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Behind the scenes of LET IT GO in American Sign Language

The snow glows white
on the mountain tonight A kingdom of isolation Hello, my name is Jason Listman. I’m an Assistant Professor with the American Sign
Language and Interpreting Education Department over at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. A kingdom of isolation And it looks like I’m the queen! (laughing) It all started when I was in middle school. I got my first CD player for Christmas
and I started listening to music. I listened to music for the beats,
not really able to hear the words. One day I decided to print the lyrics and
I started to read the lyrics while listening. I began to be able to match what
I was hearing to what I was reading. I could hear the words!
And I got so excited. I started signing along to the songs. When I got to college, at parties, I would sign to songs and my friends would make comments, saying I impressed them, or that I did a great job. That put things into motion for me and ever since then,
I got into signing songs and creating music videos. Really, it was Rosa Lee (Timm). She is my inspiration.
I saw her signing music, poetry, stories, and videos. She was getting her work out there,
and I wanted to do the same. Time to see what I can do
To test the limits Let the storm rage on That song has a lot of meanings behind
the words, and different themes. For instance, the deaf community. We struggle with opening ourselves up,
with our identity as a deaf person. It’s similar to the movie (“Frozen”),
where the woman struggles with her superpower. She can create ice (magic) with her hands but she
struggles because people judge her for being different. Not so different from the deaf community, when a deaf person signs beautifully and embraces ASL. And some people look at this
deaf person and they don’t get it. So the deaf person struggles: “Do I keep this in?
Or do I let it out and be proud?” And now they know
Let it go, let it go Let the storm rage on This music video is a community project. What does that mean? The cast and the crew will work on developing this
and your contribution will help make this perfect. It’ll be an amazing music video for the community. But how to ensure the project’s success?
We need your help. You can donate money. And if you can’t, that’s fine!
You can spread the word, let others know about this. We really want to do an excellent
and “champ” job for you. Thank you.

14 Replies to “Behind the scenes of LET IT GO in American Sign Language”

  • Jason, Thanks for explaining the themes that connect the heroine's experience with the Deaf experience. I am spreading the word to friends and family to support this great project in any way they can. We're all looking forward to this video's release!! : ) [Jules messaged me that you may even bring in an talented Deaf crew member from France if finances permit…fantastic!!]  Thanks so much for undertaking this project and being determined, along with the rest of the team, to do justice to the beautiful language that is ASL!! GOD-BLESS TRUE^BIZ…Danny

  • It might help to be more inclusive if your description includes something about the need for deaf/HI children to have access to this song because it has become so central to our culture. If it touched so many hearing children, it should touch us all. And write for funding from Disney showing your other work. It's the best out there. 10,000 is a drop in the bucket for them.

  • Jason, your songs are so very insipiring and I always look out for your new song/sign video.  You have a natural talent for it.  OMG Jules Dameron will direct your film/song?!?! You have no idea how excited I am! I hope you'll make it!

  • Your doing a great thing by doing these videos. I am sure you are an inspiration to others as Rosa Lee was for you. You have an amazing talent…and your cute! Keep up the good work!

  • I am looking forward to your new video!  My grandson and I just discovered your channel tonight while looking for videos with ASL and lyrics.  He is 7 years old and suffered a traumatic brain injury as a baby and as a result suffers from apraxia of speech.  He can hear but has a great deal of trouble speaking and relies on ASL for a lot of his communication. He loves music and is just mesmerized when we find beautiful, catchy songs with such fluent and clear signing to accompany them.  Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  • I'm watching this and I don't even know sign language, but I love your interpretation of every song 🙂

  • Good to have subscriptions on YouTube 😀 otherwise I wouldn't have understood a single word, as I am sadly not able to understand asl

  • Hello, Jason, your story is interesting. I really enjoy watching ASL poetry. In fact, I teach ASL classes at a high school and worked with some ASL students on their poetry project. So would you mind sending me your uncut and full video of your poetry, "Let it go … song along with a printout of its lyrics?

  • Thank you for your videos. They are helping me practice my asl as I am losing my hearing. I am opting out of hearing aids and implants. I am ok with being Deaf. And being able to see the songs has helped allot since the lack of music was my biggest issue with what I'm going through

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