Reissues of four albums of acceptance and empowerment
In celebration of the documentary Wonâ€™t You Be My Neighbor?, and the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Omnivore released the Mister Rogers best-of compilation Itâ€™s Such a Good Feeling, alongside the instrumental collection Johnny Costa Plays Mister Rogersâ€™ Neighborhood Jazz. They now dig deeper into the catalog with reissues of four original albums, 1992â€™s Bedtime, Youâ€™re Growing, and You Are Special, and 1997â€™s Coming and Going. Each album is bookended with unique versions of the signature songs â€œWonâ€™t You Be My Neighbor?â€ and â€œItâ€™s Such a Good Feeling,â€ collect songs that loosely fit around the albumâ€™s title theme, and are backed by Mister Rogersâ€™ longtime jazz trio of Johnny Costa (piano), Carl McViker (bass) and Bobby Rawsthorne (percussion).
Bedtime features songs of comfort and reassurance that will help send a young childâ€™s worried mind into dreaming wonder. Rogers addresses a common childhood concern on â€œNighttime Sounds,â€ turns existential for â€œWhen the Day Turns Into Night,â€ and closes out the theme with â€œPeace and Quiet.â€ Youâ€™re Growing highlights the momentous physical and emotional growth that comes in a childâ€™s early years – changes that are often confusing or frightening. You Are Special centers on acceptance, self confidence and individual empowerment, and Coming and Going is about new experiences and the comfort of the familiar. The latter visits the Neighborhood of Make Believe for several songs.
Rogersâ€™ empathy for a young childâ€™s concerns is demonstrated through his deeply considered validation of their feelings. His lyrical themes are universal and timeless, and in these performances, his caring has survived his corporeal form. The trioâ€™s light jazz backings are equally empathetic to Rogersâ€™ thoughts. Rogersâ€™ was a unique television star, but more centrally, he was a unique friend and educator of young children, and his song catalog retains the caring that he poured into everything he did. [Â©2020 Hyperbolium]