Believe it or not, Deaf people enjoy music. Each experiences music in his own way. Some play music like Beethoven’s Nightmare. Some turn up the stereo and feel the vibrations. Some listen through hearing aids and cochlear implants. This applies to songs not originally written for ASL.
Growing up, I loved musical theater music. I still do. Following the storyline was easier than a movie or play because of the dancing, colorful scenes, period costumes and the songs. My parents took me to many shows at Casa Mañana where I picked up favorite songs. I worked at Casa for two summers setting up the scenes.
I also discover songs from movies and TV shows where the closed-captions display the lyrics. In fact, one of the newer songs I like comes from CSI when George Ead’s character, Nick Stokes, listened to Lucky Too on the radio while driving.
The car radio isn’t the best place for discovering new music or artists. If I hear a song I like, there isn’t an easy way of finding out its title. After finding a new song, I look up its lyrics and download the mp3. Often, I repeatedly listen to the song as I follow the lyrics until I have most of it memorized.
Most of the songs I like fall in the classic rock and soundtrack genre. I also enjoy obscure songs here and there. Having finished reading the iPod’s biography (so it’s not a person, but the book tells all about the iPod), I agree with the author that people just a person by his playlist. I can’t bear to reveal some of the songs I like fearing they make me look like a dork.