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.
‘Closing Time,’ the fourth track on the Daniel Gallup EP, introduces a few new twists, from Gallup’s deeper vocals to that nifty horn part.
Lyrically, this is the first song on the EP to explore territory outside the world of young romance. Sure, the narrator starts out reminiscing about a summer fling that dies in the fall, but in the second verse he turns that concept of death and rebirth on himself.
The middle song on the Daniel Gallup EP, ‘Tongue Tied’ is another uptempo track that gives me Maroon 5 vibes, especially in the fabulous chorus.
Lyrically, we are back in the minefield of teenage romance, with an encounter at a school dance leading to a cacophony of jumbled thoughts and emotions. I like how the rushed delivery of the verses mirrors the frenzied mind of an adolescent boy.
Track two of the Daniel Gallup EP has the beautifully evocative title ‘The Girl With Tim Burton Eyes.’
I assume this is a reference to the large-eyed painting subjects featured in Burton’s film Big Eyes, unless the young lady in question has eyes like the actual Tim Burton. That would be unfortunate for her.
Only once in ten years and 3,733 Songs of the Day have I posted a song by an artist I know personally. That was way back in my first month of SOTD posts, when entry #28 was a pretty ballad called ‘Amy’ by a man named Dana Gallup, whom frequent readers will recognize from the comment section.
Amy and Dana are my sister and brother-in-law, and when I posted that track their son Daniel was just seven years old.