Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Wednesday 04 August |
Saint of the Day: St. John Vianney
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

People are going wild over this artist who paints songs (PHOTOS)


Melissa McCracken via Facebook | Fair Use

Sophia Swinford - published on 11/17/17

A rare condition causes Melissa McCracken to "see" music.

Every artist has a vision for their work, but for Melissa the vision is a bit more literal. Melissa S. McCracken has synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon that causes one’s senses to overlap in response to stimuli. “It occurs when stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway (e.g. hearing) leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway (e.g. vision).” Only approximately 5 percent of the population experiences this.

For Melissa, her synesthesia means that when she hears music, she also sees it. “There are some songs that I hate, but that I like the way they look,” she jokes. Though she began painting music as a concrete way to explain synesthesia, now people have gone wild over the beautiful creations.

Melissa says that the prettiest genre of music is jazz, which translates to hues of blue and gold in her mind. Though she isn’t “musically inclined” herself, she loves to be able to create with music in her own way.

You can hear more from Melissa in the video below.


Read more:
These hypnotizing gifs were created by an unlikely artist (VIDEOS)

Read more:
Music Speaks to Us: One Artist’s Story

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Saint Mary of the Angels
Bret Thoman, OFS
All your sins will be forgiven if you go to a Franciscan church o...
Ignacio María Doñoro
Francisco Veneto
The military chaplain who pretended to be a criminal to rescue a ...
Violeta Tejera
Carlo Acutis’ first stained glass window in jeans and sneak...
Theresa Civantos Barber
The one thing we all should do before this summer ends
Philip Kosloski
Most priests can’t absolve these sins
Ary Waldir Ramos Diaz
1st Feast of Our Lady of Silence is August 1
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.