Song of the Day #3,738: ‘Start of Something New’ – Daniel Gallup

Closing things out on the excellent Daniel Gallup EP is a contemplative acoustic track, ‘Start of Something New.’

This song picks up where ‘Closing Time’ left off, with a little introspective soul searching. It features Gallup’s finest lyrics of the set, especially in the lovely final verse: ‘I think I’m most myself when I’m just acting like a child / And I’ve got time / I think I wanna drive a couple more miles / Yeah the truth is I’m in no hurry / My mind is ruthless, I always get so worried / But I’ll find serenity inside this beautiful blue / The kind of moments I want to pursue.”

What a powerful and wise statement, one that reads like a diary entry but sings like a lullaby.

I really like how these quietly thoughtful lyrics are matched by the gentle, shuffling acoustic music. I don’t know if Gallup is a fan or follower of John Mayer, but ‘Start of Something New’ is smack dab in the middle of Mayer’s minor-key sweet spot. I mean that as the highest compliment, as those are my favorite songs by an artist I love.

I wrote a lot about influences this week, because that’s a fun game and of course every musical artist is shaped by the music that moves them. But Gallup has already developed a voice, sound and perspective that are very much his own. That’s impressive for somebody so early in his career.

And so the Daniel Gallup EP ends on its highest note. For the record, my personal ranking of these five tracks looks like this:

1. ‘Start of Something New’
2. ‘Closing Time’
3. ‘Inexplicable’
4. ‘The Girl With Tim Burton Eyes’
5. ‘Tongue Tied’

I am so incredibly impressed and proud that this collection was written and performed by my nephew, who is as kind, funny and smart as he is talented. I’m also excited that my little blog might one day be notable as one of the first spots on the web to feature a future superstar.

And Daniel, I expect backstage passes!

As I’m driving from my house
I miss those days when we would spout
Utter nonsense
And act like it was so profound
Back when we could just kill time
Before I got so caught up in my perfect design
And I’m satisfied I don’t know what I was trying to find
I still don’t know which way to go
I know the right direction but on the location I’m not sold
I still don’t know just what to do
I’ll try to follow the path that rings true
But oh I think this could be the start
Of something new

As I’m driving from my home
I don’t know where I’m headed
But at least I’m in control
That hasn’t happened in sometime
I’d rather drift than go down a predetermined road
But all of these weeks man they feel so slow
But they go by fast
I did not know that
I would one day miss them
Perhaps they just get adorned in the afterglow
Yeah I’m still trying to find out what is real
Torn between my sentiments and what I think I’m supposed to feel
I’m still so scared to reveal certain things to you
I know that I’ve still got a lot to prove
But oh I think this could be the start
Of something new

As I’m driving past these same places I have known
I Think about who I was back then
Man I hope that I’ve grown
And I’m still trying to find who I am
Maybe that’s a concern I can forgo
At least for a little while
I think I’m most myself when I’m just acting like a child
And I’ve got time
I think I wanna drive a couple more miles
Yeah the truth is I’m in no hurry
My mind is ruthless I always get so worried
But I’ll find serenity inside this beautiful blue
The kind of moments I want to pursue
And oh I think this could be the start
Of something new

And oh I think this could be the start
Of something new

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,738: ‘Start of Something New’ – Daniel Gallup

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I didn’t think “Start of Something New” would be your number one pick, but,given your love of lyrics (just not sung too fast😁) and of John Mayer, that makes sense.

    Needless to say, I am incredibly proud of Daniel and, while there is no way for me to be objective, I truly believe he’s got “it” and, that, with perseverance and determination, he could have a career in music.

    So I look forward to hanging out with you backstage at one of his concerts and re-reading these blog posts from when Daniel was just at the start of something new.😁

  2. Amy says:

    Being able to read your distinctive voice providing analysis of music so close to my heart has been a true gift. I, too, find these among the strongest lyrics on the EP (though Tongue Tied’s lyrics are also right up there for me). I look forward to one day reading the feature you’ll do for Rolling Stone magazine about this fine young artist you were the first to discover.

  3. Doug Clifton says:

    I can’t figure out how to post a comment on the site so I’ll do it here. Daniel’s music is delightful and Clay’s blog is, as always, a marvel. Congratulation to you both. You make me proud.

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  4. Peg Clifton says:

    I love this song and can understand why Clay has it at number one. This has been a wonderful week for me and yes you both make us very proud!

  5. Alex says:

    Talk about a strong finish! I agree with you that this is is my favorite. I hear John Mayer but I also hear Miranda Lambert who is one of my favorite all time artists. But even though I hear those influences, this song is all Daniel. His introspective soul and spirit shine through these lyrics. Songs are so visual for me and this song makes me think about driving along one of those beautiful, lonely roads in Vermont, thinking about what comes next. I’m confident Daniel has what it takes to make it in music, and I too demand backstage passes!

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