Rick Herrmann was out on a run with his wife, Kym, when he first thought of the idea. “We see these cows and they always seem to be so curious, so when I got back, I ask my wife ‘Do you think the cows will enjoy the saxophone?' and she's like ‘Lets go try it,’” he told InsideEdition.com.
Sax in hand, Rick's wife recorded him as he began to play. And lo and behold, the cows flocked to him, apparently fans of the dulcet sounds of Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely,” George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” and The Champs’ “Tequila.”
When he got home, Rick showed his daughter Erin the video and she posted the video to Twitter for a laugh.
Turns out, a lot of people enjoyed it — millions in fact. “I thought it was going to get quite a bit of views, but not nearly that many for sure,” said Erin. “I thought it was going to stay locally.”
Overall, the responses have been positive and old friends of Rick’s have even reached out to him since seeing the video online.
“People I haven't seen in quite some time, I mean years, and people in Wisconsin, where I grew up, and other parts of the country, they just contact me,” said Rick. “They say, 'Hey, you're famous, I saw your video.'”
Rick acknowledged playing for cows is a quirky pastime, but suggested others follow in his steps.
“I encourage people to try new things, you know, learn new skills as you get older,” said Rick. “Try new things, stretch yourself a little bit, it's good for your brain and keeps your heart active.”