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What Color Is Music? The Fascinating World of Synesthesia.

Nell is a synesthete. Sounds cool but what is it? Well color seems to be everywhere and in every thing! Want to know more?

Synesthesia synesthete see hear feel taste color colour

Synesthesia synesthete see hear feel taste color colour

I have come to the conclusion that the singer known as Prince was actually a Synesthete. let's face it, he knew that rain was Purple!

Its something that I hadn't thought about before. It was only when I commented on an article and stated that 'rain is purple' did it dawn on me! Yes, I am a bit slow sometimes!

The other thing I learned while researching synesthesia, is that many musicians claim to be synesthetes too.

So okay, I hear you screaming at me.

'What the hell is Synesthesia'?

Nell Rose color synesthesia synesthete synesthetic

Nell Rose color synesthesia synesthete synesthetic

In simple terms, its when hearing, seeing, smelling etc get muddled up. For example, if I think of Monday, I see the word bathed in a blue/grey light. Tuesday is always bright yellow, Wednesday is Green and so on.

Others hear music and see each note as a different color. There are many forms of synesthesia.

Sight, hearing, taste, and touch can be involved. I suppose the best way of describing it is that each of our brainwave pathways take a right or left turn and pick up a color or feeling on route from A to B.



Before we go into the technical bit behind the mental happenings, let me explain what I see and feel, so you get the picture.

For starters my online name is Nell. I chose that name for three reasons. One, my real name is Melanie, so either Mel or Nell, two its the name of one of my Great Great Aunts, and third, its because its Blue! Yep, there we have it!

Nell is blue! As is my favorite color, Eleanor, which was my Great Great Aunts name. The second name, Rose, obviously is Red, because our colors can get muddled with reality. Roses are red, get it?

But its a lot more complicated than that. For example, up until a couple of years ago, I didn't even realise that:

1. There was such thing as synesthesia.

2. I thought everybody saw the world this way!

It didn't help that my brother was and is exactly the same! For example we could be walking through a park that is holding a Fete' or Fair. The smells would be coming thick and fast. Hot dogs, Burgers and Cotton Candy/floss. He would turn to me and say, 'That smells blue, or Pink!

And I would agree!

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So, as you can see, its not just words, names, places and letters that do it for me, its also smells.

Oh and don't forget music! I recently took an online test to see just how synesthetic I am, and was surprised to find that I cover half the darn spectrum!

Here we will look at the various forms below.

Jealousy smells like the water in the bottom of a flower vase after the flowers have died.

— Megan Hart, Tear You Apart

Grapheme-Color Synesthesia

Sounds so scientific doesn't it? But actually it really just means that the person will see letters or numbers in color.

For example:

N = Blue

J = Red

And so on.

With numbers it means that say, number 4 is going to be blue and 3 is Green. This is my perceptions, others will see the colors differently.

My Days of the Week Synesthetic Style!

Synethesia days of the week back to front as you can see! And I also see the months of the year like this too.

Synethesia days of the week back to front as you can see! And I also see the months of the year like this too.

Spatial-Sequence Synesthesia.

This type of synesthesia is also very familiar to me, and once again something I took for granted. It didn't help that my brother also experienced it.

Harder to explain, this sequence is rather strange. Do you see days of the week, or months of the year floating in front, behind or above you? No? most people don't. but I do. Well sort of.

Some are obviously more synesthete in their way than me but I do understand it.

Evidently some people see the days of the week floating past them, instead of it just being a word in their heads.

And even more strange, they may not be in order, or Wednesday could be above their head, while Tuesday is behind!

Yes it does sound like a Hologram! But that's the point.

Personally I just see the names of the week or month in boxes, going from right to left. Not left to right. But there are various forms of the same layout.

Strangely enough my brother see's it this way too. So now you can understand why we never knew we were different mentally to other people.

Color my taste

Color my taste

Synesthesia from the Ancient Greek σύν syn, meaning together, and αἴσθησις aisthēsis meaning Sensation.

Ordinal-linguistic Personification.

