Mister Rogers is our Spirit Animal
Fred Rogers might seem an unlikely hero for a rock-n-roll venture like a shared rehearsal space for bands. But as we get ready for Cohere Bandwidth’s debut in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, we’ve been thinking a lot about our place in the community, and about our soon-to-be neighbors. Mister Rogers has come up in conversation more than once. Turns out he had a lot of philosophies that we agree with and a super-cool outlook on what it means to be a good neighbor. Fred had street cred, and in terms of gurus, he’s pretty much the perfect fit for Cohere Bandwidth.
“Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space. Every one of us is a part of that jewel. A facet of that jewel. And in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal. We are intimately related. May we never even pretend that we are not.” – Fred Rogers, in his 2002 commencement address at Dartmouth
One of the things we are most excited about at Cohere Bandwidth is becoming a part of the community that surrounds our new home on the corner of Linden and Jefferson — because fundamentally, we believe that music is about belonging, and art grows more beautiful when it’s shared and explored with other people. We look forward to being under the same roof as the creatives that already call the Downtown Artery home, because we know we’ve found kindred spirits in those artists, musicians, advocates and other crafty kids. We’re also pretty excited to become frequent diners at Illegal Pete’s new Fort Collins location on the other side of our block, to have new music-loving Linden neighbors in Surfside Seven, as they move just a few doors down from us in 2015, and to be able to walk down the alley and emerge at the Lyric Cinema — all businesses that support local music and art. We’ll be introducing you to some of these neighbors via the blog as we begin moving in, so stay tuned.
A Neighborhood of Make-Believe
“In art — the artist can make things any shape and any color they want.” — Fred Rogers, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Season 22, Episode 5
Mister Rogers transported his viewers to places — both fanciful and real — that encouraged the exploration of new ideas. We can dig that. We want Cohere Bandwidth to be one of those places, and we know musicians are just the people to make it happen. Check out this clip from Mister Rogers’ 1968 visit with electronic music pioneer Bruce Haack:
Where Music Rules
“It takes a LOT of practice to play a musical instrument really well.” – Fred Rogers, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Season 16, Episode 13
Another thing we have in common with Mister Rogers? An affinity for musicians, of course. A musician himself (a talented pianist who graduated magna cum laude with a BA in music composition), Fred Rogers wrote more than 200 original songs and several operas for children. He invited countless musicians to connect with his television neighbors. Here he pays a visit to a music store/rehearsal space to say hello to a young Wynton Marsalis in 1986. He brings the show’s house band, led by musical director (and crazy-good jazz pianist) Johnny Costa, along to jam:
A Place Where You Can Be YOU
“As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has–or ever will have–something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.” – Fred Rogers, “You Are Special: Neighborly Wit and Wisdom from Mister Rogers”
We believe that being a good neighbor is about being yourself, and giving other people space to be themselves, too. It’s good to be curious. Nobody shared that message better than Mister Rogers. We hope you’ll come by to visit us at Cohere Bandwidth when we open (sign up for our waiting list so we can keep you posted when we complete construction). We look forward to learning from you. Won’t you be our neighbor? We like you! Because you’re you.
It’s you I like,
It’s not the things you wear,
It’s not the way you do your hair–
But it’s you I like.
The way you are right now,
The way down deep inside you–
Not the things that hide you,
Not your toys–
They’re just beside you.
But it’s you I like–
Every part of you,
Your skin, your eyes, your feelings
Whether old or new.
I hope that you’ll remember
Even when you’re feeling blue
That it’s you I like,
It’s you yourself,
It’s you, it’s you I like.
– “It’s You I Like” – music and lyrics by Fred M. Rogers, 1970