Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Did you know that OJ Simpson was set free?”)

In case you missed it, the legendary OJ Simpson was released from jail after 9 years. They snuck him out at night so that no one would be around to see it. He has promised to lay low and stay out of the spotlight. Some people think that he got away with murder. They might be right, but if so he isn’t the only one… He was in jail for armed robbery (he tried to reclaim his own merchandise) and he did 9 years of a 33 year jail sentence in a Las Vegas prison. OJ was one of those athletes who went from the very top to the very bottom. If he had only kept a low profile after his murder trial he probably would not have been in a Vegas prison. However, OJ’s biggest problem was that he was not very smart. His arrogance made him think that he didn’t have a bulls eye target on his back. He did, and when he went to pick up his belongings he gave the people exactly what they were looking for…. another chance to lock him up. There are people out there who just need to stay out of the spotlight. George Zimmerman is one of them. If he doesn’t keep his mouth closed and lay low they will find a way to put him in prison too. OJ may never get back the positive image he had, but at this point in his life he doesn’t need to. He has money, he has family and he has a reason to keep out of public view. If he wants to stay out of prison then hopefully this time he will do the “smart thing.” Right now it doesn’t matter whether he was found innocent or guilty. He is still one of the most hated men in the United States. Time will tell that story. 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 (“Someone requested a song that we never performed before last night”)

Last night we had our Wednesday Night Grand Slam (at the Crab Tavern in Darby, PA, 201 North MacDade Blvd). As usual, it was “packed” last night too, and we have so much fun taking requests. Someone asked for this song (and to be truthful we had never performed this before). I had no idea of the words but the one thing about us is that we will attempt to tackle “anything.” We hope you can ignore the “vocal blunders” on this tune and maybe enjoy the fact that we even “attempted” this song without any rehearsal. We could have posted one of the songs we were more sure of, but we take pride in just about any song we tackle. I hope you enjoy the tune. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Red Bass Guitar Photo shoot with Ciara”)

Ciara is a young lady who obviously has a bright future. This photo shoot was actually done with 3 people, her, her mother and her sister. Her mother explained that she was not overly excited about modeling but on this particular day she “showed out.” It was a real pleasure to work with her and I hope to have more sessions in the near future with her and her family. I hope you enjoy her pictures. 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 (“A harmonica piece done at my Wednesday night event”)

At my Wednesday Night event (simply entitled “The Wednesday Night Grand Slam” we feature all kinds of great talent. The talent is diverse, and that diversity is what makes our nights so special. We will have comedians, musicians, singers, and just regular folk who love to hear good live music come out. We have our regulars but we also manage to get newcomers each week. We take requests (and we actually play them) and we simply have fun. You really need to be here on a Wednesday night to see for yourself (The Crab Tavern, 201 North MacDade Boulevard in Darby, Pennsylvania). We have been experiencing packed audiences and sometimes there are so many people that it is difficult to seat everyone. I host the event each week and it is a pleasure for me to do so. People have asked me to feature more of the talent that we have, so today I wanted to share with you a young man who plays harmonica. He calls himself Scoop Jzizzle and he is one of our popular artists at my event. He doesn’t sing, but he plays the fool out of the harmonica (actually I think he refers to it as a “Mouth harp”). Here he is doing a classic originally done by Chuck Mangione. I hope you enjoy this clip. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“My third concert with Teddy Pendergrass”)

People asked me to re-share my experience being the bass player for Teddy Pendergrass. The interesting thing about it was that when I was first asked to do it I really wasn’t interested. The bass player that Teddy already had “reneged on him” with 2 days to go for a gig they were supposed to do in Mobile Alabama. They brought me in for an “emergency rehearsal” and Teddy threw his entire show at me to see if I could play it. I had no idea what to expect so I came in with a “whatever” attitude. Nothing much was said during the rehearsal, but after we finished the very last song Teddy called me over and said “You came in here cold with no preparation whatsoever and you played my entire show better than my regular bass player. Would you like this gig?” I paused for a moment, and a smile came on my face and I said, “Sure.” I had no idea what a turning point it would be in my career. Teddy was a big star who had been paralyzed in a car accident 19 years before. He was the voice behind many big hits. Obviously his voice was not the same anymore, but he was still “Teddy” and people still loved him. This particular show was only my “3rd” performance with him. In essence they “threw me in the fire” because even for this concert I was not sure of what we were doing. However, I am one who “loves the spotlight” and whenever I have a big audience I love to “show my tail.” After a couple of years touring with Teddy I found this gig to be a happy one. We all would joke in the airports about a lot of things and I found out things about Teddy that most other people didn’t know. Unfortunately his health began to deteriorate and we had a show in Detroit (with Chaka Khan on the program) where Teddy had to leave the stage 4 times. After the show was over I could see Teddy swaying back and forth with his doctor (he had his shirt off). His eyes were rolling up in his head and for that moment I said to myself “This is it.” Luckily he managed to survive that night but for that moment it didn’t look good. “Not being able to finish a concert” was Teddy’s “biggest fear” and he retired again after that. This particular video clip is long (an hour and 9 minutes). You may not be able to sit through all of it. I am the guitar player wearing red suspenders with all black. From facing the stage I will be the guitar player on the “left side.” I hope you enjoyed me sharing my experience with Teddy today. There are a LOT more stories I can tell, but I will leave it here for today. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer. Hope you enjoy the video.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Another fun song at my Wednesday Night event”)

At my Wednesday night entertainment event we have “so much fun.” We never know who is going to come through and for the most part the talent has been phenomenal. We always try to play something new each week (so that our song list doesn’t get boring) and we “often” take requests. If you are ever in the Philadelphia area on a Wednesday night we are located at 201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, Pennsylvania at a place called the Crab Tavern. I host the event and I love to have fun with the audience. We invite people to come up and perform any song they like. If we have not heard it, then we will take a quick listen to it on Youtube… and then “play it on the spot.” Our event is “very popular” and we want to build it up even more if possible. This one particular scene is only “one of many” but today I wanted to share it with you. The vocalist’s name is Sonja and she wanted to sing this one Aretha Franklin tune that we had never played before. Considering the fact that this was the first time we performed this tune I thought it turned out rather well. Of course I am the one with the red bass and red shirt (that light skinned guy in the band). I hope you enjoy this clip, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“A vintage clip of me performing at a star studded affair”)

Years ago I performed at a special event labeled as the IAAA awards (International Association of African American music) and just recently I discovered that someone had actually videoed this occasion. Truth be told, I can’t tell you the names of “all” the people in this lineup but I can at least say a few. “Jazz” from the group Dru Hill, bassist Gerald Veasely, Eve, Angie Stone, Carol Riddick, Queen Latifah, Da Brat, Music Soulchild, and Gerald Levert were just some of the names of stars for this event. In this clip at first I am playing the red bass guitar, but for the last tribute I switched to play the bass synthesizer keyboard while Gerald Veasely played bass (the man singing with the scarf on is Music Soulchild). I hope you enjoy the clip and as always I would like to thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and wish you the very best that life has to offer.