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Laurie Rubin paints with the colors of music

November 7, 2012

Laurie Rubin, author of the new memoir, Do You Dream in Color?, was recently interviewed for the Los Angeles Times. Check out the full article here and a sneak peek below. 

Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin dreams in vivid color — though she’s been blind since birth.

Yellow? That’s the scent of ripe lemons and the warm sun glinting off her cheeks as a child in Encino. White is the crunch of snow and the feel of frothy shaving cream oozing between her fingers. Silver is the cool silkiness of chrome.

And brown? That’s the sound of B-flat. It reminds the singer of chocolate.

“I always joke that part of me can sense color from maybe having had a past life,” Rubin says. “When people say silver or purple, I understand what they’re saying.”

Rubin’s new memoir, “Do You Dream in Color? Insights From a Girl Without Sight,” not only touches on her complex relationship with the color spectrum, it chronicles her against-all-odds rise from musical prodigy as a child in the San Fernando Valley to accomplished international opera singer.

“It’s not just a blind person’s story,” she says. “It’s everyone’s story.”

Want to hear more of Laurie? Check out her recent interview for the Wall Street Journal and her interview on The Diane Rehm Show.

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