The Coldplay cure has been well-documented. Since Iris was in the womb, we’ve been very liberal in the way we’ve played the album X&Y to lull our dear daughter to sleep. While we still call on it when necessary, we’ve found a new CD that has been the audio equivalent of valium over the past month or so: the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Stadium Arcadium. I think Iris loves the strong baselines and daddy’s pathetic attempts to match Anthiny Kiedis note-for-note (I’ll let you know once I get just one note right). What makes Stadium Arcadium fascinating is that Iris has been responding to it immediately. A month ago, a close friend from college and his wife were visiting Seattle and we were heading to the mountains to go for a hike. As we hopped in the car and were driving east, Iris seemed really irritable. She clearly wasn’t enjoying the car ride. For those uninitiated, when an infant doesn’t enjoy thecar ride, NO ONE enjoys the car ride. Out of desperation, I popped in Stadium Arcadium. Three notes in, complete silence. She was relaxed, quiet, and soon fast asleep. Wow! I tucked that piece of info away and started playing that album at night to give us an alternative to X&Y. Well, a few weeks ago, we were driving along and Iris was hysterical. We were about 20 minutes from our destination, but it’s hard to get that point across to Iris. We had been driving for a while, so I wanted to just close out the trip. Cherise, however, was sitting right next to the source of the crying and served the edict “the next place we can pull over, we are pulling over”. Fearing for my marriage, I threw my dreams of a 20 minute arrival out the window. But wait! I have the secret weapon. I pulled out the iPod and declared “it’s time to bring out the big guns”. With that, I started playing Stadium Arcadium. Wow. Instantly. I knew it was good, but I had no idea. She completely quieted, listening to the opening chords and letting that baseline sink in. Then, daddy’s off-key singing to top it off and she was in heaven. In fact, it may have worked a little TOO well. By the second song, she was out like a light, even though we were 10 minutes from our destination. Umm, she’s not gonna like it when we wake her up, is she? I’ve come to realize that a good soothing CD is a bit like The Force. You need to use it carefully.