Hello, Dr. Bill. My name is Olivia Manns,
...For about as long as I can remember, I have always been
interested in learning sign language and attempted on many
occasions to learn.
...This is a whole new world for me and I find myself trying
to surround myself with it. I am a music fanatic but every
time I listen to music I try to sign out the words and I
find that this helps me attempt to put phrases together. I'm
also a nurse and recently had an encounter with a deaf
client. I, of course, am not fluent and this made for a fun
but difficult day with him. But I think it gave me just the
push I needed to get started again :)
... I have a beautiful song that I am trying to learn the
signs to. The song is called "Invisible" by Hunter Hayes.
Now the problem is -- I don't know how to sign the word
invisible which, as I'm sure you've figured out, makes it
pretty impossible to sign this song since it's, you know,
invisible. Is there another way to say it? Are you supposed
to fingerspell it? I know you are very busy and I understand
that you will probably not be able to respond to this email
anytime soon (if at all) but I just thought I'd ask. :)
Again, I have loved your website and plan to learn this all
the way through this time!!
- Blessings -
While I'm unfamiliar with that particular song, I get the
feeling it might involve a person feeling "invisible"
rather than "being" invisible. Thus during the signing
of the song you may wish to occasionally (with poetic
license and for artistic purposes) use the sign OVERLOOKED.
Sure, Once in a while you should use the actual sign
"INVISIBLE" but if a person is "feeling" invisible it means
they are feeling overlooked -- like people are not seeing
her (or him). For the song you could do the
"overlooked" sign quite a bit larger and add downcast eyes
(on occasion) or other embellishments to make it "cool/sad."
Best wishes on your artistic endeavors.