"Beauty confronts us with the requirement that we place ourselves among...the redeemers, the leaders in the protection of life. Once you have seen the bush on fire, you are not going to get out of the assignment unless you close your eyes to the beauty.... [You] either have to close your eyes or go back to Egypt and set the people free." - Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, "Rising to the Challenge of Our Times"

Friday, March 23, 2007

Tree, Tree, Tree

This isn't one of the songs I remember from watching the show, but like other songs by my late Television Friend, it sums up my feelings pretty well. If you have never felt this way about a tree, it's not too late...don't be afraid...maybe you would even like to sing this song to a special tree in your neighborhood.

You need will need RealPlayer in order to listen. There's a link on the page to download the player if you don't have it.


Allie said...

I keep trying to tell my Mr. about the "I wanna hold your ear" song from Sesame Street, but he has no idea what I'm talking about.

Maybe you'll have to put together a show with all the best cartoon songs.

Emily said...

YES! I was singing "I Wanna Hold Your Ear" just the other day. The words are a little bit creepy which is probably why the song left such a lasting impression on me..."I wanna hold your nose, I wanna hold your tooth, I won't let you breathe or eat, until you know the TRUTH: I love you!" Of course the visual with Bert's muppet girlfriend that had the detachable features like Mr. Potatohead added a lot to the song.

I'm going to figure out the guitar chords so I can add it to my regular repertoire.

wordsfromhome said...

I think you could get a nice show together of Mister Roger's songs and take it on the road. Sesame Street is good too, but I never liked them as much as your Television friend.

M.A. said...

We love yooooooou, YES, we doooooo, we love yooooooou, yes we dooooooo.

Bellabell said...

Okay. Confession is good for the. . .something. I was on the brink of middle age before I encountered Mister Rogers. Had no kids, no legitimate reason for watching this guy come in, take off his suit jacket, put on the sweater, feed the fish, etc. I watched anyway. Got to know everybody--King Friday, Daniel Striped Tiger, Lady Aberlin. Learned some of the songs. And one in particular lodged in a previously barren corner of my brain:

"I'm taking care of you/Taking good care of you./ Once I was very little too; /Now I'm taking care of you."

I guess I was singing it to my Inner Child, or my Outer Adult, whoever needed reassurance.

Emily said...

Yes, that's a very good song. I took him very, very seriously, as witnesses can attest. How wonderful that there was this man on TV in whom the trust of children and grownups was so well-placed.