Colors: The Musical – Act 7: Brown

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
Act 4: Green
Act 5: Blue
Act 6: Purple, Indigo, & Violet

Act 7: Brown

Brown – from the term is from Old English brún

Brown – a composite color made by combining red, black and yellow, or red, yellow and blue – therefore brown is a tertiary color

Brown – a high-wavelength (low-frequency) hue of low luminance or saturation

Brown – a color of stability, reliability, approachability, natural, organic, and wholesomeness

Brown – In Ancient Rome, the color of lower classes or barbarians – but to American Indians, the color representing the power of self-discipline

Brown – the color of the majority of human eyes in the world

Brown – the second most common color of human hair

Brown – the majority of humans have a skin color that is a shade of brown

Brown – a neutral color in landscape design

Brown – as in to brown bag, brown out, brownfields, brown nose, code brown, and How now brown cow?

Songs must have Brown in the title


  • No songs using brown as a compound word (brownnose, brownstone, etc)
  • No songs using a form purple, indigo, or violet (brownest, browner, brownish, brownie, etc)
  • No songs using shades or hues of brown as brunette, beige, bronze, etc
  • 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.

Welcome to Act 6. As an advance notice, a new idea for the next act came to the production team, so stay tuned to upcoming announcements.

Although an instrumental may have opened an act in the past, this may be the first time one from the big band era has appeared on this stage as the opener. Although written in 1869, this bandleader’s orchestra released this song in 1939 – and it would remain in their stable. Ladies and gentlemen – welcome the Glenn Miller Orchestra with Little Brown Jug.