The world has always used colors to convey an emotion or to symbolize something. For each color, there is an emotion. In this blog post I will link a song with an emotion, for every color in the rainbow.
RED: Red can convey anger or love. I song that tugs the love heartstring, and also a little bit of anger for me, is “Stay” by Florida George Line. I’m very picky about the country music that I listen to. I like some popular songs and not others, and I can’t really discern why, except that that making a personal connection with the story is impotent for me. With “Stay,” I can connect to the feeling of feeling angry at myself for doing something wrong that drove somebody away, and wanting to get that person to come back.
ORANGE: orange can stand for shame or pride. In order to stay away from a Spanish song that you wouldn’t be able to understand, I had to pick another country song. “I Hold On” by Dierks Bentley is a song that gives me a feeling of pride when i sing it. The words that I most relate to are the chorus and the ending. The chorus says,
“So I hold on. To the things I believe in
My faith, your love, our freedom
To the things I can count on
To keep me going strong”
These words give me a sense of pride because in the past 5 years i’ve had to actively work to make myself happy, and i did so by holding on the things I can count on. A lot of things have happened and a lot of things have been taken away from me, but I focused on those things that remain and that help me get through the days.
YELLOW: grief and joy. I continue with country music because “The Car In Front Of Me” by Luke Bryan is the top two songs that convey my feelings of grief over the loss of my best friend. “What Hurts The Most” by Rascal Flatts is the other.
GREEN: green is often related to envy, but can also mean fear or trust. “Bless The Broken Road” by Rascal Flats doesn’t directly convey trust, but it is a theme in the song. Whatever happens on the road of life, no matter how disheartening it is, it’s leading me somewhere great.
BLUE: Blue is a big one. It can stand for trust, loyalty, intelligence, faith, wisdom, and many more. “My Wish For you” by Rascal Flats gives me a sense of wisdom because the narrator of this song has a very precise message for the person he is singing to. He is sure about what he wants, his ideas are concrete, and he sounds happy.
INDIGO: this is the color of devotion. Who could be more devoted than a man who loves a woman and also her son? “He Didn’t Have To Be” by Brad Paisley is dedicated to praising the devotion that a father has for his step son. As the step son grows up and has a child of his own, he says,
“Lookin’ through the glass I think about the man
That’s standin’ next to me
And I hope I’m at least half the dad
That he didn’t have to be”
PURPLE: purple very specifically links to royalty and power. I couldn’t find another country song to keep up the trend.
“Now We Are Free” in many ways can fit into this category. The one that is most evident to those who have watched the movie Gladiator, is that (SPOILER ALERT) after his death, he is finally free. How powerful is that? LISTEN.