Song Sung Blue

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Our resident hound asked, “What color best describes you? Why that color?” 

 I’ve always been drawn to the color blue. The particular shade of blue that I choose as my favorite depends on the time of day, my mood, and what’s happening in my life. When my husband and I purchased our second home (the first was a mobile home done entirely in shades of brown), I was given free rein to do as I pleased, and I selected a lovely textured wallpaper with Asian inspired plants and birds as the basis for the rest of the main floor. The flowers and birds were sky blue, as was our carpeting. 

Since that time, we’ve moved three times. None of our other homes had as much blue as our first condo. But it tends to be my color of choice when purchasing clothing or accessories. When we purchased our current home, my husband decided that the paint color for most of the main floor would be gray. But my office walls are navy blue, and my bedroom is painted a bright, cheerful shade of aqua.

I looked up the meaning of this preference for blue, and found this explanation on the Big Chill website:

“Blue is the most popular choice among favorite colors, said to represent a deep need for personal inner peace and truth. Lovers of blue are said to like to live their lives according to their ideals and beliefs, often choosing to live in peace and harmony. Blue is said to represent your sensitive and reliable side, with a consistent effort to think of others. Lovers of blue typically respect that stability is an extremely important aspect of your life, and you probably like to keep a clean and tidy household. Using blue in your home will instantly bring a soothing tranquility to the space, and is also known to be an appetite suppressant due to its refreshing sensory qualities.”

I like this description, and most of it seems to be accurate, at least when it comes to describing me. I like to live in peace and harmony, I try to be sensitive and reliable, and I strive for stability. My friends tell me I’m even tempered. But I do NOT have a clean and tidy household. I LIKE tidiness, but I have an extremely difficult time maintaining it. I’m also not convinced that blue is an appetite suppressant. I do as much snacking in my blue office as I do in my gray family room. 

The hound’s final question asked why I’m so drawn to blue. I have a few theories about that.

  • I hate to spend time making decisions. When I’m getting dressed in the morning, BLUE jeans make it easy, because almost everything goes with them.
  • As I mentioned before, there are many shades of blue, and almost all of them look nice together
  • Blue reminds me of other things that make me happy – the sky, the water, and my favorite professional sports teams.

As the article mentioned above states, blue brings soothing and tranquility. One of my favorite songs from my younger years is “Song Sung Blue” by Neil Diamond. The lyrics sort of reflect my outlook on life:

“​​Funny thing, but you can sing it with a cry in your voice
And before you know, it get to feeling good
You simply got no choice
Me and you are subject to the blues now and then
But when you take the blues and make a song
You sing them out again”

“Song Sung Blue Lyrics.”
 Lyrics.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 13 Mar. 2022. <https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/35736660/Neil+Diamond>.

In short, music and the color blue keep me happy.

So now you know about the dominant color in my life. I’m going to relax in my blue recliner, sip from my blue mug, wrap up in my blue quilt, and listen to the blues.

How about you?

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About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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9 Responses to Song Sung Blue

  1. I love blues and always have. I love shades of blue together; I like shades of most colors together, come to think of it, especially blues, greens and purples. and always have, but not often in clothes, which I guess will be my topic for my Friday post.
    As for jeans, I have never found them comfortable, try as I might.Even when I was thin, my weight fluctuates, and I just can’t be uncomfortable, (life is hard enough). I gave up on jeans about 50 years ago, but hey, I know that I am in a minority; everyone else seems to feel great in them.

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  2. Grant at Tame Your Book! says:

    Definitely blue, but more specifically hex code #2F89E7. Got to have it!

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    I’m also a big fan of Neil Diamond’s songs, including that one.
    Whatever color I end up with on Hound Day, I’m sure — as you indicate here — that it will NOT cut down on my snacking. LOL
    Love this quote about tidiness: “But I do NOT have a clean and tidy household. I LIKE tidiness, but I have an extremely difficult time maintaining it.”
    Just to set the record straight, I think this topic was not truly MINE, but rather was suggested by my wife, when my brain was too fogged from covid to come up with any topics of my own.
    Be that as it may, I’ll spin the color wheel and see what I come up with for Hound Day.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I wondered about that! This didn’t seem like the usual topic from you. Still, I had fun with it, so please thank your wife. And yes, the bit about tidiness threw me for a loop. I suppose tidiness is linked to tranquility – sort of a Marie Kondo mentality – but sometimes tidying up produces more stress than it’s worth for me.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Just from what you’ve shared about your life, I think blue would suit you admirably. I like it too. I have a new blue comforter that makes me happy.

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  5. I used to hate the color blue. I always preferred more dreary and overcast days to clear blue skies but in the past few years that has been changing. I find there are shades of blue that I do really enjoy and that clear blue skies tend to bring cheer into my life, now that I garden clear days are spent outside in my garden.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who preferred dreary days to sunny ones! Something awful must have happened to make you view them negatively. I guess we can’t all see things the same way.

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