A 29-second home video starring a baby boy in Santa Rosa who cries and then doesn't has gone viral and drawn the attention of smitten producers with multiple network news shows.
The response to the clip, found online by searching "Star Wars crying baby," blows away the parents of 7-month-old Sebastian Leyack.
It opens with Sebastian lying in his crib and fussing. His mother, Amy, places next to him her cellphone, set to play the "Star Wars" theme.
Sebastian, who was 4 months old when the video was shot, hears the rousing music and, like magic, calms right down.
"Works every time," says his mom the narrator.
An executive recruiter, Amy Leyack, 33, posted the video late last week on the website Geekologie as a surprise for her geeky husband, Gaston, brand manager with Paul Hobbs Imports.
The Huffington Post promptly grabbed the video and it spread across the web. Sebastian's folks were astonished to then field interview requests from producers at "Good Morning America," "ABC News with Diane Sawyer," "Today" and other shows.
Amy recounts that several months ago her family had just started toward her folks' place near Santa Cruz when Sebastian began to fuss. He'd been fed and was freshly diapered, so his parents couldn't figure out what was bothering him.
Amy turned on the radio, and the "Star Wars" theme was playing. Sebastian calmed. His dad was happy, too. Gaston's a Star Wars fan who sometimes played
The Leyacks have since experimented with other types of music when their boy fusses for no apparent reason. Only the Star Wars anthem does the trick.
"It's the weirdest thing," his mother said.
Amy suddenly has plenty for Sebastian's digital baby book, and she's wondering if there may be network TV coverage of his Star Wars chill response. Though she's her son's greatest fan, she admits, "He doesn't have many more tricks than that."
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