Mending a Broken Heart

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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. Stories will be posted often and many will be included in my book, which is still in editing. This is a slow process! At times, I will write posts about Gibb events and charity work that I hope fans will enjoy.

July 14, 2017

Today I’m posting a story about young love that I’ll be all of us can relate to. I know certainly remember my first big heartbreak and crush. Enjoy!

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I wanted to share my feelings for the Bee Gees because they really got me through my first big heartache. The song that plays over and over in my head is “How Do You Mend a Broken Heart”. That song got me through the crying and sobbing, which occurred on a daily basis for weeks.

I was in 9th grade, and my love was Joey G. I was so crazy about this boy, and I nearly failed math because we were in the same class, and I couldn’t concentrate on anything but his smile and his hair and his voice. I was crushed when he asked another girl to the Spring Fling dance. Her name was Lorraine, and she was blond and sweet. I hated Lorraine, but he adored her.

I cried myself to sleep at night while I listened to the Bee Gees on my recored player in my bedroom. I wore out the record, and I’ll never forget how much I hurt over that boy.

Even though I got married and had children and now have a grandchild, I still think of Joey every time Barry sings that song. After my heartbreak, I listened to every Bee Gee love song I could find, and eventually the music helped me to move on without this boy of my dreams. It’s the music that kept me wallowing, but it’s also the music that got me over this lost love.

I have loved the Bee Gees since I was a young teen, and I’ll always remember the solace their music brought to me. Young love is hard to forget, but the music soothes and heals.

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He’s Like the Energizer Bunny!

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Monday, June 26

Well, he’s done it again, and I simply want to say congratulations and HORRAY! To be a Bee Gee fan and not know about the wonderful concert at Glastonbury would be a shame, for our man, Barry Gibb, has outdone himself once again. It must be a great feeling to go “home” and to be met by hundreds of thousands of virtual hugs and deafening applause. What a rush for Barry and the band! This has to be one of his sweetest moments on stage, and I know that he must treasure every one of them.

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I’m not sure why I’m feeling so proud, but I am extraordinarily happy. I suppose it’s because he’s still the best, and no one can emulate his talent. For those unfortunate people out there who never were Bee Gee fans or don’t know how incredible Barry truly is, I feel sad for all of them.

Glastonbury was a great success, and it must have been thrilling for the band to experience being a part of such an event. They get to work with an icon and a true musical genius. They are the best talent out there in music land, and they have a wonderful boss. Barry has been on the track running the race alone for quite some time now, and he’s doing amazing work as everyone can see. It isn’t emotionally or physically easy, but his strength and stamina are unmatched. It’s not only longevity; it’s a mindset of love for the music and his brothers that keeps him going.

I think the musicians and the tech people and the members who encompass The Barry Gibb Band have captured love in a bottle. It’s not often that people gel together and work happily and produce concerts that are this perfect. They work as though they are one cohesive unit destined to succeed. Doug is one of those guys who is so deceptive. He’s small, but he’s so powerful! Lee is always smiling as he shares his talents! The ladies are as classy as they come and powerhouse singers. Carlos remains a genius who balances multiple responsibilities. Dick Ashby is still the keeper of the kingdom in my book. Fans know what I’m talking about. I could discuss every band member at length; but suffice to say, they rock. Every single one of them is special.

I’ve been able to witness several concerts, and they all seem to be truly happy to be working with Barry and each other, and that’s not always the case in such a competitive business. Many congratulations to all of Team Barry.

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The fans are grateful, and the music world is blessed. Hopefully, the new memories will remain bright for a long while to come. As time goes on, I think these memories become more precious to the fans, as well as the musicians.

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Thank you!

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Happy Father’s Day, Gibb men!

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June 17, 2017
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Father’s Day is upon us once again, and fans can revel in thinking of all the wonderful Gibb men who are celebrating this day. Of course, Barry, Robin and Maurice became fathers as very young men. Robin was the first Gibb brother to be a dad when Spencer was born. Then Barry and Maurice began their families, and the rest is history.

