Ally Townsend: ABC’s Person of the Week
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Townsend first gained interest in sign language as a child, when her deaf friend wasn’t able to understand Townsend’s own love of music. Her friend was beffudled by concepts like when to sing what and when, and how long to hold a note or a word. So TOwnsend made a music video in ASL for her friend of “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer.
In an interview with Diane Sawyer, Townsend explains “She loved it,” she said. “She absolutely loved it. She asked me to do more.”
Since then, the videos have become part of a four-year long project where Townsend has covered a vast array of music from “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone to “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha.
Today, more than 15,000 people have watched her viewers, and although her fans can’t hear the music, the message board is full of appreciative responses for Ally’s time and dedication to giving them music they otherwise would be unable to experience.