March 2018 Assignment
Write a song about or in the style of Fred Rogers.
Originally from Latrobe, Westmoreland County, Fred Rogers (1928-2003) was a friend to everyone in a neighborhood of make-believe that was broadcast from coast to coast. The half-hour educational children’s program produced in Pittsburgh taught kids to believe in themselves and respect others through Rogers’ original songs and skits that played to his pre-K audience.
Think this is an easy assignment?
“It certain-dictually is not,” said X the Owl, an avid learner and student of Suzuki method guitar.
Recognized worldwide as a kind and gentle man, your musical biography could be far more interesting if your research enabled you to humanize the star and bring him down to earth. (NOTE: In the land of make-believe everything you’re told is true. Don’t get fake-newsed on the Internet).
“Writing children’s songs is no laughing matter,” said the Neighborhood’s friendly Handyman, who moonlights as world-renowned jazz guitarist Joe Negri.
“Underestimate the challenge of songwriting for stage, live TV and meow-meow musical theater,” said Henrietta Pussycat, “and i’ll scratch your meow-meow f-ing eyes out.”