Monday, April 30, 2018

U, V,W,X,Y, Z!!! The end of A-Z Challenge 2018 #MondaysMusicMovesMe #AtoZ #Music #signlanguage #IGiveSparks

Hello, my musical friends.  I am sitting here listening to someone play the piano. How apropos for Monday's Music Moves Me. Our theme this week is a freebie which works for the last few letters to do this challenging month.

Our format is going to be changing a little bit. More about that in a moment.

Speaking of challenges, this is also the last day for the A-Z Challenge. It has been a particularly challenging this time around for me with net issues and personal issues in the way BUT I have finished and that is what is most important.

So, as I also give out a spark on Monday's here is one for you to chew on.

So, on to the music. I wanted to let you know that today is also my last day of co-hosting again. I stepped in to help out while Callie is on hiatus. As with other things this month, it was a challenge to keep going. I hope the things that have been difficult this month will smooth out soon.

Having said that, I want to introduce Alana to you as a new co-host. She is an excellent choice to join this musical train and has big shoes to fill too. lol Please welcome her on board!

Beginning next month, the formatting for 4M's will change a bit. There will still be a linky but one person will be an honorary co-host and pick the themes for the month which of course includes our freebie weeks. Sounds awesome to me!

So, rounding up the A-Z Challenge of music in sign language:

This U song is a throwback to the 1980's with MC Hammer. I love this dance troupe!

This V song is a new one to me by the Christian group Casting Crowns. This is the second version I found and it spoke to me. She is so expressive with her sign language.

This W song was such an earworm when it first came out and goofy fox costumes were prized possessions. Remember again, this is a dance troupe's interpretation with ASL.

This X song cracked me up a bit. Not because of the song itself, but of the interpreter's translation of it. The little disco ball kills me!

This Y song is from a favorite movie of mine. This is the first version I saw to post BUT  note that it is not safe for him to be signing with both hands while he is driving. This would never be approved of by the deaf community.

Finally, I come to the letter Z in songs in sign language. This one has to be wow, right? So, I give you...ZERO. It is about people with disabilities having zero barriers in the world.

Thanks for hanging out with me for the A-Z challenge and for being so patient! Make sure to link up and enjoy others music too. 

Until next time, musically yours,
Michelle aka Naila Moon

Monday, April 23, 2018

N, O, P, Q, R, S, T...Catch Up With the Music! #AtoZChallenge #MondaysMusicMovesMe #IGiveSparks

Hey, welcome back to Monday's Music Moves Me and of course, the A-Z Challenge. I have been a bit behind due to ongoing computer issues but I keep pushing on and hope they will solve themselves. Thanks for sticking with me!

Anyway, I am catching up today and here to co-host, Monday's Music Moves Me. You know us right? We have Xmas Dolly who has kept this musical shin-dig going for 7 years now. Wow!
Then there is Cathy, who is mew-sically inclined, Stacy who brings the wine, and Callie who is just plain fine! (Just a note to continue thinking about her while she is out on hiatus. We are not sure she will be able to come back but we hope so. WE MISS YOU!)
The theme this week is Earth Day songs. However, mine will probably not be except maybe the last song.

Before I get to the music, let us not forget that I hand out a nice Spark to get you going for the week. These are just a bit of positiveness in a crazy world.

On to the music...Due to the amount of catch up, I am only going to post the letter and the signed song. Enjoy it all! Don't forget, for you hearing folks, the music is being played. Some signers are better than others but all are amazing for such a beautiful language.

Tell me in comments which one you like the best and do not forget to link up! 
~Michelle aka Naila Moon

Sunday, April 15, 2018

J, K, L, M, is for....Wow, I am a little behind here! #MondaysMusicMovesMe #IGiveSparks #atozchallenge #signlanguage

Hey, welcome back to my dribble. I have been a bit behind due to ongoing computer issues and just plain stupid stuff. You know how that goes, right?

Anyway, I am catching up today and here to co-host, Monday's Music Moves Me. You know us right? We have Xmas Dolly who has kept this musical shin-dig going for 7 years now. Wow!
Then there is Cathy, who is mew-sically inclined, Stacy who brings the wine, and Callie who is just plain fine! (Just a note to continue thinking about her while she is out on hiatus.)

Before I get to the music, let us not forget that I hand out a nice Spark to get you going for the week. These are just a bit of positiveness in a crazy world.

Okay, on to the music. This week is a freebie week which means you can choose any theme of music you want. That is a good thing for me since I am in catch up mode. Ha!

First up, J:

Did any of you happen to catch John Legend in musical, "Jesus Christ Super Star"? It was absolutely incredible. So, I want to share a sign language version of the song.

Next up, K: Changing gears, I have always liked this next song even though it was a song of pain and hurt. I did not know that Luther Vandross had performed this song. This is the signed version I found. This woman gives passion to this song I love!


 Next up is, L: When the movie, "Frozen" first came out, my granddaughter, like so many others, could not get enough of it. My granddaughter sang the song so much we were sick of it. However, I found this signed version awhile ago and it is time to dust off the snow again for it. It is quite beautifully done.

Finally, today's letter is M: I love Carrie Underwood and the music she has written and performed. This one is new to me but it is still good. The lady signing it is expressive.

Make sure to link up below.
See you musically soon.
~Michelle aka Naila Moon

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

I if for Imagine! #AtoZchallenge #signlanguage

Happy Tuesday! Yesterday was a whirlwind of musical fun. In case you missed it, we hopped down the bunny trail with Easter songs. Go back one day and check them out. You can play all week so make sure to join in.

