A bit of history about the song “Feelings”

In 1957, Louis “Loulou” Gaste composed a tune called “Por Toi” which featured in a little-known French film. Albert Morris wrote some new lyrics to it in 1974 and called it “Feelings”. The song was then covered by many big stars such as Shirley Bassey and Andy Williams.

Some years later, Loulou successfully sued Albert for plagiarism and now they share the credits.

According to Wikipedia,  Julie Andrews said that the song was too difficult to sing because it had no meaning behind it. So she recorded Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious instead. Hmm.

I’ve always loved Loulou’s piano version so here it is arranged for acoustic guitar. It’s in standard tuning with a capo at the 7th fret.

The guitar was made by Stephen Hill, a luthier who used to be based in Lewes, near to where I live in East Sussex. This particular guitar has featured in quite a few YouTube videos with its previous owner, Nathan Cragg, who is one of my favourite guitarists on the web. I fell in love with the tone – it sounds almost harp-like – and was fortunate enough to have the chance to buy it a couple of years ago.

Capo

Just a few words on using a capo.

When playing so high up the neck where the frets are closer together I find the capo often restricts the movement of my left hand. So I’ve started using a G7th Newport capo which has a very thin profile and an adjustable screw fixing so that you can control the amount of pressure placed on the strings. G7th also make the Performance 2 which is another slimline model but just presses onto the guitar quickly and easily.

Recording  the “Feelings” video

I used a Rode NT2 microphone and edited the audio in Cakewalk Sonar X3 .

For the video I used a Sony camcorder, Neewar CN-160 LED lighting and Magix Video Pro7  video editing software.

Other Guitar Videos

“Walking In The Air” by Howard Blake (also called The Snowman)

“Over The Rainbow” by Eva Cassidy

“All of Me” by John Legend

“Jingle Bells”  Traditional Christmas jollity

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