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Florida homeless ex-Marine piano man draws raves playing Bach, Styx

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A homeless ex-Marine has got passersby feeling alright in downtown Sarasota, Fla., as he plays Bach, the Beatles and Styx on a public sidewalk piano.

The skinny, weathered piano man is Donald Gould, 51 who became a cyberspace sensation when a video of one of his performances was posted on Facebook the other day and drew 1.5 million shares overnight.

“What I hope to accomplish is to touch a lot of people, make them feel good,” Gould told Fox 13 in Tampa Bay.

He grew up playing music and his passion endured while he was a Marine and a college student. About 7 years ago he ended up on the streets after struggles with drugs and alcohol, the station said.

Gould plays for tips at pianos placed around the city as part of a public arts project.

“It passes a lot of time and I’m homeless; that’s my hustle out here,” he told Fox 13



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