Love That’s Meant To Be

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Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to share and read stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at mobobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted from time to time. Lately, my work schedule has been demanding, and I have been busy with teaching and mentoring. My book is in final editing, and it really does exist, although I feel as though I wrote it decades ago! Hang on; it’s getting ready to publish.

This is a story that many couples can relate to, and I hope you enjoy it.

February 29, 2020

Maddie–New York

I know that all of us Bee Gee fans adore the music, and I have played it since I was very young in my teen years, all through college and  for my kids, but something else that goes along with the music for me is the way that Barry and Linda Gibb have inspired me and my husband. We met at a dance where Bee Gee music was being played (in late 70’s) and fell in love that night.

After we were married, we kind of grew up as Barry and Linda did. Over the years, we had children just as they did, and it was so inspirational to watch the way they raised their children no matter what the challenges. They got through tough times and illness and death and held each other up. We have done the same.

The music is wonderful, but their example of what family is all about is just as important. Thank you, Barry and Linda, for guiding all the fans through your love. Whether or not you realize it, you have supported my family for decades.

So much of the music is about love and relationships, and I’m sure their own love has been one of the reason the music came about and hits home so deeply. I am grateful.

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Admiring Maurice

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April 12, 2013

LOVE FOR MO

Janet

NYC

I have been a Bee Gee fan since I have a memory of them, probably when I was 3 or 4, and I’m almost 40 now. As a child, I was very shy and stuttered, but I could sing with no problem. My parents split when I was a tiny baby, so it was just my Mom and me, and she was 19 when she had me. She had all their records, and I remember how I would stare at the album covers and always focus on Maurice. Mom thought that was odd because he didn’t usually get much attention. Barry seemed bigger than real life, and Robin sang so emotionally with that incredible voice. Mom told me I’d pick out Maurice’s pictures from her huge collection of photos, magazines and posters. She grew up with them in the 60’s and 70’s and had gone to their concerts way back in the early 70’s. When they were on television and did shows like Dick Cavett, I would be mesmerized by Maurice. Seeing him play the piano made me want to learn how to play. I begged my Mom for a piano, and she saved for a long time to buy a small spinet. I’ll never forget the day the piano got delivered and going to my first lesson and how excited I was. When I started to practice, I would put Maurice’s picture on the piano and pretend I was playing with him. I used to sing Bee Gee songs and learned to play their most famous ones. Mom told me years later that she would sneak around the corner from the kitchen with her camera ready and try to get pictures of me. I was probably 8 or 9 and would practice for hours and sing to Maurice’s picture because he was always smiling at me. As I got older, I was getting therapy for my stutter, and my confidence grew because I loved to play the piano and sing. When I was 18, I saw my first Bee Gee concert and was in love. Watching Maurice play the keyboards was a dream and seeing how much fun he was having made me love him more. He kept waving to the fans and laughing in between songs. I loved seeing him balance his brothers because they did almost all of the lead vocals, but he was directing the band. When he’d switch instruments, I could see how talented he was, and watching a live concert was a rush. I knew of his personal battles and was inspired just looking at him. In the 90’s when he had come so far fighting his problems, I knew he was trying to be a better man, just as I was still fighting my problem. A stutter is a challenge just like an addiction. To this day, I have to stop and think carefully and try to stay calm when I face a speaking situation. It’s not easy. I was lucky enough to see Maurice perform again in 1998, and he was perfect. As far as I was concerned, he could do no wrong up on that big stage. Whenever I’m discouraged or am having a tough day, I like to believe that he is guiding all of us who have challenges in our lives. He’ll always be my inspiration.

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OVERWHELMED!

October 29, 2019

I am remiss. I am apologetic. I am in academic and writing quicksand. I am overwhelmed on several fronts.

As anyone who knows me or follows this site can easily see, I have not posted in a few months. Usually, I am on top of letters, emails, messages of any kind, and I am happy to respond and post. Actually, it’s what makes me happiest.

The reality is that I have been so busy with book editing, tweaking, having-nightmares-about and generally worrying about the final product for the fans and the Gibbs, that this site has suffered. The process of bringing a vision to life in the form of a novel that honors the Gibb brothers is a slow and painstaking slog through writing hell.

