In this topic, I'm not talking about seeing a band perform or their video. I mean seeing the music, in your head. Listening to a song, and SEEING the music -- not as notes, but rather, as whatever images happen to arrive in your head. My best personal example of this is Dave Matthews Band - Crush. As soon as the (record version, not acoustic live version) song starts, this image starts to form in my mind. The intro to the song is a Bm chord on bass with a definitive groove and the rest of the band just crashes into the song. The image, formerly of this amorphous, colourless blob pulsating to the music as the bassline, just has a random image of maybe a waterfall crashing on it as the other band members slam onto it -- but lasting less than a second, just as the music starts to form around the blob. From there, the drums (not actual drums, but an abstract, shapeless image) fall behind the bassline and start driving it forward -- the occasional jerk of the blob is the snare spiking through. The bassline, however, seems to determine the speed and swell of the whole song. The guitar kind of...rides on top. Like the top of a wave. As in, the guitar is the top of the wave, travelling on the undertow beneath it, almost trying to go in completely different directions in the verses. The violin and sax kind of dance around it all, like sea spray almost. They weave in and out of the blob, the wave, and the abstract spiking to dazzle and add subtle hints. Then the verses start, and the entire thing is moved to the groove, and as the "Lovely Lady" part starts, the whole thing increases in speed, almost -- everything's moving as one, and it almost crashes upside a wall, and when the Bm hits again, it lulls back down for a moment, crescendos, and then goes back down. Then the chorus starts, and the entire mass just moves up and down, like the entire thing is part of the ocean in a storm, sliding around and crashing, and it lulls down again. The storm reaches an almost violent level with the violin solo, and it recedes again. The song goes through a couple more verse/chorus repetitions, and at 6:05 when the lyrics end, the entire thing just slowly swells with a laid back, cool instrumental part for two minutes until the end of the song. Does anyone else experience this? I can also "see" certain tones in my head. Like, the way an individual note would be shaped, if we could see it. Not notes, but a variety of tone -- to me, a P-bass sound looks very obtuse and blunt. It's very hard to describe the way tones look to me...kind of like a decision based entirely on intuition. It's there, and I KNOW it's there, but it's so difficult to communicate why, or what it is I sense. I have never given a name to anything I have ever written musically (I've never written whole songs, but a jillion licks, grooves, and little tricks) but I can recall from memory exactly what I want to play, even if I haven't played it for months, just because I can SEE the notes and tones in my head. It's also one of the reasons I love my fretless so much more than my fretted, because it "looks" so much better when I play.