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Apr 19, 2021 - 5:29:39 AM
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11899 posts since 9/23/2009

This article makes it seem like something awful that needs to be treated...lol. But, well, as far back as I can remember, let's say 3 years old, while singing the children's songs in church, I would notice the "taste," like food...taste of certain chord progressions, harmonies, melody lines, etc. It was like each song was some big yummy recipe. I used to say it to everybody else..."That song tastes good, doesn't it?" Until I noticed everybody seemed to think I was nuts...lol. So I stopped talking about that most of my life.

For some crazy reason, I recently let this one out of the bag with a couple of other FHO members and then that got me thinking about this again. I have heard of people seeing colors when they hear music...but I've never heard of anybody tasting music, like tasting it in your mouth. Like a meal or something.

Well this article here tells about the phenomenon...one thing too is I see colors in each day of the week...every day has its own color...lol. I'm weird, I guess. But also, throughout my life, I've had a hard time explaining why I absolutely cannot stand certain music...it really does leave a bad, unpleasant taste in my mouth and I really just about can't tolerate hearing it.

Welp, anyway...wondering if anybody else has that or anything similar. I would never see it as something that would be bothersome or that would drive a person to seek treatment...I've always liked the way my own singing or playing tastes...lol...why would I want to not enjoy that anymore, just because it's weird and I can't 'splain it to anybody.

So just wondering if I'm alone in this thing or if there are others. Do you see colors or taste things or have other odd connections with your senses when dealing with music or anything else???? Just curious. Here's the article. healthline.com/health/synesthesia#examples

Apr 19, 2021 - 5:46:06 AM
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Earworm

USA

192 posts since 1/30/2018

It's your superpower! How awesome is that?

This reminds me - my daughter once told me the burnt orange color on some thank you cards I was sending, was giving her a headache. She said burnt orange always does that to her.

Edited by - Earworm on 04/19/2021 05:50:36

Apr 19, 2021 - 6:14:47 AM
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74 posts since 1/21/2017

I don't really experience tastes associated with music, but I absolutely associate the days of the week with certain colors. Also the months of the year. I've been that way as long as I can remember. Now if you want to talk about musical taste, that's another story. For some reason, the majory chord progressions of some music like dixieland for instance just sort of repels me. And rap and hip hop "music", it really just enrages me.

Apr 19, 2021 - 11:56:41 AM
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3091 posts since 6/21/2007

It is a well-established phenomenon, Peggy. Nothing to worry about, just try to find ways to use it (maybe by thinking of the notes of a tune by color or taste).

Apr 19, 2021 - 12:51:57 PM
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1790 posts since 12/11/2008

There must be something missing from my psychological make-up. For me music provokes moods, thoughts, emotions, narratives and ideas. And, oh yes, passions.

Edited by - Lonesome Fiddler on 04/19/2021 12:52:33

Apr 19, 2021 - 1:39:21 PM
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11899 posts since 9/23/2009

Donna...that's interesting about the burnt orange causing headaches. I didn't think of that before, but some combinations of blue and purple make me nauseous. Where I worked there was a purple (they called it "berry,") wall that met up with a dark blue wall...I never could stand to see both walls at the same time or it just made me feel sick...lol. Never thought of that until you told about your daughter's experience with burnt orange.

Fred, I've never seen these sorts of things as anything bad, myself...although the article mentioned getting "treatment" or something like that. I just realized by the age of 5 that I never found anybody else who seemed to know what I meant, so I stopped ever talking about it. Recently it came up in conversation, again, 62 years later maybe. I decided to just look it up and found that article...indicating that someone might want treatment...lol...not me...I like the taste of a nice fiddle tune or sweet old song. No way would I ever wanna stop that...unless I was subject to too much Rock or Hip Hop or jazz or something.

Apr 19, 2021 - 5:35:08 PM
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2265 posts since 10/22/2007

Peggy, I knew it was synesthesia before I got to the bottom of your post. That's great to be able to taste good music. Another level of satisfaction, and appreciation.

I often think good musicians try to foster another form of synesthesia, by trying to feel a tune or music. Fingertips being so sensitive. Sometimes it seems they are directly connected to a tone or a chord.

Apr 19, 2021 - 6:17:55 PM
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367 posts since 6/11/2019

I often experience the smell of cow manure = the color of money...

