On Friday night (14 December) we were lucky enough to see Sir Paul McCartney at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
Featuring songs from the early Beatles (Love Me Do, From Me to You, Can’t Buy Me Love) to their later tunes (Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band, Let It Be, Hey Jude) and even some Wings and solo hits too, Paul put on the show of our dreams, and we’d recommend all fans pick up tickets for the next round of shows.
Not only was the concert everything we ever dreamed of, it also featured a sign language interpretation of one of his songs.
During his solo song, My Valentine, dedicated to his wife Nancy, videos of actors Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp signing along to the lyrics were shown on the big screen.
Paul McCartney is currently on his Freshen Up world tour, and has stopped in Canada, the USA, Japan, Paris, Copenhagen, and many more, before his UK dates in Liverpool, Glasgow and London last week.
My Valentine has featured on the tour setlist every night.
Musicians are using sign language more frequently: Ed Sheeran had someone sign his lyrics in the You Need Me, I Don’t Need You official music video.
The music video for Soon We’ll Be Found features singer Sia signing her own lyrics.
Musicians are also using sign language interpreters at their gigs, with Eminem’s interpreter garnering praise for being able to keep up with the rapper’s quick pace.
Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Beastie Boys and Logic have all used sign language interpreters at gigs in the past.
— Brothers From Another Podcast (@BrosFrmAnother) June 5, 2017
Paul McCartney’s decision to include sign language at his shows and in the music video is a step in the right direction towards inclusion in the music industry.
With such a high profile musician using sign language, hopefully other artists will follow in his footsteps, and more songs and concerts will be made accessible to those with hearing impairments.