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Whettman Chelmets - The Devil DoubleCrossed You (Music Video)
Culled from various recording sessions from around 2000 to now, I pen a letter to childhood's end and the scars and catharsis carried into adulthood.
My brother was arrested for murder in 1987. He was 17. I was 9. It was a singular event that triggered so many concentric circles of pain around so many people. He has grown. He is almost 50 now. He has facilitated the healing and dialogue of victims of crime with offenders. He is a Buddhist. He is still a juvenile life without parole offender, regardless of US Supreme Court rulings to the unconstitutionality of this sentence without consideration of age. We talk on Saturdays. We write. We share music and shows we are watching. I enjoy these talks.
But I struggle with this pain and this anger and this sense of injustice about everything. I work to make myself whole. This is a chronicle of that, utilizing field recordings of the events in question, media samples, and my own playing and arranging. It's a challenge to share, but something I must do. If you made it this far, thank you.
There are some amazing groups out there that do amazing things for juvenile justice reform. I encourage you to seek them out.
released October 11, 2019
Recorded between 2000 and 2018 by Whettman Chelmets, utilizing guitar, software, semi-modular synth, field recordings, and any means of processing.
Arranged and mixed between July and November, 2018.
Additional mixing by Angel Marcloid. Mastering by Angel Marcloid.