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Homeless Man Plays Street Piano Every Day – When His Video Goes Viral, His Life Is Changed Forever

By - 4th May 2018

I want to tell you a story about Donald Gould. A man who had seemingly hit rock bottom before his life was magically turned around. This truly is a ‘rags to riches’ story you’re going to want to hear.

Like most life-changing moments nowadays it started with a video going viral. On the 29th of June, 2015 in Sarasota, Florida, Donald was filmed playing a street piano.

Donald Gould had been homeless about 6 or 7 years off and on when the video was first posted online. Aged 54, Donald is an ex-Marine Corp. Sadly, in 1998 his wife passed away. Shortly after his son was taken away from him as he fell into drug addiction.

Donald Gould had lost everything

Gould had hit rock bottom and he didn’t see his life getting any better. But his luck was about to change thanks to a few pianos.

The city of Sarasota placed 7 street pianos around the local area to encourage music and a sense of community spirit. Anybody who passed the pianos is welcome to play.

Donald Gould homeless pianist

Most days, Donald would head out to the pianos with a cap and play for commuters to try and earn some cash for food. When a clip of him passionately playing got over 100,000 views in just one day, the people responsible wanted to find Donald to tell him.

They started a GoFundMe page which raised over $40,000. Donald also received numerous offers to play the piano in various bars. Donald Gould’s story is one that starts out sad but is filled with hope and inspiration. Gould proved that anything is possible and you can truly turn your life around.

He got a record deal, reunited with his son and he even met a woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with.

Don’t forget to watch Donald Gould’s phenomenal transformation in the video below. Also, at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section below. 🐝