Episode #13: 22 Nov 2020. Debra compares notes with pianist Lisa Hickman on what it’s like to live and make music with Synesthesia, a neurological condition in which sensory pathways criss-cross, causing one to hear color or smell words. (1 hour duration)
- “Tapestry” by Debra Lynn
- “Confessions of a Synesthete” blogpost by Debra Lynn
November 30, 2020 at 3:40 pm
Extremely interesting! I have had some of those feelings with my large Choir and Band groups. I didn’t know there was a name for it.
November 30, 2020 at 3:49 pm
Welcome to the club, Bob! I’m so pleased to know this podcast helped you identify this difficult-to-describe experience.
December 1, 2020 at 7:46 pm
This was so interesting, Debra! I have heard of this, but not in so much depth as you have gone to here. I’m not at all sure it fits into this category, but the closest personal experience I can think of happened after 9/11 at the Ft.Wayne Philharmonic season opening concert. The opening selection was Barber’s Adagio for Strings, one of my most favorite instrumental compositions. I sat back to enjoy the music, and just a few measures into the piece, it became a whole different experience. It was as though they had suspended a movie screen over the orchestra and turned on a projector. I won’t go into the lengthy ‘film’ description here, but I did share the experience with my parents on the way home. I think they thought I had really “lost it”, but what I saw was just so vivid, it gave me goosebumps . . . still does whenever I think about it. I still love the composition, but not so much for relaxing, because I ‘see’ that same ‘movie’ every time.
December 6, 2020 at 11:39 pm
Very interesting story, Jane. Thank you so much for sharing that. I’m very pleased that you enjoyed this podcast episode.