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Eric Herman releases DVD

Eric Herman can't help acting like a kid. It's what he does for a living by writing and performing songs that kids love.

And he does it so well that his videos have drawn 30 million views on YouTube.

Now he's got a DVD packed with silly songs that will have kids adoring him even more.

The Elephant, which retails for $14.95, is available at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Columbia Center mall.

The DVD features animation and Eric performing his hilarious songs like Steve the Superhero, Blackbeard, Bluebeard and Redbeard and The Elephant Song.

The West Richland musician also recently signed with the prestigious BMG Rights Management group, the largest music publishing and licensing agency in the world.

Other artists recruited by BMG include the Black Eyed Peas, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith.

"The videos on the DVD are all music videos of songs from my existing CDs," Herman told the Herald. "We also included a jukebox feature on the DVD so you can play all of the full versions of just the songs on your DVD player or computer."

Herman originally wrote The Elephant Song for Brazilian musician and TV star XuXa, who has her own children's TV show in South America.

Herman credits his wife, Roseann, for the idea for the video for The Elephant Song, which features the voices of his two daughters, Becca, 8, and Evee, 6, on the CD Snail's Pace, but not on the video.

"The girl on the video (for The Elephant Song) is Meghan Kleinlein, who was age 6 at the time," Herman said. "I wanted to record the song with a large audience of kids going crazy and yelling in response, as they often do at my shows."

But his wife encouraged him to stick with the voice of one really cute kid, he said.

"My girls have officially become part of my act this year too," Herman added. "In addition to helping demonstrate the participation actions for some of the songs, they do a great comedic intro to the show and also a funny theatrical costumed portrayal of Steve the Superhero. They aren't in every show, but I try to include them as often as I can."

Herman has spent most of the summer touring the country. He is also working on putting together a new band to perform with him, though he will still feature his invisible band from time to time, he said.

The new band features musicians from Spokane, Oregon and the Tri-Cities. Herman says his next performance in the Tri-Cities will be this fall.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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