Have you ever tried to hide an obsession? Perhaps a strong color preference where, when asked for a color suggestion, you feign to weigh and carefully consider options, but as long as it can even be vaguely justified, your choice is always that special favorite color?
Of course, these maneuvers will become transparent to close friends and family. See my story here - White by Design.
Years ago, I had a friend who was a distributor for my products and accompanied me to trade fairs. When discussing colors for products, I would inevitably suggest turquoise blue, often just using color examples to avoid my obvious preference for blue. To no avail - he saw through me like blue-colored glass. Finally, in frustration, he suggested, "Why don't you buy a house and paint the whole thing turquoise blue?"
I am happy to learn that George Gershwin was not only a Brooklyn-born native New Yorker, but that the title of his composition, originally American Rhapsody, was changed to Rhapsody in Blue. This highly effusive piece of music was used by Woody Allen in the opening sequence to his film Manhattan - see my story Connections here.
For those fellow lovers of turquoise blue, I am pleased to know that Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced:
PANTONE® 15-5519 Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the color of the year for 2010. Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of well being.
In 1999, Pantone announced Cerulean Blue as the Color of the Millennium. And, interestingly, Pantone, Inc. founder Lawrence Herbert is also from New York.
I am far from alone in my love of blue - according to Pantone, blue is the favorite color of 35% of the American public. The official colors for New York City are orange and blue - coincidentally, the color of the Empire State Building the night the photo was taken was orange.
Regardless of shade, and whether an official New York City color, musical composition, NYPD uniform, or Pantone Color of the Year or the Millennium, even the sky reflects that for many of us, New York is a Rhapsody in Blue :)