David Woodard – Grand Scheme of Things
Every year you pull the same trick on me. You say you’re going to hold the ball while I kick it, but you never do! You always pull it away, and I land flat on my back! — Charlie Brown to Lucy
Each year Charlie Brown pelted toward the football with the deluded optimism of a Houston Texans running back careening into the middle of a massive mob of 300-pound players on third-and-fifteen. This time, it’s really going to work! But Charlie Brown saw, not his unbroken string of fifty-plus years of humiliating failure, but the possibility of a beautifully-kicked ball arcing across the Autumn sky.
In ‘Grand Scheme of Things,’ David Woodard presents a person who looks beyond the reality of a relationship that requires all-night talks to remain viable, and who fixates on the possibility of a resolution, though perhaps not within our lifetime.
Maybe it’s right outside
or in the next world after this
Dancing between our last great
hope and our first kiss
There’s a dollop of deluded optimism involved. But every pairing begins with two people who can — if they squint their eyes and don’t stare at the sun too long — see a not-too-distant future in which they are together.
I don’t wanna think
this is as good as it gets
I don’t believe our last great
hope was our first kiss
‘Grand Scheme of Things’ is jangly pop with beautiful harmonies and a great chorus that you will recall after a single listen. But there’s a bit more punch than we usually find in these situations, nudging the needle towards the power pop side of the dial. It’s all brought together in the song’s perfectly-edited video, which has been proclaimed — by my wife — to be the Greatest Music Video Ever.
‘Grand Scheme of Things’ is the title track to David Woodard’s new six-song EP, set for release October 2nd. Based in Nashville, David first picked up a guitar after learning — through listening to an aunt’s records — that Paul McCartney was in another band before Wings. He describes his music as British invasion-inspired power pop… with nods to Fountains of Wayne, Matthew Sweet, and the Traveling Wilburys. ‘Grand Scheme of Things’ was co-written by David Woodard and David Schrader, and features Michael Spears on bass and Kyle on drums.