Come April I’ll be joining others in the annual Blogging from A-to-Z Challenge that invites bloggers to write their way through the alphabet. Given my penchant for abecedariums, I find it impossible to resist. This will be my be my ninth year playing. I confess, I thought long and hard about whether I’d participate this year or not. Somehow this feels like it’s going to be a far greater challenge than it’s been in the past, particularly since I’ve allowed my blog to languish quite a bit this past year. I certainly want to be careful not to talk myself into something, so I won’t focus on potential difficulties. We’ll just see how it all unfolds.
In any case, today’s post is the “reveal” of what I’ll be spending April writing about.
I’ve been absolutely obsessed with color of late, and it feels like I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole thinking about it in all manner of ways. I’ve been theorizing that as humans evolve one of the things we’ll be developing (or perhaps bringing “back online” something we once may have had access to) is a wider range of senses. One of the things I’m imagining is all sorts of blending – a sort of grand synesthesia overlapping all the senses, resulting in an exponential number of new ways in which to perceive and interact with our world. Synesthesia is defined as “an anomalous blending of the senses in which the stimulation of one modality simultaneously produces sensation in a different modality. Synesthetes hear colors, feel sounds and taste shapes.”
Whether that is literally in our future or not, there are some curious things about color that have always been true, and I find fascinating. First, there’s no way to know any of us sees the same thing when we look at a color. Is the red I see the same red you see? It’s not really something most people wonder about, but I do. Then there is the truth that there exist colors on spectrums that are outside of the capacity of human eyes to recognize. We know of ultraviolet and infrared spectrums and that’s really interesting in itself, but who knows, perhaps there are even more we have no clue about. Isn’t that fun to imagine? So here I am, thinking we don’t actually see the same things, and knowing there are things we don’t actually see at all. How strange and wonderful is that?!
Somewhere in my exploration of color, I’ve come across some lists of obscure color names and that’s what I’ll be basing my posts on (along with other unusual or simply delightful-to-me color names).
While I’ll share the colors, it’s not really the colors per se that I’m planning on writing about. Rather, I suspect my posts will be my usual free association writing about what that particular color brings to mind in the moment. Think of it as a sort of peek into the rainbow brainwaves emanating from my head.
While I’m meandering through the alphabet rambling about this or that thing a color has reminded me of, perhaps you’ll find you’re noticing colors more and finding yourself curious about them.
It would delight me even more if you were able to adopt the perspective of Jonas Merkas who wrote the following: “In a meadow full of flowers, you cannot walk through and breathe those smells and see all those colors and remain angry. We have to support the beauty, the poetry, of life.”
Doesn’t that sound exactly like what the world needs more of?
I hope you’ll consider playing in the challenge too. I always look forward to reading my way through the alphabet on an endless variety of topics via a myriad of bloggers. There can never be enough abecedariums in my opinion.