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Holding Fast.

Holding Fast.

Combat Veterans are coming to the drum. They are being called by something that has no name. It has no political agenda.

“Hold Fast, Soldier!”  Has been The Brass’s intentions all along. From the Beginning. The plans of the generals would not be carried out if the soldiers did not hold steady. Wait for the command.

Then when the commitment is made the extreme of letting go is dominant while still trying to remain in control through all the fear.

When warriors come back to the drum, and find their own ability to hold steady, there will be peace. From acceptance.

Stress of holding steady under duress creates a backlog of stress-delayed stress. This then comes out in odd moments where the stress is expressed unexpectedly. Often unobserved by the person themselves. They are used to functioning on a high level of stress.

So by drumming “back in the Pocket” -late to the downbeat, the system finds a way to express and release stress in a relaxed groove.

History of the Groove Book first printing

History of the Groove front coverYou can crowd fund the first edition printing and get a personally dedicated copy sent to you.



History of the Groove now taking orders


God Bless Ralph Stanley RIP

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.