Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Someone asked my opinion on rap music”)

The other day some guy came up to me and asked how I felt about rap music. He said that the lyrics in these tunes are hardly ever positive and that he felt they were a negative influence on our youth. He wanted my personal opinion (and we all know I have plenty of those) so I gave it to him. First, I said that you have to go beneath the surface when it comes to anything that is popular. Most fads, styles and promotions are driven by the concept of “making money.” As bad as you may think rap music may be, it won’t make a difference what you think if people continue to support it by buying it.  While it would be great for rap music to promote more “positivity in the songs” the labels only care about making profit. I did manage to tell him that however, the industry will “follow the leader.” In other words, if he could come up with a new positive rap lyric song and it sells somehow, then those other labels will take notice and most likely “follow suit.” I also told him that the state of most current popular music has been dwindling as well. A lot of those big name record labels from back in the day are gone now. The few big labels that are left are putting out “cheap sounding music product” and depending more on marketing to sell it. What this means is that they are hoping that their marketing strategy will make “any song they promote” a big hit (and a profitable one) no matter how horrible it is. This concept costs a lot, which is why the radio industry is in the toilet now. The music you hear on most of the big conglomerate radio stations is basically music that is easy (and cheap) for them to produce. The quality doesn’t matter to them anymore because they figure the young market will buy it “as it is.” The real question is whether or not they are making any profit doing so. It costs a lot of money to promote your song, and since most of the younger generations don’t buy CD’s anymore then rarely does anyone sell enough to make a big splash financially. Remember the old days when you could buy someone’s CD for around $10.00? The days of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston are gone, and what’s left is a trail of “watered down” product that is not worthy. Often you will hear reports that a certain song sold “millions” when it was first introduced. Don’t believe everything that you hear. If these songs were selling, then why have all these labels “folded?” The real money comes from doing concerts and not from music sales. Currently the music industry is on “life support” and in need of a blood transfusion. The radio giants are motivated by money. They need us in order to make it. If the majority of radio listeners don’t like the music then the best way to make a change is to “not support it.” That concept works with just about anything. I told the guy that rap music is “only as bad as it’s support.” There is strength in numbers and through a unified effort we can bring the music industry back to where it should be. 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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David Banner, Ciara, Vickie Winans, The Williams Brothers, Chuck Brown, Janet Jackson, James Ingram, Yolanda Adams (with Brett Jolly to the right on bass)


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: How to handle overly aggressive business partner)

I’m in a job I love as a sales rep for a major company. Good pay, nice co-workers, but recently I’ve been having issues. One of our accounts, a man in his 40’s has been hitting on me every time I talk to him or see him. I talked with my superior and was told to just go with the flow. Don’t jeopardize the account. I only deal with this guy a few times a month, but it’s uncomfortable and starting to undermine my happiness here. Do you have any idea on how to get him to stop his behavior without losing the account?
Yeah…tell his wife about it (and chances are he probably “has” one, too)… Seriously, if your company expects you to get involved with this guy “outside” of the workplace then that could lead to all sorts of consequences. No job should ever “tell” you to “overly” fraternize with a client just so you can keep an account, but most organizations have no problems with using “sex” appeal when it comes to business (in fact, I think that just about ALL of them use it at one stage or other). Obviously most people prefer to do business with an attractive member of the opposite sex (and some might prefer members of the “same” sex, but that is another story…for another day…). If you ever did form some kind of personal relationship with him outside the business (and things suddenly went sour) then the business account could be jeopardized as a result. Also, it could get real “sticky” if this guy expects to sleep with you. From the company standpoint, does this mean that in order to protect the account you are expected to do so? Let’s hope not…  One way to get past this situation is for YOU to “personally” lay down the ground rules and say that you don’t mix personal relationships with corporate accounts. While you are in the workplace it is cool to smile and even be friendly, but once you exit the confines of your workplace that should be the END of your interaction with him. If he appears to be getting out of hand, then your supervisor should be prepared to transfer someone ELSE to that particular account. Now THIS part is VERY important: You need to document EVERYTHING that is happening, from what your supervisor is saying to what your account person is doing. Make sure to make note of the times along with the dates and try to get any witnesses if you can, because you may need them later on (and that is no joke). Should this account be lost (and they blame YOU for it) then you are going to need all resources at your disposal in case your supervisor takes a negative action towards you as a result of it. Foresight is important in ANY field of work, and you need to take measures to make sure your integrity is not being compromised against your will. If they prove to be guilty of harassment (and you can prove it) then you can take THEM to court, win your case and own the company. Here is a Friday greeting from the Phantom Poet:
There is an account executive who always likes to flirt
When I complained to my boss, he recommended me “shortening” my skirt
He said in order to keep the account; I should just go with the flow
I said, “then why don’t YOU dress up in heels and a skirt for him, bro?”
My boss said, “ If it was needed, I would have no problems going that extra mile”
I said, “Great, because our next client is gay, and he digs you…. smile”
If you truly believe in this concept, then you should take the steps to make it stronger
Because this gay guy is about 6 foot 7, so his “extra mile” might be a little “longer”
So as my boss, be prepared to lead by example, honey
And I’ll know we have the account once I see you come in “walking funny”
It’s great to know that you plan on following this policy through
Because we have some other big gay business clients who are fond of you, too
It’s also great to know that as a boss you will lead by example
Because the next gay guy weighs about 450, and you might get trampled
I might be able to have dinner with some clients with wine, food, and ice cream
As long as YOU can handle the other stuff…and be willing to take one…for the “team”
Aw man, I just heard the organization is relocating to “Fire Island”… The Phantom Poet

