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ASL Music Videos: Music to Our Eyeballs

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Neda Semnani

By Neda Semnani on June 19, 2014

The two noise holes on the side of your head aren’t necessary for today’s lesson in musical and lyrical appreciation. Your eyeballs are critical, though.

Today we found several years worth of stellar American Sign Language music videos starring Madonna University students. Unfortunately, this is not a school of higher learning that analyzes Lady Madge’s every move, nor is the school’s rival Sean Penn State. Madonna U might be just a regular old Catholic school in Michigan, but the ASL students have made a music video of everything from that Bastille song to Nina Simone’s “Four Women.”

These musical interpretations are sometimes poignant, other times saucy, often entertaining. Watch the ASL version of Adele’s “Rumour Has it,” for example. You’ll fall madly in love with that saucy minx with the dreds.

Madonna U’s latest batch of ASL music videos were posted earlier this year.

ASL Interpreter Outperforms Kendrick Lamar at Lollapalooza
Sign Language Interpreter at Wu-Tang Clan Steals Show
ASL Interpreter & Fan Lady: Stars of Storm Presser

For a delightful bit of afternoon time-suck might we suggest perusing the students’ detailed PDF translation guides? Each one has divided the song and video into time code, English lyric, ASL “gloss,” ASL feature, translation explanation, and the scene description.

Mawr ASL music videos? Here’s a Facebook group devoted to the collection and dissemination of all things ASL music video related. Be warned, however, there are an inexplicable number of Katy Perry ASL videos out there.

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