We’ve been told that when we die our lives flash before our eyes. The way that its been sold to us is that the narrative  unspools in linear fashion – allowing us to follow its trajectory from birth to untimely four wheeler accident or Black Friday trampling. The more we are learning about the brain, however, that process will look a lot like Whettman Chelmet’s new song “Steps to the Courthouse” sounds. Auditory fragments of familiar sounds and flashes of loved ones in free association. Chelmets uses this format – field recordings and buried keyboard arpeggios – to reflect on the life of his brother who was convicted of murder at the age of 17 and currently serving a life sentence. Chelmet’s composition argues that a  life, even though its a series of flashes, still maintains a basic shape and bent towards acceptance. 

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