Colors: The Musical – Act 3: Orange and Yellow

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
Act 2: Red

Act 3: Orange and Yellow

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
(Pablo Picasso, artist)

Fall is my favorite my time of the year. I love it. I’ll try to make it back to Vancouver a bunch. I love going back home for that. Everything turns orange. You start to get out of summer, start making your way into the winter, everyone is wearing jackets. Vancouver lights up in the fall, so I definitely go back there for a bit. (Jean-Luc Bilodeau, actor)

Orange and yellow – neighbors on the color spectrum with wavelengths between 570-620 nanometers … with orange flanked by red and yellow – which is flanked by orange and green.

Orange from the Old French orenge and Arabic naranj – with its first recorded English use in 1512.

Yellow from the Old English geolu, which is derived from the Proto-Germanic word gelwaz – and oldest use dates back to 700.

Orange … the color of its namesake fruit – plus carrots, pumpkins, apricots, cantaloupes, and autumn leaves.

Yellow .. the color bananas, lemons, squash, daffodils, many flowers, and more.

Orange … a royal house, a color on flags of a nation, and associated with life preservers, robes of young Buddhist monks, red rocks, a Hindu holy man, and saffron.

Yellow … a color symbolizing sunlight, wisdom, warmth and reason.

Orange … a color of entertainment, frivolity, visibility, warning, and taking risk

Yellow … a complement to purple as orange is to blue

There is no blue without yellow and without orange. (Vincent Van Gogh, artist)

Songs with Orange or Yellow must be in the title


  • No songs using yellow or orange as a compound word (yellowbird, yellowtails, orangewood etc)
  • No songs using a form of yellow or orange (yellower, yellowest etc)
  • No songs using shades or hues of orange or yellow
  • No duplicates 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.

We combined orange and yellow to form Act 3 to keep the musical moving while making it an enjoyable experience for all. With my birthday being not long ago, a journey back to the time I was 10 – and that would be 1963, and the great Bobby Darin delivered this song that also served as the title of his latest album. This song didn’t come close to topping the charts, but we love a trip back in time. Ladies and gentlemen – Welcome the great Bobby Darin with 18 Yellow Roses.