I am also working at my real job, which is teaching at Syracuse University, and my students and their determination to succeed are  major considerations and challenge me on a daily basis. I am lucky to work in a wonderful environment in an outstanding university, and it’s a priority.

My post today is not about any of the above, although my pity party that I share with my own mind every moment of every day continues. My post today is about how OVERWHELMED I am at the fans and especially recent events, and I’d like to address this.

My dear Marion, who everyone knows, lovingly has dedicated decades of her life to the Bee Gee website (GSI) that fans worldwide read and cherish. I have been lucky enough to write for this website and consider it an honor. Marion’s recent journey to England from Amhem, Holland and especially to R.J. Gibb’s Bloomsbury Ballroom event was another spectacular display of love for the Gibb brothers. How fans come together to honor these men is truly a mind-numbing display of love.

What amazes me most is that people arrived from other parts of the world to be in London and share this special time. To see The Italian Bee Gees, The Egiziano brothers, and their fellow musicians on stage with RJ, was wonderful. To see Anja and Detlef Wange at this event was wonderful. No matter the health challenges or distance, they made it, and a beloved memory was made.

I recall the Italian brothers and their entire team visiting the Wange family when the Italian Bee Gees were on the road in the spring. This is what loving the Gibb music is all about, reaching out to dedicated fans who have spent most of their lives supporting the Bee Gees and showing appreciation for them.

Visiting Prebenal House in Thame conjures up visions of Robin at home at his beloved estate. Seeing Marion with Dwina and the other musicians there must have made Robin smile, and I know he was there in spirit, in every note that was played on the piano and every step that was taken on the grounds. It was his sanctuary, and many of his beautiful compositions were written there.

As I hear from fans who are part of the many groups around the world, the devotion to the music is obvious. Whether it’s Bee Gees Italy, the Barry Gibb site, GSI or one of the many others from Argentina to Israel, the common thread is the music. No matter how many stories I read or how many times someone tells me about how the music has inspired them, I am still surprised.

I know that Barry and his family must feel the love at every turn, and he appreciates the fans more than anyone could imagine. He gets overwhelmed just like the fans do, just like I do, at the constant and steadfast display of dedication to the Gibb music.

Overwhelmed is a powerful word, but it’s the only one that fits the love that’s been shared in London and Thame these past weeks. I am fortunate to know this music, to meet these fans, to see the smiles and joy in the photos on all the supportive fan sites. I know it will continue forever because the music is that lovely and a memorable piece of Barry, Robin and Maurice that will always be there to share and experience.

We Bee Gee fans are so fortunate, and I am eternally thankful.

 

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GRATITUDE

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July 31, 2019

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on this website, and it’s because I’ve been working hard on my book edits so that it can get published (God willing) some time before the end of the decade! I am grateful, grateful, grateful to so many people for their support and kindness. I am so lucky to have met many of the Gibb family and to interact with fans who love them.

I want to thank the fans around the world who have been so kind with emails and stories and who inspire me every day. I’d like to post one of my first stories that was in my first little black and white notebook from 1999. Have a great August, everyone!

Julie

New York

I don’t remember my life without the Bee Gees. I think I was four when I was dancing  with my Mom to “You Should Be Dancing” in the living room. I would yell at her for singing too loud and tell her that I couldn’t hear the words to the song. She would tell me that “I can’t help singing and dancing. It’s part of my DNA”. Of course, at 4 I didn’t know what she meant, but I grew up singing songs from the Bee Gees and sang everywhere I went. We’d be in Walmart and I’d start singing. I sang in the library, in the park while swinging on the swing set and even in church.

Other kids would give me crazy looks and adults would laugh and sing along. My Mom reminds me even today of how I would entertain everyone with “Night Fever”. I don’t think Barry, Robin and Maurice realized how much they influenced kids as well as adults.

My own children sing the songs, and I get nostalgic but am enjoying every minute.

Thanks to the Bee Gees for their wonderful music and all the fun I’ve had with my Mom and my kids over the years.

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Five Years On….A Few Photos

Welcome to morobinbarrystories! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Many will appear in my book, and I hope to get it published this year! My editor is working now……and thanks to those of you who have been so patient about this. At times, I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will like.

May 22, 2019

Five years ago I went on a journey with Barry Gibb and his family and crew and all the fans who love him. I took 1600 photos. Here are a few that I love and am grateful to share.

