Eric Herman of West Richland has worked hard for six years to get his music heard.
Now kids around the world are familiar with Herman's funny tunes, but when the movie Life as We Know It opens Oct. 8 at Carmike theaters in Kennewick, adults will know about his music too.
A year ago, Warner Bros. studio contacted Herman about using one of his songs in the romantic comedy, which stars Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel.
Herman hesitated to let anyone know about it until now because he feared his song, The Tale of the Sun and the Moon, could have ended up on the cutting room floor.
But that didn't happen, and Herman couldn't be more thrilled.
"My wife, Roseann, and I produce all of my music together, and it feels like a lot of the effort has been paying off in a big way, especially the past year or so," he said.
"We were asked for the final credit information a couple of months ago, and that seemed like a good sign, but we didn't get confirmation that it had made the final cut until just recently."
So how did Hollywood hear about Herman's song? The story is more hearsay than fact, Herman said. He was told film director Greg Berlanti saw his music video for The Tale of the Sun and the Moon on YouTube and decided he wanted that song.
"We don't know the exact context of how the song is being used," Herman said. "Needless to say, I'm very eager to see how the song and video are being used in the film."
The Hermans saw a preview showing of the film Oct. 1 at the Carmike theaters.
"As it turned out, Katherine Heigl does not sing the song in the film," Herman said. "The video and song is still featured prominently in one scene, and the video takes up the whole screen for about 20 seconds."
And even though the film also makes references to Herman's music and other children's music, it's really intended for adult viewing, not children, he added.
Herman's style of entertainment and songwriting earned him national attention in 2006 when his song, Blackbeard, Bluebeard and Redbeard, earned the trophy for Best Children's Song by the Just Plain Folks organization. Herman cowrote that song with a Spokane poet.
Herman started his musical career performing adult music in Buffalo, N.Y. When he and his wife moved to the Tri-Cities in 2004, his music took a turn when he started playing at coffeehouses where there were families present, so he began making his music fun for kids too.
"I never would have imagined years ago that I'd be doing music for kids and nothing else," he said. "But it's been so much fun, and I'm grateful that the positive energy I feel from creating it and performing it is also being shared by so many kids and families around the world."
He's released about a half-dozen CDs, which are available on his website at www.erichermanmusic.com or Amazon.com and CDbaby.com.
Herman plans to attend the movie when it opens this week with his wife and children. He also plans to stay through the credits to see his name on the big screen.
"We will stay through the end credits with binoculars to read the fine print on the screen," he quipped. "We might even yell a collective 'woohoo!' when the credit comes up."
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org