When musician David Motola's baby boy Samuel was struggling to sleep due to an ear infection, he decided to try a different approach to soothe the five-month old. The father-of-three from Salt Lake City, Utah played a rendition of Brahm's Lullaby for his son – and the result was incredible.
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In a sweet video posted on David's YouTube channel, The Bearded Piano, David cradles Samuel in a baby carrier and plants a kiss on his head before beginning to play. Within seconds of his dad performing the lullaby, baby Samuel can be seen yawning before dropping off into a deep sleep.
David Motola played a soothing lullaby to his son Samuel
The adorable youngster continues to sleep throughout the rest of the lullaby, much to the amazement of both David and thousands of fans who came across the video online.
"I had never tried it before and wasn't sure," David told Today. "I was thrilled that it worked so well, as was my wife. Happy wife, happy life."
The baby boy fell asleep within seconds of his dad beginning to play
David has now worked the lullaby into his son's bedtime routine, and says that Samuel falls asleep quicker when he performs on the piano.
Since being posted on Facebook on Sunday, the video has been viewed an incredible 27 million times, and been shared by over half a million times. David has since recorded an MP3 version of the lullaby, explaining that the proceeds will go towards a college fund for his three sons, Isaac, four, Ezra, two, and baby Samuel.
David has recorded an MP3 version of the lullaby
"I created the arrangement on the spot, adding my own melodies into the original lullaby," David said. "I can't read sheet music and I play by ear, so I just played what was in my heart."