Thank You, Mr. Rogers: Music and Memories. Performed by Various Artists. CD. Approx. 45 min. Act IV Music. 2019. CD: $13.98; digital: $11.49.
Pre-S and up
This wonderful musical homage to Fred Rogers features 12 celebrity individual and group artists singing in pop, rock, jazz, and Latin musical styles. All of the 13 songs on the album were written by Fred Rogers over the years. Musical legends the Cowsills open with a harmonious performance of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” in their unique pop style. Award-winning Cuban-American Jon Secada performs the same song in Spanish (“Podemos Ser Amigos?”) with a bright, lively Latin beat. The rest of the songs include “You Can Never Go Down the Drain” (award-winning Christian and Latin pop singer, Jaci Velasquez); “Sometimes People Are Good” (Rita Wilson, actress and wife of Tom Hanks who portrays Fred Rogers in the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood); “Perfectly Beautiful Day” (Mickey Dolenz, formerly of The Monkees); “Many Ways to Say I Love You” (Grammy and Oscar winning Vanessa Williams); “Some Things I Don’t Understand” (Tom Bergeron, host of “Dancing With the Stars” and whistler extraordinaire); “This Is My Home” (award-winning pianist Jim Brickman); “Let’s Be Together Today” (Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., formerly of the 5th Dimension); “Please Don’t Think It’s Funny” (award-winning Christian contemporary artist Sandi Patty); “It’s Such a Good Feeling” (country music star, Kellie Pickler); “When the Day Turns into Night” (Lee Greenwood, country music star and writer/singer of “God Bless the USA”); and “Thank You for Being You” (the entire ensemble). Adults who grew up with Mr. Rogers will appreciate these new arrangements and will want to share these classic songs with their own children.