“Yeah, but then I would owe God publishing,” says Pharrell Williams, a synesthete

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year or so, you’ve probably seen this guy.  He’s won 10 Grammys and was nominated for an Oscar.  Turns out, he has a condition, known as synesthesia, which causes him to “see” music as colors.

In this very short, fascinating interview, he explains what that’s like and muses with The Dinner Party Download host, Rico Gagliano, about a possible celestial “key” for writing music.

Honestly, it is worth 4 minutes of your time to listen to this interview.  Do it now.

OK, now that you’ve heard the interview, there’s still enough time to bop on down to Beverly at 3PM and sing along with Henri Smith and his band New Orleans Friends & Flavours featuring another Grammy winner, Charles Neville of the Neville brothers.  We’re recording today’s concert, so you, too, can be on a record with Grammy winners!  Seats are still available.  Get them here.

Then, back to Cape Ann for some good music on this side of the bridge.  See tonight’s full live music lineup here.


  • Thanks so much Pete and Vickie for sharing the interview–very interesting!


  • He is truly extraordinary. You can’t help but listen to his music and wonder where does it come from, and just how does he make that stuff up in his head! Talent like his does seem to be divine–beyond the boundaries of the physical world. Whatever, we should all be glad that talent like this (Michelangelo, DaVinci, Beethoven, Carlos Santana, Carole King, Michael Jackson, and Pharrell Williams, etc., etc.) exists in humans! Thanks for the insightful interview.


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