Venice Project: David Smith

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 in Projects

Meet David Smith, one of the best guitarists I have ever heard on Venice Beach. Here is what he has to say. Listen to this song by David while you read his story and check out the pictures.

“I’m the Bob Dylan no one’s ever heard of. Doubt me? Fuck you…

So why have I been reduced to living in a van down by the ocean; playing music on the streets for the last six years?

It could be that I’m delusional about my talent.

I’ve documented everything: The daughter I left behind to the bewitching Raven who fell in love with a crooning pauper despite her wiser intentions; my fierce dedication toward the craft at hand to a ceaseless self-destructive nature; and from a large, loving, Chicago family to the fettered flock of disenfranchised, damaged, souls who have come to these same western shores to surrender.

I have survived the 9 to five world for 36 years; I’m done, and willing to live void of life’s simplest comforts, and ultimately without my Whale-of-a-Great-White-Buffalo-Faithful-Ford-Van. Hoping my daughter might see all I have as the best that I can do.

David Smith was born the youngest of six on Chicago’s northwest side. Being, predominately, a product of the 70s where guitar was a religion, David built his life around music and worlds. In his 46 years he was written countless songs and poetry, two novels, and a second memoir.”

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