Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Homeless Vet Played Public Piano, And It Turned His Life Completely Around.

Homeless Pianist Strikes A Chord

Homeless Pianist Strikes A Chord

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When people think of a pianist, that last image that comes to mind is someone like Donald Gould. Not only was he unshaven and disheveled, but he was also homeless, and yet, he wowed Floridians with his amazing talent when he played the piano at the Sarasota Keys Project. But no one realized how this would radically alter his life. People were moved by Donald's music. But one man did something that rocked his world forever.

Meet The Homeless Veteran

Meet The Homeless Veteran

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No one really expected Donald Gould to have such an impressive history. At a glance, all anyone saw was a man with weary eyes and a wild beard. But underneath his homeless visage was an interesting human being who had been a Marine. At 54, he was out on the streets with no place to go, but he was a pianist trained in classical music. So, when a man heard his performance at the Sarasota Keys Project, something miraculous occurred.

It's Been A Rough Life

It's Been A Rough Life

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Gould had endured a lot of challenges in life, and that includes a few misfortunes, which led to his homelessness. Life on the streets had not been easy for him. But then, one day, something happened that changed his very way of life. No one had expected such an amazing piano performance from him. However, the reaction was shocking when he finally got to play.

The Road To Nowhere

The Road To Nowhere

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Gould was once one of "the few, the proud," as he was one of the Marines. So how could he have fallen so far off the beaten path? Besides, it's not easy being a classically trained pianist. It takes a lot of dedication and time to master this skill. So, how did a Marine who was so distinguished and refined become a homeless man? A series of unfortunate events were to blame and his life's story will definitely put a tear in people's eyes.

When Tragedy Strikes

When Tragedy Strikes

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In 1998, Gould's beloved wife had passed away. The loss was sudden, but it shook the Gould household's foundation. His wife had been his entire world, but at least he still had his son. But then tragedy would visit him once again. Months after his wife passed away, Gould lost custody of his son because he was deemed unsuitable as a father. This led him to sink further into his emotional despair.

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