Okay, this type of synesthesia is a pretty weird one! I have never experienced it myself, but I felt it worthy of a few words just to point out how different it is to the others.

Evidently according to Wiki :

'Ordered sequences such as ordinal numbers, days, weeks, and months, seem to have personalities'.

This form of synesthesia was first spotted back in the 1890's but has been ignored ever since.

I would imagine the reason is that not many people do experience color and feeling this way.

Unless you know different of course? If you are 'Ordinal linguistic' let me know below!

So, what does it really mean?

In plain English it means this:

1, 2, 3, are small children, 4 is a woman, 16 are teens and so on. I can hear you saying, well that's because a child is 1, 2, 3 etc.

That's what I thought, until I realized it wasn't as simple as that! Evidently 8 is an older woman, and 8 for a guy is self centred and selfish!

So, what about Letters?

T's are usually ungenerous creatures, U is soulless and so on.

That must be a pretty strange thing to experience! And there's y' all thinking I am weird with my colors? Eh? But then again I do find that:

Four = Blue = Friendly

Three = Green = indifferent.

So maybe I am, a little. Not so much other letters or numbers though.

The word love has always tasted like the scent of fresh ink and soft paper to me Like a newly written poem.

— Megan Hart, Tear You Apart

Melissa Mccracken synesthesia artist

Melissa Mccracken synesthesia artist

Music and Synesthesia - Chromesthesia

I love this synesthesia! Its so darn cool! Sorry but it is! Its when you hear a piece of music and the notes and sounds turn into different colors.

I have always had color synesthesia. Obviously you won't 'see' a color in every single piece of music. Well I expect some people will, but I don't.

But when I do, its magical. Imagine listening to Vivaldi who by the way has a blue Name. Take his Water Music.

To me, it sounds like a multitude of color. Mainly yellows, reds and sparkly greens. The reason?

Because its light. Its high sounding and jolly.

But Mozart = Black (Name) His music is darker, bold flashes of red, with black streaks and basically a bit boring. And so on.

It does work for modern music too.

Its hard to explain, but the only way I can is that not all music turns into color. Some tunes are so bland they stay grey or black. Other music or voices are yellow or Vanilla.

If a voice is high, its always a light color, dark colors are low voiced.

Sometimes music and color can produce something really special. Take a look at the picture below, by Melissa McCracken.

Mellisa Mccracken

Mellisa Mccracken

Types of Synesthesia

  1. Grapheme color synesthesia - Letters or numbers in color. Evidently smelling different colors come into this category too. for example, cotton candy/Candy floss is always pink. Not necessarily the color that you see, but the smell is pink, get it?
  2. Chromesthesia - Sound to color. Maybe Prince did see Purple?
  3. Spatial sequence synesthesia - Seeing days/weeks/months in sequences
  4. Number form - Similar to Spatial only its when someone is remembering a time or date, and it curves into a simple line or form.
  5. Auditory tactile synesthesia. - Seeing a picture or movement and hearing sound to associate with it.
  6. Ordinal linguistic personification - This is a pretty weird one! Its when someone puts a personality on numbers, letters and words. For example: 4 is a fat lady and 8 is a guy with issues!
  7. Misophonia - In simple terms it literally means a sound can make you cry! Or on the good side, another sound may make you laugh. At this time its not certain what classification it should come under.
  8. Mirror touch synesthesia - when someone touches their face for example, then the synesthete feels it and has to touch theirs.
  9. 9. Lexical gustatory synesthesia - When words taste like waffles! Or other food. What happens if you don't like waffles? You don't say the word!
  10. Spatio temporal synesthesia - This is a strange one. I often wonder if everybody is like this? Evidently you see 'Time as a ribbon, circle or ring'. Don't we all?

Let's check this for ourselves. If someone asks you the time, without looking at your watch or clock, do you 'See' Time as a clock face etc? Check below.

Violin, music, woman playing violin Chromesthesia

Violin, music, woman playing violin Chromesthesia

Spatio temporal synesthesia

Mirror Touch Synesthesia.

Let's take a step back and look at one of the most interesting of all the synesthetes. And this is one that you can practice yourself.

