Song Synesthesia

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “Bits of Inspiration~The Colors in a Song”   (posted by Susie)

“Today we are gong to experiment with Synesthesia, particularly the color of music. A while back I listened to The Well Podcast, produced by Anson Mount and Branan Edgens who had Melissa McCracken as a guest. She said when she was fifteen she had a navy blue phone and she wanted a ringtone that would match it, a warm color to go with the cool color to balance it. She was looking through her iTunes and saw a Michael Jackson song, Cheater, and thought well, the song was orange so it would work perfectly. When she brought it up to a friend he had no clue what she was talking about. A couple of years later she discovered she had Synesthesia. To sum it up as simply as I can, when Melissa listens to music she sees it in colors.

So all this brings me to today’s challenge. I have provided the following songs and I want you to choose one and listen to it. Visualize the lyrics, the music, and discover what colors you see or what colors come to mind and write a poem from that color wheel. Please indicate which song you chose.”

Scarlet notes reaching
through purple fog.
Electric blue ascension
bordered with glittering
gold. I feel burnt-orange
out, listening to jade

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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18 Responses to Song Synesthesia

  1. Helen L Dehner says:

    Electric blue, I feel the vibes! Nice how you used so many colors.


  2. Terrific! (And we say several of the same colours. 🙂 )


  3. jaerose37 says:

    You take us into the colours superbly


  4. So many vivid colors!


  5. I love all the colors you have incorporated!


  6. Jim says:

    Nice write, Sara, it made me think. The line, “Electric blue ascension“, probably started it. Seems I always associate the American Flag, red, white, and blue, with Jimi while he was playing the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock (I still wish I’d have gone). I loved his guitar after that.


  7. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    burnt orange and jade – vibrant variations of colors. Nice!


  8. kim881 says:

    Great use of colours, Sara!


  9. Susie Clevenger says:

    Wow! You caught the brilliant colors of the song in perfect poetry. Thank you so much for taking part in the prompt!


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