Homeless Man in Sarasota, Florida is a Piano Virtuoso

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SARASOTA, Fla. – A homeless man who just happens to be a piano virtuoso is finding a glimmer of hope on the streets of Sarasota, Florida.

Donald Gould was seen playing a moving cover of Styx’s “Come Sail Away” on a public piano that was placed in Sarasota, Florida, as part of the city’s Sarasota Keys Piano Project. The moving performance was caught on camera and uploaded to Facebook where it went viral with more than 2.3 million views and over 93,000 shares. Gould’s newfound viral fame has certainly come as a shock to the 51-year-old. More on this story from Huff Post…

There are 7 pianos like this one around downtown Srasota. They’re all put there by the arts and cultural alliance. The whole idea is to give access to people who want to express themselves.

For Donald, it’s the only way he makes money.

Unlike his music his life hasn’t been beautiful.

The former Marine says years ago his wife died and he lost custody of his son because of his drug problem.

“Everyday it’s painful silence,” said Gould.

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Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCguq3hTC2M
To learn more about Donald, see our interview with him:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3wb-Yt1V9Y

 

Homeless Man in Sarasota, Florida is a Piano Virtuoso

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