Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 15 Episode 15

Music (5)

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Aired Unknown May 17, 1985 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers has a borrowed a flexitone from Tom O'Horgan, a friend with a mass collection of musical instruments. He returns the flexitone to Tom. Both play flexitones to start. Tom shows rhythm sticks from Ausralia, seed pods from the Caribbean, nut cases from Africa, Amazon dancing instruments and Asian gongs. He talks about how he got started in music. Tom invites Rogers to a bell-and-gong duet. Then Tom shows a homemade French horn, a waterphone, and an Apache fiddle. The last instrument Rogers sees is a temple gong.
In the NOM, Trolley carries a big bass violin down the auxiliary tracks. Lady Aberlin discovers that Trolley's bass violin plays Trolley's dinging. She and Handyman Negri wonder why no one from Westwood has arrived. Lady Aberlin calls Mayor Maggie on the telecan. To Lady Aberlin's surprise, the Bass Violin Festival is in Westwood. She tells the news to King Friday. At Westwood, Betty Okonak Templeton sings her Bass Violet song. The NOMers arrive in Westwood, and the Festival begins. King Friday plays a short bass violin tune (Parade Instrumental). Old Goat recites a bass-violin poem, backed by Lady Elaine's disguised accordion. Lady Aberlin, dancing with a bass violin, and Miss Paulifficate, wearing a bass violin costume, dance to Handyman Negri's guitar music. Daniel says he is the audience for the Festival. Keith David and James Michael Jones hold a bass-violin puppet show. In it, Keith Bass Violin disdains playing with young Jimmy Bass Violin. Jimmy cries. Daniel offers to play with him, much to Jimmy's surprise. Daniel feels he has broken up the puppet show, but Jimmy lets him stay. A dejected Keith Bass Violin returns to play with Jimmy, singing to the tune of Tree, Tree, Tree. The Festival ends with a rendition of Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Back at the television house, Rogers talks of his childhood piano days. If he played the piano when he was angry, his parents didn't mind. The more he played, the more he felt better.
Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Let's Think Of Something To Do While We're Waiting, Bass Violet, Parade Instrumental, Bass Violin (to the tune of Tree, Tree, Tree), Good Feeling.
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