Most of Terry Breen's 'folk-jazz' songs are easy-going and funny--but there are some edgy satirical tunes and emotional love songs thrown in for balance. The overall effect of his songs is comic relief from the pressures of daily life. Terry embeds thought-provoking lyrics within catchy, relaxing music--with the purpose of awakening the joyful 'personal music' inside of everyone. Terry's lyrics address everyday topics that everyone relates to somehow. 'Housework Will Kill You,' a tribute to homemakers, proclaims: 'When you think you can rest--well, just go ahead, but dust is at work while you're lying in bed.' In another song, Terry describes an unexpected 'near-life experience,' but worries: 'What will become of me if this becomes a trend?' A bluegrass tune, 'The Flatlands of Northern Indiana,' is a fan favorite. It prescribes the Midwestern plains as a perfect home for people who suffer from a fear of heights. Another of Terry's songs, prescribes--in a serious way--the benefits of taking a vacation and simply 'staring at the ocean.' For more than 20 years, Terry Breen has played clubs, coffeehouses, and festivals in the Chicago area. Terry has several CDs on the market. The latest, a 2004 release called 'A Near-Life Experience,' includes 16 songs ranging widely in style and substance. Highlights include 'Blame It On El Nino' and 'Housework Will Kill You.' A 1999 CD, 'The Millennium Bugs Me,' contains a comic song about the Y2K scare, 'The Millennium Bug,' which won an award from National Public Radio. Terry Breen's work as a singer/songwriter jibes with work he does as a writer, journalist, and 'creative communications' consultant. He offers businesses products ranging from websites and newsletters to 'incentive' songs for celebrations, as well as inspirational group songwriting classes.