When you are on the bus or the tube sit opposite someone and scratch your nose or face.

See if anybody on the train copies you. Fun eh? I used to play this game many years ago when bored silly on the way home from work!

Nine people out of ten didn't reciprocate, but one always did! I found a Mirror Touch synesthete!

Only I didn't know what it was called back then!

For further reading go to: Mirror Touch Synesthesia


So I have discovered a few things here. It seems that I am a:

Grapheme-Color synesthesia.

And a

Spatial-Sequence synesthesia

And of course a


With a possible side salad of

Mirror Touch synesthesia!

But what about you? Let me know in the comments or take the poll. You never know, you may just learn something about yourself you didn't know!

Colors Letters Numbers Synesthesia

Colors Letters Numbers Synesthesia

Life is Color Let's Round it Up.....!

Before you say you have no idea what the heck this is all about let me just remind you of something.

According to Wikipedia and other sources, the following have various beginnings, most of them disputed and disallowed leading to the fact that nobody has got any idea where they came from! Anyway, here we go.

I am feeling blue.

She is green with envy.

He was seeing red so I got out of his way.

He was the black sheep of the family. (possible explanation being black sheep are a pain in the butt, keep wandering off or other sheep don't like them!)

It was a Golden opportunity.

Tickled Pink.

Yellow bellied yellow streak.

Get the picture? I think that the first person who came up with these Idioms was in fact a synesthete!

Don't you?

Black Sheep

Black Sheep

© 2016 Nell Rose


Nell Rose (author) from England on May 15, 2020:

Hi Ramborak, I actually didn't even know I was different until I came across the word Synesthesia. LOL! Thanks for reading.

Ramborak on May 15, 2020:

Hello, I have grapheme colour synesthesia, ordinal linguistic synesthesia, spatial sequence synesthesia.

I liked this article, you were speaking about every type And I didn't even know some of these!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 17, 2019:

lol! how funny Tim!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on March 17, 2019:

Hi, Nell, interestingly enough - I've always thought horns had a yucky orange color in jazz. Maybe I have this and just now realized it.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 16, 2019:

Thanks Tim, lol! I am useless with anything orange. whether it be music or words, sets my teeth on edge! I always say that Jazz is orange spaghetti! Yuck!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on March 16, 2019:

Love blue, as in UNC-Carolina blue Yeah, green ain't bad either. George Washington's complexion doesn't suffer behind it. James Taylor's voice is Carolina blue.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 15, 2019:

LOL! Oh Paula you do make me laugh! always good to 'see' you! have a great Weekend.

Suzie from Carson City on March 15, 2019:

Nell.....Sky Blue? For cryin out loud, girlfriend, get your butt up off the ground and quit looking UP! Didn't your parents ever tell you that green money doesn't just fall from the sky??!! Mine did......everyday!!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 14, 2019:

LOL! oh my god Shannon now that made me laugh!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 14, 2019:

One of my favorites too Shauna! My daughter in law has her whole house painted in purple, lol!

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 14, 2019:

LOL....Paula! What the hell is money? I've never been rich. Where are these famous sugar daddies you speak of?

By the way, if you ask Madonna, pink is very much the color of a shallow, materialistic girl.

This is off point, Nell, but if you ask Alexa why the sky is blue she gives you an explanation about light refraction....and if you ask Siri what 0 divided by 0 is she pretty much tells you you're dumb and compares you to a greedy cookie monster. These are the things you learn when your kids play with technology.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 14, 2019:

Since we're now sharing our favorite colors, I'll share mine: purple!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 14, 2019:

LOLO! Trust you Paula! my favorite color is sky blue....but money green sounds good to me too!

Suzie from Carson City on March 13, 2019:

OH! Thanks to Shannon....I need to tell my favorite color, which is GREEN also. But not emerald or dark green or even hunter green. I love the green color of money! and of course, the sight and smell of money as well as the pictures of the presidents & other famous men on money........What??

