The Homeless Handel Makes Shoppers Weep
He’s been living on the streets since the age of six, has had no musical training and his fingers are permanently scarred by the ravages of frostbite but homeless man David Allen Welsh is making a habit of reducing shoppers to tears with his impromptu piano concertos.
The 50-year-old vagrant virtuoso can’t even read a note but believes his magnificent, made-up melodies are sent to him from above.
‘I’ve been on the streets since I was six years old,’ Mr Welsh said.
‘I don’t know how to play music, but I like what I hear in my head.
‘Sometimes I don’t even know what key I’m pushing. My eyes aren’t even open. I’m just letting the music play the music.’
For the past 12 months, Welsh has been amazing customers with his performances at the church-run charity shop Second Hand Solutions in Vancouver in the US state of Washington.
He calls his magnum opus Aerial Aquatas – ‘my version of Amazing Grace’.
‘When someone is genuinely here and genuinely moved and they reach out and give you a hug, I weep too,’ said Mr Welsh.
‘I can’t be selfish [with my talent] because anything that I get, God’s given.’