Val the Cookie Queen
Hey APJ. Wassup?
Synesthesia: A perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. Wikipedia
We often hear of perfume triggering the visualization of a certain colour or colours. Synesthesia. I suspect many of us have experienced this. I remember once, after having ingested a number of mushrooms, actually seeing the words I spoke coming out of my mouth in colours. The struggle is real. 🙂
The Velvets, Vero Profumo and Venus in Furs
I have similar experiences with perfume, with scent triggering an immediate piece of music in my head. Most notably with the Vero Profumos and The Velvet Underground (The Velvets).
The perfumes of Vero Profumo are exquisite, but it is so much more than that. They have the same effect on me when I first tried them, as The Velvets did when I first heard them. As in they both added something to my soul. It was Venus in Furs that blew my mind. Both Vero and the Velvets have an erotic, revolutionary, pioneering and subversive character. They are one and the same to me. This is not the first time I have mentioned the connection but it remains still the most powerful perfume synesthesia in my life. Vero and the Velvets are a bridge connecting me to who I was as a young woman and to who I am now.
I love this version of Venus in Furs. Jane Scarpantoni on cello is freaking amazing. It gives me goose bumps every single time.
And how can I not include this?
APJ readers, is there a piece of music that is a perfume to you? Feel free to put links in the comments, I love to know what does it for you. And I will watch every single one.
“Vero Profumo. Once worn they own and haunt.“ The Silver Fox
“A thousand dreams that would awake me, different colors made of tears.“. Venus in Furs. Lou Reed
(Ed: Photos by Val CQ)