Things still seemed simple when Mr. Rogers was teaching the younger generations about society, culture, manners, creativity & thinking. The world lost Fred McFeely Rogers in 2003 on February 27th. Fred Rogers was the star of the PBS children’s show called Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
PBS Digital Studios has got a little edgy and produced a new version of a Mr. Rogers song her performed on his show. Nostalgia of Mr. Rogers brought into the current mainstream of music & culture. The song is titled, “Garden of Your Mind” and features some highlights of the show & some of it’s characters. The person who remixed the clips was John Boswell from Symphony of Science. The remix was done with a popular trend in music & videos called auto-tuning.
The video only has one sales message, like the video & support the Public Broadcasting System by donating at: http://www.pbs.org/donate. The video is a hit and certainly deserves a donation if you felt that Mister Rogers Neighborhood enriched your life or your children’s lives.
If you have fallen in love with this Mr. Rogers video with the autotune remixing don’t fret, there will be more. PBS has said there will be more. A tweet from Jason Seiken @jseiken says: @jseiken: Now that the @PBS remix of #Mr.Rogers is a YouTube hit, which PBS icon should we autotune next? RT and let us know.
— Jason Seiken (@jseiken) June 10, 2012
Mister Rogers Remixed | Garden of Your Mind | PBS Digital Studios Mister Rogers remixed by Symphony of Science’s John Boswell for PBS Digital Studios.
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When we discovered video mash-up artist John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, on YouTube, we immediately wanted to work together. Turns out that he is a huge Mister Rogers Neighborhood fan, and was thrilled at the chance to pay tribute to one of our heroes. Both PBS and the Fred Rogers Company hope you like John’s celebration of Fred Rogers’ message.
This is the first in a series of PBS icons remixed. Many thanks to the folks at the Fred Rogers Company for their support.
Other people around the Internet had these things to say about the video that were getting lots of positive votes & thumbs up votes:
“Who else watched this more than once?”
“It’s extremely irritating to see the ‘christian’ comments. Dr. Fred Rogers was a minister, true, but his morals came through without the partisanship many are creating by their ignorant comments. Pastor, yes. Preachy, no. He knew, unlike too many today, that not everyone believed as he did. That was the main thrust of his show: We are all different; we are all special.When you watch Mr. Rogers what you’re seeing, my friends, is tolerance and compassion.”
“My favorite part of the Mister Rogers experience as a kid (besides him reminding us to use our imagination,which is a reminder most adults need IMHO), which has grown exponentially as I grew up was his exposure of different types and styles of music and musician to his younger audience. Charles Schultz and Fred Rogers did more to promote the non pop culturally dominant music of that day then anyone to a youth audience that really needed it. Thank you, Mister Rogers and John Boswell for a gift.”
“It might be the reason I’m a nerd, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
“God, the whistle is beautiful.”
“This song reminds me a lot of the Carl Sagan song that someone did. Search youtube for “a glorious dawn”"
“Nostalgia! I watched Mr. Rogers all the time growing up! He is greatly missed and was a wonderful, positive encouragement to so many children. What a fantastic legacy he left!”
People on Twitter have a lot to say about the video as well, some of the tweets on Twitter about the Mr. Rogers Remixed video:
— NewsHour (@NewsHour) June 10, 2012
Won’t you by my neighbor? Beloved Mr.Rogers show is honored with this remixed video – on.mash.to/KmkD04
— Pete Cashmore (@mashable) June 8, 2012
— PBS (@PBS) June 7, 2012
Grab A Tissue, PBS Has Remixed Mr. Rogers’ Lessons Into ‘Garden of Your Mind’ Video tinyurl.com/7a5nsar
— james dawson (@BestMusicNews4U) June 10, 2012
Did You See This? Mr. Rogers Remixed slate.me/Lf7wAy // LOVED THIS! “All you have to do is THINK, and it’ll grow.”
— Midy Aponte (@MidyAponte) June 10, 2012
Other unique popular Mr. Rogers Videos
Fred Rogers Acceptance Speech – 1997
Fred Rogers Accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
Throughout his career Fred Rogers, both on television and off, emphasized the importance of creating a peaceful environment, and world where all children could grow and learn. “Our goal as a nation must be to make sure that no child is denied the chance to grow in knowledge and character from their very first years,” Rogers said at a White House gathering for Early Childhood Initiative, a program for promoting literacy.
“In Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, every child is welcome into the world of learning — not just a few, not just ones from certain neighborhoods, but every child.”
Rogers was the recipient of two Peabody Awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and four Emmy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was bestowed to him in 1997. Rogers, known for always taking the time to remember, reminded the audience that night that thoughtful expression should be followed by thoughtful reflection. As a reminder, below is Mr. Rogers’ acceptance speech.
“So many people have helped me to come here to this night. Some of you are here, some are far away and some are even in Heaven. All of us have special ones who loved us into being. Would you just take, along with me, 10 seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are, those who cared about you and wanted what was best for you in life. 10 seconds, I’ll watch the time. Whomever you’ve been thinking about, how pleased they must be to know the difference you feel they have made. You know they’re kind of people television does well to offer our world. Special thanks to my family, my friends, and my co-workers in Public Broadcasting and Family Communications, and to this Academy for encouraging me, allowing me, all these years to be your neighbor. May God be with you. Thank you very much.”
A library of an astonishing 900 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes will continue to be available for broadcast on PBS stations around the country.
Fred Rogers – Archive Interview Part 1 of 9
Host and Creator Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) talks about his early years and influences.