This weekend we wish all the Gibb boys a wonderful day. Hopefully, they will be spoiled, pampered, and showered with love. There’s nothing better in this world, and they are all blessed to be part of a spectacular family.

We’ve seen hundreds of photos of Barry, Robin and Maurice with their children. Here are a few of the next generation.

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Here’s Steve with Angus and Nina, who are now 11 and 15 years old!

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Travis with his wife Stacy when she was pregnant. He is now the dad of Layla, 9, and Liam, 5.

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Mike Gibb, here with wife Jenna at the Diabetes Research Institute Ball, is dad to Damien, 12, Taylor May, 4 and Payton, almost 2.

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Here’s Taylor May

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RJ is now dad to two children, Maxwell Robin, 4, and Theodore, 2.

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Ashley is proud dad to Lucas, who is now 9 years old.

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Adam, here with his wife Elaine, is dad to Aiden, almost 6, and Olivia, nearly 3.

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Although not a Gibb, Paul Landin is married to one, and she’s the lovely Samantha. Paul is dad to Julian, now age 6.

 

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Wow, they don’t look alike at all, do they?

Barry here with Ashley and Lucas

Have a superb day, gentlemen!

 

 

 

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His Genius Lives On…

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May 20, 2017

Yes, it is the anniversary of Robin’s loss, and fans around the world continue to mourn him. However,  I’d rather listen to his music today and watch some of his interviews. This way I can continue to be inspired and enjoy his crazy sense of humor, marvel at his wit, be thrilled by his voice, and beguiled by his intelligence. He will be one of the first ones I seek when I get to heaven. I have so much to thank him for and so much to ask him about his life and creativity and passions.

So let’s remember…….

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That he was a father of four…….here with Spencer, Melissa and RJ

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He was a twin!

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He was an animal lover

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He rocked yellow!!!

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He had a thing for his hair!

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He was a great humanitarian and charity work was a key component of his life

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He was a brilliant composer

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He wrote a great symphony…

His voice will always live on to thrill us….https://youtu.be/ku-b5Psl5Mk
My favorite of all…….”Run to Me”….

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Photo Fun..Gibb Mothers…

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May 13, 2017

Since Mother’s Day is upon us, I thought it might be fun to post some photos of the Gibb mothers. Many are photos I took at events and others are just some of my favorites. They are quite a unique and special group of women, and all are mothers we can emulate. I feel that all Bee Gee fans are especially blessed to know that Linda, Yvonne and Dwina played key roles in the phenomenon that was the Bee Gees.

Now we see that their children are also role models as mothers, women and philanthropists.  By making their children and families their number one priority, as well as supporting charities with passion and tireless efforts, they are inspiring to all women around the globe.

Thanks, Gibb girls!

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Dwina with Robin, Spencer, Melissa and her son RJ.

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Dwina with son RJ and his love, Megan

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Gloria, mother to Angus and Nina and a natural beauty. Steve is a lucky man!

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Gloria, Linda and Ali Gibb at Haute Tea fundraiser for Diabetes Research Institute.

Linda was being honored for over 30 years of service to the DRIF.

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Gloria, Therese and Ali at the same event

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Therese with husband Ashely and son Lucas. She is fireball of love!

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Linda glowing in a beautiful white suit…mother and grandmother, she’s inspiring and strong in her support of her family.

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Linda supporting the DRI with Barry and two of their friends who work tirelessly for the cause, Aimee Siegel Harris and Gary Kleiman

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Therese with DRIF founder Barbara Singer

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Jenna, mom to Taylor and Payton and Stacy, mom to Layla and Liam, here supporting the DRIF Love and Hope Ball with their husbands Mike and Travis Gibb

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Yvonne Gibb with her daughter Samantha and grandson Julian.

