Most of us probably remember Donna Summer’s disco version:
MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think I can take
‘Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again
Likening love to a cake left out in the rain was considered at the time to be “polarizing,” overly sentimental, and “loopy” (L.A. Times), and was about Jimmy Webb’s break up with Susan Ronstadt. She worked in a life insurance office across the street from the park where the two often met for lunch. Now, Webb will be perform his signature song in MacArthur Park on Saturday, June 15th at 8 p.m., to open Levitt Pavilion’s Summer Concert Series.
As June 16th is Father’s Day, a “Dedicate this one to Dad” contest will be held. In 300 words or less—prose or poem—explain why your father, son, husband, or dad-to-be is the Greatest Dad in the World, and you will be able to read your tribute up on stage and The Jazz Leaders will perform a song dedicated to the man of the hour.
Submit prose or poem (300 words or less) to firstname.lastname@example.org with—if possible—a picture of the writer with the dad being nominated. Include father’s name, and writer’s name, address, telephone number and email address. All entries must be received by Friday, June 14th at 10 a.m., so get to writing!
The weeks that follow offer Celtic music, bluegrass, Americana, Latin pop, ska, classical, reggae, soul and even Indian hip-hop and West African blues. For the talented and courageous, open mic and karaoke opportunities are sure to be pre-program favorites, while Bob Baker Marionettes, Kiddle Karoo, and Funky Punks are a few of the acts included in the Children’s Series. Check here for the complete listing and the details about upcoming concerts.
Cost of concerts: nada, zilch, (perfect).
Levitt Pavilion Summer Concerts
Wednesdays through Sundays starting June 15th
Usual start times, 7-8 p.m.
Pasadena location: Memorial Park, Raymond Ave., between Walnut & Holly Streets
L.A. location: MacArthur Park; intersection of W. 6th St. and S. Park View St.
Whether you think “MacArthur Park” is one of the worst songs ever or it’s a sentimental favorite, with a young Webb singing and playing the piano, this is a lovely rendition:
We didn’t even know that Richard Harris (a childhood crush and the original Albus Dumbledore) even sang:
And we feel obligated to end with Donna Summer—this is the karaoke version, so crank it up and let it rip: