Sidney Duane Helmer | Durango

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by Sidney Duane Helmer

Songs of desperate love, ghost soldiers, women , and the business of war, seen through the eyes of a disabled Vietnam vet.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Durango
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2. Oh,Senora
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3. Big Business
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Gee , in 1968 I was in the TET offensive. In 1969 I was at Woodstock. What a trip. Guess that makes me a dinosaur. Yep.
"Oh , Senora" is about a desperate love I had for a beautiful Latina. Hope I didn't screw up the Spanish too bad.
"Durango" is a dreamlike song about the Mexican Revolution and ghost soldiers etc.
"Big Business"..... I will let you figure that out.
Rock with a Latin influence , a little Howlin' Wolf thrown in sometimes , one ballad.
Something maybe a little different.
More to come , a little world beat and other things.
I have been playing music a long time ,many different kinds of music. I am always trying to blend different styles together.
This is the first bit of an upcoming whole cd. Hope you like it.
Trivia: I met Johny Cash in Nashville about 1971. Shook his hand, "Howdy boys ". The most imposing and a little intimidating
person I have met. A true genius.Never afraid to tell it like it is. Shook hands with John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters.
Something I am grateful for. Never met Doug Sahm , saw the Quintet once.
Worst gigs: Ones I didn't get paid for.
Martie Romie plays bass on "Big Business" . Thanks Martie !
I played everything else for better or worse.
I am going to try io get more people involved in the rest of the cd. Hopefully Jonell Mosser , Bonnie Raitt, and the rhythm section for the GREAT Columbian singer Juanes.
Well ........... that's probably not going to happen. Huh
Peace and common sense to all.


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Mac McMeans

Keep it coming...
I've had the privilege of being Helmer's photographer for an upcoming Durango music video. Our backdrop was a huge rock quarry. No electricity. You improvise alot and go for effect. Now, what WAS electric was having heard these tunes several weeks before the shoot. I heard. I listened. I took them in. (And when it was time to put Sidney in front of the camera, I was jazzed.) It's hard to imagine a sample of music more diverse or evocative. His style is refreshingly original. Lyrics are spun for the long-haul message; devoid of those cheap whiny shots so typical of contemporary artists. There's a depth in this music revealing passions and aches of the soul that simply can't be counterfeited. Perhaps the authenticity stems from the fact he really IS a dinosaur, but the experiences he relates are gritty and true. Me, I go for lyrics. I enjoy these all, but I'll give a nod toward the richness of the title cut, "Durango." Stonewall Jackson, ghost soldiers and a serving of Spanish phrases make this song immune to competition. Quite simply, artists don't write on this level. I suspect most can't. "Oh, Senora" colors a man's imagination and drives him to his knees with pangs of empty longing, as he vividly recalls the presence and power of a beautiful Latin woman. When I first heard this one my mind raced with images of a hundred little cuties, all of whom I'd never met. The third song, "Big Business," could have gotten lost in its own anti-war, anti-corruption sentimentality. Thankfully it didn't. As a slightly younger, fellow Army veteran, my eyes have not seen the action his have had to endure. Yet the lines of this song brought me vicariously to a point where I pictured the grind of war, the resolve of corruption and the sheer lack of sense it all makes. Musically, I prefer this the least. The soft layer of grunge I find too subdued. It ought to crack more. It ought to feel deliciously stark, which is not to say I don't like it--MREs and RPGs on the menu are apt--but I would have altered the arrangement. I'll say it once more: Sidney Helmer puts a note to a word like nothing you've heard before. He's not commercial, superficial or mass-marketed. That makes his music genuine. He composes for his own therapy and writes for his own soul. If there's a catharsis to be had, it's a deeply personal one. What's the downside here? It's the fact I haven't gotten to experience nine more of his songs alongside these three. I'm waiting, and hardly patiently. More has to follow. I suspect you'll feel the same.