Colors: The Musical – Act 6: Purple, Indigo, and Violet

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.ColorsPlaybill

Act 1: Black
Act 2: Red
Act 3: Orange and Yellow
Act 4: Green
Act 5: Blue

Act 6: Purple
The word ‘purple‘ comes from the Old English word purpul, which derives from the Latin purpura, in turn from the Greek porphura

Purple, unlike violet, is not one of the colors of the visible spectrum or a color in the rainbow as defined by Isaac Newton

Violet and purple are both placed between red and blue. Purple occupies the space closer to red, between crimson and violet while violet is closer to blue

In Europe and the U.S., purple is the color most often associated with royalty, magic, mystery, and piety. When combined with pink, it is associated with eroticism, femininity, and seduction

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who are wounded in action

Purple was one of the colors of the Women’s Suffrage movement

Purple, as Amethyst, grapes, eggplants, grapes, plums, purple sea urchin, purple finch, purple heron, purple queenfish, purple honeycreeper, purple beech, purple frog, and numerous flowers

Living things that are purple contain a natural pigment called anthocyanins

Purple Mountain is a place in China, Ireland, and the USA (Wyoming, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado)

The one perfect rhyme with purple is curple (a word used on this blog for the first time)

Songs must have Purple, Indigo, or Violet in the title


  • No songs using any of the three as a compound word (purplehead)
  • No songs using a form purple, indigo, or violet (purples, purpleness, etc)
  • No songs using shades or hues of purple, indigo, or violet
  • OK! Hyphenated words with purple (purple-haired armadillo)
  • 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.

This act is a challenge. Indigo is closer to blue, but I wanted to use everything Roy G Biv offers. In terms of Roy, as popular as purple may be, purple is not a color in the visible spectrum. With that note, on to the opening act. Although this person is a legend and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this may be the first time he has opened an act. Ladies and gentleman we welcome Rod Stewart with Purple Heather.

51 thoughts on “Colors: The Musical – Act 6: Purple, Indigo, and Violet

  1. Here’s “Mood Indigo” performed by Duke Ellington’s band. The tune was composed for a radio broadcast in October 1930 and was originally titled “Dreamy Blues.” It was “the first tune I ever wrote specially for microphone transmission,” Ellington recalled. “The next day wads of mail came in raving about the new tune, so Irving Mills put a lyric to it.” Renamed “Mood Indigo,” it became a jazz standard. The main theme was provided by Barney Bigard, a jazz clarinetist who also played tenor saxophone during his 15-year tenure with Duke Ellington. Bigard, born to a family of Creoles in New Orleans, learned it from his clarinet teacher Lorenzo Tio, who called it a “Mexican Blues.”


  2. Ironic that Purple is the colour when the Purple One has just passed. I won’t even attempt to add Purple Rain to this list as we know Prince’s people are experts at blocking any attempts at sharing any of his videos. And even if I did manage to get it on here, it would be gone before the end of this day! (I know, one disappeared from my blog within 24 hours…) Soooo… should someone else manage a link, please don’t buzz them, Mr. The Producer. I applaud their efforts and cede my place…
    I seem to like adding Coldbplay’s tunes and this act is no exception. How about Violet HIll?
    I missed playing! Thanks for coming back Signore!


  3. Good Evening Mr. Producer,
    I am posting late because we just adopted a kitty who has had me in stitches laughing with his antics.
    I thought for sure someone would have put this song on here already. I’m happy no one did as the other one I was going to add has been added (Purple People Eater LOL) Here;s the late GREAT Prince – Prince – Purple Rain 1958 – 2016
    All the Best,
    Isadora 😎

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    • As a professional calligrapher, studying old manuscripts, I was always impressed by the bright colors of miniatures….and how the experts always spoke of purple as a precious color because it was “fugitive”…..


      • Organic purple is an unstable dye – it isn’t always color fast. The deep rich purple was so difficult and rare to achieve. I think the best one came from a particular rock sea snail – which were at the time as valuable as gold. Early Phonecians controlled the trade of them, I think. (Really into history, art, and “ancient” crafts, like weaving in college back when dinos lived. Calligraphy was a required course for marketing art track – it was fun, rather soothing, but so much work. Impressive you work in that field professionally. Tedious, but beautiful work

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  4. I am retired now and no longer keep a working studio. I love knowing more about the crafts of ancient times so I thank you for that business about the rock sea snail. Calligraphers also cherish ink from sea creatures like the octopus. The world must have looked much different when color came from organic nature. Early Phoenicians, if they could come back, would probably be blinded by today’s proliferation of chemical hues….Thanks for your nice reply !


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