Meet some of its
habitués in the video
THE WORLD-FAMOUS Venice Beach, California, and its incomparable Boardwalk features daily some of the weirdest, most wonderful and wackiest people on the planet.
In our video presentation, you will meet some of the folks who populate the Boardwalk every day of the week.
They come from all corners of the globe (many just tourists parachuting in for a day or two) and create a mosaic of humankind unrivaled anywhere.
Wherever you may be, you cannot help but be inspired by these would-be and wanna-be creative souls whose stories are told in this video.
Musician Lucas Christenson at Venice Beach. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
AMONG THE FOLKS we met was musician Lucas Christenson who hails from northern Michigan.
“I came out to L.A. to pursue music and acting,” he said.
“Today I stopped by Venice to play a little music for the crowds walking by and maybe make a few extra bucks in tips.”
He plays in a band called Bard (as in Shakespeare) and they had a gig recently at Skinnies in North Hollywood.
His band is on the web at everythingbard.com
The music is fabulous.
Elijah Forsman works at NiceCream, one of my favorite stops on Venice Boardwalk. Click image to enlarge. © SGE, Inc. All rights reserved.
We also met Max Funk representing System Accounting, who is petitioning the White House to set up a PayPal like system through the Federal Reserve so that ordinary folks like us can avoid the onerous fees charged by giant banks – and the heart attacks caused by their customer service!
Nearby were several people in yellow overlays asking passersby for “a penny for the homeless.”
The juxtaposition of System Accounting and pennies for the homeless was lost on most everyone, except me.
There’s plenty of music all along the boardwalk, sometimes overlapping in a raucous cacophony, at others sweet and melodic like the guitar and violin duo in the video story.
THE BACK STORY to the video is, as usual, complicated. Some of the best moments were lost, because, unbeknownst to me, the battery in my iPhone4s (which shoots superb video with the ProCamera app ($2.99 at the app store) has lost its ability to hold a charge.
I was unaware it had died after about 20 minutes and kept merrily on my way, discovering the grievous situation only at the end of the outing.
Technical difficulties. Blah! Blah! Blah!
Here you have my first attempt at serious video storytelling. For this, the Raconteur remains invisible. It is the stories of those in the video that are important.
Unlike my other video narratives, in this one there is no narrator. I let the subjects tell their own stories.
Sit back take a few minutes off your weekend, and take a virtual trip down the Boardwalk at the world-famous Venice Beach, California.
The web site of Bard, the band in which Lucas Christenson plays. Click image to enlarge.
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