Our honorary conductor of the month, Michelle (Naila Moon), has picked the theme for today.
But first, who are the #MusicMovesMe bloggers? Every other week we have a theme, and on alternate weeks, we can blog about any music we wish. We are headed by our head Engineer XmasDolly. Her co-conductors are: ♥Callie of JAmerican Spice♥, (who right now is visiting when she can - please keep her in your thoughts ) and ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥ Also, co-conducting is ♥Cathy from Curious as a Cathy♥ And, (last but not least), me.
For July 30 we are asked to post two songs in "sign language" and two without.
I decided to take a slightly different track. I am a hearing person; I have no family members who are Deaf (although my father lost his hearing in one ear as a toddler). I have no training in ASL or any other signed language. And, I think we all agree that a hearing impaired person would experience music in a different way from one who is not hearing impaired.
The purpose (I think) of an interpreted video is to bring music into a more visual medium. Increasingly, in addition, Deaf musicians are gaining footholds in the music community.
Because I don't have the knowledge of any signed language to know if the language is being signed correctly, I tried to take care in selecting videos. Signed language (ASL is only one of them) is an actual language, not someone trying to communicate in English using their hands and facial expressions. It would therefore make sense to prefer videos of native signed speakers, people for whom the signed language was their first language or one learned early due to a hearing loss in childhood.
First up is a Deaf rapper, Signmark, and his song "Speakerbox". Signmark signs while a hearing rapper speaks the rap.
I came across a Deaf performer by the name of Rosa Lee Timm, who did a this video of a Melissa Etheridge song, I've Loved You Before.
And finally, Deaf rapper Sean Forbes in a fun video, "Let's Mambo" with Deaf actress Marlee Matlin.
Thank you, Naila, for allowing me to explore this aspect of music that is new to me.
Visit other music bloggers on the linky and see how they intepreted this prompt.
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