Watch Anthony Ramos Break Down His “Blessings” Music Video

A good music video is an art form in and of itself. Weaving sound, cinematography, choreography, and narrative into one brief package is no small feat. So what exactly does it take to make a solid music video? In this episode of Playback, we give Anthony Ramos a chance to answer that question.

In the latest episode of Playback, Anthony Ramos breaks down the concept, process, and inspiration behind the music video for the song “Blessings,” the latest single from his newly released album, Love and Lies.

Led by “director extraordinaire” Blythe Thomas, Ramos’s “Blessings” music video is the visual accompaniment to what he intends the song to be: a post-quarantine anthem exuding buzzy, summer energy that will rejuvenate others back into feeling “excited about feeling good” again. Set in the basement of a bar, Ramos dances with his friends and has a good time. “[It’s] just a good vibe,” he says.

Despite his ever-growing acting résumé—from Broadway’s Hamilton to Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights film adaptation—Ramos shares that it was largely his relationship to music that propelled him into the performing arts. “Music’s been a part of my life since I was young,” Ramos shares. “[Music was] always my first love. That’s how I even got into musicals.”

His “Blessings” music video is just one reflection of the visceral connection he shares with music. Read on for more highlights of Ramos’s music video breakdown.

On setting the “feel” …

“This song feels like summer. The song feels like a party. The song feels like a good time,” Ramos says of his intentions, adding that a feel-good song is needed especially after a long, drawn-out quarantine. “We’ve been locked up for forever,” he says. “People want to connect and feel each other again.”

He continues, “I want people to, like, get excited about living life and being outside and connecting and celebrating life. That’s what I want people to feel when they watch this video.” He adds, “I hope people feel when they listen to sound, because that was my intention when creating it. That was what was on my heart when I was writing all these songs.”

On creative intention …

When it comes to the music video’s intended progression, Ramos emphasizes one thing: less narrative, more vibe.

While Ramos’s acting training has largely acclimated him to primarily concern himself with storylines in his creative process, he shares that at times, he forgets that music is often more about the raw, subjective experience than the particular narrative behind it. “I love narrative and all that stuff,” he says, “[but] we can get so caught up in the narrative that you forget about the vibe.”

He notes that his own music video contains some narrative elements, such as the shots portraying the romantic, sexual tension between him and a dancer in the bathroom of the bar, but says its ultimate purpose is still “really about the vibe.”

“We’re having this connection, but it’s not only about this connection,” Ramos adds.

On influence and inspiration …

As for other music videos that have effectively centered around said “vibe,” several examples come to Ramos’s mind: “I think about videos like ‘Touch’ by Omarion, you know, when he’s just dancing in the street.” He continues, “They’re just a good vibe. … They just be chilling on a beach or something like that, and they just hanging out.”

Ramos adds that much of what inspired both this song and music video concept were the feel-good songs from his youth, and he hopes to re-create the same experience for others in his own music. “The music that I loved growing up and still the music that I love now, and I really want to have more of that,” Ramos says, adding, “This is the music I love to dance to. … This is the music that gets me moving.”

Scroll up to watch the breakdown of Ramos’s music video in full.

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