Homeless 'piano man' attracts attention

SARASOTA, FL (FOX 13 WTVT)- There's something remarkable about Donald Gould, but you may miss it at first glance.

"What I hope to accomplish is to touch a lot of people. Make them feel good," Gould said.

He says he's been musically-inclined since he was little.

"Ever since I was a kid there was a piano in the house. I would always bang on it," he continued.

Music has always been a big part of his life. He says he played while in the Marines and through some college, but ultimately drugs and alcohol landed him on the streets in Sarasota.

He spends his days in front of pianos placed around the city as part of a public art project.

"It passes a lot of time and I'm homeless; that's my hustle out here," he told FOX 13.

Monday, video of Donald playing was posted to Facebook. Overnight, it went viral with over 1.5 million views and over 60,000 shares.

"Overwhelming -- I don't know what to say," Gould said when told about the video.

He hopes people can see beyond his rough exterior to what's hidden on the inside.

"Mostly what I want them to see is the pure music I play and the passion," he added.