Thanks for the review! It was definitely a challenge for me to try to keep things happy and cheery. I'm also not used to trying to write real-ish, non-electronic-sounding music, and I almost always write beat-first instead of melody-first. So I'm really glad you used those words to describe the piece as that's exactly what I was going for!
Not sure what to say about the middle section. It started as an improvised keyboard solo which I then went back and tweaked a bit after recording it. But I wouldn't be surprised if the notes of the lead line don't make 100% sense theory-wise. Hopefully it was just maybe a bit too funky/bluesy, but not too "out" to the point that it would become a distraction. I just liked the way that synth sound fit in over the other sounds and had fun playing & re-playing over top of it. (Personally I like that part the most FWIW).
Thanks again for the review. I've been really impressed by the other entries I've heard so far, yours' especially. And when I hold my 'happy little ditty' up against these brilliant, majestic compositions, it makes me cross my fingers hoping to just make the final round. But good luck to you as well!