What do you mean by "Shallow & Materialistic?!" Who, me? ...C'mon Nell, girlfriend, help me out! What color comes up when you see or hear the words shallow and materialistic?? I'm sure it's a lovely soft pink!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 13, 2019:

Could be Shannon, I do think they sense it more than other people. thanks for coming back :)

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 13, 2019:

Green is my favorite color, mostly dark greens like emerald or hunter. And purple goes great with dark green in artwork and some decor (maybe not to wear lol). Good to know you see purple and green. :)

So is synesthesia at play when people talk about the color of a person's aura?

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 13, 2019:

Thanks Shannon, yes it is pretty weird! lol! But its nice to have synesthesia. Funnily enough me and my brother both have it, so thought it was perfectly natural to say that music was purple or green!

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 13, 2019:

Just saw this in the feed and the title caught my attention. I've heard of this, but I have never really experienced it firsthand. Maybe the closest I've come is saying that something tastes like it smells, but I suppose that's not nearly the same thing because taste and smell are already intertwined. It is such a fascinating thing to read about and to watch documentaries on, especially when music and art are involved. I love the paintings by Melissa you shared!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 13, 2019:

LOL! Tim! A nail or a hammer! Sounds like you are definitely Synesthetic too! And Tim is a lovely aqua color!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on March 10, 2019:

Hi, Nell, I always thought of you as a metallic color (like a nail or a hammer) because you hit things right on the head. This is really cool, especially mentioning Prince (Little Red Corvette, Raspberry Beret, and so on). I believe you are right about him and others as well.

Sometimes, as a part-time musician, I can see the colors of music, Nell. Yes, the blues are truly blue - like the muddy Mississippi in the late evening. ACDC always makes me see red. Berry White has a dark murky color, while the Bee Gee's, white as a cloud.

Great article. Informative and interesting. Thanks, Nell. What color is the name Tim, anyway?

Much respect and admiration,


Nell Rose (author) from England on August 08, 2017:

There you go Rosie! Hope you find yours here. I didn't even realise I was a synesthete until I read it! lol! my brother is too! and that was the trouble, we both grew up saying this is green, or that smells blue! Anyway here's a link you may find helpful:

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 25, 2016:

Hiya Paula, always great to see you! and Aw thanks so much! lol! synesthesia can be a real pain first thing in the morning when I can't find the right color to wear! LOL! thanks

Suzie from Carson City on November 25, 2016:

Nell I've come to expect such fabulous, creative work from you. I appreciate it as well because you repeatedly educate on fascinating topics.

You are an exquisite example of a world of all colors, bright, shining and fun.

I see myself seriously getting into this's much too fascinating to ignore! I think my life is more colorful than I could have imagined!

Hugs, my dear friend.....Paula

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 25, 2016:

Thanks so much Peggy, yes it is fascinating isn't it? thanks for reading, nell

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 24, 2016:

What a fascinating article. In reading the comments it seems many others have synesthesia in one form or another. How colorful a life you and others lead! I cannot say that I have experienced any of that first hand. I see colors in my dreams but that is about as far as it goes. I loved the paintings by that artist who has synesthesia. Interesting word...synesthesia. Happy to share this on HP, twitter and Pinterest.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 11, 2016:

LOL! thanks Charlotte! I get your point! I am more words than numbers, so this is great!

Charlotte ward on November 10, 2016:

1 is green,2 is orange ,3 is pink , 4 is yellow, 5 is light blue ,6 is light purple , 7 is tan or white, 8 is brown, 9 is light green, 10 is dark blue , 0 is gray or black. I could go on :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 09, 2016:

Thanks Audrey! that is awesome that you totally 'get it'! I am glad I am synesthetic, makes life so much more interesting and of course colorful!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on August 09, 2016:

I love, love, love this piece! Did I mention how much I like this topic? I relate in every way to synesthesia. My life is a coloring book. Nothing more to say. Bravo Nell for bringing this 'colorful' subject to the fore ground. Sharing.


