Homeless Veteran Piano Prodigy Gets Second Chance

Homeless Veteran Piano Prodigy Gets Second Chance

July 28, 2016

Homeless Veteran Piano Prodigy Gets Second Chance

Streets in Sarasota, Fl take part in an interactive public arts project and line the sides of downtown streets with pianos.  They invite those who pass by to sit down, relax and play a tune.  


Daniel Gould, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, was homeless and living in Sarasota, Fl.  His incredible piano abilities were discovered last year and captured on video as he played a piano set out on the street.  The video taken by a stranger walking by was uploaded and had hits over 500,000 within days.  The beautiful music streaming from the instrument and disheveled, shaggy Daniel would become an internet sensation. To date, a video of his playing the piano on youtube has over 22 million views. 



Local news outlets covered the story with glee, he was given a makeover and new clothes.  His story unfolded to a dramatic tale.  He struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, he lost his wife in 1998 to a drug overdose, he lost custody of his son aged 3 and hadn’t seen him in 15 years.     Video of his son, at the age of 18, watching his homeless father play beautiful music and speaking his plea to find his son is heartwrenching.  Gould entered rehab after a video reunion with his son


But, where is he now?  Daniel is set to record an album soon. He even asked Jimmy Fallon to perform a duet with him. He has played the National Anthem for a NFL game and has a Facebook page with over 17,000 friends. Donald’s incredible talent has introduced him to another chance.


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William Best
William Best

July 30, 2016

One day at a time for Daniel. Present Arms!!
BUT SOMEHOW, SOME WAY we as a nation MUST do more than help one needy veteran per day. 20 veterans are committing suicide daily. That is shameful & unacceptable !!!!!!

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