How do you interpret music? Did it make it hard for you as a cheerleader? As a massage therapist, did it help calm you or not make a difference? How has music affected your life as a child and as an adult? What’s the one kind of music that you feel is like a language to you, that speaks to you as a person?

I cannot live without music.

I grew up dancing. I learned how to adapt to different tones and pitches. I would stay up late looking up lyrics online to study them for the next dance rehearsal. I would watch music videos via closed caption to follow it better. It even helped to learn their dance moves to it. That’s how I learned the songs to help me dance better to them. Being on stage, lights are shining on you, the music is playing and in that moment it’s you moving to the soul of the music.

As a massage therapist, I’ve always enjoyed therapeutic music. It’s very relaxing and there’s no lyrics to learn from aside from voices in another language that can make you wonder if you’re actually hearing voices or if there’s a ghost in the room. (Crickets in background…)

I’m kidding. I mean, if I’m being honest, sometimes I do drive myself crazy if the house is super quiet…

I was at a ZBB concert recently. Some of the songs I did not know and some took me a while to pick up. I do know they played our wedding song. It was a loud concert. It doesn’t sound like what you hear on your usual car radio or ITunes. There’s a ton going on. They do remixes and play other songs you may have heard of but don’t know the words to. Some concerts I’ve been to will have the lyrics on their projector screen. I do rely on Justin to relay the words or to tell me what song it is they’re playing. But honestly to me, it’s really all about having the best time of your life at your favorite bands concert. I danced all night long with my husband and some of the best people I know. Sang along to songs I could understand and smiled the whole time because that’s simply music.

Same thing when I cheered at the stadium. The music isn’t the same you hear in rehearsal. You might be off the routine just a millisecond than the rest of the girls. I relied mostly on my sight to make sure I’m moving with everyone else. If it’s raining, I’m dancing without my hearing aids and no one notices it. It’s a huge place and the music is very loud, not clear, the fans are screaming, players are yelling, the loudspeaker is mumbling nonsense. It helps that you can rely on the vibration of the beat of the song and sight of other dancers.

I think music really uplifts the soul of a person. Music really is the universal language of the person. It varies for all of us, even in a hearing person.

Published by That Deaf Girl

I’m Amanda. A witty, sarcastic deaf girl. A character on MTV’s True Life: I’m Deaf Episode and former NFL Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleader. I aspire to speak on Special Needs platform, particularly for Dentistry. That Deaf Girl is a blog shedding light on deaf awareness or general in everyday life. Enjoy!

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