April 29, 2017 § Leave a comment
Download Instrumental I never heard of this song. Forty years in the business and this one escaped me. I finally heard “Feeling Good” last year on one of those irritating TV talent shows that only features vocalists. I like it… I think. The melody line is a bit elusive, but it’s an emotional song and every singer will tailor the melody to their own style. As I’m inclined to do so often, I used Michael Buble’s vocal interpretation as a guideline.
This one was written in 1964 for a Broadway play best left forgotten. A popular singer at the time, one Anthony Newley, wrote the tune but rarely performed it. His signature song was “What Kind of Fool Am I?” – a song I always announced would be the “bride and groom” dance at any wedding I played. The bride never smiled, but brides are nearly always a pain in the patoot anyway (you’d think it was an important day or something). I didn’t care – the bride’s father was paying the band – and he always laughed. There’s a moral there somewhere…
Anyway, a glorious singer named Nina Simone released this one in 1965 and absolutely nailed it. Several more artists tried their versions and just destroyed the innate beauty of the song – most notably the band Muse in 2001. Most young singers today identify with the Muse version, which is regrettable – and unforgivable. Michael Buble came along in 2005 and did it right – using Nina Simone’s arrangement almost note for note. If you’re going to take this masterpiece to your next gig, do it this way, please. Don’t fix what ain’t broke, folks.