For those who haven’t read, seen or heard about this homeless, wunderkind of a man, this video I am sharing will really amaze you, perhaps sense some goosebumps and, certainly, feel some warmth for this man who suffered for so long, yet hasn’t lost his sanity when it comes to music.
This is the poignant story of 51-year-old Donald Gould from Florida, who had a knack for playing musical instruments as a child, like the clarinet, and bringing his talent with him when he got enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.
After his stint with the Marines, Gould enrolled at Spring Arbor in Michigan where he wanted to become a music teacher.
Fate, however, meant it not to be when he run out of funds and could no longer pay the remaining three semesters of his course. Gould ended up having odd jobs, went to marry, had family, only to fall victim to drug and alcohol addiction.
Life went further to a downward spiral as depression set in when his 3-year-old son was taken away by social services and his wife committed suicide. His son was eventually adopted at age 5 by a family in Michigan.
But hobo Gould no longer is, when he was discovered by a passerby playing Styx’s ‘Come Sail Away’ perfectly in one of the public pianos installed at the sidewalk in downtown Sarasato and the images of him playing posted on FB. This was in June.
In the less than two weeks since the video was posted, he’s been given temporary housing, awarded a full scholarship to finish his degree at Spring Arbor University, and a GoFundMe page has raised $40,000 to help him “get back on track to his true potential.”
Not only has Gould resurrected, but amazingly his story helped reunite him with his son, Donny, now 18.