|Stjepan Hauser & Luka Šulić|
I have a confession: Eastern Europeans fascinate the living hell of out me. Because we are so heavily bombarded with media from and about Western Europeans, we don't really get to know much about the folks further East. That bugs me.
So anyways, night before last I was in a nerdy mood and wanted to watch dueling violinists on YouTube (I used to play the violin and viola...long story). As I typed "dueling", I noticed "cellos smooth criminal" also came up. My first thought? No way...not MJ....
Ah, but it was.
Before I continue, I may as well introduce ye who are not knowing (as I was) to these two gentleman. Cellists Stjepan Hauser and Luka Šulić are coming to our dear Bar from Croatia. Both students of classical European music, they were considered rivals for years, competing against each other for prestige. Unfortunately, prestige doesn't always pay, and these two - even as their friendship blossomed - found themselves in financial straits. So on a whim, they recorded their own version of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" and put it on YouTube.
As you can guess, it changed their lives forever.
*sniff* The King of Pop would've been proud, especially since they also covered what I consider one of the greatest songs of all time:
When I found out they'd covered Nirvana, that's naturally when I officially fell in love.
I love their chemistry; I love how you've got these two ex-rivals constantly looking at each and cuing each other and harmonizing so flawlessly. I like that their careers didn't really start taking off until they decided to officially work together.
Lawd hammercy, patrons; this is not a drill. Seriously folks, take a closer look at the man who's made me
And here he is, without his partner:
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