It’s You I Like (text: Fred Rogers) arrangement for voice and piano; 3’ (2014)
composer’s note: “It’s You I Like” is one of the most beloved songs from “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and the older I get, the more I appreciate the warmth and love behind Fred Rogers’ amazing poetry and songwriting. With every passing year, I think of him less as a performer on a children’s show, and more as a kind of spiritual guru. In arranging this song, I wanted to slow the song down a little, to let the loveliness of this melody really come to the forefront. So I created a fairly intricate piano part while allowing the singer to ride above at a slower pace. This allows the vocalist to deliver the words honestly and simply, while the accompaniment adds flourishes and countermelodies that comment on the text and illuminate the subtext.
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