Adorn by Miguel
The astounding “Adorn” hits the charts coming out as the first single from Miguel’s second or sophomore album as he calls it. In Kaleidoscope Dream on the ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records, Miguel creates a masterpiece of love and its tribulations in a classically styled R&B, pop, and hip-hop combination.
Miguel really found his mark with this one coming in as one of the best album of 2012. Kaleidoscope was recorded in Platinum Sound Recording Studios in New York City and MJP Studios in Los Angeles working with a team of producers including Warren “Oak” Felder, Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis, and Salaam Remi, and others.
When “Adorn,” the song, was released on August 7, 2012 in began its assent to history by becoming an over the top successful number one hit. Inspired by the dreams of the writer, producer, and singer Miguel, “Adorn” has proven to be his most successful single to date and his third number one hit. The video was directed and edited by Jason Beattie, produced by Justin Benoliel, and stars the ever-amazing Miguel himself alongside the allusive perfect female portrayed by a gymnast, a cheerleader, and a lingerie model.
You might know some of Jason Beattie’s other work such as: Jordy Tower’s “Pretty Monsters”, Mike Posner’s “Looks Like Sex”, or Buddy’s “Awesome Awesome”. Both the song and video have interesting foundations: “Adorn” was recorded in 2011 in Miguel’s Los Angeles apartment bedroom in a makeshift studio while the video was filmed in an L.A. high school. Some records depict the filming location as simply a high school locker room and hallways, while others refer to it as a derelict school.
Telling the story of love, searching, and the struggle to find it all in his own unique way, Miguel guides us through the search and yearn for love. He shows us how it is partially hidden from us at times, running away from us at others, and hidden in a smoke screen as well. This alludes to the message not to let falsehoods and mishaps deter you from your love.
Bumps in the road happen to all of us, but getting past the anguish of love problems allows relief and happiness. “Adorn” reminds us not to let things and people destroy our love and to do what you need to protect and keep it. The imagery throughout the video allows Miguel’s message to flow through with a stronger, committed impact.
Miguel portrays the agony of searching for love in various faces and places while it continues to remain elusive. Running through halls while various women fade in and out of the video imagery, the viewer feels the struggle. He produces the image of need in the mind of the listener/viewer that love is indispensable and not just a want. Miguel professes his unending love and swears his allegiance.
He assures his love of her importance in his universe by adoring her continuously even though she’s hidden from him. We are reminded that love is precious and not to go unprotected from the fates of the world because love is more important than anything else in the world.