Feelin’ Good

Birds flyin’ high, you know how I feel

Sun in the sky, you know how I feel

Breeze driftin’ on by, you know how I feel

It’s a new dawn

It’s a new day

It’s a new life for me

……………………………….

Stars when you shine, you know how I feel

Scent of the pine, you know how I feel

Oh freedom is mine

And I know how I feel

This song was composed by Anthony Newley and Leslie  Bricusse for the Roar of the Greasepaint-The Smell of the Crowd and first performed on stage in 1964. Nina Simone recorded it for her 1965 album I put a Spell on You

Her performance is superb, and I must say my favourite part is the unaccompanied first verse which she sings before the blare of the brass comes in.

I came upon this by chance last week and realised I had rather forgotten this wonderful artist. She faded out of sight in the late Sixties..

After watching a documentary about her life, What Happened, Miss Simone? I discovered why. She had become deeply enamoured of the Black Power Movement and made some quite injudicious public statements.  The record companies dumped her.

But listening to her singing this wonderfully cheering and optimistic song it is impossible not to love her music.

Other favourites of mine, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

and her beautiful version of Here Comes the Sun.

Gives yourselves a treat.

13 thoughts on “Feelin’ Good

    1. Something about that rich voice I just love. Glad you like it too Teri. I am trying to sing like her; probably doing terrible things to my voice as my range is quite a bit higher.

  1. She had a great voice. I heard an interview with her daughter on RN last week. She was to be in Melbourne this month ( also a singer) who disclosed that Nina had bipolar and a hard time of life and that she dies some years ago.
    Will download some music and play today. Happy Easter Gert’s

    1. She was a classically trained pianist too. Her version of Love Me or Leave Me where she accompanies herself on piano with Bach’s Fugue in C major is out of this world.

  2. Oh you’re really “grooving” Gert.
    Happy Easter….saw the Vatican then saw the mass at St Patricks in New York.
    Leslie xoxo

    1. The closest I got to that was watching a version of Handel’s Messiah by the Australian Brandenburg orchestra who use authentic instruments of the period … just glorious.

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