by Kaylee Rodriguez
Music and colors are both evocative. They make us feel things and see images in our minds. I asked students and teachers at The Chicago High School of the Arts (ChiArts) about their favorite colors, and made a playlist of songs that matched those colors.
Diamonds will always remind me of this song because Rihanna is a legend and that’s that on that.
This song reminds me of the color black because it’s sad; the lyrics — for example, “Love me today / love me forever” — are reminiscent of love that isn’t working out. There’s an emptiness to this music. The color black is both deep and empty, and this song reflects that beautifully.
The instrumentation and voices sound like an ocean-scape. This song is also somewhat melancholy, but also salty; matching the color of the turquoise sea.
The color purple is associated with magic and mystery and the message of this song reminds me of that too since it’s about needing somebody in their life romantically. The specific shade that came to mind was royal purple.
This song is about a love that isn’t healthy and that reminds me of red because that color is toxic and dangerous, which is what unhealthy love reminds me of.
Mika: Lime Green
This song lyrically is straight-up lime green as can be. For example, “I wonder if you know / how they live in Tokyo / if you see me / then you mean it / then you know you have to go.” Those are some of the only lyrics in English, and if they don’t remind you of a juicy green citrus, I don’t know what will. (Also, in “Tokyo Drift” there’s a lime green car. This song is from that movie.).
Elizabeth: Warm colors, like red, orange, and pink
This song floods the listener with warmth. It’s layered with different colored evocations; it can make you feel simultaneously wrapped in a blanket and embarrassed and as though it’s summertime. Chance is a multi-layered artist, and this song comes in lots of shades.
Ms. Goalson: Yellow
Sunshine is yellow and so it’s like a pocketful of bright yellow and I can imagine sunshine pouring out of pockets.
Ms. Graff: Lilac purple
This song and color both make me feel like I’m being hugged after a hard and long day.