From United States Marine to the streets to internet sensation, Donald “Boone” Gould’s path is certainly unconventional.
This video shows Gould sitting at a public piano and playing “Come Sail Away” by Styx – and it’s taken the internet by storm.
“I was thinking I could just put my hat on the piano and make a couple dollars and get tips,” he tells local station WWSB-TV. “I didn’t expect it to jump out to this.”
With more than 13 million views, the video is leading to big things for the musical prodigy, including a regular gig at downtown restaurant.
The 51 year old played clarinet in the Marine Corps and hoped to be a music teacher, but when his wife died tragically in 1998, he succumbed to addiction – ultimately losing his then 3-year-old son.
Now, thanks to his musical talent, the internet and a very successful GoFundMe campaign, he’s getting his own place to live and looking to reunite with his son.