Once I had a love and it was divine
Soon found out I was losing my mind
It seemed like the real thing but I was so blind
Mucho mistrust, love's gone behind
Ooooooh ooooooh oh oh
I remember being in Kindergarten, listening to this song on the radio of my childhood kitchen as if it was yesterday. My school district was closed down for a snow day, and I had been helping my mother bake cookies. This song came on, and I turned it up so loud. I was spinning and dancing as if I had been transported to another planet. They don't make shit like that anymore... I've been in the presence of Debbie Harry on several occasions, most recently, last year at City Winery when she was the emcee for a benefit show. The most memorable time was when I was 18 years old, fresh out of high school, and my friends and I were going to see her perform at a club in Trenton, NJ. I sat at the bar, waiting for my friends, I turned to my left, and there she was..on the bar stool next to me. Life is funny in that respect. I sometimes play out what it would be like to meet people I have admired over the years, and I finally get the chance, and completely freeze up.
Maybe I'll take that chance in August, when I go to see her at the Beacon in NYC. Maybe I'll have that chance of encounter again...only to tell her how much of an influence she's been in my life.
Deb, you're one hell of a Jersey girl.
Sweet dreams!! --Mel