Love Yvonne and her beautiful family. She is, of course, also mother to Adam and grandmother to Aiden and Olivia

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When Samantha and Adam were small….Yvonne and Mo with their children…

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Yvonne and Samantha with matriarch Barbara Gibb

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Whether performing or being a mom and wife, Samantha is a special kind of woman. She is truly the best parts of her mom and dad.

 

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Samantha with husband Paul and son Julian

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Yes, she’s the mother of five, but first she’s a wife, and I love seeing her in the wings or on the sideline at rehearsal watching over her partner, husband, lover and father of her children. She’s a presence and strong support to all.

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Along with Aunt Ali, the Gibb mothers look glamorous and fabulous at the Haute Tea Garden Party last September. Who would believe there are seven children among them? It’s nice to see the moms out having fun and raising funds for the Diabetes Research Institute

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Mom Linda with family at the DRIF Haute Tea in 2015…..

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Gibb mothers. May you be showered with many blessings on this day and every day.

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Robin Oh Robin!

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May 9, 2017

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Washington, D.C.

We are thinking of Robin Gibb. of course. Oh, Robin, my Robin. How your beautiful voice and gentle aesthetic are missed.

I first saw Robin Gibb when he performed on a TV show. I was about 10, and he and Barry and Maurice were on the Tom Jones Show. I thought the show was awesome, coming from another country. I remember that Maurice was playing the piano,sitting behind Robin and Barry. Robin sang first, and the song was “I Started a Joke”. He mesmerized me. He had long hair and bangs in his eyes. He must have been about 18 or 19. He was beautiful. His voice was beautiful. I was in love. Even at that young age, my heart was pounding so hard I thought I’d faint. From that day on, I was a Robin groupie. I followed his career like I was his own personal puppy dog. When “Saturday Night Fever” came out and the brothers wore the white outfits with their chests exposed, I dreamed about Robin every night. I was about 17 at the time and more in love than ever. When he got married, had kids, got divorced, every milestone was so dramatic for me. I knew in my heart that he was like part of my family. He was always going to be part of my life, no matter what he did or what song he sang. I got married and had a family of my own, all the while buying every single album. I was depressed when Robin and the Bee Gees weren’t performing in the mid-eighties. I felt cut off from him and would play the older albums to hear his voice. I was so thrilled with “ONE” and all the new music that followed. His voice got even better.I loved him even more as he got older. As he matured, so did I. I’d watch TV interviews on TV; and when Maurice died, I saw the pain and shock in his face, and I cried for him and with him. To lose a twin was sad, but the way Maurice passed was unthinkable. I saw Robin’s sorrowful face much too often after that. I’d cry when I saw photos of him because he looked to be grieving, and I wanted to comfort him. I prayed for him and prayed even more when he became ill. He will never be gone because he has been in my life since I was a little girl, and he is always with me. The effect he had on me when he sang is something I can’t explain in words. He has impacted my life for all these years; and when I miss him, I cry and get it out of my system, and then I play his perfect music.

 

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EASTER AND BARRY

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A photo I took of Barry, humbled by the crowd’s love in Philadelphia

April 7, 2017

Let me preface this article by letting everyone know that I am in no way comparing Barry Gibb to Jesus, although his fans do think he can do just about everything, short of walking on water.

I’ve been thinking about the upcoming Holy Week that is celebrated by Christians and culminates with Easter Sunday, which happens to be the day that the Recording Academy Tribute Concert for the Bee Gees will be telecast in the United States.

I admit I’m a good Catholic girl, and I somehow think God had a hand in setting this date for the concert. Laugh if you like, and doubt if you feel the need, but hear me out. There are just so many parallels that come to mind; and maybe my line of reasoning is a bit zigzaggy,  but I do keep the faith!

Holy Week begins on Monday and is a most important time in the Church. Passover also begins on Monday and runs to April 18. For those who don’t know about Passover, this holiday celebrates the Jews’ deliverance from slavery; it also is a depiction of Christ’s atonement for his people and his deliverance of us from the bondage of sin.

