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The Colors of Voices

Book Cover of the Colors of Voices by Dave Love

The Colors of Voices

In 1979, Dave Love lost his sight. This book presents his methods of using sounds and color memory to recognize people and discern moods and personalities.
Citing well-documented sources, he explains how individuals perceive visual and auditory information, presenting a rare glimpse into the mental workings of a visually-challenged person, revealing that everyone owns a voice of its own color.

A doorbell's sound is red, always the same color for every doorbell that rings, even though its sound travels to the ear in two intervals: ding-dong. The second interval is darker than the first interval on the doorbell. If the sound were blue, the boundaries would be different. When I hear a doorbell, I always think of Avon, or the song from Wizard of Oz, "Ding-Dong the Witch Is Dead." A phone at the college I attended rang with a red sound. I answered that phone for the Development Department during lunch. The phone's ring was red, but wet, like bubbles coming from underneath the water. How I hear this, I do not know. Many people think of red as a color signifying danger, while green seems safer. Maybe we have come to these conclusions because of standard traffic lights. The sound of a phone ringing is only one sound, but the wind chimes that I have at home make all sorts of sounds at once, and they are all silver, no matter how the wind blows.

It is like tools being moved in a toolbox; the bigger the box, the deeper silver sound you get. I remember a lot of tools are silver in color. If your wind chimes have different lengths and sizes, you get more musical silver sounds. Whatever strikes or rings has its own sound, and the sound has its own color. For example, if the wind chimes are made out of glass, this sounds blue. This by itself sounds like a music box. For me, all music boxes have the color sound blue, no matter what notes they play. Of course, the music they make is meant to relax you while you are listening. The frequency's high notes of the music box gives it the feel of the color blue. If the wind chimes are made out of wood, I picture percussion instruments like the wood block or castanets that make up the color brown, like some bark on the trees. A grandfather clock's chimes sound gold. The smaller the clock, the lighter the sound. The smaller sound has a white glow, making it gold-white. The big ones have a darker sound, gold-black. Of course, the black glow is the size of the darker ring, even with the other notes that are audible. But on the piano each note has its own color. On the grandfather clock chimes make the sound, while a hammer with strings makes the piano's noise. When I picture the grandfather clock in my head, I can see the pendulum gold, and the hands on the clock itself are gold, with a brown casing around it. This is the kind of grandfather clock I remember seeing back in the 1970s.

Sound travels differently for each color. It differs with the shape, width, length, narrowness, depth, or wideness of the sound, but the echo in a sound has no effect on it. The voice, however, does.

Buy Locally

Looking to buy Dave's book in stores? Check out these stores in the St. Louis area:

Main Street Books

307 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301
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Webster Books

100 West Lockwood Avenue
Webster Groves, MO 63119
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