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The return of (a very “Happy”) Loopy Stanley!

Hello all!

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on the blog (long for me at least) but it’s been necessary time.  Family, Health, and my general Work/Life balance has benefited because of it.

But I’m back now with the return of one of my favorite annual projects …LOOPY STANLEY!!

Not familiar with Loopy? Well you’ve heard for Flat Stanley, right? The little paper doll school children send off to friends and family around the world to photograph in different locations, then send the photos and doll back to show where he’s been?  Well this is our third year hear at Music Moves doing something very similar, but with a different song (or “loop”) each year.  And this year Stanley is very… how shall I put it? Well, Happy :-)

Now, if you’re proficient in American Sign Language, you might notice that the signing and the lyrics aren’t an exact match.  The reason for that is that metaphorical concepts (feeling like a hot air balloon, for example, as the verse to this song suggests) can be tricky to make sense of in as literal a language as ASL, especially with young learners like the students I’m working with in this video.  So I chose in my translation of the lyrics to break these concepts down a little bit.  Here is my literal ASL translation of Pharell Williams’ original lyrics below:

ORIGINAL LYRICS (Translation in Parenthesis) Words in italics are those I chose to sign exactly as they were

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say (I want to tell you something, maybe crazy)

Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break (Sunshine’s here, relax!)

I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space (I’m like a hot air balloon floating up up up, feeling good, feeling fine)

In the air, like I don’t care, baby by the way (Floating up, nothing bothers me, I feel fine, I’ll tell you why)

*Because I’m happy* clap along if you feel like a room without a roof

*Because I’m happy* clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth (happiness, when it happens, is true)

*Because I’m happy* clap along if you know what happiness is to you

*Because I’m happy* clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do!

And that’s it!

We’re very excited about this year’s project and hope that you’ll join us in making our third Loopy Stanley the happiest year ever!  Just email me at for copies of the audio clips used in our arrangement, then add your own flair (whatever instruments, additional vocals, or even dance clips :-) ) that you see fit and send back the results (audio AND video if possible!) by May 15th! We’ll put it all together and upload the final master cut by May 30th!

Happy Looping! And here’s to many more Happy days ahead :-)


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