20 Dec Signing and Singing To Music
When Tina Cleveland became engaged to Paul Sirimarco it was important for the American Sign Language interpreter to perform a song using ASL at her wedding. She quickly taught Sirimarco some basic elements and the Los Angeles-area couple began practicing while embarking on long road trips.
The rest is Internet history.
The couple has amassed more than a million views for signing the song “You’re The One That I Want” from the movie “Grease” and Beyonce recently posted their interpretation of the tune “Halo” on her Facebook page. The couple continue to work on interpretations of popular songs such as “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” and “Let It Go.”
“We feel like we’re bridging a little bit of the gap between the hearing and the deaf community,” Sirimarco said to ABC News. “They get to enjoy music, just like hearing people do.”
We are thrilled that Cleveland and Sirimarco are helping to spread the love of music to those who are deaf or experiencing hearing loss. Try putting their YouTube videos on mute and you can see Cleveland and Sirimarco’s infectious enthusiasm.
Famed author Victor Hugo once said: “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent,” and we absolutely agree.
The melancholy mood you feel when you hear an alto sax playing the blues or the chill of excitement you get when you hear a singer hit the whistle register is undeniable. We’re glad people like Cleveland and Sirimarco wants everyone to experience, in some way, those emotions.
While we don’t — but wish we could — offer ASL lessons, the Music Junction offers piano and voice lessons at our Burbank and Hollywood locations. Call today to learn more.