This morning I caught this short story on CNN (video below) on a very cool organization called D-PAN (Deaf Performing Artists Network) which, according to their website, "...create[s] media designed specifically to serve deaf audiences through the use of American Sign Language (ASL)." Their latest video is a visual interpretation of the song "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera. I never paid much attention to the song until I heard it augmented visually today by D-PAN. I think this is a great example of visuals combining with the music and lyrics to make a more powerful message. This is an inspirational little video for the deaf/hard of hearing and for the hearing alike. Frankly, I think it's better than the original; they did a great job with a good simple concept. You can watch the video below via YouTube, or go here to watch a larger version on the D-PAN site.
CNN on D-PAN
Here's a short news piece from today on CNN on the story of D-PAN (it was shown here on CNN Japan as well).
One more D-PAN example
If you like the video above, then you may like this one D-PAN did set to the song "Waiting on the World to Change." I like this one too, but some of the text is hard to read and it needs to stay on screen just a bit longer to be able to read it comfortably. Still, powerful stuff. Watch YouTube version below or watch a larger version here.