Nell Rose (author) from England on July 28, 2016:

Yep greyish blue Faith! lol! Tuesday is yellow, and wednesday is green! yes iI tend to see the word in color, most of us see the words of the week month or year as a written word and that word is in color. if I hear a particular piece of music thats really 'strong' it will probably be purple, then I see a great big purple ball in my mind, rather like a rain drop! lol! strange eh? thanks as always, nell

Faith Reaper from southern USA on July 27, 2016:

Wow, Nell, this is all so cool! I've never heard of such before and I'm not sure I have it. So, are you saying you actually see colors or you just think of a color when you think of something like the days of the week in your mind? I can't believe I missed this hub somehow, but glad I noticed it on your profile!

When I think of Mondays or when I wake up on a Monday, I think of the color grayish blue ...maybe for dread LOL, but I don't actually see a color except for in my mind's eye. Is that sort of what you mean?

Also, when I think of the words dill pickle, my mouth immediately sours up. Ooo like just now while typing dill pickle my mouth just soured up, but I guess my brain sends a signal to my taste buds?

I guess we all think of blue when we are down or maybe it's just that saying ..."l feel so blue" that we are used to saying when we are sad and down?

Really interesting hub, Melanie. Lovely name!

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 27, 2016:

Hi, that sounds fascinating! yes Friday is always red or orange for me too! thanks for reading, nell

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on July 26, 2016:

Never heard of this till now, it is very interesting. I do see colors for the days of the week. I am learning Spanish, and its the same when I write the word in English or Spanish. Friday or Viernes, is always rojo or red.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2016:

Hi Shauna, our minds are wired in our own unique way, so the fact that you saw the field could be your way of explaining time. maybe you should think of other things to see what you can visualize? sounds fascinating! thanks so much for reading, nell

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 14, 2016:

Nell, you come up with the most fascinating articles! I've never heard the word "synesthesia", nor do I know anyone who has any of the variations. I take that back - I know you. Or perhaps I do know or have know people who associate color with things and sounds and it simply never came up in conversation. I think it's pretty cool. Actually, I'm a little bummed that my brain isn't cross-wired in this beautiful, creative way.

Although, when you asked the question about time, an open field came into my mind's eye. It has trees on the perimeter and tall, flowing grasses laced with flowers and subtle scents throughout. It's a nice place, actually. What's your take on that?

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 11, 2016:

Hi lawrence, thanks so much for reading, and I am glad you liked it.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on July 10, 2016:


I knew of the 'condition' but not the name. If I was totally truthful I'd be saying "All the above" as to some degree I think I do, I also think it's part of being 'creative'

One thing I disagree with is Mozart is HAPPY MUSIC for me as he's great when I want to study!

Really enjoyed this hub


Nell Rose (author) from England on June 27, 2016:

Thanks Vellur, yes that is so true! thanks so much for reading, nell

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 26, 2016:

Interesting article about synesthesia, never knew about this aspect before. Life is painted with colors and so I guess synesthesia follows.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 26, 2016:

Thanks Deb, its something I had not even heard of before, but did associate colors with words, thanks for reading, nell

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 26, 2016:

This is really pretty interesting. prefer dark clothes, but don't like high voices, as the sound goes right through my head. Green is my favorite color, and I do associate certain things with different words.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 26, 2016:

Thanks for reading DDE.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 25, 2016:

I don't think much of it and you informed so well.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 24, 2016:

LOL! yes it took me a while to figure out the fact that it had a name and not nuts! thanks for reading, nell

Marta on June 23, 2016:

Fascinating reading here, I just amazed with this, I am hearing and see colors all the time with music, see and feel colors with the different words, depends if they are great and sweet on me or they are disgusting. I am glad that I am not crazy, hahaha. Thank you very much.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 20, 2016:

Thanks MsDora, its a strange but interesting thing, I never even knew it had a name till recently! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 20, 2016:

Something interesting to explore. Thanks to you, Nell. I'd really like to understand and learn more about synesthesia.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 18, 2016:

Thanks again Say Yes, I love learning of others with it.

Yoleen Lucas from Big Island of Hawaii on June 18, 2016:

I was talking about musical keys. It's true when people lack one sense, they make up for it with the other ones. Stevie Wonder can pick out a single conversation in a roomful of people talking!

