The Daily

Any Colour You Like

Weeks ago, the frozen ground disappeared under accumulating sheets of ice and snow. Gelid winds are shaking the naked black arms of trees and driving fresh alabaster dust into the world. The sky is low, gray, dense, and threatening.

Days like this are made for looping electronic samples and Thom Yorke’s forlorn wail, backed by Radiohead’s majestic beauty.

This palette demands color. Any color you like. Roger Waters tells a story behind the instrumental track on Dark Side of the Moon – London peddlers standing on trucks hawking odds and ends, using their grifting patter at light speed. “Any colour you like, Mum ….” It’s all blue and there’s no choice, but that’s hardly the point.

You can paint it any color you like. Whatever makes sense. Whether it’s true or not.