Music is one of the most universal forms of expression in the world. Listening to a song you love (or even one you hate) has the ability to make you feel and think about all sorts of things.

But what if you could do more than just listen to music? That’s reality for Melissa McCracken, an artist who suffers from a rare condition called┬ásynesthesia which gives her the ability to ‘see’ music.

Basically, when McCracken hears songs her brain mixes up its responses and she in turn sees colors. McCracken has used this special ability to paint songs, and the results are amazing.

The Beatles, “Julia”

Released in 1968, “Julia” is a song credited to the Beatles but performed as a solo by John Lennon. The song was written by Lennon as a tribute to his mother, Julia, who passed away in 1958.

Continue to page 2 to see more of McCracken’s work…