If you’ve read my previous blog post about synesthesia, you would’ve discovered that I’m lucky enough to have a slightly enhanced dimension to my senses. I “see” letters, numbers, and words as colors — specific colors which have not changed as long as I can remember. And I associate sounds with colors or shapes. It’s fairly uncommon (depending on the research, synesthetes range from 1 in 300 to 1 in 2,000 people), but it looks there are others like me.
Take New Zealand singer Lorde. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, she says that sounds are saturated with color in her mind’s eye — something that I experience, but probably in a much more subdued way. She says, “From the moment I start something, I can see the finished song, even if it’s far-off and foggy. It’s about getting the actual thing to sound like what I’ve been seeing.” She goes on to say, “If a song’s colors are too oppressive or ugly, sometimes I won’t want to work on it — when we first started Tennis Court we just had that pad playing the chords, and it was the worst textured tan color, like really dated, and it made me feel sick, and then we figured out that pre-chorus and I started the lyric, and the song changed to all these incredible greens overnight.”
I get it. I mean, tan is disgusting. Who wouldn’t want to change things up?
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