(not making fun! I think many folks are blessed with this to some extent--the smell of rain, taste of red sunset, etc)--it's God's gift

Apr 19, 2021 - 6:22:49 PM
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11899 posts since 9/23/2009

Scott, I always loved the smell of cow manure and elephant poop...lol. Chicken poop...no way...doesn't smell good...lol.

Apr 19, 2021 - 8:15:04 PM

3563 posts since 12/8/2007

No.

Apr 20, 2021 - 4:37:56 AM

11899 posts since 9/23/2009

Great to hear from you, Humbled!!! Hope you are doing well.

Apr 20, 2021 - 4:46:56 AM
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WyoBob

USA

223 posts since 5/16/2019

  Itzhak Perlman has  synesthesia according to this wiki article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia     (half way down the page)

Interesting article on synesthesia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia

Apr 20, 2021 - 9:00:25 AM
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17 posts since 5/17/2013

Not sure if it's the same, but my wife sees red when I walk across the floor with mud on my boots.

Apr 20, 2021 - 9:08:04 AM

5117 posts since 9/26/2008

I know several people who say music makes them see color. Not a one is a musician though, so I still have no idea how that would affect performing.

Apr 20, 2021 - 10:41:32 AM
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WyoBob

USA

223 posts since 5/16/2019

quote:
Originally posted by TimeTension

Not sure if it's the same, but my wife sees red when I walk across the floor with mud on my boots.


That made me laugh out loud!smiley

Apr 20, 2021 - 11:27:24 AM

11899 posts since 9/23/2009

...made me laugh too....lol. interesting article...WyoBob! I realize now maybe I'm weirder than I thought...I always felt pain when anybody around me felt it...and when I was really little bitty...like 3...I would often tell people to feel my hurting finger, etc, whatever was hurting...touch it and feel the pain it was in. I could (or thought I could) do that to them, and I thought they should be able to do that to me...lol. As I grew up, I stopped doing that, specifically, but I always did just feel what others around me felt...one reason I never ever thought of studying to become any sort of health care person...I couldn't take it. Although I think that had faded somewhat over my life...still, if I see somebody hurting, I will often get the exact symptoms they have.  The article mentioned that as one of the "symptoms" of this weird brain-wiring thing going on.  But the biggest one in me is the taste of music...that's the one I honestly do love having.

Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 04/20/2021 11:28:32

Apr 21, 2021 - 7:02:57 AM
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boxbow

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2628 posts since 2/3/2011

quote:
Originally posted by BanjoBrad

It is a well-established phenomenon, Peggy. Nothing to worry about, just try to find ways to use it (maybe by thinking of the notes of a tune by color or taste).


Have you tried cooking with music, Peggy?  Instead of the legendary soup stone, you'd use a soup's tune!

Apr 21, 2021 - 6:09:34 PM

11899 posts since 9/23/2009

Pretty sure it's calorie-free...so I could really get rich quick with that idea!

Apr 21, 2021 - 8:12:38 PM

11899 posts since 9/23/2009

Just out of curiosity, I did look into this a little more and found articles about people who do taste music...but...they describe it as common food tastes...mine is different...music, chord progressions and harmonies and melodies and such, have a unique flavor that doesn't taste the same as any foods I know of. So...I'm weirder than weird, i guess...lol. At least it's not fattening...

Apr 22, 2021 - 4:43:45 AM
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151 posts since 12/30/2008

I once read an interview with Robbie Basho (anyone remember Frets magazine?). There were excerpts from a chart he constructed, where certain keys and chords had colors, characteristics, even regions ascribed to them -- one was described as American plains, as I recall.

Apr 22, 2021 - 5:17:47 AM

11899 posts since 9/23/2009

Interesting. Seems like a lot of people connect colors with music, from what I've heard. That doesn't happen to me, but it's an interesting thing. I think I read even blind people can sometimes get colors with music.

I've been thinking hard about what music tastes like...the best I can come up with, the closest thing, would be the way an ice cream cone tastes when it's soggy from ice cream, without the actual ice cream...in different forms...that's not exactly it, but if I had to compare it to existing food flavors, it would be something along those lines.

Apr 22, 2021 - 11:07:50 AM
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1790 posts since 12/11/2008

Why are the Blues called the Blues? Why did a band call itself the Red Hot Chili Peppers?

Apr 22, 2021 - 12:50:06 PM

11899 posts since 9/23/2009

Yeah...must be some common experiences they thought everybody could relate to!

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