An instructional designer who works with airlines
and the FAA to develop training programs for pilots, Jerry's
job includes a lot of traveling - and songs about being away
from home. He has been flying since age 10 - on his birthday
that year he got his first ride in a yellow Piper J-3 Cub. At
age 14, he began doing errands at a Pennsylvania grass-strip
airport in exchange for flying lessons. He soloed on his 16th
He learned a little piano from his father but
his first serious instrument was a trombone. At 14, he was turned
on to jazz. He learned the guitar "out of passion" -whether
the passion was for the music or the girls who listened to the
music is really hard to tell at this distance. After a number
of electric garage bands, Bresee drifted to acoustic guitar and
stayed there. He also reports having once been a bass player.
"Among others, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis,
Dave Mason, Paul Simon,
Cooder and anyone who ever sang harmony."
Importance of Music
"Without music, I become someone I don't like:
mean-spirited, narrow, tense, and irritable. Music focuses me.
Making music well requires the full attention of the conscious
mind. There's no time left over for worry; now takes up all your
attention. Some people get this by exercise, inflicting pain
on themselves until they can't think past the current moment.
I get it from music, inflicting joy on myself until I can't hold
a worried thought anymore."
The Washington Music Scene
"I feel like I've not only found my voice, I've
also found a community. There's a family of musicians in this
part of the world, and they're just part of an even larger community
that seems to grow by the day."
"It's not about perfection; it's about connection.
If the songs in my newest CD have any theme at all, it's this
one. Lifeline is about trying to stay
in touch with home when you can't be there. I Will
Always Be Here promises that connections will hold,
no matter what. Don't Fly Alone is
squarely about belonging. Miracle is
a sermon that preaches the sacredness of the connections between
all of us. The cover tune from Tom Prasada-Rao and Michael Lille, Falling
Star, is about a connection that persists in spite
of pain. Insane and Silver
Bullet are meant to connect with an audience and
get their feet tapping."