Charles Steadman Makes 100 “Sonic Sketches” to Cope with a Friend’s Death

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved music and attempted to make it. My sophomore year of high school I met Conner, somebody who shared my obsession for music. We’ve spent the last 13 years nerding out and making music together. The last time I saw Conner was at one of our favorite band’s concerts; he passed away a few weeks later in a car accident. Despite wanting to do something in his memory, I’ve avoided making music since he passed away. It reminds me of him and brings up difficult emotions. It’s been a year since Conner passed away, so I decided it was time to stop avoiding it and work through my feelings. Each “sonic sketch” is an opportunity to connect with my friend through our shared passion for music. Peace Offering is a daily document of my attempt to make peace with his death and to celebrate his life.

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