Feeling Good By Nina Simone Essay

888 Words Jul 11th, 2016 4 Pages
“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flow from heaven to the soul (Monet).” Feeling good was originally written in 1965, by Nina Simone. This song has been used in the popular culture such as, “Point of No Return” and “Six Feet Under”. A song cover was later done by Jennifer Hudson in 2011, and Lauryn Hill in 2015. Although Nina Simone wrote the song, Jennifer Hudson sang it better due to melody, rhythm, and instrumentation used in her version.
Nina Simone was born February 21, 1933; she died just two months after her 70th birthday on April 21, 2003; she sang the rhythm and blues between the years of 1954, and 2003. She was even nominated for an Oscar Award (nin). British songwriters Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse wrote “Feeling Good” as part of their 1965 Broadway musical The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd. (Newley). Nina Simone’s version was more depressive than I anticipated. Also, she suggests life is unpredictable and has its ups and downs. This is a wonderful song which reflected the era it was created for.
Jennifer Hudson was born September 12th, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois. During her career as a musician, she has won 37 out of 74 awards that she has been nominated for. Hudson did a modern format of the song which was more natural, and her voice was amazing. Jennifer Hudson has been a spokesperson for Weight Watchers since the middle of 2010. Her new commercial campaign,…

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