MacArthur Park

March 9, 2017 at 5:16 pm Leave a comment

“MacArthur Park” was written by Jimmy Webb. Richard Harris was the first to record the song in 1968: his version peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Harris’ recording (arranged by Jimmy Webb) clocks in at over seven minutes; such a long track was unheard of at the time. Some of the lyrics — notably the “cake left out in the rain” — have come in for a fair amount of ridicule.

However, the music on its own is terrific, with wonderful tempo and meter changes. My instrumental arrangement shortens things up, but still is over 4 minutes. I hope you’ll hang on for the whole thing!

By the way, MacArthur Park is a real place — it is a popular spot in Los Angeles.

 

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Entry filed under: Acoustic, Baritone Guitar, bass guitar, Classic Rock, Garage Rock, Guitar, Instrumental Rock, Music, Oldies, Pro Tools, ProTools, Rock, Sibelius, Video, Vintage Instrumentals.

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