Vol.17 No.1

Lewis Capaldi

The Wonder of a Mega-Hit

Prepare

Have the class read Lewis Capaldi: The Wonder of a Mega-Hit (page 28 of the student edition). The article shares an interview with the humble, UK-born singer-songwriter.

Key points in the article:

  • Lewis sang his first song at age four, when he first realized music was going to play an important role in his life
  • He believes starting early is one of the most important factors for success in this industry, “If I got to be 15 and I hadn’t picked up the guitar, I don’t think I’d be doing this.”
  • Once he realized that his best songs were born out of retelling first-hand experiences with heartbreak, it began to be all he could write about
  • He is known by some as “the Scottish Ed Sheeran” and  “the male Adele”

Review vocabulary words from the article below:

FEAT—an achievement that requires great courage, skill or strength

GARNER—gather or collect

BURGEON—grow or increase rapidly

SELF-DEPRECATING—modest about or critical of oneself, especially humorously

IRREVERENT—showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously

PRAGMATIC—dealing with things sensibly and realistically

AUDACIOUS—showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks

EUPHORIA—a feeling of intense happiness