Hello I am Heather I teach baby Signing in the UK and I really want to promote it and I came up with a crazy idea of auditioning for Britain's Got Talent
My dream is to have more people Signing at home with their families, to their babies and also to the children, make it a everyday occurrence and I thought if I was to get to the stage on Britain's Got Talent I might be able to help a little. The thing is what do I do? I sing nursery rhymes and action songs with TinyTalk that encourage mums and dads to sing to their children with great educational songs and a great way to add abbreviated signing in also. But I can not enter such a contest with a nursery rhyme, although saying that people have in the past but they adapted them.
it was time to think and you see I can sing a nursery rhyme but I can not sing pop songs its very different you see well for me any way as in the nursery rhyme I add my friendly kind voice through where as in a different song their are the emotional songs or the Eye Of The Tiger kind of song which is what I chose and probably a good choice in the sense I got to go on stage in front of the many people and then the whole country, but perhaps I could have chosen a different song that I might be able to sing better but having listened to ones self i didn't actually sing any better tee hee I can keep trying.
I can sign a little and also sing very little and I can do tae kwon do a little so I combined it all and went for the Eye Of The Tiger though had back up with No More the Fool by Elkie Brooks and also Sunshine After the Rain which I may be able to sing a tad better but nothing like Elkie Brooks and so my reason to stay with my choice was confirmed.
I practiced the opening bit of tae kwon do moves but you don't see that on the show and I practiced the signing. Now a few have tried to get on Britain's Got Talent before that have done signed songs but no one has made it to the stage and I think it is because they are not singing so this is why I had to sing you see. So then was the realisation that if I am going to sing then I would have to use Signed Spoken English with signs from British Sign Language, the reason being my brain would not be able to sing a word and sign a different word to be grammatically correct in BSL. But that is not all I think it is easier for someone to learn a sign or two when a song is signed with SSE (Signed supported English) as then they can learn the sign as it is signed at the same time as the word in the song. British Sign language (BSL) is signed differently to how we speak in the English Language you see so there may well be a debate of how the sing is signed but there is my reason. The question is at the end of the sentence rather than the beginning so for instance asking someones name it may well be signed " your name what" rather than what is your name.
I would love to show you the actual clip but It is not yet up on Youtube although is on Iplayer. What I am hoping to do is get it up for you for next week and you can enjoy and have a giggle on me, but what I would also like to do is go through the whole song also so the signs can be learned properly and perhaps someone who can actually sing can have a go.
From this though we have had some response re TinyTalk so I really hope it helps with the Deaf awareness and also encourage families to use more signing.
I am a mother of 4, teach baby signing and also BSL level 2 qualified, love TKD and much more.