Colors: The Musical – Act 1: Black

The Story
Color is a large, broad topic, yet color is a human perspective.

We see because cones on the eye’s retina detects a specified range of colors in light, transforms the light messages into nerve impulses to be sent to the brain for interpretation and translation into sight. If it wasn’t for the cones on the retina we wouldn’t see the range of colors that we do … but we could still see without cones.

Colors are a range in the visible light spectrum that correspond to some guy named Roy G Biv. We categorize colors into different levels as primary, secondary, and intermediate. involve tints, shades, and hues with neutrals, pastels, warm/cool, and complementary/contrast … yet designers and artists organize usable colors into a palate.

While a color space organizes colors, a color model serves as a mathematical interpretation … yet 216 colors have been identified as safe for web pages – each with an identify code – each with its own mixture of RGB (red, green, blue), HSL (hue, saturation, lightness and HSB (hue, saturation, brightness).

Cultures adapt color for various symbolisms. The same color can mean excitement, purity, danger, success, and more … yet colors are associated with personality, psychology, meditation, philosophy, and marketing.

No matter the perception, scheme, physics, theory, psychology, or culture, this experience is Color:The Musical.


Act 1: Black

Black – the darkest of all colors – yet without color.

Black – a conundrum – the complete absorption of light – yet the color we see in the absence of light.

Black, the color associated with clergy, judges, government, poets, business, and fashion elegance – yet the color linked to mourning, evil, secrets, magic, and violence.

Black the color of the night and mystery – yet the color of clarity with the printed word.

Black is a term with wide application – Black Friday, black tie, black mark, black market, blacklist, black mark, black ball, black sheep, and in the black.

Black – a color on the flag representing Belgium, Egypt, Estonia, Germany, and South Africa

Songs with Black must be in the title


  • No songs using black as a compound word (blackbird, blackout, blackberry etc)
  • No songs using a form of black (blacks, blackie, blackness, etc) .. .just “black”
  • No duplicate songs regardless of artists

Production Note
To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

Welcome to Opening Night of the latest musical by aFa Productions: Colors: The Musical.

Selecting the opening song for the opening act of a new musical is never easy – especially when one of my favorite songs would qualify. But, I decided to go outside the box with the one from Arkansas whose first band was the Landsberg Barbarians. The one who is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. The one who wore black as in Man in Black – Johnny Cash!