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Feeling an array of emotions in Boston

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Nearly overcome with love from the fans in Boston

 

 

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The crowd didn’t care about the rain, and he loved their enthusiasm

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Crying a little…but we all were…..

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Waving hello in Philly

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Enjoying the crowd in Philly with his magic guitar

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So happy with the Philly crowd

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Good Lord, pointing at my camera!

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With his brothers around him in Chicago

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Chicago fans made him laugh and cry…..but I like laughing better!

 

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San Francisco was spectacular, and he got all knotted up by the love and energy of the crowd

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Spectacular in San Francisco

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Having fun

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Tearing up in LA

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Closed eyes with emotion again

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Hollywood Bowl excitement

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Looking at the crowd after encore and nearly immobile with emotion

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Waving goodbye in LA

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Living the happy ending to a spectacular tour and knowing he is loved

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It’s Robin’s Month

Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com. Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted at this site and on GSI, as well as some other fan sites around the world. Some will be in my book, which is still in editing. At times, I will at posts about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

May 2, 2019

It’s Robin’s month of remembrance, as fans recall is hauntingly beautiful voice and gentle spirit, his humanitarian efforts and brilliant intelligence. Enjoy this lovely story.

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Here is a tribute to our beloved Robin from a fan whose devotion goes back more than 30 years. As Robin said, “What I do and what I have done all these years, it’s not a job; it’s my love.”  It’s clear that the fans from New York to Australia feel that love in every song he sang.

 

Marie’s words surely represent so many inspirational messages I have received.

MARIE

CHICAGO

 

Being a Bee Gees fan has been a part of me since I was a very young girl. When I was 10, the Bee Gees were young themselves and touring the U.S. for short periods of time. This was before the “Night Fever” crazy times. My older sister had both the Main Course and Mr. Natural albums, and I remember that the first song I heard Robin Gibb sing was “Come On Over”. Although songs like “Massachusetts” and “I Started a Joke” and a whole list of others were more famous at that point, for some reason, this particular song affected me in a dramatic way. I had such a crush on him and imagined seeing him sing to me some day. I first saw him perform in Chicago in 1975 and that was a dream come true. I felt like I was struck by lightening. His voice was so beautiful; and although my sister and I had watched him act funny and crazy on television (there were so many over the years, like Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas and then Phil Donahue) he seemed so serious when he was at the microphone. He fascinated me. I think that concert was the first night I knew I’d be a fan forever. Through the disco years and for several years afterwards, there was so much focus on Barry’s falsetto sound, and I loved all three brothers, but Robin had my heart. His voice was always with me, and he was part of my maturing years, my wedding, my divorce, the birth of my kids, my good and bad days. I could always listen to Robin and be happy. I was like all his fans, waiting for the new music, the next tour, his latest charity endeavors, his interviews. I think that Robin represents all that is good about a musician and performer because he loved his craft and was dedicated and kept trying to create the best for the fans. The loyalty of his fans around the world doesn’t surprise me a bit. He hit me between the eyes when I was a vulnerable little girl, and he still affects me the same way today.

 

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Young Love for the Bee Gees

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Welcome to Morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to share and read stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Many stories will be saved for the appendix of my book, which is getting edited over and over again! At times I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

March 31, 2019

I am beyond thrilled to hear from young music lovers who play the Bee Gees and appreciate the music. Enjoy this story from a smart girl from Texas!

Baylee—Texas

HI, my name is Baylee. I’m 21 years-old and from Texas. I came across your site on Twitter and reading all of the stories shared on your website inspired me to share mine.

Basically I was raised on the Bee Gees. When I was practically a baby, my Mom played them and from the first time I listened to them, I was instantly hooked and I just wanted to keep listening to them.

By the time I was 18 months old, I knew how to control the stereo; and because of that, I kept the Bee Gees on a constant loop and my fondest memory of me being little is me dancing to songs like “More Than a Woman”. It’s possibly my Mom’s favorite story and my cousin’s favorite story of me to tell. I became known as the “old soul” of my family.

I’ll never forget when I heard the news of Robin passing away. I found out through my mother on Facebook’ and after hear the news, I was upset for awhile. It was the first time I had ever felt the loss of an artist I loved so dearly and 9 days after his passing, I turned 15, and even on my birthday, I still felt sorrow over the loss of him.

