Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Sign Language Dancing


Traci Randolph practices interpreting Bon Jovi songs using sign language in her home in Germantown. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
How do you sign: “Come on now, this beat is sick. I wanna take a ride on your disco stick?” Interpreting Lady Gaga for deaf people can be a taxing job. Last month, the Post’s Monica Hesse met some of the women who try, interpreting at concerts around the Washington area. She wrote:

Not every interpreter is cut out for concert work, and not everyone wants to do it. It's exhausting, both mentally and physically... It's taxing to provide meaning, convey emotion, and keep the beat at the same time.

It’s a fascinating look at making music visual. I had no idea that I could see the movements in action, but that was silly thinking on my part. Of course, YouTube has an amazing collection of people interpreting songs in American Sign Language. They are nothing short of brilliant. Check out Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and “A Horse With No Name:”

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