Over the decades, Bee Gee fans have had more than their share of dealing with heartache and having the need to call on their faith. Barry and his family, who conspicuously are often seen wearing crosses, have been through much pain and suffering, and the fans have been empathizing with them every step of the way.

During Holy Week, also called Passion Week, Jesus revealed his passion for us in his suffering. Most people, whether religious or not, can agree that Jesus was a good man, a good teacher and even a prophet. I wonder how many fans feel this way about Barry? Admit it, some of you out there do feel like this. He’s other-worldly, truly inspiring, and every story I get supports this feeling of adoration for him.

Sometimes I am shocked by the passion of fans whose lives literally revolved around Bee Gee music, concerts and paraphernalia. The word PASSION is sometimes inadequate when discussing fans and their love for the Gibb boys.

Barry, although deterred by tragedy, somehow didn’t lose sight of his passions, worked through his pain and suffering and still has survived. Passion is truly a word that fits his goals and achievements, and during Passion Week, he can rest on his laurels.

I think of what happened during Holy Week. There was a large cast of characters, each playing a part (much like a stage band, crew and fans). There were religious rulers, disciples, Jerusalem crowds and the distant but nasty Romans. Over the many decades of performing, there have been all sorts of characters involved with the Bee Gees and their great moments and their not-so-great moments. Not everyone has been supportive, and at times the brothers were deeply hurt by the media and those who dubbed them “disco”.

On Wednesday of Holy Week, also called Spy Wednesday, Judas conspired to betray Jesus. It’s hard to believe, but over the years, the Bee Gees had their share of this type of behavior. Betrayal is not foreign to any Gibb, just as we all have been betrayed at one time or another.

On Holy Thursday, the Last Supper was held, where Jesus ate with his disciples for the last time. He washed their feet, considered to be an act of tenderness and selflessness, truly humbling himself. If one is a long-time fan, it’s clear to each that all of the Gibbs have acted in selfless and tender ways when it comes to their families and dedicated colleagues. In recent years, Barry has seemed to be much more humble and grateful, well aware of his position as the surviving brother and sensitive to his fans’ needs.

Yes, there have been days that were the “last suppers”, many of those to look back upon, but perhaps Barry does so with love and reverence at this stage of his life.

Now we come to Good Friday. Why is it called Good Friday instead of Bad Friday? After all, it’s the day Jesus was crucified. Well, if one has faith, the belief is that this was God’s plan to save his people. Jesus showed his great love for man. He sacrificed for us. I’ve heard that it’s called the day where “wrath and mercy meet”. Think about that for awhile. How many times in life has one had a day where wrath and mercy meet? I can think of a few. The Gibbs certainly have had these in their lives as well, and Barry’s memories certainly include them.

Holy Saturday marks the transition between crucifixion and resurrection. Well, I could write another book about Gibb moments and events where they were “crucified” by everyone from radio personalities to writers and producers, as well as other artists. People can be cruel, no doubt about it; and yet, the Bee Gees always stayed true to their vision. They simply went about the business of being songwriters and creating music and certainly resurrected themselves with every new and brilliant album, whether it was their own album or music for other musical icons, like Barbra Streisand or Celine Dion.

Finally, we come to Easter Sunday, the oldest Christian holiday. It is a day of joy, celebration and thanks. It’s also a day for the giving of Easter eggs, which has been considered a symbol of rebirth in many cultures. I started thinking of Barry and rebirth in the same thought, and came up with the idea that “of course this has been his life”.

If one starts with him recovering from a horrific childhood accident and works through his meeting of Linda Gray, the premature birth of his children and their challenges as babies, survival of a music industry that turned its back on the Bee Gees and the loss of his three brothers, then he has been reborn many, many times. The most recent “rebirths” were the Mythology Tour, “In the Now”, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Industry and now the Tribute Concert, which is when???? Ah, yes, on Easter Sunday!

