Monday, February 24, 2014


Years ago, when I was at University, I was a Literature Major.  And since I was perusing an arts degree, I had to take 2 years of a foreign language.
Now, I am not one of those people who take readily to other languages.  I took 2 years of German in High School and it pretty much fell out of my head the day after finals.  So, needless to say, when I found out I had to take a foreign language on a University level, I pretty much freaked out.  So, while looking though the Class catalogue, I found American Sign Language (ASL) listed among the available languages, and so, after confirming that it would meet my language credit requirements, I signed up thinking that it would be an easy language to learn (I was wrong about the “Easy” part, by the way), and because I have a friend who had recently had a child who was deaf.

Anyway, fast forward to today.  I’ve lost quite a lot of my ASL skills because I never use it, but one of my daughters, Tay, decided to take it in High School in order to fulfill her language credit for her diploma.  She loves the language, and it’s given me the opportunity to refresh my knowledge of the language.
On Saturday, she cornered me and told me that I just “had” to watch this student video that they had watched in her sign class.  It was a music video for “The King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles in ASL as done by some college level ASL students.  So I watched it, and loved it!


So then, we began to see what else was out there.
This is Queen's classic, Bohemian rhapsody as done by some Students


Here's the thing with these videos.  I have a friend who is the child of a deaf mother.  She's very fluent in ASL and HATES when people are performing a song and who have a person sign the song, when there are no deaf people there to watch.  The beauty of the signing is not enough for her.  I love watching signed songs, because it adds such an expressive element to the song, that you just can't get from the pure music.  Here's an example.  I love Jazz.  There are several jazz standards that are sung in French.  I have no idea what is being said, but I love the sound of the words.  It's the same with signed music.

Here's one of my favorites that we found the other day.
It's not as professional as the other two I've shown, but this girl does such a good job in expressing the feeling of the song.

Now here's a couple that I just Loved

This one has such a good message

And this one is really just fun

I hope you've enjoyed these as much as I did.
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