Homeless Vet Plays Piano—Has No Idea His Life Is About To Be Turned Upside-Down

Homeless Vet Plays Piano—Has No Idea His Life Is About To Be Turned Upside-Down

Homeless Pianist Makes An Impression

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When people think pianist, one pictures a refined individual. Nobody would imagine someone like Donald Gould. A homeless man, unshaven and disheveled, wowed Florida. He revealed a remarkable talent. He began to play piano during the Sarasota Keys Project. But no one knew what a profound impact this would have on his life. Donald moved people through his music. But one man did something that changed his whole life forever.

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From Veteran, To Homeless

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Donald Gould had a remarkable history. One nobody quite expected. Upon first glance, all people would see was his wild beard and weary eyes. But beneath the homeless exterior, lay a complex individual. Donald had once been a Marine. Now, at 54, he found himself homeless. But Donald had another hidden talent. He was a classically trained pianist. And when one man saw him perform during the Sarasota Keys Project, something extraordinary happened.

A Home Away From Home

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Donald had led a challenging life. His past had been riddled with misfortune. This caused him to have to take to the streets. There, he found it hard to survive. Life as a homeless person is never easy but one day, something happened that would change his life as he knew it. Nobody was prepared to see the man play the piano. But when he did, the reaction was baffling.

The Road That Led To Homelessness

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Surely, life couldn’t have been so bad for Donald. He was once a proud Marine. How could he have fallen so far? Furthermore, not everyone is a classically trained pianist. It takes time, dedication and more to learn the fine art. So, how did someone once refined and distinguished become homeless? A string of unfortunate events littered his past. The story behind Donald Gould is a tear-jerker if ever there were.

Affliction Strikes

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In 1998, a truly dire incident befell the Gould household. Donald’s wife passed away suddenly. This left him flattened as his wife was his entire world. However, he at least still had the love of his son. But things only got worse for Donald. A few months after his wife had passed, his son was taken away from him as well. Donald was found to be an unfit parent. Which led him to sink even further into despair.

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Dire Times Cause Hardship

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The once great man had now been stripped. Completely robbed of his past life, Donald found it difficult to cope. His wife had been his everything. His baby boy was only three years old. And he too had been torn away from Donald. He tried desperately to cling onto hope. But right now, that too was fading fast. Donald just could not cope with his situation. This led him onto a dangerous path. So quickly, that he made a terrible decision.

Donald Falls Down The Rabbit Hole

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His current situation proved too much for Donald to handle. As such, he delved into the world of narcotics. This quickly consumed his life. Soon, Donald has little left at his disposal. He had spent most of his money and sold off things to support his habit. But the pain of losing both his wife and son were too much to handle. Soon, Donald found himself on the street. Until something remarkable happened that would change his life forever.

The Sarasota Keys Project

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The city of Sarasota, Florida, revealed a ground-breaking project. They had decided to place numerous pianos around the city, free for all to play. This thrilled Donald. For his past also held a lucrative talent. He had been trained as a classical pianist. And his love for music still ran deeply through him. As such, he sought out a piano and quickly began to play. But this quickly drew attention to him. The attention that would change his life.

Donald Gets An Idea

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Quickly, Donald’s skills began to draw attention to him. He decided then to try and make a little money out of his venture. Every day, he would return to the same street piano. And every day, he would leave his cap on the lid in hopes of getting tips. He managed to pick up a few dollars here and there. But nothing would compare to what one man would do.

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A Man’s Reaction To Donald Is Astounding

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One day, a passer-by noticed something odd. His ears heard heavenly music. But his eyes witnessed a disheveled homeless man sitting at the helm. He could not comprehend it. So, he approached Donald’s recital. He was in absolute awe of what was happening before him. So much so, he decided to do something remarkable. And what he did would change the rest of Donald’s life.

A Miracle Occurs In An Unexpected Place

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The passer-by decided to make a video of Donald playing. When he posted the video on to YouTube, the response was overwhelming. Within the first day, Donald had received roughly 200,000 hits. This quickly generated awareness around him. News stations flocked to cover the homeless piano star. But that was only the beginning. Astonishing things began to happen for Donald. But nobody expected how far the video would go.

The Fallen Rise

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Soon, someone set up a GoFundMe account for Donald. They aimed to help raise money for him to get him off the streets. The account managed to raise an incredible $40,000. But that was only the beginning. Donald was offered jobs playing at various piano bars throughout the city. His life was turning around. But he still had one massive regret. And when interviewed, he revealed this sadness to the world. What Donald exposed made a massive impact on one boy’s life.

A Reuniting Of Two Hearts

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Donald had shared how he wished his son would find him. This was one of the biggest travesties of the man’s life. He shared how every day that passed made him miss his boy. Donny, Donald’s son, never really knew his father. He was taken from him when he was just three-years-old. But then, something incredible happened. His son saw Donald’s story. This led to something truly amazing taking place.

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The Power Of Positivity

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Donny and Donald met up for the first time. Donald was finally reunited with his son. This left watchers – and the pair – in floods of joyous tears. On top of that, his story had spread like wildfire across the globe. He had been offered an opportunity to appear on German television. It would appear that nothing would stop this man. But things seemed to progress even further. To new, incredible heights.

Donald Gould Lives On

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It is truly incredible how one man’s life was altered so dramatically. Donald now lives abroad. He has also signed a record deal and produced his first album. On top of that, Donald has also managed to find love. Who would’ve thought that such a hopelessly dire situation would be turned around so dramatically? And all thanks to one man and music. Music is the universal language, and Donald’s story proves that.

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