if you are "the poetic type" you will remember your attempts to express and write down, what is inside, back in the summer you first noticed, that the weather can be a "fantastic" metaphor for your feelings. gah. personally i feel vicarious embarrassment for myself, if i ever stumble upon those early works, and realize the triviality of my words.
then there is Dallas: he basically uses the same words, ideas and pictures. everything as trivial as is gets. from the chords he plays to the lyrics he sings - even the name of his soloproject City and Colour is just the simple description of Dallas Green.
the only difference: he is amazingly brilliant.
with City and Colour, he was one of the first to be featured on myspace transmissions; back in the days myspace was still alive and important. nevertheless, you should watch the videos of this session.