A Couple Ways You Know I’m the Daddy of an Infant

New Baby = Travis Uptick

No, the fact that I’m blogging at 4:30 isn’t the only way you can tell I’m a new baby’s daddy. Hey wait, why am I blogging at 4:30 in the morning and not sleeping? Well, I just put Nolan in the swing (the only place he wants to sleep tonight) and I’m giving it a few minutes before I commit to actually getting some sleep for myself. He has a knack for waking up right when my eyes have been closed for 90 seconds.Anyway, another way you can tell there’s an infant in the house is the recent spike of Travis listens on my Last.fm profile. Why Travis? Well, it goes back to when Ella was born. Travis is one of the few bands that both my wife Erin and I truly adore. So, when Ella was in utero, she would bypass Mozart or Beethoven for Travis. Interestingly, when she was born, the opening chords of Travis’ “Sing” was the only surefire way to make her stop crying.

Now, Nolan didn’t listen to Travis in utero. Yet, still, when he’s upset the first thing I do is put on “Sing”. And dammit, it works. There is something about that band—no, more specifically that song.

(Hold on… glad I didn’t sleep… the boy is waking…)

Back… he’s going to try eating. Again.

So, in addition to the Travis increase, there is also an uptick in all things Ben Gibbard. Ben not only does some solo work but also fronts two very successful bands, Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service. Ella has graduated from Travis to Ben. She loves him. She requests his stuff in the car, often followed by comments like “wow, that was a good song.” I’ve considered taking her to see Ben (acoustic show, of course).

Another noteworthy artist sits at #4 on the chart above—Steve Burns. Know who that is? I bet you do. From his Last.fm bio:

Steve Burns first gained mainstream recognition when he became “Steve” in the children’s show Blues Clues. When he unexpectedly left the show, rumors spread quickly and globally. A lot included being admitted to drug rehab centers and even dying. None of them are true. Burns left on his own as he felt he had finished with Blues Clues and wanted to pursue other interests.

While writing songs in college after the show, Burns met with music producer Dave Friedmann, which lead to a collaboration with The Flaming Lips’s multi-instrumentalist Steven Drozd on an album, Songs For Dustmites and released in the summer of 2003.

Let me tell you, it is a fantastic album.

Anyway, it is quiet in the other room, so I’m going to try to add to the 2 1/2 hours of sleep I got a while ago… now that the sun is coming up…

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