"Shake your love,
I just can't shake your love,
Shake your love,
I just can't shake - your love...
Feel the power,
You see the energy, comin' up,
Coming on strong.
The future only belongs to the future itself-
And the future is electric youth!
I get lost in your eyes
And I feel my spirits rise
And soar like the wind..
Is it love that I am in?
I get weak in a glance
Isn’t that what’s called romance?
...and now I know
’cause when I’m lost I can’t let go...
I get lost in your eyes"
Oh yes. If you recognize the lyrics above than you too were enamored of Debbie Gibson back in the 90's. I can clearly remember living in Nashville, Tennessee during my fifth grade year and absolutely adoring Debbie Gibson. Her hair (so blond!), her clothes, (remember the blazer and black hat?), her peppy lyrics. And let's not forget the smash scent AND album that was "Electric Youth." I thought she was the best. I remember thinking that if a sixteen year old from Long Island could make it then so could I! Ah, youthful dreams.
Saturday night, a generous parent from Trinity offered my Mom and I her tickets to see "Cabaret" at the BTI Performing Arts Center in Raleigh. Imagine my excitement when my friend Robyn told me that she thought Deborah Gibson (she dropped the "Debbie" to make her crossover from teen queen more legit) was starring in the leading role as Sally Bowles. She was right. And a few minutes after Deborah strutted onstage in a garter belt, thigh high stockings and a skimpy negligee...well, let's just say a bubble was burst. Don't get me wrong, it was a great performance. But all I could see in my mind was this...
(That hat? Yeah, I lusted after that thing for at least a year)