Here I am now, 21, and my love for the Bee Gees is still as strong as ever, and I know it always will be that way. The were my first favorite band, and they’ll always be one of my favorites. In fact, I believe that they’re the reason as to why I’m so passionate about music and also why I want to turn my passion into a writing career.

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The Forever Love for Andy

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Welcome to morobinbarrystories! This site is for Bee Gee fans who would like to share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Andy is not forgotten and is included at times. If you would like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and some will appear in my book. At times, I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy. Please forgive my not posting as often, since I am working on edits to my book and want to finish it, along with my semester of teaching at Syracuse University. I am so busy, but I think of the fans daily!

 

This week it’s time to think about how wonderful it is to remember Andy Gibb. His birthday anniversary is in a few days, and I am responding to requests to include Andy on these pages. The following are two Andy stories that echo the sentiments of millions of fans. I hope you enjoy the memories.

 

Mary S.

 

NYC

 

Cathy and Her Idol

 

When I was a teenager in 1980, I had already been in love with Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb for nearly ten years. I was the ideal devoted fan, but it was nothing compared to my younger sister Cathy’s adoration of Andy Gibb.  She talked about him incessantly. Every conversation had his name in it somewhere. We could be talking about Uncle Bill’s new car and Cathy would find a way to work Andy into the discussion. “I wonder if Andy would like a Mustang or a Corvette better?” It was exhausting living with her. Her room was a shrine to him. There were posters, magazines, glossy photos. You name it. If it was for sale, Cathy had it in her room. For years, every birthday and Christmas request involved something relating to Andy. I remember her playing “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” at least a hundred times a day. On Saturday mornings, she and I would clean the house (our major weekly chore) while my parents were out shopping. Cathy would crank up the volume on the record player, and we’d sing the whole Flowing Rivers album. I can still see her waving the feather duster around and dancing to his music. I was freaked out by Night Fever while she was into Andy. We’d discuss and debate about each brother….how much Andy and Barry looked alike, how different Andy sounded from Robin, who was the sexiest? Answer”  ALL OF THEM! It was such a fun time. When “Shadow Dancing” was released, Andy was a huge star and “Don’t Throw It All Away” was “Cathy’s song”. The highlight of my sister’s life was seeing Andy on Broadway in “Joseph”. My parents surprised her with tickets for her 15th birthday, and I got to see the show, too. It was right before Christmas in 1982. I was blown away by Andy’s performance in that show. Cathy kept telling me, “He’s such a great actor”, “He’s so talented”, “He’s a natural at whatever he does”. It was a night we’d never forget. What a great memory for us. There was something about Andy that was so special. He was sweet, sensitive, and vulnerable. To this day, I don’t remember a time when Cathy was able to talk about his passing. It was devastating to her, as it was to the world, but she always tried to focus on all the great music he made. She said his fans would still be his fans forever, and she was right. My sister Cathy passed away from a severe pneumonia attack in 1992. She was 25 years-old. I have her Andy collection, everything from her singles to the ticket stubs, and I’ll always keep them in memory of her and her favorite singer, Andy Gibb. He was a huge part of making my sister’s teenage years happy. Whenever she talked about him, she was laughing or smiling, and it’s important for me to remember both of them that way.

 

FRAN M.

 

LA

 

I Will Always Love Andy

 

I want to tell you about my favorite Gibb brother—ANDY! I love the Bee Gees, but I have to say that my heart was really with Andy from the moment he hit the pop scene. Growing up in LA, I had seen the Bee Gees perform twice and was crazy for them. I loved how they all seemed approachable and like regular guys, and then Andy started doing his thing and his charisma and talent were just unbelievable. I became a serious Andy follower in 1977. Even though he could have been overshadowed by Night Fever when it took over the music scene all around the world, he was still successful and so popular in a short amount of time.  I saw him in concert on his first tour and saw him do Pirates of Penzance and could not get over what a great actor he was. I think all of the brothers could have been actors if they had wanted to do it, but Andy was the only one to do the Broadway thing, and that took courage, I thought. I was so surprised when I saw him in person and he looked so young but so much like his brother Barry it was wild. He was like a mini-younger Barry physically, but he had his own style. It was just a charisma that is hard to describe. I don’t think he realized how much of an impact he had on the fans. He was so sweet and seemed innocent. I think maybe the fame just overwhelmed him somehow. I wished that he had sung more with his brothers because they were such a wonderful family, and I thought a tour with all of them would have been a once-in-a-lifetime event.  I had been a concert groupie with my friends for a long time, trying to see as many as I could. There are many performers who have had an impact on me. I’ve been lucky in LA to see people like Springsteen, Elton John, and country artists like George Strait and Garth Brooks. No one ever impressed me the way Andy Gibb did, and that is saying something. He has left a huge imprint on my life. He brought so much to the music world, and he was a heartthrob just like Elvis. He had that kind of magic, believe me. I treasure all of my Andy memories more than I can say. Thank God I have these personal experiences because it was like a dream to see him in person. I know that in the minds of fans all around the world Andy is still loved and missed. I think of him every day.

