This morning as I drove in to town, I listened to Gayle King interviewing Jimmy Webb. I must admit, I almost changed the station, thinking he was a new artist I probably was too old to appreciate. But I told myself, “Oh, just listen for awhile. You might learn something.”
Boy, did I.
Jimmy Webb is the creator of two of my favorite songs, “Wichita Lineman” and “MacArthur Park.” The very sound of their first chords can whisk me back to a time when I was ten years old and my parents were about to divorce. And though at that age, I’d never been in love, I’d certainly had crushes and therefore, thought plenty about love. (Or, what I thought was love, anyway.)
For me, these songs defined lost love in such a poignant way, that now that I think about it, they must have been a spark to my desire to put my own feelings in to words.