Musically I am and probably always will be stuck in the 1970’s. It is the soundtrack of my youth. The 1970’s had a lot of good songs and a lot of bad songs. But if you remember “American Bandstand” they all “had a good beat, I’ll give it an 85…”
The 1970’s gave us disco and many may never forgive the decade for that. “MacArthur Park” was a song originally released in 1968 by Richard Harris which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 1978, Donna Summer re-released it with a disco beat and made it to number 1 on the Billboard chart.
Here is a portion of the lyrics:
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
’cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again
Several questions come to mind:
- Why was the cake left out in the rain? Who leaves a cake in the rain? Why didn’t she put it in a Tupperware cake container?
- Why did this cake that much longer to bake than a normal cake? Was it extra big? Was it extra fluffy?
- Why will she never have that recipe again? Why didn’t she write it down? (Today, I am certain she could find that recipe on the internet!)
- Taking us back to #1 above – if this was such a special cake that took an extraordinarily long time to bake with a once in a lifetime recipe, shouldn’t she have taken note of the weather forecast and made sure that it was not left out in the rain?
The song had a good beat, I will give it an 85, but inquiring minds want to know.