We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelangelo Caggiano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelangelo, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Growing up, I saw passion in my Mom and Dad. My Father is an amazing artist. He is an oil painter and sculptor. My Mother was a writer/author and playwright. I saw their deep desire to create, no matter what circumstance financially we were in. They often times would work all day on jobs that paid the bills and poured themselves into the early morning tirelessly creating and crafting their projects. I learned so much from observing their drive and constant yearning to create. My take away from childhood and early adult years is this: I needed to discover what my mission is on this planet is. It’s that one desire that never leaves me. I refer to it as a calling. If I couldn’t do that one thing, I wouldn’t be satisfied inside my soul. For me, my desire is to create and perform music that tells a story and touches people. This has been my watershed guide to most of my life’s decisions. With this defined, I learned there are many seasons in life. My wife is an artist, gardener and landscape designer. She has taught me many things as well. When designing a garden, she has the knowledge of what the plant or tree will look like years from now. She also is conscience of the conditions and their placement to capitalize on the sunlight and water sources for proper growth. Often, I want to accomplish something immediately, but I don’t have the infrastructure to support my ideas The fruit of our labor takes time and patience. If music and performing is my goal, I need to think what it will look like years from now and focus on the condition in which I need to grow. This life is a journey.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My Rock & Roll story In high school, I was immersed in Karate. At sixteen, I was in a serious accident. While in the hospital my friends signed me up for “Choir” as a joke. Surprisingly, I discovered I could sing and had something to say. That moment changed my life forever and led me to write my own songs. In college I studied Music Theory, Guitar and Voice at Grand Canyon University. Then wrote few rock songs and landed one of my first gigs performing in a skating rink. Afterwards a drummer, named Jon Wiest, got my number and said he wanted to perform with me. We totally jelled and became best friends as we made recordings and performed around the U.S. and overseas for over a quarter century. Our music has been distributed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe by Warner Electra Atlantic, Alliance, and BMG. Like many artist, I found myself needing a day job. I started working in our community and helping folks. During this time I have had to balance family, work and creating music. Over this last year, I wrote and produced my newest Secret Harbor record called, Where Wind & Water Meet. Secret Harbor is a musical project, where I sing about things like longing for Peace and wanting Rest from the sometimes rough and treacherous seas we travel in our lives. I also sing about Mermaids and Shipwrecks. I grew up sailing with my father and was inspired by memories when we ventured and sailed off the coast of California and in the San Juan Islands. Many days, I long to hear the water beating against the hull of our boat and smell the salty air. The sound of Seagulls always takes me to a Happy Place. Crazy as it sounds, the record’s music came to life in the dusty Arizona Sonoran Desert. With my passion and desire to create music, I recorded and produced the album in my home studio. It’s my hope that people will dig my music and story telling through Secret Harbor.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My list of destination points and food. Day (1) Fun -A day trip to Boyce Thompson Arboretum (Botanical Garden) Food -Carolina’s Mexican Food Day (2) Fun -Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) Food -Pullanos Pizza and Wings Day #(3) Fun -Miracle Haven Garden Food -Popo”s Fiesta Del Sol Mexican Restaurant Day (4) Fun -Zia Records Fun -33.538217°,-111.987099° Food -Long Wong’s (Hot Wings) —I really like hot wings
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Jon Wiest: Dear Friend and Drummer