Michael Capshaw, aka Cap, spent two years in the United States military before returning to the familiar environs of San Francisco and revisiting his first love, music. He began writing poetry as a young man and his talents for self-expression were soon noted, but life had other plans. It couldn’t hold him back forever. Above all else, Cap’s story is one about the value of continuing to pursue your dreams – despite whatever deviations in our journey, we inevitably return to our guiding love and Cap did as well. His need to express himself through music has mushroomed into an all encompassing artistic focus – he’s interested in acting, production, music publishing, and performing, but it’s in the latter realm he excels the most. The first of his two new singles, “Worth It”, testifies to his continually growing talents as both a writer and performer.
“Worth It” unveils Cap’s heart to the listening audience in a number of ways. Utilizing a second singer, a female voice, to counterpoint his own in a limited fashion nonetheless brings a lot of additional depth to “Worth It”, but the beating heart of the song resides in his willingness to be vulnerable in a musical style where the performers are particularly noted for their sensitivity. His often rolling, rapid fire hip hop delivery never loses listeners during the song’s four minute running time and the pulse of its vocal trajectory brings an extra musical element to the track it might otherwise lack. He refrains from any traditional singing in this song, but his rapping is convincing enough and has phrasing talents that even those not normally attracted to hip hop will admire.
The arrangement has lean economy that keeps our attention focused on the vocals and lyrics, but it’s never a placeholder. Instead, we hear another aspect of his artistry expressed through this facet of the performance – Cap knows exactly what sort of musical framework his songwriting requires to be successful and never overreaches. The mix of soft percussive touches and synth sounds flawlessly blends without ever sounding imitative and the song’s construction never strains for the audience’s attention.
“Big Screen”, on the other hand, accentuates this mood even more. Cap tries on some direct traditional singing with this track and it gives a distinctly different flavor to the second single lacking in the first, but the alternating vocals between Cap and the same female vocalist makes an enormous impact on the song as well. The musical ingredients flavoring the song are largely the same as we heard with the first song, but he varies them some with the inclusion of piano and some turns in the arrangement are particularly ear-catching. “Worth It” and “Big Screen” are unsurprisingly strong additions to a growing discography more concerned with audience outreaching than celebrating the greater glory of Cap and we can only assume, safely I might add, future releases from Cap will only further build on the past like these songs have. They are entertaining and emotionally satisfying in every way.
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