raised me well enough to make sure I don’t get caught up in that kind of stigma.That being said, I can honestly say that I have been “groped, grabbed and flashed” on several occasions as a musician. There are people who (for some reason) feel they need the attention, so they will sometimes stop at nothing to get it. In Vegas, some lady who I never met before rushed onstage to grab my arm. I just looked down at her and said. “Baby, you REALLY need to let go of my arm.” Security approached cautiously because they didn’t want to hurt me in the process, but they eventually had to “pry” her from off of me (and no, I didn’t miss a note in the process). In Brazil a lady wanted my autograph, but she didn’t have “any” paper at all for me to write on (I will let your imagination wander on just how this was accomplished). In London after a show, this beautiful model came up to me and without even telling me her name asked to get upstairs to my dressing room so she could kick it with me. This felt suspicious from the very start and I politely declined her offer. That was a good thing, because right after that she went straight to the other musicians in the band and asked the same thing. For the record, we ALL declined her. Also, when on the road, I have had knocks on my hotel room door at night from women who wanted to crash with me for the night (I never told anyone other than band members where my hotel rooms were). I could just envision waking up in the morning to find her AND my wallet gone, so she was declined as well. At one of my gigs I actually had 2 women that I had never met before fight over me in the parking lot. The police actually had to arrive to break it up and I had no idea until I found out later. One of the ladies asked me if we could go out, blood streaming out of her nose. For some reason, that didn’t look very sexy to me (smile). I really couldn’t understand that one. I have a lot of stories, but I will leave you with this last one for now. At one of my outside gigs this woman really loved the way I played, so she told me that if I sang this one song entitled “I shot the sheriff” that she would have a big surprise for me. Well, I sang the song, and she went over to the bushes where only the band and I could see her, lifted up her shirt and started “pleasuring herself” to our song. Even I had to admit that she looked awesome. They guys in the band just kept saying “Whatever you do, don’t STOP!”  After the song was over, this guy who was with her flipped a coin and asked me to call it. I said “Heads” and it came up “tails.” He then said to me, “This just ain’t your lucky day, and then left with the woman.” I mentioned all of these things today only because I was asked to. I promise you I have no ego and I am not saying any of this for any bragging rights. i usually conduct myself properly whenever I do shows and just because other people may sometimes get out of hand doesn’t mean that I have to stoop to their levels. I do not drink, smoke, or get high. I also don’t do any wild parties. Yes, being a musician will often have a wild side to it, but if your head is on straight then you don’t have to give in to temptation. I have way too much to live for to get caught up in a really “stupid moment.” I hope I didn’t offend anyone with this post. I was only trying to be real. That being said, I 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 and Kathy Sledge, who sang the hit song “We are Family” from Sister Sledge

Kathy Sledge and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Did Michael Jackson steal a song from Hall and Oates?”)

On a recent interview with legendary Pop duo Hall and Oates, they mentioned that  Michael Jackson told them that he “stole” from their hit song “I can’t go for that (No can do).” Surprisingly enough, the tune that Michael created with it was  the mega hit “Billie Jean.” For those who would like to check out the interview here is the link:

http://nj1015.com/hall-oates-talk-about-the-song-michael-jackson-says-he-stole-from-them/

When it comes to “any” bass lines, I can tell you “exactly” who stole  and who didn’t steal. Chic’s bass lines to “Good Times” was in fact stolen by “several people” including the “biggest  perpetrators” The Sugar Hill Gang (“Rappers Delight”). As much as people “think” that Robin Thicke stole the bass line from Marvin Gaye on “Got to Give it Up (Supposedly for the hit song “Blurred Lines”) there is “NO thievery AT ALL” on this one. The bass lines are “totally different.” Thicke may have copied the style, but NOT the music. Now, back to Michael. If  Michael stole the bass line of “I can’t go for that” then he did an absolutely “horrible job of doing so.” The bass lines to both tunes DO NOT match up at all. Not only that, the drum parts don’t match, the music doesn’t match and the melody lines don’t match either. If that was the best that Michael could do when  trying to steal someone else’s song then “everyone” should have been safe from this predator. There are only “so many” notes in the music realm, and while just about “all” songwriters are influenced by others it doesn’t mean that they steal from them. For the record, they are nothing illegal about stealing someone else’s “style of music.” A LOT of todays music has the same style to it, so if that were the case then they all should be suing each other in court. However, when you “sample or copy” a specific pattern  from another tune then that could lead to “copyright infringement.” The Chiffons song “He’s so fine” was a big hit and when i played for them I asked them about John Lennon (from the Beetles) and they told me that John “flat out stole their music and melody line for his big hit “My Sweet Lord.” Obviously they were right, because they took  him to court and “won” for copyright infringement. I will “gladly” point out anyone who steals from others, but on this particular occasion I must say that if Michael Jackson stole from Hall and Oates, then he was a very “poor criminal (NOT a “smooth criminal” at all)” so my response to this is simple:” “No could do.” I thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought and as always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer. Have a great day.

