is here and now.  I’ve scrapped the final interview show and will leave you instead with some thanks and a word on the next step in” My Life in Sound” , the larger setting for my past, present, and future musical works. For starters I’d like to thank my parents for always having music playing in the house as I grew up, and for being tolerant and kind toward my musical ventures as both a listener and a player. Great thanks are also due to my wife Sarajane for enduring the many years of band practices,the endlessly repetitive nature of loop based music itself, and all the fun that goes along with that and my cheerful being besides. Certainly thanks to all the people I’ve been lucky enough to play music with over the years: Jim Cunningham, Mike Darrah, Rick McCann, Wally Mitchell, Sarajane Helm, Bob Kelley, Marshall Black, Jeff Buffer, Mike Monett, Gerald Nelson, Dave Stafford, Bret Moreland, Mark Hardgrave, and others I’ve jammed with over time. Special thanks to my children Ian and Andrew for keeping me grounded, pushing buttons when asked, and being good kids to boot. Thanks are also in order for those responsible for my involvement with Guitar Craft especially Mr. Robert Fripp whose patience and dedication has been a moving force in many people’s lives both musical and otherwise, including my own.

This series features over 210 individual musical pieces amounting to over 20 hours of original music.Constructing these programs over the past 2 years has made it clear what needs to come next for me…more music So the past has been mined and it’s time to get on with new stuff, which is why this blog will shift it’s focus to notes from the road as I embark on an imaginary world tour with my very real friend Mr. Eddie Ersatz and his orchestra ( or is it a very real tour with my imaginary friend? We’ll let you decide). At any rate I’m packed and ready to go….next stop Paris. Again my sincere thanks to all of you who have taken the time to listen to the music and read the musings, there are more audible treats on the way and maybe a short film if we can swing it , so please stay tuned, and have a good summer. Photo of the recently completed “Zydescopic (formerly diatonic) Accordion” the most recent musical art work from yours truly.

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Episode 32 of At-The-Helm.This installment in the My Life in Sound series consisits of more solo work from the home studio circa 2005-6. Titles and starting times are as follows:

 1- Intro  00:00
 2- Pieces  1:55
 3- Dad’s Taxi  5:10
 4- After The Saints  08:35
 5- Monkey Slide  10:43
 6- Go Soak Your Head  13:08
 7- Picture Postcards  17:20
 9- Distant Objects  20:26
10- Outro 25:56

Performed and recorded by Bryan Helm. All rights reserved by the artist. Tracks 4 and 7 feature samples of other artists recorded work, used here without their permission, with my apologies and thanks to those musicians.  For more info on this series please visit  www.at-the-helm.us  Thanks for listening! More very soon, meanwhile another photo from the antique farm equipment show of a couple years ago.

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and it’s another collection of tunes from the BrotherSync boys. This show features  studio and live tracks as follows:

1- Wages of  Sync  00:00

2-It’s A Bent World  05:08

3- Noodle Bowl  10:18

4- There’s Bucks in Jingles  12:44

5- Hahalodics  15:17

6- Another Cup of Joe  19:56

7- Good Evening Folks  24:37

 All tracks  performed by Hardgrave, Moreland and Helm except #6 which is Hardgrave and Helm. All rights reserved by the artists.Track #6 features Mark Hardgrave on drums and lead guitar recorded Jan1 2005. Tracks 2,3,4 & 5 recorded live in the stuidio 9-7-04. Track #1 mixed and mastered by Bret Moreland circa 2002. Casino field recording by Bret also.  Photo of BrotherSync at Halloween 2004. Track #5 is for Wally Mitchel. Thanks for listening, more sooner than the last soon, and happy holidays to all.

…or listening as it were.Episode 28 in this series features some solo tracks recorded at home during 2002 and 2003. Titles and start times are as follows:

 1- SCN #1  00:00
 2- Futile Fanfare  03:03
 3- Around The Horn  04:35
 4- Letter From Home  07:54
 5- The Shiny Deep  11:51
 6- It’s The Vicar….Not The Bishop  13:56
 7- The Time It Takes  19:06
 8- You Might Not Ever Get Home  20:58
 9- Iron Killed The Fairies  22:15
10- SCN #2  26:09

All music performed and recorded by Bryan Helm.All rights reserved by the artist  Drum and bass loop sample on track #8 uses a Yamaha DTEXpress digital drum preset.  The drums, piano, and lapsteel will all be increasing their musical roles in the remaining shows in this series, which I hope to conclude by years end. Thanks to all of you for listening, enjoy the music and have a good day.  Photo from harvest time a few years back…down the road.