Jules Maria was admittedly a bit perturbed when she noticed a man and woman taking up extra room to dance during a packed Three Days Grace Concert in Edmonton, Canada, last week.
That frustration soon turned into a heart-melting, show-stealing moment she witnessed between a father and daughter.
“At last night’s concert, we witnessed something absolutely beautiful,” Maria wrote on Facebook.
The two weren’t dancing at all. Instead, she saw 19-year-old Karri Carberry signing song lyrics to her father, Darrin, as they took in their first concert together.
“We saw this girl and a man who seemed to require a lot of dancing room, irritating at first until we realized what was happening,” Maria continued. “Her father is deaf, she was signing the lyrics to him. We couldn’t care less about what was happening on stage, watching them was absolutely mesmerizing.”
Maria posted a short clip of Karri Carberry signing the song Just Like You to her father, which has now been viewed more than 10 million times.
A bubble forms around the two as they watch each other, their heads banging to the blaring rock music, lights pulsing and pouring down on the stage in the darkened Shaw Conference Center. Carberry air drums and signs with the same passion and energy as if she were onstage singing the words herself, her father followed along to every sign and every word. After each song they smiled and hugged.
“It was really in the moment,” Carberry told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio Active Monday. “It wasn’t really for anyone else, just so that he could enjoy it as much as I did.”
Darrin Carberry, 53, was born deaf, his daughter said. He wears a hearing aid in one ear that gives him some sense of sound, but appreciates music through vibrations. Karri Carberry said her father introduced her to the band’s music and he was her first choice when she found out they were coming through their area.
“It was absolutely beautiful to see my daughter signing in front of me,” Darrin Carberry said. “I was blown away.”
The video has begun to make rounds globally. Three Days Grace even saw it and tweeted it to fans. The band’s drummer, Neil Sanderson, even sent them a message letting the father and daughter know how much he appreciated the video.
Darrin Carberry said he thinks the video’s popularity is changing how people think about deaf people and music.
“To see something like this has probably made a lot of people think differently, think better about sign language, and what deaf people go through,” he said.
The Three Days Grace concert was the first the two took in together, but bands like Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman and Metallica are on their growing wish list.
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