Edward Gallagher
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Edward Gallagher

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States | SELF

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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"Song Review"

Artist Note: I submitted to the Mike Pinder Songwars Competition because I have always appreciated the work of Mike Pinder in The Moody Blues and I was hoping to receive at the very least, some meaningful criticism. Little did I know that in addition to being able to contribute to some timeless hits, Pinder and company have figured out how to use keyboard shortcuts such as "Ctrl+C" and "Ctrl+V" to expedite the process of review for their songs.

As a token of my appreciation and dedication to my work, I promise when a finalized recording of "Heyah Wayawa" is released, I will personally mail a copy to Mike Pinder and company at the Songwars Competition.

Submitting Artist: David Elohi
Song: Heyah Wayawa

Details and Definitions of the critique: A rating of “1” suggests that the component being examined may need some rewriting/restructuring; a rating of “2” suggests there is a good core that needs developing; “3” suggests that the element is well developed, but there is room to improve; “4” implies a strong component/good creativity; while a rating of “5” signifies hit potential/professional product.

Judges' Review:
Title and hook: 1 out of 5
Originality: 1 out of 5
Lyrics: 1 out of 5
Imagery/poetics/metaphor: 1 out of 5
Rhyme: 1 out of 5
Melody: 1 out of 5
Composition/structure: 1 out of 5
Total Score: 7 out of 35

Comments: The song is in need of major development and re-writing and re-structuring. Work to develop the individual sections of the song so that the song has an identifiable structure ( a verse, a chorus, etc). Then try to develop exact melody lines for each different section of the song so that the listener can follow the song structure. Develop the lyrics so that they have a storyline that builds throughout the song and a pattern that goes with each section of the song so that the song is easy for the listener to follow. Listen to your favorite artists and observe how they put together and structure their songs. - Mike Pinder's Songwars Competition


Still working on that hot first release.



Inspired by an impromptu conversation with the band Deer Tick at the Paradise Rock Club on November 11th 2010, the artist formerly known as David Elohi returned to his Sonicbids account determined to give an application to SXSW one more chance. The following biography is geared towards that end: a performance on stage in Austin, TX during the SXSW music conference. This has been the musical aspiration of Edward Gallagher since March 2003 when he wandered off from a physics conference and found himself out on 6th Street.

Here is the story of a boy who one day decided he didn't want to go to school. It was Electromagnetism II and Quantum Mechanics that did it to him. Ultimately, Edward Gallagher chose the path leading towards a career into solar cell research, but not before he started playing the guitar. And not before he started wailing on the harp, and putting stories into musical form. It landed him on open-mic stages, and eventually his own headlining gig at the Tavern at the End of the World.

The ultimate goal of this artist for early 2011 is to head out from Boston in a direction south by southwest en route to Austin on a small tour in support of a SXSW performance. This artist would then follow up a week's worth of music in Austin with a Physics conference in Dallas, TX (Edward will be presenting a talk on Monday March 21st at the American Physical Society's annual conference, where he'll talk about membranes and chirality).

The ultimate accomplishment in a SXSW performance would be to find a supporting cast from one of the hundreds of bands that descend onto Austin and deliver an entertaining and engaging musical performance the likes of which Robert Zimmerman, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, The Boss, and Young Neil have done surrounded by a set of musicians by their side. However, a simple seat at a small coffee house with the chance to lend a heartfelt and entertaining musical performance would mean the world to this artist. In particular, a type of performance that could be described as:

"Edward Gallagher takes to the stage like a folk character from the 1960s. Whether he's hammering out the notes on a melodic love ballad, or pointing fingers in poetic poignant protest, Edward Gallagher has a unique ability of striking a chord between the pertinent and the innocuous in his music, and its translation to the stage lends itself naturally to a new representation of the folk genre. His is a live performance shrouded with an overall theme of appeal and balance that is entertaining, lively, and fun, and is well-suited for any music festival side stage, singer/songwriter session, family event, anti-war gathering, or civil rights protest."

The tracks appearing here on Sonicbids are the latest versions of works in progress. Often rough and unpolished, almost always unapologetic, and typically recorded in one take, these versions are ultimately nothing more than an experiment in DIY musicianship. Everything, from the recording equipment to the production itself is taken up in house by Edward Gallagher. This will all change in the very near future, and recording for an LP, tentatively title "The Lonesome Death of David Elohi," begins in early 2011 with Mike Davidson http://www.mikedavidsonrecording.com/


Requests for additional tracks... General inquiries and questions... can all be made via email at musicedg@gmail.com