June 8, 2017 3:25 PM   Subscribe

Mandy Harvey, who lost her hearing at 18, performs on America's Got Talent, and proceeds to the next round.
posted by Stanczyk (14 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Wow. That was just absolutely incredible.
posted by obfuscation at 3:33 PM on June 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Fucking wow.
posted by Bringer Tom at 3:35 PM on June 8, 2017

That was ethereal.
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 3:51 PM on June 8, 2017 [2 favorites]

Very tired after a long week so far and I'm not watching this again for fear that I'll cry over it a third time this week.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 4:02 PM on June 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

"We were in the car driving home and she said, 'Dad, I can't remember what your voice sounds like anymore.'"

Oh my.

That was incredible. She was amazing, and has a beautiful voice.
posted by zarq at 5:22 PM on June 8, 2017

Miss Harvey gave an hour long concert at the Kennedy Center in 2013 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
posted by zarq at 5:30 PM on June 8, 2017 [7 favorites]

I was weeping in my office this morning over this video. So beautiful.
posted by 4ster at 6:00 PM on June 8, 2017

It was nice that Howie Mandell used ASL applause.
posted by fatbird at 8:01 PM on June 8, 2017 [6 favorites]

She didn't proceed to the next round -- she is going straight to the live shows. That's what the Golden Buzzer means.

I was so happy to see Mandel using sign applause as well. ASL should be offered as a language elective starting in grade school.

(I sang professional opera for five years, and I can't imagine the nerve it must take to trust in muscle memory alone to sing Do-Re-Mi, let alone something like that piece.)
posted by tzikeh at 9:18 PM on June 8, 2017 [5 favorites]

That was really good... I want to give her a massive hug. She'd be a fantastic singer even for someone with all their aural faculties, let alone what she has to deal with.
posted by iffthen at 9:40 PM on June 8, 2017

For some reason this struck me as something like when the fourth dimension is explained in terms of our usual three. It's as though through special focus she has mastered a domain that is beyond her - in a kind of more profound proof of its existence.
The amount of trust that must go into perfecting a reconstruction of a whole dimension of expression, for the love of it, for the benefit of fundamentally others, and yet manifestly also for a new personal wholeness - wow. (The very attuned ASL that she accompanies her singing with in the linked concert adds a further plane of charm.)
posted by progosk at 2:57 PM on June 9, 2017 [2 favorites]

It was nice that Howie Mandell used ASL applause.

I was impressed by the members of the audience who picked up on that and followed his lead towards the end of the clip.
posted by ogooglebar at 9:41 PM on June 9, 2017

I just love stuff like this.
posted by jenfullmoon at 12:26 PM on June 10, 2017

This is remarkable on several levels. First, of course, is the technical act of singing. I've sung all my life, and I can't begin to fathom doing it with no aural cues.

Secondly, her speech is flawless and clear.

Finally, the song itself is BRILLIANT. Super impressive. I also love how singer/songwriters are getting a fairer shake over the last two seasons than ever before.
posted by DrAstroZoom at 12:59 PM on June 12, 2017

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