And I'm feeling good...Nina Simone

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    Jul 29, 2011 1:32 AM GMT

    Feeling Good, Nina Simone by mrfnk
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    Jul 29, 2011 3:46 AM GMT
    I love it, thank you for sharing.
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:12 AM GMT
    Iceblink said


    god this is why I love music. That's awesome
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    Jul 29, 2011 4:45 AM GMT
    Great performance of a great song (meaning Nina Simone's recording of "Feeling Good"). And just to give some additional credit where it's due, I'll mention that the song was written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, who wrote some great stuff (and some not-great stuff), and that it was written for the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd.

    And here it is as sung by Gilbert Price (a wonderful singer who died as a result of AIDS) on the original Broadway cast recording of the show (although a guy named Cy Grant was probably the first one to sing it in public, in an earlier production in England):



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    Jul 29, 2011 4:51 AM GMT
    <3 Nina Simone



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    Jul 29, 2011 5:02 AM GMT
    She is amazing, I was lucky to see her in concert here in Los Angeles before she passed away.

    I just finished ready her autobiography "I put a Spell on you" It wasn't amazing, but interesting.
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    Jul 29, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    theatrengym said

    And here it is as sung by Gilbert Price (a wonderful singer who died as a result of AIDS) on the original Broadway cast recording of the show (although a guy named Cy Grant was probably the first one to sing it in public, in an earlier production in England)


    I had no idea it wasn't an original. Thanks for the input! She puts more heart into it in my opinion. Her version seems to be more of a jazz/soul rather than Price's more classical approach
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    Jul 29, 2011 6:31 AM GMT
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    I had no idea it wasn't an original. Thanks for the input! She puts more heart into it in my opinion. Her version seems to be more of a jazz/soul rather than Price's more classical approach


    You're very welcome.

    I'd say that some of that's because she's singing it as herself while Price was singing it as a character in the context of a show. He was more constrained by singing to an arrangement in which he had no say, one that was made for the show, while Simone was such a complete musician that she probably helped create the arrangement for her version. In any case, it was created very specifically for her.

    If Price had been a star, he might have been allowed more input, but he wasn't. He was young, making his big Broadway debut, and he had to do it as the creators wanted. Which he did very well. Also, he had to project it into a large theatre equipped only with floor microphones some distance from him. The performance he was used to giving was therefore much bigger in terms of vocal projection and a bit more externalized. It had to be.

    Of course, Simone was very classically oriented herself and apparently regretted a bit that she hadn't chosen to pursue the career her mother had wanted for her — to be a great classical pianist. She said that Bach was as much of an influence on her as the blues.

    And although she wrote or co-wrote some great songs, her career started just before the age of the great singer-songwriters. She sang plenty that was written by others (including songs that were written for musicals). I'd guess that most of what she sang was written by others but I'm not well enough acquainted with her recordings to be sure. (I'm always surprised at how many people think that Sinatra and Ella and Billie and Dinah wrote their own songs.)

    I apologize if I'm telling you things that you already know.

    Anyway, here she is singing Marc Blitzstein's English version of Brecht and Weill's "Pirate Jenny" from The Threepenny Opera, although she adapted the lyrics just a little bit for herself (but not much, just a few words).



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    Jul 29, 2011 6:33 AM GMT
    Iceblink said


    Ahh, I forgot about this song. Brings me back to the early days of high school icon_smile.gif.
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    Jul 29, 2011 9:16 AM GMT
    Iceblink said
    Thanks for posting. I have an upcoming trip to Hong Kong and the far east. The images of HK were great. There was something showing the flavor of the city in the video.
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    Jul 29, 2011 10:09 AM GMT
    I ABSOLUTELY love My Brightest Diamond's cover in "Dark was the Night," an AIDS awareness compilation organised by the Dessner Brothers (half of The National) for the Red Hot Organisation.

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    Jul 29, 2011 11:11 AM GMT
    swmrh911 said
    Feeling Good, Nina Simone by mrfnk


    Thanks for sharing, it's probably my favourite song ever and the video is AMAZING!

    I first fell in love with the song as a Muse cover

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    Jul 29, 2011 11:46 AM GMT
    My favorite:

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    Jul 29, 2011 12:02 PM GMT
    That is a real classic song! Such soulfulness in the singing.


    I do, however, like Jennifer Hudson's version somewhat. It's 'modern' or 'with-it' for today's market. I still prefer Nina's version.



    Too bad its used to hype Weight Watchers, though. Almost as much a travesty as when they used Etta James' "At Last" to sell vacuums! icon_rolleyes.gif
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