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One of the single most powerful songs that one can have the pleasure of listening to is “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone, released in 1965. Written by English composers Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse (who also wrote Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger” for the Bond film) for their musical The Roar Of The Greasepaint — The Smell Of The Crowd the previous year, the song became part of popular consciousness when Nina Simone recorded it for her I Put A Spell On You album.

There have been many versions of this song. What I would like to present here is that not only is Nina Simone’s version the definitive version, but that all other versions are trite at best and offensive at worst. What I hope to convey is that context matters more than intention, and feeling outweighs them all. …

Christopher Daykin