It’s crazy to think that a mere six months ago if you saw a man playing piano while wearing medial gloves, you’d question why. Nowadays it’s so quickly become a way of life.
Ryan Brahms knows all too well why such an image should have a clear meaning, and he is aware of the separation musicians are feeling from their instruments and audiences, as well as everyday folk from their friends and families. His latest single, ‘Superman’, is a hat tip to all of the doctors, nurses, and support staff, whose efforts on behalf of his country – and indeed, of the world – have been nothing short of superhuman.
Billboard charting pop and RnB singer-songwriter Ryan Brahms is also a proud New Yorker. He’s seen the city that never sleeps shut down to an almost ghost town, with only the essential workers and first responders visible, always mobilised in order to meet the crisis head on. The video for ‘Superman’, directed by Blake Dvs, dramatizes the situation, and hold no punches, there’s no sugarcoating here. The embattled city streets nonetheless show a city that is strong and courageous and still standing tall despite what has befallen it.
Dvs and Brahms make New York City look stunningly beautiful, despite the horror and tragedy that’s befallen it. Crisp, colourful shots of tall buildings, an empty Grand Central Station, and The Oculus, are heartbreakingly beautiful. Ordinary New Yorkers are shown struggling in extraordinary circumstances, and winning; they’re not just fighting for themselves, but also for their friends, their community, their Big Apple.
‘Superman’ is a soaring ballad, which even without the clip could be described as cinematic. We feel the tension and drama in every note, every word. The song is a favourite among Ryan Brahms’ fans, and it’s taken on a special significance in the current crisis. ‘Superman’ empowers its listeners, urging us to find the strength we all have within ourselves. Brahms implores us to all believe that we too can be Superman.
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