Synesthesia is a neurological condition where people taste, hear, and feel color. The majority of those with the condition don’t consider it a handicap and consider it a gift, enhancing creativity or appreciation for art in everyday things. While I highly doubt that I’m a synesthete, I do feel I possess a sensitivity to certain musical sounds. Perhaps many have this ability. Certain combinations of notes make me feel varying degrees of sadness or melancholy. I could be doing anything with music playing in the background and be struck with intense feelings, the only stimulation being a few musical notes.
This first track imparts an overwhelming feeling of sorrow after only the first four notes. It’s from the “Birdy” soundtrack and adapted from a full length track called “Family Snapshot,” which I’ve also included. The third track, a live cover of “A Different Drum” from “Passion” (The Last Temptation of Christ soundtrack) is a track that fills me with an eerie sense of acceptance and gratitude. I can’t explain it, and I’m not going to question it, because I too consider it a gift.