Colors: The Musical – Act 5: Blue

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 colors as 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
Act 4: Green

Act 5: Blue
Blue – the range of colors between green and violet with a wavelength between 450-495 nanometers

Blue – one of the three primary colors in painting

Blue – combining it with different colors yield something new … therefore creating green from yellow, violet from red, and different shades of itself from black, gray, or white

Blue – the color we associate with the oceans … and its dominance on the Earth’s surface that serves as the basis of The Blue Planet – which leads to Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot (one of my favorite videos)

Blue – the color of nobility, the working class, the peaceful, the faithful, the loyal, and the harmonious … but also as a sign of cold, exhaustion, the unexpected, the indecent, and depression

Blue – the focus of this collaboration with Marina

Songs must have Blue in the title


  • No songs using blue as a compound word (bluebird, Bluetooth etc)
  • No songs using a form of blue (blues, bluest, blueness, etc)
  • No songs using shades or hues of blue (as blue-green, aquamarine, navy, cobalt, and others)
  • OK! Hyphenated words with blue (blue-eyed turtle), but not when as a shade (blue-green).
  • 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.

Blue is a wonderful color that is a favorite to many. You’ve seen my gravatar of a blue eye. Although that is not mine, my eyes are blue. Donald Raye and Freddie Slack wrote the opening song in 1946. Since then, many have recorded it. I enjoy the toe-tapping rhythms of what I call Texas swing, so a loud welcome to Asleep at the Wheel with House of Blue Lights.

170 thoughts on “Colors: The Musical – Act 5: Blue

  1. Here’s trumpet player Miles Davis (disregard John Coltrane on the cover) doing “Kind of Blue,” arguably the most soulful jazz tune ever written. It’s from the album by the same name, which after its release in 1959 is still considered by many to be one of the greatest albums of all time. Starring Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb, “Kind of Blue” has held onto its status as an album that crosses genres, speaks to generations, and is a cornerstone to any jazz music collection. I thought about including the full album today, but decided against it for fear of getting BUZZED.

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  2. Can anyone whistle like Bing Crosby anymore???
    My grandmother idolized Bing Crosby and as a child I often heard this song from her 78rpm collection of records as she played it on her old victrola turntable. I was always especially fascinated with the whistling that came after the words. Here is his WHERE THE BLUE OF THE NIGHT MEETS THE GOLD OF THE DAY 


  3. Great stuff going on here with the color blue. Here’s “Brush with the Blues.” Jeff Beck isn’t for everyone, but I’ve never looked for a refund on the times I’ve listened. It’s even more fun to watch. It seems that he was born with a Fender Stratocaster in his hands. A master at his craft.


  4. I would definitely participate Frank, but I think you already have a lot of amazing responses. Some songs I haven’t even heard about. Which is why I always love visiting your blog. And I wanted to say thank you so much for the wonderful words you left on my blog… I truly appreciate you. xox


  5. This Frank, this was a fabulous act. I have been listening all morning. Wish I could have gotten here earlier and contributed but, with house selling, contracts in the air and other life organization going on, well it is simply overwhelming. But coming here for ear candy, this was a treat.


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