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Kathy Sledge (who sang lead on the big hit “We are Family” for Sister Sledge) and Brett Jolly

Kathy Sledge and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Would you engage in a legal deal with someone scrupulous?”)

Someone asked me an interesting question the other day. The question was, “If you already knew that someone had a scrupulous, evil and slick nature, would you still engage in a “legal and safe contract deal with him or her?’ I had to pause for a moment, because on the surface this sounds like something that “no one” should ever want to do. However, after a little meditation over the subject, I came up with the realization that “many” of us already conduct business transactions with people who we really have “no way” of knowing whether they are crooked or not. That can go for just about anyone. When you go to a car mechanic, who is to say that they won’t charge you a lot of money for something that is not that difficult to fix? When you deal with your own bank, have you ever checked your statement and found “some crazy fee” they charged  you that seemed to make no sense to you at all? Hey, we won’t even “talk” about cable television. Car dealers  may be the worst of this bunch when it comes to trying to “pad on” to your payment. They offer warranties that seem really necessary at the time but whenever you need to have something fixed later on you find that they don’t cover “anything.” The truth of the matter is that we cannot control  what “other people do” even when it comes to a “very legal” business transaction. I think the best you can do is just make sure that everything on “your end” is straight up and “by the book.” As long as there is no impropriety on your part then whenever someone investigates they will have nothing that they can pin on you. There have been crooked politicians, policemen, and even church clergy. These are people we “want” to be able to trust, but when you look at it, they are no more human than the rest of us. The biggest problem should be when you absolutely “know” these people want to conduct a crooked business deal with you and they end up causing you to engage in illegal activities as well. Then, you are just as bad as the person you are doing business with. No one is perfect, and to some point we “all” come across “temptation.” While I prefer to deal with “people I trust” I cannot escape the fact that they may have their own ulterior motives as well. I just say “Do what’s best for you” and never put yourself in an uncompromising position. That way when your surroundings burn and start to crumble around you, you can feel safe knowing that your area is “very much secure.” 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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Brett Jolly and Kathy Sledge (Lead vocalist on the hit song “We are Family”)

Kathy Sledge and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The report on the use of torture… Are you surprised?”)

I awoke this morning to find out that there is some kind of interrogation report involving torture tactics used by the Bush administration for detainees  and alleged terrorists that had been captured. For those of you who have no idea  how horrific the tactics were, just check out the link below for the disturbing details:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/09/senate-torture-report-details_n_6295396.html

Should torture be used a means of interrogation? To a great degree, some form of torture is already applied when it comes to authorities seeking information. Even if you are sitting in a room being questioned about a particular situation by detectives, I have  heard that they will often question a person for “hours” in order to obtain information. Just that principle itself could be considered torture for the person being interrogated for such a long period of time. So with that being the case, to what “degree” should torture take place? The Obama administration says that “This is not who we are.” However, if we have done it, then “This is what we became at one point.” I am not a big fan of torture, but I am not a big fan of terrorism either. If we are trying to save the lives of others, should we truly rule out the use of torture to extract information? Many people may be surprised at this report and the details from it, but I am not. I have never believed that governments are so innocent that they would never resort to devious measures. When it came to spying on people’s personal phone conversations, I was not surprised to hear that we were spying. When it comes to torture tactics, I am not surprised either. I remember the deposed leader from Panama by the name of Noriega (Remember him?). He was captured and removed from his position of leadership. He had threatened to tell all about our illegal government involvement at trial, thus exposing secrets that had been hidden. Have you ever  heard about his trial? I sure haven’t, but I do know that he is currently incarcerated by our government. I am firmly convinced that “no” government should be considered “saintly.” Torture may not be ethical to use by any means, but I think  most of us would be foolish to think that it will never be used again. It will be interesting to hear the public backlash on this report. Until then, I will continue to keep my eyes  “and my mind” open to who and what we are, and what we have done… I 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 and Kathy Sledge (from Sister Sledge… she sang lead on “We are Family”)

Kathy Sledge and Brett