He croons about dogs that purr and monkeys that swim. Eric Herman is a rising star in the children’s music world. Best known for his hit ‘The Elephant Songs’ Herman’s tunes have surpassed 20 million views on YouTube and have been featured on PBS Kids, The Today Show, and XM Radio. Out of the 150 shows he puts on each year, Herman is making a stop at the North Logan Library August 25th at 3:30 pm. Eight years ago, Herman was pushing paperwork at an office building. He had been in different bands and toyed with the idea of theater but he hadn’t found the perfect music fit. “There was a time back in 2002 when a few different people completely unrelated to each other were suggesting that I do music for kids,” he recalls. “I’d been performing as a singer/songwriter in coffee shops and a lot of different things but I never really thought to do something for kids.”The idea took root and sprouted, Herman said, but he still had one hesitation. “I didn’t want to be like Barney,” he says, “I mean Barney is great for your one year old but I didn’t want to be that. When I realized that kids’ music has all types of different styles and sounds and you can have a lot of comedy and story telling, I thought this could be a lot of fun.”By the end of 2004, Herman was an established children’s artist and quickly found it was something he was good at. “It just seemed to really take off more so than it had been with other projects I had worked on over the year and people were just so encouraging from that point on to do more,” he says. “I had a day job at the time and the demand seemed to grow to perform at schools and things and it got to the point where I couldn’t keep taking off from work. It came to the point where my wife actually encouraged me to quit my day job and do this full time and at the time I was kind of anxious about that but six years later I think she was right.”The gamble paid off as Herman’s educational, yet fun songs are among the most recognizable in the kids’ music industry. So, what sets him apart from other performers? “Well I’m entertaining, I can be very silly and goofy and kids relate to that,” he says. “I’m like the goofy uncle that comes over and shows them a card trick or something. I’m willing to be silly with them, I don’t just stand up on stage and say ‘hey, jump up down and cackle like a chicken.’ I will do that myself too. I try to play with them during my shows, not perform at them.”Herman’s visit to the North Logan Library is greatly anticipated, not just by the community, but by him as well. “I’m thrilled and happy to come back to North Logan,” he exclaims. “I’ve had a lot of fun but it’s been a couple of years since I’ve been here. I’m looking forward to coming back.”
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