Color your fall
Sure, you can get out and take a walk or hike and enjoy all that fall shows off. Or you can honor autumn’s colors — yellow, red, blue, ORANGE, purple and green — through a familiar song or new-to-you book or a masterful piece of artwork. Pick a color and enjoy fall in a new way.
YELLOW in music
■ “Mellow Yellow” by Donovan.
■ “Yellow” by Coldplay.
■ “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles.
■ “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John.
■ “Yellow Ledbetter” by Pearl Jam.
■ “Yellow Light” by Of Monsters and Men.
■ “Yellow Sun” by The Raconteurs.
■ “Yellow” by Okkervil River.
■ “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Kalifa.
■ “Yellow Moon” by the Neville Brothers.
■ “The Yellow Rose of Texas” by Ernest Tubb.
RED in books
■ “Tigers in Red Weather” by Liza Klaussmann: Cousins Nick and Helena grow up in idyllic summers on Martha’s Vineyard and return there in disappointing adulthood to try recapturing the bliss of youth.
■ “My Name Is Red” by Orhan Pamuk: A sultan in 16th-century Istanbul commissions artists to create a book commemorating him, but one of the artists disappears and the key to his whereabouts may lie in the art itself.
■ “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane: Union soldier Henry Fleming flees the Civil War battlefields in fear, only to return in shame over his cowardice.
■ “Sky of Red Poppies” by Zoreh Ghahremani: Two friends come of age in the politically turbulent Iran of the 1960s and face their own secrets and sorrows as they become women.
■ “The Red Pyramid” by Rick Riordan: After their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie Kane live apart and are virtually strangers until their Egyptologist father brings them together at the British Museum, where they accidentally unleash the Egyptian god Set.
■ “A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire” by Amy Butler Greenfield: The true story of cochineal, red dye that was cherished by ancient inhabitants of Central America and that created an economic, artistic and fashion frenzy in 16th-century Europe for its ability to create the “perfect red.”
■ “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant: The imagined story of Dinah, daughter of Jacob in the Old Testament, and her journey to womanhood in ancient times.
■ “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls: Billy Colman grows up roaming the Ozarks with his beloved coonhounds, where they pursue the ghost coon and face mountain lions.
BLUE in art
■ “The Blue Lovers” by Marc Chagall.
■ “The Blue Boy” by Thomas Gainsborough.
■ “Bleu II” by Joan Miro.
■ “White and Greens in Blue” by Mark Rothko.
■ “Blue Monochrome” by Yves Klein.
■ “Blue Morning Glories” by Georgia O’Keeffe.
■ “Dancers in Blue” by Edgar Degas.
■ “Blue Angel” by Anthony Ryder.
■ “Nocturne in Blue and Silver” by James McNeill Whistler.
■ “Portrait of a Girl Dressed in Blue” by Jan Cornelisz. Verspronck.
■ “Blue Water Lilies” by Claude Monet.
ORANGE in food
To begin with, oranges, of course. Juicy, sweet, pulpy citrus, cousin of the equally vibrant tangerines and clementines, tangelos, kumquats and satsumas.
Then there are the pumpkins, big, fat things fit for carving and roasting and eating in soup.
Sweet bell peppers can be orange, and let’s not forget sweet potatoes and yams (especially if they’re baked and melting with butter).
Moving on to carrots and Cheetos, certain cheese and the irresistible insides of papayas and butternut squash.
The middle layer of candy corn, the sweet flesh of cantaloupe, the most refreshing flavor of Popsicle — orange all.
PURPLE in film
■ “The Color Purple”(1985): Yes, this is the one starring Oprah Winfrey (and Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover). It’s a drama spanning 40 years of a black woman’s life in early 1900s as she struggles to overcome adversity and find dignity. This film was nominated for 11 Oscars.
■ “Purple Rain” (1984): And who doesn’t want to be riding a motorcycle with Prince singing “Purple Rain” in the background? Semi-autobiographical, this 1984 movie stars Prince as a young rock star rising in fame, falling in love and trying not to repeat his father’s abusive behavior.
■ “Purple People Eater” (1988): Young Billy plays the 1958 Sheb Wooley song “Purple People Eater,” which somehow summons the actual one-eyed alien from space. Billy and the alien join a rock band and thwart a mean landlord.
■ “The Phantom” (1996): This superhero wears a purple outfit, thus qualifying him for this list. Billy Zane stars as The Phantom, who takes on New York’s worst criminal, Xander Drax.
■ “Barney’s Great Adventure” (1998): Please, let’s not all rush out at once to get this one. Save it for the kids. Barney, the ever-lovable (cough) dinosaur shows up on a farm to entertain a couple children.
GREEN in and out
Evergreen, green-yellow and lime green, yes, green is still around despite the turning of the leaves.
While autumn’s other signature colors will come and go, green will stay in little green threads of grass in a mostly brown lawn, the zucchini that unbelievably are still around in the garden and the pines that eventually will be frosted in white snow.
From the high ridge on Crag Crest Trail on Grand Mesa, green supports the vista of yellow and orange, the flashes in the pan of fall.
When the other colors fail and brown seems to dominate, look for green. It will still be there, through fall, through winter, with hope for spring.