Melissa McCracken's painting of Etta James' "At Last."

Melissa McCracken's painting of Etta James' "At Last."

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Have you ever wondered if you could see sound? Some people can. The social video network Great Big Story recently shared a colorful video featuring artist Melissa McCracken. Melissa has synesthesia, which is a neurological condition where a sensory input triggers one of the other senses. For example, Melissa’s synesthesia manifests itself by allowing her to see sounds. Melissa then uses this talent to paint music in vibrant color; pretty neat stuff.

The video features Melissa’s gorgeous paintings of songs by Radiohead, Bon Iver, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more. In the video, Melissa paints Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and explains a bit about her process. She also talks about how jazz is her favorite music to paint for a specific reason as well as how Etta James’ “At Last” inspired one of her pieces. You can check out the video below.

Visual art and music have always gone hand in hand. Think of those iconic album covers you love or your favorite band’s light and visual show. Some artists even do live painting where they actually get up onstage with a band and paint what they are hearing and feeling. Melissa and others who paint what they hear are at the forefront of melding two of the most important and ancient human art forms.