On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers testified before the US Senate Subcommittee on Communications, in defense of PBS in the face of budget cuts proposed by the Nixon administration. Rogers was not yet known on the national level, but he was chosen to testify because of his emotional intuition and plain-spoken wisdom. “I give an expression of care every day to each child, to help him realize that he is unique. I end the program by saying, “You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you, just the way you are. And I feel that if we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service for mental health. I think that it’s much more dramatic that two men could be working out their feelings of anger ― much more dramatic than showing something of gunfire.” He got his $20 million dollars, but it’s hard to not wish that more of our fellow humans had visited Fred’s neighborhood and learned a thing or two. Segments on his show covered topics as complicated as racial segregation and as simple as a trip to the barber - personally, I would perch on the edge of my seat waiting to see if he remembered to put his dress shoes back on at the end of the episode. “It’s Such a Good Feeling” collects 23 favorites from the Mr. Rogers Neighborhood television series, 6 of which have never been issued on LP or CD formats. The series was praised for its use of jazz-inspired music which was often performed live during the episode taping. Includes a printed inner with liner notes and track credits.
- black vinyl pressing
- includes 6 previously unissued tracks
- music label: Omnivore 2019
reviewed by MISS EMILIE, THE POETRY LADY 2/2020