We’ve had this recipe before

It was established long ago that Steve Lackmeyer’s favorite song is not Jimmy Webb’s Los Angeles epic “MacArthur Park,” as evidenced by this departure from his usual subject matter in order to bash one version thereof.

He was clearly not anticipating this response from the estimable GenghisKDuck on its applicability to Oklahoma City:

This would be an excellent name/theme song for the new park that’s going to be somewhere downtown there. I can see this all coming together. It’s like a subliminal park thing that was just kind of floating around that you probably weren’t aware of. A kind of visionary thing that hadn’t really gelled.

Think of it as a sideways method of honoring Jimmy Webb, who hails from these parts: he was born in Elk City. And while it’s not my favorite Webb song — for purely personal reasons, this is — the only real objection I can make to bestowing the MacArthur name on the new downtown park is to point out the fact that MacArthur Boulevard doesn’t come within six miles of it. Then again, anyone who’s figured out that Park Avenue and Park Place are a mile apart can presumably deal with that.

So far, Steve seems to be taking it well.


  1. Steve Lackmeyer »

    19 November 2011 · 10:11 pm

    What can I say? I’m a Jimmy Webb fan, MacArthur Park aside. And if this is the way to get the man his proper due from OKC, who am I to say otherwise? As for Genghis, well, I can never tell if he or she is for real, playing us all on the highest level of online mockery, or is simply quite the duck. I’ve decided to play it safe, treat he or she as being on the level, and they’re getting the last laugh on me, well, it’s not the first time I’ve been played the fool and surely won’t be the last.

  2. Steve Lackmeyer »

    19 November 2011 · 10:13 pm

    And I’ve got to agree on Wichita Lineman. Love that song. It was great to hear Billy Joel do a cover of it during his concert a couple years back at Ford Center.

  3. McGehee »

    20 November 2011 · 10:30 am

    Thanks to you guys I just had to download more music (though not “MacArthur Park”). Hope you’re happy.

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