Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Bunny Sigler”)

This past week, legendary singer Bunny Sigler passed away. For those who are not familiar with him, Bunny was involved with a lot of big name hits. He was involved with Love Train (done by the O’jays), Shake your Body (Done by the Jacksons), Got my mind made up (Instant Funk) and Somebody loves you (Patti LaBelle). Bunny was one of the funniest people you could ever know. He sang incredibly at my mom’s funeral. That was probably the “only” time I can remember him recalling all of the correct lyrics. He has actually had some great tunes that never got publicized  that much. One of my favorite tunes by him is this song:

Bunny’s funeral will be this Friday at Sharon Baptist Church here in Philadelphia. He was also my neighbor. I have worked with him on several different projects and I will sorely miss him. There are some stories that I cannot tell (but I really wish I could). If you want to know, I might be able to tell you in private. It was great to work with him, and I hope he can rest eternally in God’s hands.

Bunny Sigler and Brett Jolly playing at the Phillies Game



Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought “The Power of the NRA”)

The recent shooting in Las Vegas was bad… very bad… The man who committed the shooting had never really been in trouble with the law before. In fact, Stephen Paddock was 64 years of age, and obviously someone (or something) sent him over the edge. As people go through life, changes happen, and some of those changes are not pleasant ones. Those changes we may not be able to see in time, but the problem here was not the changes he went through. The real problem was the ease at which he was able to accumulate his “large” arsenal of weaponry. The NRA (National Rifle Association) is now trying to make it easier for people to purchase silencers for their guns. Out of the 22 thousand people in attendance for that show, can you imagine how many more would have died if the shooter had actually had silencers? The NRA is a large and powerful industry. They have survived many past shootings, and even though there have been countless attempts for stronger background checks the NRA continues to deliver weapons to the wrong hands. Most of them will simply say that stronger background checks won’t make a difference, because people will only lie about what their plans are with the guns. That may very well be true for those with sane intentions, but have you ever talked to a person who is certifiably crazy before? Timothy McVeigh was a terrorist who believed that the government was wrong when it came to the way they handled a situation in Texas. He talked about the government to everyone who would listen and once you heard him you could automatically “tell” that something was wrong. He was one of those people that should not have been able to acquire a gun. The same could be said for just about anyone with those same type of intentions. For those people who want to kill innocents, their message is important. Those are the people that the NRA needs to hold responsible. We can continue to deny that the NRA has any involvement in this situation (but I can tell you that the shooters are getting guns from “somebody”). The NRA has a lot of money and a lot of power. Someone looking for votes from this organization cannot possibly expect to win after confronting them. As long as this organization can sell to everyone we will continue to have more shootings just like this one. The BEST way to start is to toughen the background checks on people. Of course, this has been said before… “many” times… but until we actually get the message in our heads the NRA will eventually have us all “killing each other.” Let’s see if they find out exactly where this gunmen got his “many” guns and then let me know if you think the NRA has anything to do with it. 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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The Whispers in concert with Brett Jolly on bass

The Whispers and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Why do people hate?”)

When it comes to the principle of hate, many people do so because they simply don’t understand. No one is born to hate. They are “taught” to do so. Those that do hate often base their justifications on what they have learned from others. They don’t particularly know the people they hate. However, they do believe that they know their circumstances. Whether it is based on different values, different customs or just a different look people formulate their hatred on what they “think” is there. Everyone has a little prejudice in them. If you don’t like a lady because she wears an ugly hat you are exhibiting prejudice against her. Your realness depends on how well you can “control” your prejudices. Those who display their ignorance publicly are those who cannot contain themselves. They lack will power. What can be done to stop people from exhibiting hatred? Just like hate can be taught, love can be taught as well. Your lack of knowledge can be the one thing that makes you susceptible to hatred. Either get to know the people you  are judging, or learn from someone who knows. If you hang with a certain group of people, you may only know their ways. If their way makes you believe that others are wrong, then you can become that product of hatred. Learning to love is not based on your vision. It is based on your heart. Once you begin to understand that the world has many variations to it then your process of loving becomes much stronger. Make a way for people to understand you… because just like you don’t know them, they may not know you either… Let love teach you both… 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 Lynda Carter (The “original” Wonder Woman)

Linda Carter and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Signs you are dating a psychopath”)

I found this and thought it should be interesting enough to read. Sometimes people have no idea who or what they are getting involved with, only to find out later on that you walked right into trouble. If you catch the warning signs early it may help (or save) you from potential devastation. Women especially need to pay attention to this. Some men need to take heed as well. An ounce of protection now can save you from a lifetime of consequences. Here are the signs that you may be dating a psychopath:

