A series of participatory video, evolving massed choral works and half-time live singing events.

Sing Nina Simone’s Feeling Good with San José State University athletes, fans, students, and community allies. Join us in creating a personal and collective anthem to celebrate women's athletics, in solidarity with values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Your footage will be gathered into a democratic chorus as part of a series of evolving video installations and live singing events beginning with a collaborative half-time show for an SJSU Women’s Basketball game in February 2020.
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Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. Together, our sounds resonate! Sing—and may it feel good!—by following the simple steps below.

INSTRUCTIONS

Sing by yourself or with others. The whole process only takes a few minutes. You’ll need an internet connection, earphones, computer/tablet or smart phone. *Chrome or Firefox browser on Desktop/Laptops/Android Phones recommended. Support for iPhone coming soon!

1. Put your earphones in!
By using earphones throughout this process, only your voice will be recorded and layered with many others in the final video installation.

2. Take a peek at Video 1. You will be singing along to this video, guided by the song lyrics in captions.
Please note that the first verse and one small section at the end are sung as a call and response.
Nina sings when the text is in GOLD; You sing together when the text is in BLUE. Rewind Video 1 to the beginning when you are done.

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3. Click “allow” on Video 2 to activate your camera and mic. You should see yourself now.
*Some browsers may require you to update or enable flash player settings.

 

4. Press the red record button on Video 2 to start the recording. Then press play on Video 1 and sing along to the BLUE text.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. Your footage will be gathered with many others. Together, we are collectively resonant!

 

5. When you have finished press the red record button a second time to stop the recording. The video should save automatically.

That′s it! Feel free to give it another go—refresh the page to begin the process again. Thank you for adding your voice!

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS & PERFORMANCES

SJSU Women’s Basketball Game Half-time Event: February, 2020.

[More details to come]

Future events will be posted here as dates become available.

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It’s a new dawn / It’s a new day / It’s a new life / For me / And I’m feeling good / I’m feeling good
— Nina Simone’s Feeling Good

Dear potential singer (who may or may not be able to hold a tune),

We don’t sing much in public together—certainly not like they do in Europe’s football stadia, and rarely for women’s sports! How might we create singing rituals and ‘sporting anthems’ to celebrate women’s athletics and female-identified sport in solidarity with values of diversity, equity, inclusivity, and respect? What song might help us to cultivate a stronger sense of belonging in the midst of uncertainty and division? What song might hold space for tension and becoming?

In collaboration with SJSU Athletics, Band & Choir, I chose Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” after lots of input (and some missteps). Because at heart, this is a song about feeling good—about a new dawn, a new day. And because we’ve become increasingly convinced that “pleasure activism” (adrienne marie brown) has greater potential to harness our voices together than our current polarizing discourse.

And so, in this uncertain moment, we invite you to join your voice with others and sing Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” alongside a choir of San José State University athletes, sports fans, students, and community allies. Your voice will blend into a diverse democratic chorus and become part a live singing event at a half-time show for an SJSU Women’s Basketball game in February 2020. Your footage will become part of a series of evolving, participatory video installations.

May we raise our voices together as an antidote to isolation, silence, and despair, to build on ways that communal singing can charge our courage, cultivate our well-being, and connect us to one another.

We know many of us aren’t used to singing. It can be uncomfortable. We invite you to make space for uncertainty and feel good anyway. Your voice will lift up with many others, and your face will layer into a larger video ‘sea’ of faces, as inspiration for future singing. Together, our sounds resonate!

Please visit this link to sing now, directly from your computer. Feel good and sing together!

Thank you!

Mel Day [Artist, SJSU Art Lecturer] in collaboration with SJSU AthleticsBand & Choir.

Sleep in peace when the day is done, that’s what I mean / And this old world is a new world / And a bold world / For me

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Thank you for raising your voice!

Feeling Good is a participatory, evolving video installation, massed choral work, and live singing event organized by Mel Day in collaboration with SJSU Athletics, Band & Choir along with many athletes, fans, students, volunteers, and community allies.


Special Thanks

Blake Sasaki, SJSU Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations
Craig McKenzie, SJSU Assistant Director of Bands / Director of Athletic Bands
Jeffrey Benson, SJSU Director of Choral Activities
Ryan O’Rorke, SJSU Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing, Digital Media and Licensing
Joshua Moon, SJSU Promotions & Fan Experience Coordinator
Anthony Raynsford, SJSU Art & Art History Department Chair
Bonnie Sugiyama, SJSU Director of the Pride & Gender Equity Center
Nico Peck & Oona Hatton, SJSU Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Leily Khatibi, Web Designer & SJSU Graduate Assistant
Miles Caliboso, Video Editing Assistance
Haydn James, Massed Choir & Sports Conducting Consultant
Miriam Dym, Copy Editing Consultant
Giles Day, IT Tech Support

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Video still courtesy: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Ron Kroon / Nederlands: Collectie /
Archief : Fotocollectie Anefo / 14 December 1965

Custom arrangement license: #353609 "Feeling Good" [from 'The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd']; Songwriters: Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
This song is from the album I Put A Spell On You [1965] produced by Hall Mooney.

Project organized by Mel Day [Artist, SJSU Lecturer] in collaboration with SJSU Athletics, Band & Choir.

We welcome your questions, comments, and input. Please contact us for more info.