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Happy Children, Happy Singing

Learning to sing is just like learning to speak, it takes effort to practice over and over again. It took a whole year to prepare the single “Happy Children, Happy Singing.” Joann was one of 11 young singers selected from the audition in Children’s Hearing Foundation. After intensive training in singing and dancing, they finally entered the studio to record the single and music video.

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Seven years ago, when Joann(喬安) was born, she was diagnosed with congenital hearing loss. As her parents held her in their arms for the first time, their hearts sank despite the joy of her birth. Not only were they in shock, but they also felt helpless and were with endless worries. One day, Joann’s mother saw the edition of the Music Video “Happy Paradise (快樂天堂)” performed by children with hearing loss released by the Children’s Hearing Foundation (CHF) in Taipei, Taiwan. “Every time I watched it, I was touched. It turns out that children with hearing loss can sing so well,” she said. This gave them faith in facing Joann’s hearing loss and started their journey of auditory-verbal therapy.

Fast forward seven years, Joann turned the same age as the children in the “Happy Paradise” Music Video, and she also became fluent in listening and speaking and loved to sing. When Joann’s mother learned that CHF was going to launch another project for children with hearing loss to release a single, she took the initiative to sign Joann up. “I hope Joann may pay it forward and spread positivity,” Joann’s mother said. Through their singing, the children expressed gratitude to all who supported them along the way, and inspired young souls like them.

Learning to sing is just like learning to speak, it takes effort to practice over and over again. It took a whole year to prepare the single “Happy Children, Happy Singing.” Joann was one of 11 young singers selected from the audition in CHF. After intensive training in singing and dancing, they finally entered the studio to record the single and music video.

The producer of this single, Hank Hsieh, said, “It was the first time I collaborated with children with hearing loss after making children’s music for so many years. What amazed me was that their accuracy to beats and tempo are better than average. I guessed it is related to their auditory training, which makes them more attentive and conscious in listening, differentiating them from others.”

For the little singers to comprehend the lyrics, the producer asked the children to draw what they heard while practicing singing. The paintings were also expressions of their feelings. “I noticed that a few little singers liked to draw a full version, which meant that the children are confident in themselves. These children become more confident through the singing and audition.”

“Okay, well done! Let’s do it one more time!” During the recording in the studio, the producer often encouraged the little singers through the microphone. Just like speaking, there were no shortcuts to recording. Only countless efforts could bring out their beautiful voices along with music.

Singing the voice of happiness through the pandemic

During the preparation of the single, Covid-19 hit and brought unpredictable challenges to the project. However, none of the children opted out and still held on to their dreams of being a singer. Because being able to express their unique voice and sing their stories meant the world to them. Just like the lyrics of “Happy Children, Happy Singing,”

“I suddenly realize what happiness is like.

Happiness is like a song.

As I sing aloud pleasingly,

I become happy and alive.”

The vitality and liveliness showed by the little singers through “Happy Children, Happy Singing” had also become a testimony for the theme of World Hearing Day 2022 – “To hear for life, listen with care.”

The CHF especially recorded the journey of how the little singers’ dreams came true to release the single. The process was filled with tears and laughter in showing the children’s desire to dream. It had received nearly a million people’s review within a week of its launch. This story not only encouraged parents of children with hearing loss, but also everyone to appreciate hearing health even more. As long as we listen carefully and speak thoughtfully, our happiness will last a long time!

“Happy Children, Happy Singing” Charity Single

Authorized by Windie Music & The Happy Singing Creative Parenting Limited

Children’s Hearing Foundation

The Children’s Hearing Foundation was founded by Joanna Nichols and her husband Kenny Cheng in December 1996. It is dedicated to early intervention of hearing loss and helps children with hearing loss in the Mandarin-Chinese speaking world learn to listen and speak. So far, the Children’s Hearing Foundation has accompanied more than 5,000 children with hearing loss and their families. The CHF collaborates with the families to promote social awareness on “listen carefully and speak thoughtfully” to create a communication-friendly environment.


Niños felices, canciones felices

Hace siete años, cuando nació, a Joann(喬安) le diagnosticaron una pérdida auditiva congénita. Cuando sus padres la tuvieron en brazos por primera vez, se les vino el mundo encima a pesar de la alegría de su nacimiento. No solo se encontraban en estado de shock, sino que también se sentían indefensos y asediados con múltiples preocupaciones. Un día, la madre de Joann vio la edición del Video Musical «Happy Paradise (快樂天堂)» (Paraíso feliz) realizado por niños con pérdida auditiva y publicado por la Children’s Hearing Foundation (CHF) en Taipéi, Taiwán. «Siempre que lo veía, me emocionaba. Resulta que los niños con pérdida auditiva pueden cantar muy bien», dijo. De esta forma, la familia pudo hacer frente a la pérdida auditiva de Joann y comenzar su itinerario de terapia auditivo-verbal.

