If I were still listening to music on a record player, I’d be wearing out the grooves on the album. My mom’s health and nearly constant PMS (unexpected effect of perimenopause) makes for a cranky girl. I’m so grateful for my relationship with this song and the full-body joy it brings.
I listened (and danced) it so often this year, I worried it might lose its magic. I alternated it with George Michael’s Live version, which is sexier than Bublé’s, though not as sultry as Nina Simone’s.
Earlier this summer in one class, I still felt melancholy towards the end of warm-up so expected to cue up Draw Your Swords by Angus and Julia Stone or Make it Rain by Ed Sheeran for a teary and cathartic dance, since I hadn’t found my joy on my mat.
Then I heard the familiar lyrics, though slower and filled with yearning, rather than joy.
Birds flying high, you know I how I feel
Sun in the sky, you know I how I feel
Breeze drifting on by, you know I how feel
A gorgeous female voice I didn’t recognize matched my mood with longing.
It’s a new dawn
Sadness shifted to hope in the singer’s voice.
It’s a new day
It’s a new life…for me, yeah
And I’m feelin’ ….Good!
And as joy fills her voice, it bubbles up in my heart. It lifts me from my mat to the pole where I spin into joy. And I know I need this version (by Avicii, I learn) for days when Buble’s cover is too lively for my pouty perimenopausal body.
I enjoyed the Avicii version so much during one of my beach dancing sessions that I collected covers of Feeling Good to suit every mood.
12 Covers of Feeling Good to Inspire Joy Whatever Your Mood
1. Feeling Good by Michael Bublé
2. Feeling Good (Live) by George Michael
“I’ve got a secret,” he says. “Come celebrate with me; I’ll share it.” So I do. And he does. Watch the video; enjoy Dita
3. Feeling Good by Nina Simone
Classic version. Sultry and seductive.
4. Feeling Good by The Pussycat Dolls
Bouncy and playful. Easy and breezy, like a spring day.
5. Feeling Good by Avicii (ft Audra Mae)
Longing for joy. Hopeful. Joy comes.
6. Feeling Good by Ane Brun
Delicate, wistful and vulnerable. Like a new bud.
7. Feeling Good by Sophie B. Hawkins (on Wilderness)
Wise and wild in a dark piano bar.
8. Feeing Good by Escala
Instrumental with soaring strings (esp. the violin)
9. Feeling Good by Aynsley Lister
Warm vocals with bold, passionate guitar.
10. Feeling Good by My Brightest Diamond
Sad, bittersweet and resilient.
11. Feeling Good by Jennifer Hudson
Big, bold and persistent.
12 Feeling Good by Ed Sheeran
Soulful sunset. With rising crescent moon and stars on a balmy summer night.
Spotify playlist of most.
While I enjoy each of these covers , I’ll always come home to Bublé. He’s my go-to guy. (Thank you, Michael Bublé, for 10 years of joy (so far). And today, I wish you a love and joy filled happy 40th birthday!)
Someone is bound to email me about the Muse version. Yes, I’ve danced to it; no I’m not a fan. It’s too aggressive, angsty and brooding for me so it fails to fill me with joy. However, many pole dancers adore it and 15,000 music fans voted it the top cover song in an NME poll in 2010, so you may like it. What’s your favorite cover song?
Want more cover songs?
Here’s a round up of my prior posts featuring covers:
1. My 12 favorite cover songs for pole.
2. 14 double pleasures (original + cover both yummy).
3. 23 cover songs from my favorite teachers.
4. 10 Hallelujah covers.
5. 17 Covers of Leonard Cohen Songs.