Mister Rogers’ relevance endures, even after all these years. This last week a collection of big name actors and musicians have banded together to put their personal touches onto songs from Mister Rogers.
Thank you, Mister Rogers maintains the sentiment of kindness Mister Rogers embodied throughout his career. However each song is decidedly unique. Just as Mister Rogers taught us that we are each special and unique, the artist’s covers represent that. After all, you wouldn’t expect Vanessa Williams and Tom Bergeron to perform the same way. Other artists who participated in this project include Jon Secada who sings a Spanish language adaptation, and Mickey Dolenz who sings Perfectly Beautiful Day. Perhaps the sweetest is Rita Wilson singing Sometimes People Are Good, especially when you remember that her husband, Tom Hanks, portrayed Mister Rogers in the recent biopic.
Truly Mister Rogers continues to teach us all of love and inclusiveness. Perhaps then the crowning beauty in this album is the final track. In the final track the ensemble comes together to infuse in all of us the love that Mister Rogers taught. If nothing else, this album demonstrates the continued relevance of Mister Rogers.