After viewing Craymer’s latest music video, titled “Naked,” we can conclude two things: The topic is about sex, and the context refers to marriage. While only one line of the song hints to these parameters (“Said our vows to one another and forever we will be”), the storyline in the video makes it very clear. Watch here
Entering the marble floor lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle, the female lead (Kari Rae) makes her way to the front desk in an alluring black dress, showing a large diamond ring on her left fourth finger. Concurring happenings flash to scenes of the male lead (Brett Berkey) lounging amidst the rising steam in the hotel sauna, wearing a gold wedding band himself, concluding that he is the one she came to see.
The most unique aspect of the storyline is that neither of them are ever shown in the same scene (minus the split-second at the very end…spoiler alert). A very classy and tasteful approach to an undoubtedly sexy song. The progressively lessening distance between the couple timed with the build of the song stirs about a whirl of tension and anticipation as the foreshadowing events begin to merge. Saving the assumed intimacy until after the video cuts to black is perhaps a deliverance of the message that this portion should remain a private experience shared only between the couple.
Hearing from lyricist and storyboard writer, Jordan Lake, he shares his insights and reasoning behind the production: “This song is a celebration of our bodies, and the beauty and perfection that lies within. I believe that our desire for sex is part of our design, created by God’s intent. We shouldn’t feel ashamed by it. Instead, it should be an excitement, as a gift we are to look forward to. I say that in future context because I don’t believe that such intimacy works the way we want it to in our singlehood, or even in a committed relationship. Only within the vowed bounds of marriage can we unlock the true intentions and satisfaction in which these desires were made for.”
Let’s not forget about the beauty seen throughout the set design of the music video as well. From what has been credited, the matching wooden instrument shells were made by J.L. Design (www.jordanlakedesign.com), which is actually the company of the lead singer. Word has it that he also built the four post bed, white organic lamps, and the hanging tree picture in the hallway that was composed of excess wood shavings. Quite the impressive, all around talent, alongside his obvious knack for persuasive songwriting.
From the catchy melody, unique storyline, and handmade products, this song screams originality. A true A+ in my book. It is a polished art piece that rightfully deserves a prominent display.