“Feeling Good” by Nina Simone
It has been postulated that this song is about the narrator “feeling good”, as in enjoying peace and happiness, after overcoming adversity. And while it is easy to conclude that the she is indeed exuding a very-high level of optimism, she does not necessarily state that her previous disposition was one of gloom. Rather the idea the track is putting forth is that this is “a new day”, indeed “a new life” for the singer.
In fact yesterday is never even mentioned. So regardless of what may have occurred then, today is something new. And the experience is accentuated by her deriving pleasure from everyday occurrences in nature. In addition to that, she is enjoying an overall sense of contentment, bravery and freedom.
In all, today marks the beginning of an era where the singer is deriving more pleasure and contentment from everyday life. That’s basically what Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” is all about.
Trivia/Facts about “Feeling Good”
- “Feeling Good” was originally written by Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse and its first performer, Cy Grant. The song was written for a 1964 musical. That musical was entitled The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd.
- Nina Simone released her version in June of 1965. It appeared on her album I Put a Spell on You.
- Although various artists have also covered this song throughout the decades, Simone’s rendition by and large has remained the most-popular.
- Simone’s version of this song was produced by Hal Mooney.