I rest my case.

 

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In Memory of Dad

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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 certainly 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 many will appear in my book, which is in editing at the moment.

March 27, 2017

No one ever said being a professor was easy, and I’ve been buried in work this past several weeks. In addition, I’m trying to work on book edits; and compared to watching molasses flow out of a jar, I’ll take the molasses viewing. I keep telling myself it will all work out in the end! So here’s a story I’ve pulled for this week, and it fits the season. Many of us can relate, so thanks to the Dads out there. Every day is Father’s Day.

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I’m writing because today is the anniversary of my Dad’s death, and I loved him as much as I love the Bee Gees. He used to sit with me and listen to the music when I was an obsessed teen, madly in love with Barry Gibb. I am taking a deep breath, and keeping emotions on the positive side, even though it is hard to do. I have many memories that make me smile, so I try to focus on those.

When we drove in the car, he would patiently let me play my CD’s, and eventually the Bee Gee sound grew on him. He even told me he loved the “Still Waters” album and that it “grew on him”. My Dad was a musician himself, and he appreciated the complicated songwriting and the wonderful harmonies, that special sound only Barry, Robin and Maurice could make. At times, we would discuss some of the songs, and I’d pull out the old ones I loved the best, like “Morning of My Life” and “First of May”. He loved them both.

When he became ill, I would listen to his music with hm, mostly classical and some old country like Conway Twitty and Vern Gosden and Keith Whitley. My Dad taught me to appreciate all types of music and to respect the process of what these artists created. He was a laid back, gentle man, and I miss him every day, but I know he is with me; and when I play the old albums on my ancient record player that still works, I’m sure he is listening. I can see him smiling, and I can hear his voice, and I know how lucky I was to have a father who loved music so much.

The Bee Gee music keeps me grounded and sane, and I have a big box in my car of all the CD’s, rotating them according to my mood of the day. Thanks to the brothers and to my Dad. Long live the Bee Gee sound, which is so unique and wonderful.  I’m sure it will be played for centuries to come.

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REHEARSAL! HOW WAS IT?

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On February 14 at 4:30, I attended a portion of the rehearsal for the Recording Academy Bee Gee tribute concert.  A few hours before the actual concert was to begin I sat and watched the activity,  and here’s how it went!

 

As I waited with the rest of the small group who were fortunate enough to be headed into the Microsoft Theater, I wished I had the powers of Samantha the witch from Bewitched or our favorite genie who complicated Major Nelson’s life on I Dream of Jeannie. How I wanted to transport all the fans and bring them there with me so everyone could experience the fun of seeing what goes on behind the scenes when a rehearsal is in progress.

So let me explain how this works. Much more complicated than a sound check, security was tight as we stood in the bowels of garage Gate G, where we soon were to see artists entering. Smelling of motor oil and flanked by large black SUV’s we awaited our entrance into the theater.

As Nick and Joe Jonas passed by, it was clear that everyone present had been born under that lucky star we often hear about.  Gathered in a small circle, some chatted and whispered, while others seemed nervous with anticipation.

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Now, I’ve been to the White House, and I don’t remember security this tight. Being on THE LIST was #1. Then the ID had to be checked, and green wristbands were attached. I was soon signing my life away, or so it seemed. There were guidelines. (I hate the word RULES). Cell phone off. No cameras or photos of any kind allowed (all the photos you see here were taken separately). Lining us up in alphabetical order by first name (hurrah for me) we were ushered (in single file) by staff to a side entrance, where we could hear the unmistakable voice of Keith Urban rehearsing “To Love Somebody”. Silently we listened until he had completed his rehearsal.

