RELATIONSHIP OF COLOR TO MUSICAL MOODS EXPLORED BY LAWRENCE BLATT
Lawrence Blatt, The Color of Sunshine, CD
Have you ever said a song is “red hot”? Or, as Elton John said, “That’s why they call it the blues.” Or have you had a gray day, or saw a smile that was bright or sunshiney? According to acoustic guitarist Lawrence Blatt, light and color are directly connected to sound and pitch, and that is why light and color are often used to describe music and moods.
The new CD by Blatt, called The Color of Sunshine, utilizes these concepts musically. The song titles (and the music) are all based on colors, and of course capture different emotions. But beyond the scientific aspects of the recording, the music really sparkles and shines (opps! I see what he means).
Apparently the beginning and ending pieces represent either all the colors or the part of the spectrum you can’t see. But the middle tunes are all named for the main colors found in a spectrum of light -- “Alhambra (The Red)” (a duet with violin), “Orange Blossom Honey” (two ukuleles), “Jaune (Yellow)” (a full ensemble arrangement), “Green Corn and Spring” (solo guitar), “Mar Azul” (flamenco-esque), and “Violet Blue” (with piano and cello).
Take a listen to this remarkable finger-picker as he reaches for the rainbow on 14 original compositions.
You can find his music online at his own website (lawrenceblatt.com), CDbaby, Amazon, and iTunes.