Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Will Sign Language Christmas DVD Fall On Deaf Ears?

OXNARD SHORES, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You haven’t truly experienced a “Silent Night” until you’ve performed all your Christmas carols in sign language.

That’s the word from Tim and Hayden Riley, who have just put out a DVD of traditional Christmas songs performed in American Sign Language (ASL) for the deaf and hearing called A ‘Silent Night.’

Tim Riley explains, “Both my wife and I are hearing people. We both find an interest in the absolute beauty of sign language.”

Riley says people watching the DVD who aren’t deaf will have the benefit of hearing the music, reading the subtitles AND seeing the songs signed, but Riley admits, “We’d like to see the hearing people put it on mute sometimes and really have a silent Christmas.”

Although Riley and his wife have both studied sign language for years, he says, “We’re not fluent” – which explains why they didn’t go in depth and sign, So bring us some figgy pudding, in the song “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”

He says they wanted to keep it simple so people could learn.

The DVD is available at asl-christmas-carols.com.

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