Wow, Dan. Just Wow.
I think this takes the cake as your best Pop song to date. It even tops 'Sand Castles'. I think what really made the difference is the structure. Each section set up for the following, really drawing the listener into your world. And the acoustic guitar in the intro is to die for! I don't hear guitar EQ'd so perfectly in mainstream, seriously! For future reference, the drums in this piece are perfect! Really man, this is amazing stuff. I can't wait to hear more!