Behind the scenes of LET IT GO in American Sign Language
August 13, 2019
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.