Believe it or not,deaf people are able to enjoy music and singing along to songs whether it’s due to modern technology allowing them to hear at least some of the tune and lyrics or whether it’s because sign language videos are now so readily available online. Here are 5 songs which are well suited to deaf people who want to enjoy karaoke either by singing out loud or using sign language. For more information – -
1) ‘Firework’ by Katy Perry :
This catchy song is a great choice for deaf people who either want to sing along or use sign language during a karaoke session. This is because it’s a very expressive song which lends itself well to sign language and an ASL video is already available here. If people wish to sing along instead,it is easy as there is a lot of repetition and a variety of sounds in the chorus. It is also an empowering song for anyone suffering from a disability.
2) ‘Iris’ by Goo Goo Dolls:
This beautiful song lends itself well to deaf karaoke. This is because it is slow and so there is plenty of time to keep up with the song whilst using sign language. An ASL video can be found here. It is also well suited to a deaf person wanting to sing out loud because the range of the notes in the song is small for both the verses and the chorus. It is also a song about invisibility and sometimes those with a disability can feel this way and so it is easy to identify with the lyrics,especially as it mentions other senses without actually mentioning hearing,for example,the lyrics talk about taste and sight.
3) ‘Just the Way You Are’ by Bruno Mars :
This song is another good choice for sign language karaoke and an ASL video has been created here. In terms of singing along,this song is also suitable because although the verses are quite fast-paced,they contain repetition and the chorus slows down significantly. The message that someone is perfect just the way they are will also resonate with anyone suffering from a disability as it is full of acceptance and love. -
4) ‘Pump it’ by The Black Eyed Peas:
For a more upbeat song,this is a great choice for either signing or singing out loud because the lyrics are so short and repetitive,making it a fun and highly energetic song to sing. An ASL video can be found here and it’s a very relevant song for deaf people as it’s all about turning the volume up louder!
5) ‘Let It Be’ by The Beatles :
The lyrics of this song are very straightforward and the note range is not very large or complex. It is slow and so it’s not hard to keep up with and again,it involves a lot of repetition,mainly the title of the song. It is a beautiful song about surrendering,being positive and letting go which is what people with disabilities have to do in order to live enriching lives despite their circumstances. An ASL video for this song can be found here.
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