Signing Songs

Shine Bright Baby “Love Restores” Glossing and Translating Tutorial 

Are you desperate, for someone to hear your voice

YOURSELF FEEL WANT SOMEONE PAY-ATTENTION ME?

You’ve been reaching, but you can’t get through the noise
TRY ++ CONTACT ++ (negative head shake) SUCCESSFUL (pah!).

Don’t give up now, there is hope for you
MEAN GIVE-UP? (negative head shake) HOPE HAVE.

Are you searching, for a Savior for a friend
YOURSELF SEARCH+++ SAVIOR, FRIEND.

You’ve been hurting, you’re about to reach your end
SINCE BROKEN-HEART HURT (over heart) ++, WANT GIVE-UP.

Don’t give up now, there is hope for you
YOURSELF GIVE-UP. (negative hand wave) WAIT. HOPE HIM (pretty hand).

His love restores, His words are true
HIS LOVE RESTORES. HIS PROMISE TRUE.

What this world breaks, His hands make new
EXPERIENCE (both sides) ++ BROKEN-HEART HIMSELF CHANGE HEAL NEW.

So do not fear, not anymore,
AFRAID NONE. TRUST HIM (pretty hand).

He can heal what’s broken and torn
MYSELF BROKEN-HEART HURT+ BELIEVE CAN’T.

His love restores, His love restores
HIS LOVE RESTORE, HIS LOVE RESTORE.

Are you praying, for an answer for a cure
YOURSELF PRAY LORD, NEED ANSWER, HEALING.

You’ve been waiting, for a miracle that’s yours
SINCE WAIT MIRACLE HAPPEN. NONE.

God is with you, wherever you are
GOD CL:11 (s shaped path forward).
He is holding, onto your heart
I-L-Y (down from God and going outward to the sides).

His love restores, His words are true
HIS LOVE RESTORES. HIS PROMISE TRUE.

What this world breaks, His hands make new
EXPERIENCE (both sides) ++ BROKEN-HEART HIMSELF CHANGE HEAL NEW.

So do not fear, not anymore,
AFRAID NONE. TRUST HIM (pretty hand).

He can heal what’s broken and torn
MYSELF BROKEN-HEART HURT+ BELIEVE CAN’T.

His love restores
HIS LOVE RESTORE.

Nothing, nothing, nothing is impossible
THINK IMPOSSIBLE, CAN’T. BELIEVE MUST.

No one, no one, no one is unreachable
THINK HOPE NONE. HOPE HAVE.

Nothing is impossible
NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE.

His love restores, His words are true
HIS LOVE RESTORES. HIS PROMISE TRUE.

What this world breaks, His hands make new
EXPERIENCE (both sides) ++ BROKEN-HEART HIMSELF CHANGE HEAL NEW.

So do not fear, not anymore,
AFRAID NONE. TRUST HIM (pretty hand).

He can heal what’s broken and torn
MYSELF BROKEN-HEART HURT+ BELIEVE CAN’T.

His love restores, His words are true
HIS LOVE RESTORES. HIS PROMISE TRUE.

What this world breaks, His hands make new
EXPERIENCE (both sides) ++ BROKEN-HEART HIMSELF CHANGE HEAL NEW.

So do not fear, not anymore,
AFRAID NONE. TRUST HIM (pretty hand).

He can heal what’s broken and torn
MYSELF BROKEN-HEART HURT+ BELIEVE CAN’T.

He can heal what’s broken and torn
HIMSELF HEAL BROKEN-HEART HURT. BELIEVE CAN.

His love restores, His love restores
HIS LOVE RESTORE, HIS LOVE RESTORE.

Shine Bright Baby “Love Restores” Song Practice 

In Class: Courtney and Jackson’s ASL Version of Jimmy Needham’s “Clear the Stage” (without music)

In Class: Courtney and Jackson’s ASL Version of Jimmy Needham’s “Clear the Stage” (with music) (PS-This is my unpracticed version. A good one to follow at some point.)

In Class: Vocabulary and Practice for Signing Hillsong’s “Desert Song”

In Class: Practice for Signing Hillsong’s “Desert Song” with Music (and coaching)

In Class: Practice for Signing Hillsong’s “Desert Song” with Music (no coaching)

In Class: Vocabulary and Practice for Signing Hillsong’s “You’ll Come”

In Class: Signing Hillsong’s “You’ll Come” with Music (with coaching)

You Are My All In All Song Discussion & Vocabulary

Translating He Knows My Name

In Class: Signing Hillsong’s “You’ll Come” with Music (no coaching)

In Class: Phil Wickham’s “Because Of Your Love” Without Music

In Class: Phil Wickham’s “Because Of Your Love” With Music (and coaching)

In Class: Phil Wickham’s “Because Of Your Love” With Music (no coaching)

In Class: Because of Your Love Practice

In Class: Tommy Walker’s “He Knows My Name” With Music (no coaching)