I don't have synesthesia with letters. I have it with some numbers; 3 is dark blue, 5 is pink, 7 is gold, and 10 is lime green. I also have it with some days of the week; Wednesday is yellow, Thursday is dark blue, and Friday is lime green. Come to think of it, Saturday is also dark blue, and Sunday yellow. Monday is red, or brown. I don't have a color for Tuesday.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 18, 2016:

How amazing! it just goes to show that people use other senses when one is missing! A D to me is dark brown! thanks again, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 18, 2016:

Hi Alicia, its amazing how many people do have it, isn't it? yes to me N is always blue, but I like dark green! lol! I didn't even know there was a word for it till a few years ago, I just thought it was normal behaviour! thanks for reading, nell

Yoleen Lucas from Big Island of Hawaii on June 17, 2016:

About Stevie Wonder - blind people have a way of seeing. I read in an article once he said D is yellow, like autumn leaves. To me, D major is like lemons or sunshine, while D minor is like autumn leaves or a sunset.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 17, 2016:

This is an interesting hub, Nell! I've had synesthesia since I was a child, although it seems to be weaker than it once was. It's interesting how it varies in different people. You see the word "Nell" as blue; I see it as dark green!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 17, 2016:

Thanks Savvy, its strange to explain really, they do float around the head, but really in the mind too, funny really! lol! wish I could see auras! I would make a fortune! thanks again, and always great seeing you, nell

savvydating on June 17, 2016:

Ha! I read it and promptly forgot it. So it's kind of like floating days, etc. around your head. Okay, I definitely don't have that! My son said my aura was light green and that my sister's was red. (She's always angry, so it makes sense. LOL) Look forward to your next "psychic" installment. Your articles are always so interesting. :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 17, 2016:

Hi Savvy, its Spatial sequence synesthesia! lol! when I see months I see them from right to left, (see above) and yes all at once! lol! I am going to check out the colors around people, you are not the only one to mention that! fascinating! I know people who see aura's, maybe they don't see the aura but actually (see) the aura as synesthesia? now I am on the trail! lol! thanks for reading, nell

savvydating on June 17, 2016:

What does it mean to see days, weeks, months in sequence? Does that mean you don't just see the month, but all the other months too? I have to work with calendaring, so I probably have some of that by default only. Pretty much, I have no synesthesia. No fair. I'm missing out--big time!

Thanks for writing another fascinating article, Nell. I'm seriously jealous that your world is so much more colorful than mine! ;)

PS I'm going to ask my son about this. He used to sense colors around people. For all I know, he might have some form of synesthesia. I do know that his dreams are highly detailed and very vivid with color. I'll tell him about all of this. :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 17, 2016:

Thanks Audrey, maybe she did! thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 17, 2016:

Thanks Ruby, yes hearing music in color is amazing! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 17, 2016:

Wow! that is amazing Martie! and thanks for liking my name too, lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 17, 2016:

Hi Say yes, Wow! thanks, how interesting! and I didn't know about Stevie Wonder! how does he know? thanks for reading, nell

Audrey Howitt from California on June 16, 2016:

So very interesting Nell--I once knew a woman who really saw words in colors --it took me some getting used to --when I talked to her, she often looked past me--I think at the words--

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 16, 2016:

Thanks rebecca, good to know that you knew what it was, I do believe that most of us have a little synesthesia.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 16, 2016:

My dreams are always in vivid colors, go figure? There's no way cotton candy could be named anything but pink. Green and envy are perfect together. I liked this. You have the most interesting hubs, thoughts. I'm going to practice with music, which is my first love...

Martie Coetser from South Africa on June 16, 2016:

A friend's son recently went for some counselling, and all of a sudden he admits seeing his father lives in a yellow aura, and his brother in a red one, and his mother in a blue one. Since then he sees everything exist in a colorful aura. Go figure! To identify and know the meaning of every color keeps him quite busy these days!

Well-written hub about an interesting topic: Synesthesia. Thank you, Melanie. (What a beautiful name!)

