I’m pretty sure one of the most common misconceptions about us deaf is that we don’t like music. Or rather, that we have no concept of what music is, and so can’t appreciate it. That’s almost hysterically funny to me, because I’m not sure I’ve ever actually met a deaf person who didn’t love music.
So how can a deaf person love music? Well, first thing you have to remember is that deafness isn’t a one-size-fits-all sorta thing. It’s exactly like eyes – some people are near sighted, some are far sighted. Some people see shades of light, or see as if through a pinhole, without peripheral vision. Others have peripheral vision but can’t see straight ahead of them. There are a million variations of sight and hearing and deafness are exactly the same.
People who hear not at all can still thoroughly enjoy music, and also produce music. Dame Evelyn Glennie, the famous drummer who led the opening ceremony of the London Olympics? She’s deaf. She explains all of this well in some of her YouTube videos: it’s about FEELING the music, it’s about the vibrations of the music and the total-body experience.
I understand what she talks about… When I was a kid I would wrap myself around our old-school stereo speakers. Literally. I would curl my entire body around our speakers and I’d have Donna Summer’s Live and More record on repeat. I could feel every vibration, every curl and turn of the music and Donna Summer’s fabulous voice go through my marrow. Whether or not my doing that made me even deafer than I already was, I’ll never know but hey! I had a good time!
Feel the Music
No campaign has ever had a more appropriate name, I think, than ATT’s new one, Feel the Music. It’s aimed squarely at the deaf community, celebrating the love that our community has for music. Boy, do I ever love that. They are nixxing some big time stereotypes and promoting some truly awesome work that D-PAN (Deaf Professional Arts Network) has done by way of ASL music videos, all in one glorious swoop.
Did you watch it? It’s called “Subway Serenade”, made to the song, “Different Colors” by the group, WALK THE MOON.
I was inspired by the video (and hey, all of D-Pan’s work; I’m a huge fan of theirs, as anyone who follows my Facebook page knows) to create my own.
Here’s MY Video!
We had a lot of fun making it. And it was easy! We just shot some 8mm app videos on the iPhone, then meshed it all together with iMovie and added the song (which I purchased on iTunes for $1.29). Uploaded to YouTube via the Capture app, and there ya go.
My video was for fun, but if you want to enter the contest, read the rules and details in the links at the end of this post (they are really important, involving no more than 2 people in the video and the participants must be at least 18 years of age).
ENTER TO WIN AN IPAD MINI 4!
ATT is giving away a sweet tech bag to a reader of A Little Moxie, because they know how important access is to the deaf (and disabled) community. The iPad Mini 4 has accessible built-in features, just as all of the smartphones and tablets they carry do, including adjustable font, and closed captioning. They also have the Text Accessibility Plan for the deaf community (check out att.com/accessibility for more info – and also more links at the end of this post).
The sweet tech bag being given away here includes one Apple iPad Mini 4 Wi-Fi 16GB in Space Gray, one Incipio Black Lexington Folio with retina display for an iPad mini, plus an AT&T t-shirt (value: $451.95).
To enter, leave a comment below answering this question: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC?
Or, what’s your favorite song? Any stories behind the song? That’s always fun to read!
This giveaway is open from today through 11:59 pm (PT) October 31 2015, to legal residents of the US who are 18 years and older.
Winner will be announced here.
UPDATE: CORBETT O’TOOLE WON THE IPAD MINI 4. Congratulations, Corbett!
** NOTE: You do not have to participate in the ASL Video Contest to enter the iPad Mini 4 Giveaway. They are two separate opportunities **
FULL FEEL THE MUSIC + WALK THE MOON ASL VIDEO CONTEST DETAILS:
- AT&T Contest: Make your own ASL video of “Different Colors”, upload to the Feel The Music website, and share the link socially with your friends for a chance to win a trip to a WALK THE MOON concert in December. At the concert, winners will also enjoy a VIP experience with the band. Upload your video here and official contest rules can be found here.
- Based on the official rules, prize consists of: Round-trip coach air transportation for Winner and one (1) guest between major airport in U.S. nearest Winner’s residence and music event city; hotel accommodations (1 room/double occupancy/room & tax only) for three (3) nights; ground transfers to/from airport and hotel; two (2) tickets to the WALK THE MOON music event experience; and transfers to/from hotel and music event location (approx. retail value: $2,560, actual value may vary depending on departure city). Total ARV of all prizes: $2,560.
How AT&T helps and supports the deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH) community:
- AT&T is committed to creating innovative, accessible solutions. You can learn more about this here.
- One of AT&T’s solutions includes built-in features on our wide range of smartphones and tablets. Those range from adjustable font and magnification to closed captioning on video playback and more. These advancements help support people with hearing, vision, mobility, speech and cognitive disabilities.
- AT&T offers the Text Accessibility Plan, called TAP, for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and/or hearing loss.
- For more information on AT&T’s commitment to help improve the lives of people with disabilities, visit att.com/accessibility
Feel The Music Campaign: Feel The Music campaign, a social project designed to expand musical access to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community – helping them celebrate, participate and share in their love of music. Additional background on the campaign can be found here: http://feelthemusic.att.com/ Also here is a link to the AT&T top story on Feel the Music.
This post is sponsored by AT&T; we will be receiving an iPad mini, Incipio case and AT&T t-shirt.
Meriah Nichols is a counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one on the spectrum). Deaf, and neurodiverse herself, she’s a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.