Favorite Song: Feeling Good.
“It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
And I’m feeling good”
Those are the lyrics that got me to start preferring the song “Feeling good” over the rest of Nina Simone’s “I Put A Spell On You Album”. Feeling good, originally written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley for the 1965 musical “The Roar Of The Greasepaint – The Smell Of The Crowd” that debuted on Broadway.
Nina does something special to this song; she takes the lyrics and adds new meaning to them. She pours into them her story, her history and her definition, and you know she’s “Feeling Good”. For me this is that track that you listen to right before you get on the subway, so you know that everyone else knows by the complacent look on your face and the smooth head bop you got going on, that this day is a new chance and you’re not afraid to feel good about it.
It builds you up, and I mean really builds you up. Ok, that wasn’t very descriptive but think of it as this, you got into a car crash a week before, completely totaling your car and putting you nerves into a frenzy. This song is that one week anniversary moment, you’ve gotten a new car, and it’s time to go to work, you start your car shaking from nerves, reverse out your driveway, and pull onto the main road, and BOOM! It hits you, you’ve got the confidence to push forward, and you’ve got a hold on things again. There are parts of the song where there’s hesitation similar to merging lanes, but as the song prevails with the pitch building up and the instruments you get to work safely. You’ve got this feeling as the song ends, like not only can you handle the situation; you have handled the situation and done it well. As we get to the end of the song we look at the last chorus and the last two lines in the bottom stanza go “ Oh freedom is mine and I know how I feel”. That just about hits the nail on the head, saying, ok this one’s for me, I’m allowed to be content, everyone else can know, but what’s important is that I’m feeling good.