"I paint music.

Until I was 15, I thought everyone constantly saw colors. Colors in books, colors in math formulas, colors at concerts. But when I finally asked my brother which color the letter C was (canary yellow, by the way) I realized my mind wasn't quite as normal as I had thought.

Basically, my brain is cross-wired. I experience the "wrong" sensation to certain stimuli. Each letter and number is colored and the days of the year circle around my body as if they had a set point in space. But the most wonderful "brain malfunction" of all is seeing the music I hear. It flows in a mixture of hues, textures, and movements, shifting as if it were a vital and intentional element of each song.

Having synesthesia isn't distracting or disorienting. It adds a unique vibrance to the world I experience."

Find out more about synesthesia here.


Melissa's work can be found online here.
  • Little Wing
  • Since I've Been Loving You
  • Lucky
  • Karma Police
  • Callow
  • Flip
  • Joy in Repetition
  • Tonight Tonight
  • Bodysnatchers
  • Life on Mars
  • Seems So Long