In Class: Notes on Signing Songs, Translating, and More

In Class: Song Vocabulary: “He Knows My Name” by Tommy Walker

In Class: “He Knows My Name” by Tommy Walker Without Music

In Class: “He Knows My Name” by Tommy Walker With Music (and Coaching)

Students Translating Tommy Walker’s “He Knows My Name”

Song: Tommy Walker’s “He Knows My Name” (Student Translation)

“You Are My All In All” Translation Assignment

Instructional: Behold the King of Glory (slow)

Instructional: Behold the King of Glory (full-speed)

Instructional: Phil Wickham’s “Always Forever”

Phil Wickham’s “Always Forever”

Instructional: Rita Springer’s “You Are Still Holy”

Rita Springer’s “You Are Still Holy”

Instructional: Fernando Ortega’s “This Is My Father’s World”

Fernando Ortega’s “This Is My Father’s World”

Instructional: MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine”

MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine”

Instructional: Chris Tomlin’s “Glory In the Highest”

Chris Tomlin’s “Glory In the Highest”

Live Worship: “Once Again” and “Trading My Sorrows”

Instructional: Nicole C. Mullen’s “Redeemer”

Nicole C. Mullen’s “Redeemer”

Instructional: Hillsong’s “Mighty to Save”

Hillsong’s “Mighty to Save”

Instructional: Phillips, Craig, and Dean’s “Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)”

Phillips, Craig, and Dean’s “Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)”

Instructional: Hillsong United’s “Forever Reign”

Hillsong United’s “Forever Reign”

Instructional: J.J. Heller’s “My Savior’s Love Endures” (Sung by Sarah Mac)

J.J. Heller’s “My Savior’s Love Endures” (Sung by Sarah Mac)

Instructional: Phil Wickham’s “You’re Beautiful”

Phil Wickham’s “You’re Beautiful”

Live Worship: Francesca Battistelli

In Class: MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine” (different version than the instructional)

In Class Review: MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine” (different version than the instructional)

In Class: Hillsong’s “Mighty to Save” (teaching)

In Class: Hillsong’s “Mighty to Save” (practicing)

Instructional: Brandon Heath’s “Love Never Fails” (strong ASL)

Brandon Heath’s “Love Never Fails” (strong ASL)

In Class: Brandon Heath’s “Love Never Fails” (strong ASL) Without Music

Brandon Heath’s “Love Never Fails” (strong ASL) With Music

Instructional: Big Tent Revival’s “Choose Life”

Big Tent Revival’s “Choose Life”

15 thoughts on “Signing Songs

  1. I am so glad I found your YouTube channel and your website as well 🙂 I was wondering if you have recorded a tute for the song, “Here I am to Worship” as I would like to do this for our churches talent show. Or if you know where I can find online one? Thanks and thanks for the work you do. God Bless you. Shari

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    • Hi Shari,
      I’m so glad you found my site! 🙂 I haven’t done that song yet and I haven’t looked for any versions of it online, but it’s a great song so it’s quite possible that they exist. 🙂 I know it’s been a little while since you posted this, but do you still need it for the talent show? I can try to work on getting it recorded if so or just add it to my list of songs to record if not. 🙂

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  2. I was able to come up with something on my own by watching some videos online. They weren’t tutorials but I think I got it figured out. I would love to see how you would do it, but no rush. So many songs I would love to see. LOL

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  3. Hi Courtney, I also found your site through youtube & love watching all the videos you’ve posted online. I am wanting to learn The Desert Song really bad & I found a different person on youtube before I found your class videos & I’m wondering why they have different versions of ASL? Like as in the way you describe your song. I prefer yours better was just curious as to if there is a “right” way to do it?? thanks 🙂

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    • Great question, Jessica.

      Well, as far as right like you’re thinking, the answer is no. Like I’ve discussed in some of the introductory ASL class videos (I couldn’t even tell you which one), American Sign Language can refer to American versus British or Mexican or French Sign Language or it can refer to the grammatical structure. I’m guessing you might know a little about signing if you were looking up songs, but for anyone who reads this later, I figured I’d throw this in. 🙂

      Depending on who you are signing for and your comfort level in each of the signing systems, sometimes you will sign straight English word order and initialization with the first letter of every word or slightly more relaxed without all the function words or all the way to using the concept with none of the words from English and a completely different word order. As long as the person you are signing for understands and you convey what is being said, you have done your job.

      At the same time, when you interpret things, you will add your own spin on things. Everyone will take something ambiguous in a different way and will explain what they “get” from it differently. In some songs you can sign just what the song says. You will sign the words “desert” and talk about the actual things they are using to metaphorically refer to a dry time in your life or your walk with the Lord. At the same time, I can use other adjectives and refer to a time when I feel that God is distant. Other people might interpret desert to mean when I feel isolated from fellowship. Or maybe it’s a time that I don’t get to spend time with God. It’s really all a matter of perspective and then clearly communicating that to other people.

