Synesthesia is the neurological condition in which the stimulation of one sense leads to the automatic experience of another sense.

That might sound confusing, and it is for most people who aren’t affected by it, but as an example, when some synesthetes hear a number or letter, they immediately picture a color. That color is always associated with that particular character.

For Melissa McCraken, though, her synesthesia also manifests itself when music comes on — she hears a song and immediately pictures colors, images, and textures. What she does with that experience is nothing short of breathtaking.

It wasn’t until she was 15 that McCracken realized not everyone saw letters and numbers as colors, too.

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McCracken explains that her brain is “cross-wired,” so she experiences “the ‘wrong’ sensation to certain stimuli.

If this is what wrong looks like, something has got to be right here. McCracken sees music as colors.

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Living in a Lisa Frank world.

Posted by Melissa S. McCracken on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

This is what “Lenny” by Stevie Ray Vaughan looks like to her.

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Lenny – Stevie Ray Vaughan Allllmost ready!www.melissasmccracken.com

Posted by Melissa S. McCracken on Sunday, March 20, 2016

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John Lennon, “Imagine”

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You know, I think it's time I posted a piece with the music that inspired it. It's all about the connection and…

Posted by Melissa S. McCracken on Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Beatles, “Blackbird”

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Just finished this little babe. Inspired by Blackbird – The Beatles24" x 24" oil and acrylic on canvas

Posted by Melissa S. McCracken on Monday, November 9, 2015

Listen to McCracken discuss her synesthesia below:

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At the Hilliard Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri, Melissa S. McCracken paints a world most people can't see. As a synesthete, she can see sounds in brilliant color.

Posted by Great Big Story on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

How beautiful is that? It must be an incredible thing to experience a song on so many levels. If you’d like to learn more about McCracken’s work, check out her website here. And don’t forget to follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

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