Winnipeg teen's Drummer Boy video a hit
Winnipeg musician Sean Quigley is winning praise for a new video, posted to YouTube, featuring a fierce rendition of the traditional Christmas song Little Drummer Boy.
Quigley's version was shot using familiar Winnipeg streets and locales and takes full advantage of heavy amounts of snow.
The video was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday and soared from an initial viewing number of around 4,000 to over 41,000 views, or hits, in less than a day.
"Wow. This why I'm proud to be Canadian," one commentator on the site said after viewing the video.
"This is amazing!" wrote another. "I'm a Winnipegger living in California now, but I'll be home for Christmas. It's so good to see glimpses of home!! Good job, Sean!"
Quigley, 16, was moved to create the video because of the underlying message of the song.
"Drummer Boy speaks to me so much," he said. "The whole song is a story. It's about this boy who gets word of Jesus being born and he goes to see him and he doesn't have anything to give him; he's like 'I don't have money, I don't have gifts to give you. But I can play my drum and that's more than enough'."
The teen's production is all the more remarkable considering he played all the instruments, sang the vocals, recorded everything and directed and edited the video.
Quigley is a student at Oak Park High School in Winnipeg.