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 woman behind the Kevin Hart Scandal”)

I just happened to go over this story only a couple of times or so, but something just doesn’t seem right here. Let’s go from what we know for sure to be true first. Kevin Hart (the rich and famous comedian) had a 3 day affair with some lady by the name of Montia Sabbag and through all of that a sex video emerged. According to Kevin, someone was trying to extort money out of him for the video (This I can believe for several reasons… first, the video exists, so therefore it had to be made… If the video was made, the only purpose I can see for it would be to secure money). Now comes the part where things seem a little shaky. To be honest, I do NOT trust the sincerity of the woman involved in the scandal, Montia Sabbag.  Here is a sample of her interview:

Just HOW did they manage to even “set up” video in Hart’s room for them to shoot in the first place? It was Kevin’s “private” room. If it happened during the “2nd” day of sex (Like she allegedly claims) then someone had to let this person (or people) in. I can’t imagine that Kevin (who had every reason in the world to keep this secret) would do it. The only person left who could have let strangers into his private room was Montia herself. Also, whoever set up the video had to know “in what room” to set up the cameras. They had to know this couple sexually. Who else would have known better than her? She also claims in the interview that Kevin was hugging, kissing and tugging on her and that made her believe that he wasn’t married. Do you believe that? I sure don’t… Any married man who wants some will be more than willing to hug, kiss and tug without telling you a thing. She also claims that if she had known he was married then their sexual escapade would never have happened. Well, she DID know it. Even though as she claims, it was only around the second time they had sex. The problem here is that she continued to have sex with him for a second AND a third time… This lady has also denied being a stripper, and yet there is proof of her being on a pole. The main thing that I think happened here is that Kevin was set up (and this lady was involved with this in some capacity). He was set up and caught by people wanting to get money from him. Now that he has told his story, the woman still can make money based on her telling her story (which is why she did this interview). For me, this is very simple to see. This should be an example for any “high profile” man. There are many people out there who would “love” to catch you in a weak moment and expose your weakness to the world for profit. Hart did not know this woman and he trusted her. It was a big mistake on his part. The best way to avoid this was to refrain from doing it. For a lot of men, this is easier said than done. The real question is “Has he learned from this experience?” Maybe so, but what about the next man who rises to fame, and the next, and the next? With fame comes responsibility. Use it wisely, or else you too will become your own victim… 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 actress Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union and Brett Jolly


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Trump makes the NFL more popular than ever”)

One thing you can most certainly say about our president: With each tweet he digs himself further and deeper into unpopularity.  His latest tweet wrath was aimed at NFL players who “take a knee” during the playing of the National Anthem in protest against racism. Trump said that the owners should take that “son of a b….” off the field and fire them immediately. Players across the country united during the NFL (some did not even come out for the national anthem)  and if Trump managed to do anything, he united the NFL against him. While this practice was not deemed the best response at first it has since “gained steam” since Donald Trump took a stance against it. The one thing that helps to guarantee it is the fact that the process of “free speech” is being hampered with. No matter who you are or what you believe, you should have the right express yourself. Communication is the key to finding a better way, and until you have it right you continue to have dialogue. Here are some of the reactions around the league to what Trump said:

When it comes to hate groups like the KKK and everything else on that level, it is important to let them have their say (No matter how wrong they may appear). We are also entitled to react the way we do to the things that they say, because this is America. Trump, in his bid to disfigure the NFL probably succeeded in making it more popular than ever. I would love to know the ratings for all the games next week and whether or not they actually improve. Obviously Trump didn’t think before he acted (but that always seems to be the case). There is good to be had out of what he does, even if he himself doesn’t realize it. The players have a right to stand (or kneel) for what they believe. Diversity is what makes America really great, and any attempt to stifle it only makes us stronger. Whether or not he wants to admit it, Trump is making the league stronger. It will be interesting to see where things go from here.


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Singer Lyfe Jennings and brother Bill Jolly along with Brett Jolly

Lyfe Jennings and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“What to do in case you are attacked by surprise”)

Some things in life you never think would happen to you. Well, it can… If you are ever in a situation that you never expected would happen then you need to know what to do. A lot of times it is difficult to think about how to proceed when you are right in the middle of an experience, so hopefully this will help you in case you ever need it. This isn’t just for women or men, this is for anyone who is caught by surprise. Attempted abductions are a part of life. The figures on abductions are ridiculous but the one thing you can count on is that the easier a target you make for them the better your chances of being a victim. Think with an aware mind in just about everything you do, and make sure you are aware of all things that are happening around you. An abductor needs surprise on your part to make this work, and the worse you can make it for him the better off it could be for you. I hope this helps someone today. 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 (“The problem with writing a blog after having a stroke”)

