Refocusing on Jesus puts all of life back in its proper perspective. According to Dan Macaulay, that’s what it is all about.
Dan’s debut CD, “Captured Again” is all about pulling ourselves away from worldly distractions and focusing on Jesus and Dan Macaulay accomplishes just that in his first full length worship album. With his unique style of fresh, yet familiar, “hooky” pop Dan’s honest and infectious songs capture the listener’s heart and helps bring them into the presence of God.
In May of 2004, when Dan began preparations to record this album, he discussed the songs that would be a part of the project with producers Ken Vandevrie and Paul Scibetta. It became clear to all of them that this album had to be called “Captured Again”, because this title track summed up the entire CD.
Dan says, “I think a worship experience is about pulling ourselves away from the distractions that fill our time and thoughts, and refocusing on Jesus - our first love. When we do that, suddenly we are amazed once again at how awesome He is; everything else fades in importance and life is put back in its proper perspective. The things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. All of our obsessions are revealed to be garbage compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ.”
This decision to worship God with all of our being and leave our idols and obsessions at the door is a dominant theme throughout the CD and as such, Dan felt it was important to convey this through the CD cover.
He explains, “When I came across the picture of the guy in the suit with the briefcase in front of the lit doorway, I knew it was the front cover. It just reflected the entire sentiment and theme of the album, especially the title track ‘Captured Again’. The reason I like this guy is because he’s busy. He’s got possessions or work in his hand; still he’s very intrigued by the thought of what could be on the other side of that door. He knows there is more to life than everything he has. All he has to do is ‘lay down his idols and reach out,’ walk through the door of worship and into the presence of God. It would be life altering - IF he’ll do it. This guy represents all of us. The picture doesn’t answer the question of whether he’ll do it or not because that is the choice each of us has to make. That ball is in our court!”
Dan’s goal in creating this album was to give everyone an opportunity to be captured again by who Jesus is and wants to be in their lives. The songs are the soundtrack of Dan’s life as a God-Chaser and he hopes as you listen, they might somehow enrich your chase as well.
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Captured Again| Posted May 24, 2012
The production values on this release are more simplistic than Dan's later albums, but I was pleasantly surprised by how the excellent songwriting on some of the tracks really overcame any shortcomings on the production side. "Open Sky" was an instantly likeable track and had me wanting it to go on. "Amazing" was also very enjoyable and well crafted. Overall this album has a very slow and worshipful feel, which is fine, but after awhile the songs started to kind of run together and it felt like the presentation could have been stronger if the tempos were changed up a little more.