      At the same time, it needs to be beautiful, too. Not in a distracting way or in a way to try to get others to look at you, but in the same way that you would sing beautifully because you want to praise God with the voice He’s given you. When you hear beauty in the song, you have to translate that into the way that you sign it. At the climax of a song when you just wish you could sing louder or lift your hands higher, you want the Deaf person you are signing to get that same feeling. Or even if you are just signing it in general, you want to fully convey the message and the spirit of the song. Really, it comes down to just doing it rightly.

      It reminds me of this passage I came across a few years ago that really made an impact on me it says:
      “10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11 ESV).

      This verse threw me off at first when I read “as one who speaks oracles of God”. I was like “What does that even mean?”. I looked it up in a commentary and learned more about it and it is really referring to when you do something that you do it just as Jesus would have done it if He was the one there. If God has blessed you with the ability to sign or even the perseverance and the opportunity to learn, use that opportunity and do it fully and well.

      Just as you are to fully interpret what is being said when you are an interpreter, you also want to fully convey the praise that you are hearing to the person who is watching you. Jesus also wouldn’t be standing at the front trying to get all the glory, but would still be giving glory to God and communicating the worship so that should play into what you do as well.

      All in all, right really only depends on rightly communicating the song in the message and the spirit of what is being said, but also relates to how you present yourself as a follower of Christ. You need to work to excel at what you do: correct grammar, right signs, knowing the words, but those are just basic things and it’s still good to just do your best even if you aren’t quite there yet because everyone needs time to learn.

      I hope that this has made sense and maybe provided more food for thought for everyone.

      God bless, Jessica! 🙂

      ~Courtney

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      • wow!! thank you so much all of that made sense! It has really helped me to get an idea on how to start learning things! I don’t have any training or classes under my belt but have recently got a passion for signing when I went to my now husbands old church where one of his friends would do signing during worship & you can surely see the passion in her signing as if she was singing it was beautiful! It interested me into learning myself. I have taught my 2 year old all of the “baby signs” for learning to speak & that has helped me become more interested also! Now I’m wanting to get really serious with learning it & maybe some day teaching it to the people in my church like you do! I so wish that I lived closer so I could attend your classes!! 🙂 I have your site saved in my favorites on my laptop & iphone & always check for new stuff & (am trying to catch up on lessons!) Thanks for posting all that you do! It makes a world of difference when God is centered in everything we do! ❤

        ~jessica

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      • I’m so glad that made sense. 🙂 I love that you are teaching your child baby signs. I think that it is great because it lets you communicate with your child and takes away their frustration of not being able to tell you something or express themselves and you get to skip the whole terrible 2s, etc. I’m so glad that you have this passion and that you are able to start learning. I have been so busy with the rest of life that I haven’t taught any classes for a while, but at some point soon I hope to upload more mini-lessons and tutorials. 🙂 Keeping Jesus as the center is definitely key to everything. I pray that God really helps you catch on quick and that He will use you to teach if that is His will. The Bible does tell us that He gives us desires and many times He fulfills them and we get so blessed by doing what He’s given us to do. Keep me up on how you’re doing! 🙂

        ~Courtney

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  4. Courtney,
    I Think Your Site Is Absolutely Amazing, You Are A Fantastic Teacher. I Teach VPK at A Christian Preschool And Church, During Our Graduation We Sign 3 Songs. I Would Love To Add “Who Am I?” To Next Years Performance. Any Chance You’ve Done A Class On This Song? I Also Love ” I Can Only Imagine”. I Want To Add This In As Well. Thanks So Much For All You Do 🙂

    Chrystal

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  5. Hello, I am a beginner signer, for Forever Reign could you maybe make another breaking it down like you did in your actual class for when you did “Can Only Imagine”? I really understood your interpretation. Thanks!

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  6. You are such a blessing. You bring worship music to a new level. It’s beautiful.
    Have you heard “Come as You are”? by Crowder? I would love to see that signed.

    Thanks and God bless you for your ministry.

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    • Hi Debi,

      I’m so glad that you found the site and are able to learn to sign worship! I’ll consider your request when I begin posting request videos again. In the meantime, I would encourage you to look at the Signing Songs portion of my website and learn how to translate the song yourself using all of the tools I have provided. If you do, I’d love to see your video!

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      • Yes. Will do. Your teaching is wonderful. I will definitely work on it and will send a video ,,, eventually.

        Thanks again for your ministry.

        Deb

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  7. Thank you for recording all these videos Courtney! You are a very good teacher. I was wondering if you could maybe go slower on the teaching videos because on the faster songs it got a little confusing for me and I couldn’t see your hands very well. Thanks again!

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    • Great feedback. Over the years I’ve discovered ways that make it easier for students and that is one of them. All future videos will definitely have a slowed down/explained portion. Thanks so much for watching!
      ~Courtney

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