When David Motola's son Samuel had an earache that was keeping the whole family up all night, David's wife Molly challenged him to find a way to get the five-month-old to fall asleep.
"I rocked him for about ten minutes and probably gave him motion sickness and decided I would play piano for him," Motola, who just happens to be a musician and founder of Bearded Piano, told KTSU.
So the new dad strapped Samuel to his chest and got busy tickling the keys. He created a lullaby arrangement on the spot, and within 28 seconds, his son was sound asleep!
"Halfway through I look up in amazement because he's yawning and asleep," David said. "I was as amazed as everybody else—he was out like a light in 30 seconds." And not only that—the kid stayed asleep for another eight hours!
Ok, what kind of black magic is this and how do we get some of it for our own kids?
Luckily, the ingenious dad shot a video of the whole thing to show his wife. And after he posted it online and it racked up hundreds of thousands of views in just a week, the couple began selling copies of the lullaby on CD to support Samuel's future college fund. If you want to snag a copy, check it out here.
"I'm the mom, and I'm like, oh my cute baby and oh my cute husband," said Molly. "We were a little surprised it just blew up."
Now, the lullaby is part of Samuel's nightly bedtime routine. "I think we've found the secret sauce here," Motola said.