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.