So, moving on...

Have any of you gone to see "I Can Only Imagine" at the theatre yet? I want to go see it. I am hoping it is, "The Shack"-esq, At first I did not realize it was based on the song of the same name by "Mercy Me." I don't know why I didn't make the connection there.

What I did do though is plan the same song for today's musical sign language! I love the song and the group. If you have not seen the original video, go check it out. That is, after you take a look at my selection. HA!

Here is another version of the same song. The beauty of sign language is the body movements and expressions of the person signing.

Enjoy and see you tomorrow!!
~Michelle aka Naila Moon

Sunday, April 8, 2018

G is for Glorious! H is for Hallelujah! #atozchallenge #MondaysMusicMovesMe #IGiveSparks

Hey everyone,

Crazy week this past week and probably this week too but I am powering away to come by and say hello. First, a spark to get you up and going for this Monday.

Sorry that I did not get by last week. I do see you and love your postings!
I realized I also did not get my posting done in time for "G" for it to pre-post. So, this episode of Monday's Music Moves Me will include a song for "G" and "H"! The theme this week is also, "Easter songs" so, this should be challenging.

Don't forget to link up your music post below!

Let's move it, shall we?

First up(G): I enjoy praise and worship music sometimes as much as other genres of music. Here is one sign language team that is signing to a group I like called Casting Crowns. The song is "Glorious Day" which is actually considered an Easter song. I am not sure why the tree behind them then.

Next (H): I love the group Pentatonix. This song is signed by a young man and woman out in a gorgeous setting. I hope you enjoy this one.

 Happy musical day! ~Michelle aka Naila Moon

Friday, April 6, 2018

F is for Fresh! #atozchallenge

Here we are at the end of the work week on another "F" word, FRIDAY! As I am almost FINISHED with my FIRST week of A-Z blogging, I have another FANTASTIC musical selection FOR you to enjoy.

This go around I am presenting a theme song for you by a then, not-so-well-known, Will Smith. He and his FRIEND Jazzy D not only wrote and sung the theme song to this popular TV show but also appeared in it.

I am talking about, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Do you remember Will Smith looking like this?

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Who was your favorite character or favorite episode from this show? Tell me.

Blogging it A-Z, Michelle aka Naila Moon

Another version:

Thursday, April 5, 2018

E is for 18. #atozchallenge

I know what you are thinking.

"18" is a number, not a letter. Well, that is true but if you spell out the number you will quickly figure out that the word begins with the letter 'E'. EIGHTEEN + One Direction=EXCELLENT!

See what I did there? Yeah, I know...pathetic! But, One Direction isn't and coupled with my theme of signed songs you get pure awesomeness.

Have fun with this 'E' song. 

Do you have a favorite One Direction song or for that matter just a favorite song? Tell me.

Blogging it A-Z,
Michelle aka Naila Moon

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

D is for Despacito #atozchallenge

Welcome to hump day and the letter 'D'. Today's particular song I have never heard before nor have I heard of the singer (with the exception of Justin Bieber who is on the featured track). However, that is the one thing I love about YouTube is discovering new artist and musical delights.

In this song, despacito means, slowly. The song is essentially about how the singer wants to make love. It is mostly in Spanish but there are English translations if you want to go look for them. ;)

Enjoy the song Despacito!

~Blogging it A-Z,
Michelle aka Naila Moon

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

C is for Cups? #atozchallenge

Hi there! It is Tuesday and I am so glad to "C" ya.   HA HA HA...hum....ok, bad joke.
Anyway, the song I am presenting today became a bit of an earworm when it was first performed. The use of cups for the song was clever and still is for its original intent.

However, it does not quite translate for the deaf community other than seeing people moving around a bunch of cups. Still, the effort is to be noted and the song to be enjoyed. I give you, appropriately named, The Cup Song. By the way, I believe the original title was called When I'm Gone.

Another version:

Blogging it A-Z,
Michelle aka Naila Moon

Monday, April 2, 2018

B is for...Bohemian! #MondaysMusicMovesMe #atozchallenge

Hello and welcome to "B" day! Today I am switching musical gears from praise and worship to rock. Whew! It is also Monday's Music Moves Me hosted by Xmas Dolly and her co-host, Callie, Stacy, and Cathy. I am filling in for a while. Play along and link up below. The theme for the 4M's is "freebie" week so, that works out pretty well for me.

So being that it is "B" day, I am going with one of my all-time favorite bands, Queen. There are so many variations of the Bohemian Rhapsody song but carrying on with my A-Z theme, this time it is in sign language. Enjoy! 

What is your favorite 'B' song? Tell me in comments.

Here is another version:

Blogging it A-Z,
Michelle aka Naila Moon

Sunday, April 1, 2018

So, It Begins! "A" is for ALIVE!

Welcome to the first day of the April A-Z Challenge! No foolin'!

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, for this challenge I was going to do a daily post of music with a twist. All the songs I post will be in sign language.  There will be a variety of music. Don't worry, for you non-sign language folks, you will still be able to hear the music too but I ask you to enjoy the beauty of ASL.

Before I get to the letter "A", I want to wish all of you that celebrate, Happy Easter!

Now, for my first letter and musical selection of the month and very appropriate for this special day.
The singer is Natalie Grant of whom I have never heard before. Enjoy!

Leave me a comment below so I can come see what you are doing. What genre of a song would you like to hear/see?

Blogging it A-Z,
Michelle aka Naila Moon