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Now, this is dramatic!

 

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Welcome to morobinbarrystorie.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often and some will appear in my book. At times, I will post articles about Gibb events, that I hope the fans will enjoy.

January 21, 2019

All I can say about this story that I received recently is that I thought nothing could surprise me, but I was wrong. (I have not changed syntax or edited this for spacing. It is just exactly as it was sent to me.)

Maria in Mexico

I want to tell you this anecdote that happened to me in October 2016.

I was doing a certain kind of work for Mexico’s federal government in the rural area of my municipality. In some communities there is no transportation and since I do not own a car I had to walk a lot between one inhabited place and another one, between cultivated fields and totally lonely places.

One of those days while walking and listening to Main Course, I noticed the loneliness that surrounded me and I thought alarmed that someone could attack me with impunity and even kill me without anyone knowing more about me (you know the level of insecurity in Mexico currently) and I felt scared, but almost instantly my fear faded away because I clearly felt four presences that were with me. I know with absolute certainty (and can’t explain myself why feel so) that were my beloved mother, Andy, Maurice and Robin who accompanied me.

It was so intense the feeling that they were going with me, that I felt their embrace with warm autumn breeze and I practically felt wrapped in a wave of warmth and security that nothing bad was going to happen to me, and I felt so protected, so sure, that I started to cry with gratitude, while their music in my ears sounded like a very personal message from them to me.

Someone could call me nuts or fanatic, I don’t care because I’m sure in that afternoon their Loe was surrounding me.

Nothing more to say, dear Anne Wish you the best in this coming 2019 and thanks for the love and care you show for our boys and their families.

Sending hugs and blessings,

Maria del Carmen Gonzalez Alvarado

 

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A Reflection for Fans….

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Welcome to morobinbarrystories! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration about Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystorie@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often, and some will appear in my book, which I do promise is in the editing stage. At times, I will post articles about Gibb events, which I hope fans will enjoy.

December 31, 2018

Happy New Year to fans around the world……

I have a few thoughts of reflection as this year comes to an end.

There is a man, a very good and different man, who God gifted with special power, not the kind of power that doctors who heal possess, not the power that scientists who research possess. The likes of engineers or mathematicians are indeed rare and to be admired.

These individuals are gifted in a way that is sometimes  impossible to comprehend. However, the man I am thinking of possesses a different kind of power that stands the test of many decades of scrutiny. This power cheers when there is sadness and brings smiles when seemingly simple sounds are heard. It could be a few notes and a spirit is lifted, a heart lightened, joy given.

The power of music soothes, thrills, excites, enriches and engages all five senses. This power brought he and his brothers names of description such as “legend”, “icon”, “poet”, “genius”, truly daunting words and tough to live up to in a changing universe where new generations take over. This icon must balance the reputation with the new visions, the instant technology and the demands of society.

I think this power surely comes with burdens that weigh heavily, for who among us, having lost pieces of himself, is ever the same?

Yet, he thrives, shines and endures. Sir Barry and Robin, Maurice and Andy will live on in our hearts, and the music will go on forever. Many blessings to Barry and his family, to all the descendants who carry those wonderful Gibb genes….Yvonne and her children and grandchildren,  Dwina and her children and grandchildren and Andy’s descendants as well.

Worldwide fans know there is no need to fear the loss of Gibb music…..for they certainly pass on the beautiful sounds to their families and friends. How wonderful for the generations to come.

Happy New Year to all!

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