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The stories and colors of the music
Does anyone else feel it this way?
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October 8, 2020 - 2:22 pm
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I posted this to one Facebook group for cellists, but I would love to hear more experiences. And this absolutely is not depending of your instrument.

When you are playing some piece, do you have some kind of picture or story about it in your mind?
I often have. Sometimes it pops to my mind immediately when I hear some piece, sometimes it takes a little more time. And then there of course are some pieces that just don't have any story...

And now this is going to be a little bit odd, but I also can sometimes see the colors of the music. It's almost like I had the Aurora borealis inside of my head. For example the note D is bright yellow in my mind.
I remember I had this ability when I was a kid and it was even stronger then, but then I lost it for years (or maybe I just didn't think about it...) but it looks like it's coming back now, at least partially.

I just found out that it's called synesthesia. I read some articles about it, it was very interesting. I have never earlier talked about this with anybody, so I didn't have an idea that there is a name for this thing.


October 8, 2020 - 3:53 pm
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Hi Ilona!  - How cool!

I read about Synesthesia a few years ago & wish I could experience it! 

I think of colors as warm, hot, cool or cold and use them as tools to visually express my feelings or activity/lack of activity, but never really an association to playing music - wish I did!

I seem to be drawn to music that stirs all my emotions (maybe explains my love of so much different music), usually they are associated with visual memories, but always void of color (sigh)! 

So much feeling/emotion goes into all forms of artwork as well as music - think now I feel cheated to not have visual color associated with doing both...

I Love Music Smiley- Emily 


I've never seen a color I didn't like!


October 8, 2020 - 7:23 pm
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I’ve related pieces that I was working on to images of things I had recently read, like a scene or a setting or something.  But that is just a memory association type thing. 

Synesthesia is a rare gift.  How interesting that it has re-emerged for you now that you are playing cello.  So many studies out there about music & its effects on the brain—and so much we still don’t know. 

Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.


October 10, 2020 - 12:15 am
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I to have read about synesthesia, how ever your the first person I've been acquainted with who has this,

Very interesting attribute to have.


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