Siete años después, Joann cumplió la misma edad que los niños del video musical «Happy Paradise» y aprendió también a escuchar y hablar con fluidez, y le encantaba cantar. Cuando la madre de Joann se enteró de que CHF iba a lanzar otro proyecto para niños con pérdida auditiva y publicar un single, tomó la iniciativa de apuntar a Joann. «Espero que Joann pueda realizar su aportación y transmitir positividad», añadió. A través de sus canciones, los niños expresaban su gratitud a todas las personas que les habían apoyado a lo largo del camino e inspiraban a almas jóvenes como las suyas.

Aprender a cantar es como aprender a hablar; se requiere esfuerzo y practicar una y otra vez. Se tardó un año en preparar el single «Happy Children, Happy Singing» (Niños felices, canciones felices). Joann fue uno de los 11 jóvenes cantantes seleccionados en la audición de CHF. Después de un entrenamiento intensivo en canto y baile, finalmente entraron en el estudio para grabar el single y el video musical.

El productor de este single, Hank Hsieh, dijo: «Era la primera vez que colaboraba con niños con pérdida auditiva después de producir música infantil durante tantos años. Lo que me sorprendió fue que su precisión con los ritmos y los tiempos era mejor que la de la media. Supuse que tenía relación con su entrenamiento auditivo, que hace que estén más atentos y conscientes en la escucha, lo que les diferencia de otros jóvenes».

Para que los pequeños cantantes entendieran la letra, el productor les pidió que dibujaran lo que escuchaban mientras practicaban el canto. Los dibujos eran también expresiones de sus sentimientos. «Me di cuenta de que a algunos les gustaba dibujar una versión completa, lo que significaba que tenían confianza en sí mismos. Estos niños adquieren una mayor confianza a través del canto y la audición».

«Okay, ¡bien hecho! ¡Vamos a ensayar una vez más!» Durante la grabación en el estudio, el productor solía animar a los pequeños cantantes a través del micrófono. Al igual que con el habla, no existían atajos a la hora de grabar. Únicamente a través de innumerables esfuerzos podían aunar sus hermosas voces con la música.

Cantando con la voz de la felicidad a través de la pandemia

Durante la preparación del single, surgió la pandemia COVID-19 que presentó unos retos impredecibles al proyecto. No obstante, ninguno de los niños abandonó y se aferró a su sueño de ser cantante, porque poder expresar con su voz única su relato era demasiado importante. Al igual que en la letra de «Happy Children, Happy Singing», de repente me di cuenta del significado de la felicidad.

La felicidad es como una canción.

Mientras canto en voz alta con alegría,

me siento feliz y vivo».

La vitalidad y la vivacidad mostradas por los pequeños cantantes a través de «Happy Children, Happy Singing» se convirtió también en un testimonio del tema del Día Mundial de la Audición 2022 – «Para oír toda la vida, ¡escuche con atención!».

El CHF grabó especialmente el itinerario de cómo los sueños de los pequeños cantantes se hicieron realidad con el lanzamiento del single. El proceso estaba repleto de lágrimas y risas al mostrar el deseo de los niños de soñar. Una semana después de su lanzamiento, ya había recibido casi un millón de reseñas. Esta historia no solo animó a los padres de niños con pérdida auditiva, sino también a todos a apreciar la salud auditiva aún más. Mientras escuchemos atentamente y hablemos con consideración, ¡nuestra felicidad se mantendrá durante mucho tiempo!

Single benéfico «Happy Children, Happy Singing»

Autorizado por Windie Music & The Happy Singing Creative Parenting Limited

Children’s Hearing Foundation

La Children’s Hearing Foundation fue fundada por Joanna Nichols y su esposo Kenny Cheng en diciembre de 1996. Se dedica a la intervención temprana de la pérdida auditiva y ayuda a los niños con pérdida auditiva en el ámbito de habla chino-mandarín a aprender a escuchar y hablar. Hasta el momento, la Children’s Hearing Foundation ha ayudado a más de 5.000 niños con pérdida auditiva y a sus familias.  La CHF colabora con las familias para fomentar la conciencia social sobre «escuchar atentamente y hablar con consideración» para crear un entorno favorable a la comunicación.

 

 

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