Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color
In 1956, Frank Sinatra released a concept album of tone poems composed by eight of the most notable Hollywood arrangers of the time. A tone poem is a single movement orchestral piece that illustrates the content of a non-musical source, like a poem, a novel, a painting or a photograph.
Each composer was assigned a color...
White (Victor Young—22 Oscar nominations for his work in film)
Green (Gordon Jenkins—wrote music & lyrics for Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald & many others)
Purple (Billy May—originally a big band trumpeter, he wrote songs for Peggy Lee, Vic Damone, Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney, among many others)
Yellow (Jeff Alexander—scored 35 films, including Jailhouse Rock & music for the TV show, Family Affair)
Gray (Alec Wilder—wrote Tony Bennett's beautiful redition of "I'll Be Around")
Gold (Nelson Riddle—highly successful film & television musical composer, including the theme song for Route 66 & the film score to Ocean's 11.)
Orange (Nelson Riddle)
Black (Victor Young)
Silver (Elmer Bernstein—a long & prolific career in film & television music, including The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and The Man With the Golden Arm)
Blue (Alec Wilder)
Brown (Jeff Alexander) and
Red (André Previn—nominated 13 times for an Oscar, winning for Gigi, Porgy & Bess, Imma la Douce, and My Fair Lady; Grammy Lifetime Achievement in 2013)
All of that talent inspired by colors!
The Pantone Prose & Pictures Project
And now, the industry standard color provider, Pantone, is sponsoring a collaborative creative arts project inspired by the Pantone color palette. Neat! Writers are invited to choose a color, then create a piece of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, list, pretty much anything that is written based on a Pantone number. The word count has to match exactly with the Pantone number.
Isn't this a fun idea? It is along the lines of the Sinatra color tone project, but with a modern twist.
According to the project website, the goal is to create works of art that lift the spirit and define who we are as individuals. What's your favorite color? Now, get started!
What a great way to start the week!