I do realize that my world is forever changed now. I can still write about anything I want and I can still play my music just as well as I did before, but for right now I will always remember my condition. Yes, it could have been “much” worse. I could not have the resources to be the person I was. A lot of people who have strokes never gain the full usage of their abilities (but yet I have). I have already tested my playing and found that I am about one hundred percent in playing anything I want to play. The issue is that this stroke I had has caused me to rest more than I would normally.  It has made me look out for anything that causes me to even “think” that I might have another episode.  I have my first full gig tomorrow night, and I already know that I won’t have a problem playing anything. However, I will always be cognizant of anything that could be considered “too much” to do. I go back to the doctor today so that they can see how much progress I have made. When I do, I hope to be able to show that what they installed will not slow me down. When I went through this thing I scared my poor kids to death. I can’t see that happening again. Yes, I am a stroke survivor now, and my life has changed dramatically. However, I am also a fighter. I won’t go down peacefully. I have every reason to move on, and I intend to do so. Stroke or no stroke, I have a lot left to do on this earth.  Let’s see how much I have changed and how much more I have to do. Thank you, and as always I wish you the very best  that life has to offer for you.


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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“What happened to me, and where I have been”)

Most of you who know me well enough also know that I like to keep up with my commitments. When I try to post something each day from Monday to Friday for my Daily Thought I usually intend to for that to happen. However, something really tough happened to me this past week that messed me up. “I had a stroke.” I am not joking by any means. I literally had to be hospitalized with no explanation for my weird actions and paralyzations. It was bad, it was scary and many thought that I had been messed up for the rest of my life. My children cried while I tried to converse with them and uttered words that made no sense at all, and my brother had to chew out some lady doctor who kept asking me stupid questions while I was zoning out and unable to understand her at any point. Yes, I was slowly losing it and I do remember them (4 nurses) rushing me down to a room for some time of action (even though I have no idea what that action was). It was scary, and my only recall of sanity was wondering weather or not I could play my bass guitar ever again the way I was used to playing it. I had a rough time, but the great thing was that I had “so many, many” people on social media praying for me and wishing me well. I could not tell you the numbers because there were so many, but I could tell you that I had some big people such as Kathy Sledge (lead Singer from Sister Sledge), Gerald Albright (number one saxophonist), Melba Moore, Stave Green (from Breakwater), Evelyn Champagne King, Dexter Wansel, Tony Brown, Sunshine Brown (number one DJ in Philadelphia and his wife) and many, more in my corner it made me feel as though I was doing something right. These people are only the ones that you may remember, but there were many others who were equally as important praying for me. Currently right now I am resting (I really need to do so), and I have nothing musically planned until at least this Wednesday. Even though they could not find the source of what made me go under, I still intend to change a lot of my life. Many people who experience what I went through never get the opportunity or chance to come back at one hundred percent of what they were. I can’t say that I have that either, but I can say that playing my bass guitar is no problem at all for me. I have attempted to play it and it felt wonderful in my hands. I have another chance. Now I have to finish some things because I never know when my life time existence is up. I won’t rush anything, and I will try to ease up on doing so much. If you were one of those who prayed for me then I first want to thank you. Now I want to make great things happen, so after I get my rest I will concentrate on music again. Thank you all for understanding, and most important thank you all for caring in the first place. “A man’s true value doesn’t come from how he views himself, but rather how he is viewed by others.” If this is a true statement then my life is “truly blessed.” Thank you all and I hope to live a lot longer doing the necessary things that will help my career and be a blessing in any way of those of you who believed in me. Thank you again and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.


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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Performing a popular classic at my Wednesday Night event”)

The Wednesday Night Grand Slam is so much fun. It brings together musicians, vocalists and regular music lovers into one night of fun and enjoyment. I host the event and it is a thrill for me, because the house has been “packed” each and every week. Also, when I started this thing I told the cats in the band that “each week we will always do a new song.” I said this because I didn’t want to fall into the other categories that bands fall into. A lot of them will do the same tunes, the same way with the same arrangements.  Since my guys are professional musicians we don’t have time to rehearse so we usually end up playing the new songs “on the spot for the very first time” at our event. A lot of times I will learn the words on the actual day of the event. The audience still loves us and I believe that is one of the reasons why we are so popular. If you are ever in the Philadelphia area on a Wednesday Night, please come to the Crab Tavern in Darby, PA (201 North MacDade Blvd) between 8:00 pm and 12 midnight EST. If you love live music then you will be glad you made it out. Here is another scene from one of our events. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.