Not really a fan of how it's ended up. The animation didn't really end up looking like what I wanted it to in my head.
I'll probably revert to right before I started animating past the basic animation. I felt like initially it was too stiff, but now it feels like there is way too much unnecessary movement added to it.
So I ended up bouncing between too stiff, and too animated with weird movements. Wasn't going to touch the lighting if I wasn't happy with the animation.
As a side note, OP the advice you gave me actually worked out for doing what i wanted, thank you. It'll definitely help in future animation.