David Banner, Ciara, Vickie Winans, The Williams Brothers, Chuck Brown, Janet Jackson, James Ingram and Yolanda Adams onstage with Brett Jolly (photo taken from Sister II Sister magazine)


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: Rush Limbaugh)

People have been asking me my thoughts on the Rush Limbaugh situation. For those of you who don’t know, Rush had  the number one radio talk show and he was well known for his “I don’t care what anyone else thinks” attitude on air. Just recently a college student by the name of Sandra Fluke was to give her views on contraception. Mr. Limbaugh took the opportunity to talk negatively about her and brand her names like “prostitute” and “slut.” He also alluded that she should provide us with a sex video. This has brought about a “tsunami” of backlash from the public and advertisers are now pulling ads from his program. Mr. Limbaugh has since publicly apologized for his “inappropriate choice” of words, but it may be “too little, too late.” The sea of negativity is flowing against him and as powerful as he has been he now looks extremely “vulnerable.” How SHOULD we look at him? Should his apology be accepted? Should he still be supported? I always believe in going “beneath the surface” when analyzing anything. I realize that this man became incredibly popular by using controversial statements such as this to build his empire. He “pushed” the limits of “free speech” as far as they could go for the sake of ratings, and for him it “worked.” Given his formula, I feel it was only a matter of time before he said something that would eventually pull him “overboard.” I have never been a personal supporter of him, but I found it astonishing that given his views he had the number one rated program. He was actually quoted saying, “The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.” He also told an African American female to “Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.” For some reason, I find it difficult to support anyone who can conjure up this type of propaganda. However, we cannot refute that his program was in fact “on top,” and as much as that says about him it says even more about “us.” Now it is to the point where even his fellow Republicans have no choice but to denounce him. When sharks are in the water and one of them is bleeding, the others will prey on him, and now Mr. Limbaugh does in fact appear to be that “bleeding shark.” For the Republicans to have validity in the upcoming elections it seems as though they now have to cut off their “right arm” and strongest voice of support. It should be interesting to note how this move could possibly affect them. I do respect Mr. Limbaugh for what he managed to accomplish even if I don’t approve of  how he did so. He became a mighty sounding board for others who think “just like him.” Considering his past views, it is difficult to believe that his apology is sincere, but that judgement is up to a  source “much higher than you or me.”  Whether you love him or hate him, he never backed down from any of his statements… until “now.” Charlie Sheen was a great actor who let his own ideologies cost him his program. Should Mr. Limbaugh fare any better? There is an age old adage that seems so appropriate right now, and that is “Live by the sword, Die by the sword.” This sword has already been thrust and it found it’s “mark.” Now we have to see just how well the “wound” can heal… Have a great day.


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David Banner, Ciara, Vickie Winans, The Williams Brothers, Chuck Brown, Janet Jackson, James Ingram, Yolanda Adams and Brett Jolly (Picture taken from Sista 2 sista magazine)