Yoleen Lucas from Big Island of Hawaii on June 16, 2016:

I have always heard colors in music. C major is like green, while C minor is dark leafy green. D is yellow; D flat is gold. E is hard blue, like the sky at noon, though sometimes it's dusty rose. E flat, my favorite key, is soft blue, like the sky in early morning or late afternoon. F is pink, like cotton candy. G flat is turquoise; G is dark blue, like the night sky. A flat is periwinkle blue, and reminds me of misty rain. A minor is brown; A major is either brown or gray. B flat is lavender. B major is orange; B minor is tan.

Stevie Wonder, though he is blind, also has music synesthesia. D is yellow for him, too!

The 3rd movement of Beethoven's 5th symphony reminds me of grassy green hills bursting with waterfalls.

Thank you for writing on such a fascinating subject!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 16, 2016:

Hi Frank ! lol!yes it is can be confusing! thanks for reading, nell

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 16, 2016:

Very interesting, Nell. Synesthesia has always been fascinating to me!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 16, 2016:

Nell I didn't know what I was reading at first didnt know what that word meant.. but I got it LOL awesome hub

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 16, 2016:

Hi billy, lol! well funnily enough they do say writers, artists and singers tend to have it, but of course you are a far better author writer than me so bang goes that theory! LOL! thanks as always, nell

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 16, 2016:

Well there you go. I didn't know what that word meant, so thank you! Oddly, I can see this as an advantage for a creative person, but it's easy for me to say that since I don't have it. LOL

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 16, 2016:

Hi John, to be honest I thought it was normal to see in color, words etc! lol! then I discovered this word and, well! thanks so much for reading, nell

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 16, 2016:

A very interesting hub, Nell. I don't seem to have any form of synesthesia (had never really heard of it either) but wish I did. I feel I am missing out. Thanks for sharing.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 16, 2016:

Thank you Siddharth Kapoor, glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 16, 2016:

LOL! trust you Linda! thanks as always, and always good to see you, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 16, 2016:

Hi Suzette, white and silver are awesome! I will have to try and find what mine is these days, it used to be mainly red, lol! thanks as always, nell

Siddharth Kapoor on June 15, 2016:

Good read. Some interesting points here.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on June 15, 2016:

You are so awesome...your articles continue to tickle me pink and never make me feel blue! I feel color with music...all the colors of the rainbow, and some jeans and cowboy boots too! Ha! :)

suzettenaples on June 15, 2016:

Fascinating read Nell, but then most of yours are! I do not experirnc synesthesia. That really is unique that numbers and letters have colors for you. I just got around to discovering my aura - white/silver. Lol!

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 15, 2016:

Thanks Patty, I learned so much just by researching it, evidently they say there are over 80 different types of synesthesia, but I think some of them must just be our usual senses, nell

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 15, 2016:

My taste and smell have always been one sense instead of two - I guess I taste smells and see colors for them all at once - but the rest of my synesthesia did not start until 30 years old, so I don't know why that happened. Fun, tho. I'm glad you wrote this article.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 15, 2016:

Hi Patty, well who would have guessed? a fellow Synesthete! lol! its strange isn't it? I always believed that it was just how everyone was, but of course they aren't, thanks for reading, and great to see you, nell

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 15, 2016:

Having several types of synesthesia, I'm finding that some are diminishing with time - for instance, words are not having such strong flavors anymore. Music is still colorful, tho.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 15, 2016:

Thanks Dianna, always great to see you, nell

Dianna Mendez on June 15, 2016:

Colors are everywhere and they enhance our perception of our world. What a great article! I too often see the world in colors -- blue is peace.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 15, 2016:

Hi Flourish, thanks for reading, amazing your daughter has it too, evidently its pretty common, but something I didn't even know where was a word for a few years ago, let alone millions of them, lol! and thats the first I have heard the word misophobia! I think my son has that he nags me to keep quiet when I am eating! wow! thanks again, nell

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 15, 2016:

My daughter has this where 7s are green etc. she sees it as a creative window on the world rather than something strange. Some say it's related to sensory processing disorder. I have misophobia related to the sounds and sights of eating. I cannot stand listening or even watching (probably by association) someone eat. It makes me disgusted.

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