Joan Baez has had an amazing career. Her voice—that incredible soprano voice—rang out as a voice of our generation. There are too many roads to take down this topic, the wide genre of her songs. Instead, the one song that rings clearest in my memory is “Black is the color…”
A question niggles in my brain: What is it about the color black that pervades the design world?
Why are TV remotes black? Is it possible that Sony or RCA want us to lose the remotes in the dark recesses of sofa cushions knowing that the black remotes will remain hidden?
Why are many purse linings black, or nearly black? Is it possible that, by making the linings dark, little items (nail clippers, lipstick, lip-gloss) will disappear, thus requiring further purchases?
Why do fancy dress events involve black/dark suits and dresses? The ‘little black dress’: Why is it the important dress in the closet?
For that matter, why do members of the Clergy wear black cassocks, black suits, black nun habits, etc.? Why?
In the beginning two questions, the color black perhaps denotes dignity and stylishness. In the last question, maybe the color black indicates a desire to shed worldly attachments. Just guessing here...
Teenagers seem to go through an ‘all-black-Goth’ stage. Black hair, black clothing, coal-black eye make-up—this is supposed to shout out to the world that they are individuals making a statement.
Oddly, when they are all together, they appear to be wearing uniforms.
Spies, burglars, movie villains, and Harry Potter characters all are dressed in black. The Adams family—stylish black clothing. Matrix—really cool black clothing.
Enough of this rant.
Anyway, enjoy this song.