Dad-and-daughter duet charms the Web

Claudine Zap

It wasn’t rocket science, but it sure was clever.

To get his four-year-old daughter to sleep, atomic physicist Benjamin Ames pulled out Adelaide’s pink guitar, and recorded the two of them singing a duet.

It worked.

On the night of September 17, fireworks were going off for a celebration in Austria, Ames explained to Yahoo News. Adelaide couldn’t sleep. Even after the noise had stopped, Adelaide thought she still heard the explosions.

To distract her, quick-thinking Dad pulled out the child’s instrument.

The resulting three minutes of their stop-and-go rendition of “Tonight You Belong to Me” includes dramatic pauses where the songstress commands silence for the fireworks she keeps thinking she hears.

The finale features Adelaide belting out her part with some nice dramatic touches, so be sure to watch until the end.

Ames, who thought the performance was endearing, posted it to YouTube. Others agreed: The adorable daddy-and-daughter duet now has more than 180,000 views.

“It obviously resonated with me,” the 32-year-old American Ph.D. student at the University of Innsbruck told Yahoo News. ”I still look at it and I see the beauty in it, but it surprises me that others like it so much.”

The physicist definitely has a fun side. Last year the science whiz won Alan Alda’s “Flame Challenge,” to explain a flame to an 11-year-old — which he did with an animated video.