Song of the Day #4,397: ’75th Birthday Medley’ – Daniel Gallup

Today is my beloved mother’s 75th birthday, and my family is lucky (and COVID-free) enough to spend the weekend with her in a rented house to celebrate.

This tribute song and video was created by her very talented grandchildren, and is performed by one of them, my nephew Daniel Gallup, whose work I have featured here in the past. Daniel’s older sister Madison edited the video.

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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.

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Song of the Day #3,737: ‘Closing Time’ – Daniel Gallup

‘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.

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Song of the Day #3,736: ‘Tongue Tied’ – Daniel Gallup

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.

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Song of the Day #3,735: ‘The Girl With Tim Burton Eyes’ – Daniel Gallup

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.

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