A few years ago, jazz vocalist Keri Johnsrud was talking with another musician about the role of music in children's television programs.
"We started talking about Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, and how the music in that program was so integral to the advancement of the stories and messages that he was telling on the program. And how jazz was especially was an important part of the show," she says.
That led to recording and and the upcoming release of The Music of Fred Rogers, which is a collaboration with pianist Kevin Bales.
Johnsrud is originally from Iowa, and she joins host Charity Nebbe in this Talk of Iowa segment to talk about the music and the message that Rogers delivered on his show. We also hear some examples of the original songs followed by the remake.