Tim DeLaughter Plays to Wee With DVD

Tim DeLaughter lets his brood near the television?

Yep. Even with their gorgeous Lakewood home full o' music, the former Tripping Daisy frontman/Polyphonic Spree mastermind is inviting the most discerning of babies to sit down before the screen and chill out.

Along with wife Julie Doyle, DeLaughter is promoting a minimalist alternative to epileptic seizures -- er, Baby Einstein vids. DeLaughter scored the artful Wee See, a black-and-white concerto of shapes and lines on DVD produced with New York artist Rolyn Barthelman.

Fellow parent Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Observer directed us to a peek at Wee See. Around bedtime, we let our 19-month-old watch collection two -- mind you, he sees, on average, about 20 minutes a week of onscreen fodder, including YouTube puppy footage.

"Miano!" he exclaimed as spacey synth played, the sound seemed to pull dots to the center of the screen. There's actually suspense in the design, as rests are lengthy enough for even the adult to assume the show's over. That learned anticipation is what teaches kids to listen to music, experts say. Familar shapes ("Heart! Cloud!" said our guinea pig) kept our little guy engaged in the changing universe -- for about three minutes.

The DVD's on sale at Good Records and can be ordered at the site.

wee see - collection two from Rolyn Barthelman on Vimeo.

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