Xeni Jardin at 8:37 am Fri, Nov 11, 2011
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Funny, works the same way on me, too.
"Biggie's coming back," cooes her dad. Ah, if only that were literally true.
So how does it work? Is it the song, the artist, or something... bigger?
"She actually loved [Jay-Z's] H to the Izzo as well," her mom writes in the YouTube comments. "We tried all sorts of music, but Hypnotize and H to the Izzo were her favorites."
Video Link. See also: baby loves Zeppelin, and baby loves Marley.
(via Daily What, thanks, Tara McGinley!)
I still prefer the:
– Led Zeppelin baby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaRmg77Ud48
– Bob Marley baby: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxLgrB3Xylc
ADDING! I forgot about the Marley one, which I blogged before!
Honest to God, my baby boy reacts the same way to Rick Astley – Never gonna give you up. And nothing else. I think my wife uploaded a video to youtube of it a while ago
Your baby’s not really upset half the time. He just likes Rickrollin’ you.
I am not a doctor, but I am a father of an oft-crying baby. I find that anything with a groove has a nice effect, and I seem to recall reading somewhere that tunes with a lot of bass are soothing for babies. Reminds them of the womb or some such.
I still remember how I enjoyed to listen to Pink Floyd when I was a newborn in 1986.
My parents used to listen to Pink Floyd a lot and I think this thing of “tunes with a lot of bass” is really true… In particular, I used to enjoy the intro of “Another Brick in the Wall”. Really, it was an orgasm for my tiny ears…
Now my wife is pregnant and we’re playing Radiohead, Björk, the Breeders, Pixies, Low and bands who play bass tunes a lot. I believe that Kid A of Radiohead, Medulla of Björk and Drums and Guns of Low are the best albums for newborns.
Sorry for my not perfect English… I’m an Italian without a Prime Minister.
maybe his words just hypnotized her.
Missy Elliot always worked for our daughter but had no effect on our son.
My son is into Kanye West and ska. Go figure.
My son used to do the same thing! The only thing that would calm him down was “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison. We played it OVER, and OVER, and OVER again. I still feel a bit jittery listening to that song today.
And another classic, Fred the Raver: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRUS5VfkJls
I can’t wait for SOPA to become law – then we can arrest this child! Take THAT, internet babies! I’ll give you something to cry about.
When my nephew was a baby my sister played him a lot of Depeche Mode, goth & new wave. We have videos of him rocking out in his bouncy chair.
Several years ago I was working in a used book store in MD and a cute little girl with curly red hair came in with her father. When she came to the counter I heard her singing something over & over under her breath, which, when I listened close, turned out to be: “Biggie Biggie Biggie, oh can’t you see.”
A good double-blind test would be to play the Herb Alpert tune (called “Rise”) that Biggie looped and see if that also calms the kid.
the break is at 3:23, but don’t let that discourage you from listening to the whole thing :)
I refer to my 10 month old son as “Classic Rock Baby”. I discovered when he was 2 months old that putting on classic rock put him to sleep, and calms him when he’s tired and cranky. Since then we’ve used it as part of his nap time. His “go to sleep” CD contains AC/DC, Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, Kiss, Nazareth, Scorpions, Cream, Black Sabbath, Canned Heat, George Thorogood, Deep Purple, and Ted Nugent.
Has the same effect on my wife!
Our 6-week old baby gets immediately calm to Zapp. And Zapp only. I thought it was the beat/bass at first so I tried other 80’s funk but he wasn’t having it. Thank you Roger Troutman, RIP.
It has nothing to do with the music. It’s the distraction. The baby is interested and stops crying for a moment. After the evaluation of the distraction, he has forgotten what he was crying about. That trick works almost every time (except when the baby is crying because of physical pain). You just have to keep his mind occupied with something else than crying. People with short attention spans don’t cry much. Or at least not long.
We got another future DJ/musician in the world! This clip makes me happy and reminds me of the many times I’ve soothed nervous or crying babies and children with funk, hip-hop and jazz. “Miles Smiles” is a perpetual favorite, at least with the kids I’ve taken care of.
While I’m sure there are babies out there who are soothed by twelve-tone row compositions, my suggests it’s the rhythm and the raspy, deep tone of Biggie’s voice that’s particularly soothing in this case. Rhythmic music has been used for centuries to access trance states. Many humans live in rhythm and I suspect that babies are still desirous of the calming effect of the rhythmic pulses of their mothers’ bodies. I have certainly experienced the benefits of a rhythmically-strong soundtrack while drawing, painting, designing, cooking– well, pretty much any creative task. For many years, I could only write while listening to rhythm-heavy music at a low volume.Of course, Duke Ellington required the white noise of the vacuum cleaner to work most productively, so clearly individual taste comes into play.
My son was a fierce screamer until we discovered Frenzal Rhomb…
Mine goes for Scissor Sisters, “I Can’t Decide” for pre recorded music (I think bouncing along helps, too). Otherwise, if I’m singing, he goes all sweet for Adele’s version of “To Make You Feel My Love”.
He senses my mood change when I sing to him. Babies are acutely aware of your mood, and if you’re frazzled they only cry harder. Something that calms the parent down may be equally helpful in calming a squalling bambino.
I just remembered that before he was born, he would kick like crazy when I listened to The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army”. Later on, we would watch the video and it always helped calm him down..
My son did the same thing when I played him Metallica. My daughter just kept crying when she did, nothing worked for her except driving in the car…lol
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