Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Annie Lennox's "Into the West" - in Sign Language

I fell in love with the lyrics to Annie Lennox's song "Into the West" (inspired by a passage in The Lord of the Rings) when I first heard them. So here is a video I found by accident today, a singing of "Into the West" in sign language - it looks as though the speaker is dancing with her hands, a poetry of the body. It is very beautiful, as is the narrative that prefaces this music video, telling of a person singing this song to a dying grandmother.

To live in a century that has such an articulate and expressive sign language, as well as a century with such poetry as is in those lyrics - is a blessing.

What can you see
On the horizon?
Why do the white gulls call?

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