Name: James McGhee
Photo: (yeah i’m brave enough to put a photo fite me irl)
Your types of synesthesia: Letters -> colours, numbers -> colours, musical notes -> colours, days of the week -> colours, months -> colours, musical notes -> personalities (and by extension, sometimes musical scores -> stories!), words -> shapes/motion. All associative, sadly.
When and how did you find out about your synesthesia?: Uhh, I’ve sort of always known about it, just not always known what it was called. I can remember attaching colours to musical notes as far back as when i was 5.
How does synesthesia affect you in a positive light?: I’m quite musically talented, and I can do mental arithmetic really quickly. I can also spell really well, but I’m not sure if that’s because of the synesthesia. Also, some musical scores I’m willing to play over and over again because they tell little stories in my mind of how the notes interact (C is laid back, G is slightly more reserved, F is a fun-lover and a bit on the wild side, etc.).
How does synesthesia affect you in a negative light?: I guess it.. doesn’t, really. It makes me feel a bit weird, and I love picking fights with other grapheme->colour synnies about who’s right about which colour (obviously it’s me). I just can’t possibly imagine A being red. It’s BLUE, ocean blue!
What type of synesthesia would you love to have for a day?: Oh my word, sound->colour projective. I’d just sit and watch my favourite musicals all day, and listen to people’s voices, and play music, and see what looks nice. Although I guess I’d really miss it when the day was up. And if my sounds didn’t match my note colours we’d have a problem.
How do you explain your synesthesia to non-synnies?: I just explain it as though it were the absolute truth. “Yeah. Four is orange, of course it is. Five is red, the kind of red you get when you have frostbite, or when you push your thumb and finger together really hard.” They usually look at me like I have superpowers.