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happy birthday Taryn

Afgan Star singer Setara

“Rock the Kasbah” movie with Bill Murray about Setara Hussainzada who defied the Taliban by Dancing and Singing on Afgan TV

Tuesday June 14, 2016 Drumming for the Heart

31 years of growing the groove at Seasons

Copyright infringement

I was monetizing the past drumming meditation workshops. My reluctant concession to keep us going. I received a Copyright Infringement Notice from YouTube declaring that some evil drum machine darkness worshipping CD had the same music as our youtube drumming meditation workshop video on Valentine’s day and they were insisting that we share performance royalties that would come to about .00007 cents.( to be paid out when minimum of 100 dollars is reached.) I checked and there is nothing. Maybe only a faint warm up tapping on a dun dun bass drum that might possibly be misconstrued by the Copyright Bot as the aggressive thumping satanic bass pattern at 140 beats a minute that doesn’t change for 7 minutes. Did the copyright “Bot” get confused by the beats? Or are there nefarious forces sharing Mechanical Performance Royalties with the devil? Our channel(Russell Buddy Helm) has over two hundred very positive and uplifting drumming meditation workshops. Youtube has dismissed the copyright claim.


It was so hard to get away from the ‘Jivosity’ of the music business that when I stopped being “a drummer” in L.A. A singer/songwriter who’s claim to fame was that Phil Everly had given him a beautiful Gibson acoustical guitar. He had been a star in Detroit. He decided to write a detective novel and his main character was called “Buddy Helm”.
“You can’t use my name for a character in your book!” I screamed at him.
“He’s a drummer! And he’s a private detective. It’s too good of a name not be used by a drummer. You’re not using it!”
I suppose “King of the Shadows” sold well enough for Scott to move to Lawrence, Kansas and hang out with Bill Burroughs for a few years. He did bloat up from his blond rock star looks into a huge butterball of a cocaine survivor. So I guess he got his just desserts.
He was right though. It’s too good of a name not to be used by a drummer.

drumming meditation workshop June 5, 2016

Drumming Meditation Workshop at Seasons 6.3.16

Spring break advice from SMPD



“I’m not a real drummer. I’m no good.” My fourteen year old student complained. I’ll never be able to play the drum part for “Free Bird” in my high school band recital. I’m just a drummer in a garage.”

I really don’t get upset at remarks like this anymore. I understand.

“Skynyrd practiced in their garage in high school in Jacksonville. And they SUCKED! But they stayed with it and they worked and got better. You know why they got better? Because they were poor. Very Poor. That is a great motivator.”