Saturday, September 21, 2019

"It's Such A Good Feeling" To Have Two New Releases Arriving From "Mister Rodgers' Neighborhood"

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, especially when you are listening to a couple of brand new releases featuring Mister Rodgers and his music. On October 4th, Omnivore Recordings will be releasing two new compilations, "It's Such A Good Feeling" and "Johnny Costa Plays Mister Rodgers Neighborhood Jazz." Fred Rodgers (Mister Rodgers) was a special person, who saw the good in everything and everyone. His show "Mister Rodgers' Neighborhood" was on television for 31 seasons between 1968 to 2001. Fred Rodgers was also an accomplished pianist and songwriter. He would incorporate songs everyday into his shows and for the first time on CD (and digitally) the most well-known songs from his TV series was collected for the new release "It's Such A Good Feeling, The Best Of Mister Rodgers."

This new compilation features 23-tracks that will no doubt bring you back to your childhood, when you listen to songs like "Won't You Be My Neighbor" and "It's Such A Good Feeling." Rodgers is joined by his long-time musical companion Johnny Costa on piano, as Fred sends positive messages throughout his music with "Be Brave, Be Strong" and "You Are Special." Even though Fred Rodgers' voice was not on perfect pitch on some of these songs, that is the whole reason why he sang these songs to show that you don't have to be perfect to accomplish the tasks to want to complete. Most of the tracks on this new compilation have been released on vinyl records in the early eighties, except for a handful of songs like the short opening track "Today Is A Very Special Day," which instantly cheers you up, knowing that Mister Rodgers is always there for support. This new compilation closes with another previously unreleased track "Tomorrow," which is a very upbeat, jazzy song that once again leaves you on a very positive note.

The other new release arriving on October 4th features pianist Johnny Costa performing the songs from "Mister Rodgers' Neighborhood" in a swinging, jazz tone. This album was previously released in 1986 and was the last record originally produced by Mister Rodgers' Neighborhood Records and has long been out of print for decades. Now, we get to relive the music of Johnny Costa once again with this new release on CD and digital. This album showcases both Costa's amazing skills on the piano and his admiration for Fred Rodgers and the songs the two of them created together. Of course, it begins with the well-known "Won't You Be My Neighbor?," but now with a bit more swing to the rhythm. Costa uses the perfect set of piano keys to supplement Fred's vocals on songs like "It's You I Like" and "I Like To Take My Time." The swift, uptempo melody of "Something To Do While We're Waiting" is just fun to listen to, before Costa finishes with another well-known "Mister Rodgers' Neighborhood" classic "It's Such A Good Feeling." To find out even more about these two new amazing releases from Omnivore Recordings, please visit omnivorerecordings.com/mister-rogers.

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