This post includes a video, which uses American Sign Language (ASL) and is also captioned for the “signing impaired.” Scroll down to watch this video. There is also a non-signed version with printed lyrics for those who prefer to watch such.
The first day of May is commonly known as Beltane, and also referred to as “May Day.” It is a day that is celebrated for many things – the blooming of the flowers, the singing of the birds, the warming rays of the sun. In many Celtic traditions this day begins the lighter half of the year, and is also viewed by Pagans as being the start of Summer.
Jonathan Coulton, an American singer-songwriter, has written a song that celebrates the first day of May, and expresses the way some Pagans might indeed feel about this day. After doing a bit of searching around on Youtube, I have found a video of this song that has been translated into sign language, that my Deaf readers might thus be able to watch and understand it along with everyone else.
I’ve posted this video for your viewing pleasure.
Note: this video uses adult themes & language
it may not be appropriate for children
While I applaud this young man’s efforts at signing this song, I do acknowledge that his signing/music interpretation skills may not be the best (although I have certainly seen worst!) I hope that he continues to study and develop his skills, as I do think he has potential to become a good interpreter.
For those who prefer to see a non-signed version of the song with the lyrics, here it is: