Kudos to PBS Digital, whatever that is, for not trying it themselves, but instead getting the originator of the Profoundly Autotune The Childhood Icon genre, John D. Boswell of melodysheep, to remix Mister Rogers. Judging by the half million views Boswell X Rogers' "Garden of Your Mind" has racked up on YouTube in half a day, it is going to be a hit.
Which bothers me. Because it's kind of not that great. I mean, it's good. I'm glad it exists. But it's definitely nowhere near as awesome as "Glorious Dawn," or as we call it in our house, "the Apple Pie Song."
I like the guy I like way less's song way more than the guy I like way more's song.
And I worry that it's Mister Rogers' fault. Maybe it's the clips? Maybe it's the tone of his voice and the way Boswell didn't use any of Rogers' actual music? Maybe it's the inescapable blandness of a corporate commission? But I just come away thinking Rogers' Deep Thoughts sound a little shallow next to Carl Sagan's.
They both beat the crap out of Neil deGrasse freakin' Tyson, though, who I can totally imagine walks around with a thumb drive full of Profound Autotune Remixes he's made of himself.
UPDATE: I rest my case.
Mister Rogers Remixed | Garden of Your Mind | PBS Digital Studios (1 video) [youtube thanks dt reader rolf]