David Woodard – Grand Scheme of Things

by | Sep 19, 2020 | Song of the Day

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.

David Woodard’s music is available on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, CD Baby, and YouTube. And be sure to follow David on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Since 2013, Reverb Raccoon has featured the best music from unknown and independent musicians. His interests include eating leftovers from the neighbor’s garbage can and watching The Royal Tenenbaums.  Email: reverb.raccoon@gmail.com

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