Colors: The Musical – Act 8: Shades

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 Colors: The Musical.

Act 1: Black
Act 2: Red

Act 8: Shades
Shade, tone, hue, tinge,touch tone, cast, highlights, lowlights, saturation, lightness, darkness, pigmentation, and complexion are closely related to shades.

A color wheel is a visual representation of colors in relationship to other colors. We start with primary colors, then move onto secondary and tertiary colors. We can add white and/or black to any of the colors to create shades. We add white and black to different hues of the shades. The bottom line is a large palette options available for our us.

Our choices are many – yet we work to complement the scheme with different shades through lightness, darkness, and coordinating.


  • Songs must include a color shade in the title
  • The shade may only be used once
  • No colors from previous or upcoming acts (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, purple, brown, black, white)
  • No duplicate songs of the shade (once the shade is used in a song title, no more songs from that shade)
  • Stick to normal shade colors
  • The Producer has the final say on what is an acceptable shade
    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 to attendees – but the aFa team is confident that it’s readers will rise to the occasion. The opening act is not only an American icon, but he’s also a global star. With his roots in the American heartland, his songs capture the heart and soul of ordinary Americans. Ladies and gentlemen, we welcome John Mellencamp singing Beige to Beige, (therefore no more songs featuring Beige in the title).

102 thoughts on “Colors: The Musical – Act 8: Shades

  1. Greetings to the Producer ….
    Shades has been a difficult category. I was unable to think of anything and do have to admit ‘Google’ was a good source. I found a song and was drawn to it because it has an artist called Marina and The Diamonds – Gold Lyrics I thought of Marina when I read the title.
    Then, I found another … hope that’s OK …. but the video requires a ‘WARNING’ It’s a wacky video that may be disturbing to some; to other it’s creative artistic license. Either way, here’s
    Aerosmith – Pink
    Have a wonderful time listening …
    Isadora 😎


  2. Thanks for Lionel Hampton’s band playing “Shades of Jade.” His sax section sound was truly the creme de la creme of the Society Swing Bands.


  3. Pingback: Colors: The Musical – Act 9: White – A Frank Angle

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