We’ve spent hours digging around on YouTube searching for just the right video to post for Christmas weekend, and we found our winner in an unexpected place: Slovenia! That is home base for an excellent 29-year-old guitarist named Uros Baric, who was, frankly, new to us, but apparently not new to many people around the world: His website claims to have passed one million visits; impressive!
This nicely shot video has Uros playing two Christmas nuggets: The Christmas Song (probably more often referred to by its famous opening line, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”) dates back to 1944 and was written by the great American singer Mel Tormé (nicknamed “The Velvet Fog” for his ultra-smooth voice) along with his collaborator during that era, Robert Wells. Baric’s interpretation brings out the tenderness of the tune beautifully. Then he quickly switches gears for a brief uptempo romp through “Let It Snow,” another mid-1940s composition, this one written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Style.
Besides being a prize-winning classical guitarist and guitar teacher, Baric also operates his own video and recording studio, where he he has produced many projects. Check out his YouTube channel to see more of this fine player.