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As our guide gestured for us to move, we walked swiftly and quietly to an assigned section about a third of the way back in the Microsoft Theater. The burgundy seats were plush, the room warm. The unmistakable silhouettes of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, colored in hues of deep orange,  loomed large over center stage. Chills went through us all as special effects of thousands of rising stars rose upward. Glittering photos in a collage of all the Bee Gee albums shone from the ceiling downward. (see photo at top of article).

The special effects were glorious, as the lighting crew was working on tweaking the cues as the rehearsal went on. The orchestra was seated on both stage left and stage right behind the performers. Most of them wore jeans and t-shirts and seemed relaxed but focused.

We watched the intro medley first, which included Stayin’ Alive, Tragedy, How Deep is Your Love, Night Fever and then the Stayin’ Alive group segment. This was a complicated section of the show, since so many artists and dancers were involved. The director gave instructions through his microphone, and the segment began with a video of the Bee Gees as their harmonies blended so beautifully on the last note of Stayin’ Alive.

 

As Demi Lovato and the other artists came out to sing at their designated times, the dancers worked through glitches and their “blocking” (movement on stage). As this number progressed, hundreds of images of the brothers (Andy, too) filled the background. Everything from the early years, (Robin with a beard), those famous open chest silvery jacket shots, Mo with his hat and round glasses, and Barry and Andy together, were flashed on the screen.

I could feel those around me getting fidgety with excitement in their seats as they spotted Barry sitting down front with his ever-present bottle of water in hand.

As the number ended, the stage director headed on stage. Dancers in small groups rehearsed their steps, and the choreographer patiently gave instructions. The orchestra, too, was being given direction as the musicians laughed and made notes to their music.

As with any last rehearsal, care was given to every detail as the lights and cameras were adjusted and readjusted. I felt as though the scores of technicians looked like ants scurrying around as the director announced, “From the top once again.”

And so it went. There were camera cuts to the large screens on the let and right sides of the theater walls, and then again the cameras cut to where Barry and John Travolta would be seated during the show.

On the third go around, a voice testing the microphone levels said, “1, 2, 3, 4…….1,2,……1,2……..1,2,3,4. Then from the director, “Once again, please, everyone, from the top”. The huge sound boom moved slowly back and forth. Ah, the joy of being a musician and performer!

At this point in the proceedings, I got an emotional jolt of nostalgia, thinking how much fun the other three brothers would be having if they had been sitting in that audience with us. I just kept thinking of Maurice Gibb at every turn, picturing his wide smile as he tweaked his nose with his thumb and forefinger. The grin undoubtedly would never leave his face. He would be so proud.

When the opening number was completed, the big man himself headed for center stage and warmed up his voice, heating up the falsetto as he stood with his blue guitar. He waved a quick hello in our direction and got busy.  Yes, we were treated to Jive Talkin’ and those around me stood and started singing and dancing in place, caught up in the excitement of the moment. Stage floor lights glowed red, then blue, then green. Barry continued to rehearse for about 20 minutes until everyone was happy with the outcome.

Until that back wall flashed the album covers once again, (and even though I knew the facts) it didn’t sink in how extensive and overwhelming the Gibb brothers’ body of work truly is. Very impressive indeed, I thought, that the world will see this when the special event is broadcast on April 16!

When Barry finished up, he had some last words with the production staff and  then he headed in our direction. Accompanied by a photographer who was taking candid shots, he patiently walked up the aisle and down the line of seats to say hello to each person. Dressed in black jeans, black shirt, silvery belt buckle and a patterned black jacket vest, he looked imposing (as always!).

He also seemed  somewhat tired and obviously had experienced a long day (still with the concert to begin in less than 90 minutes) but he accepted hugs and words of love and admiration and smiled at everyone. He was patient and gentle, and it brought me to tears to see him bear the Bee Gee legacy alone, even though the accolades certainly must boost his spirits and are like a shot of adrenaline for his psyche.

Each person wanted to express that one personal message he or she had been waiting to communicate to him, and his affable charm brought broad grins to all the faces. I watched as he walked from person to person, as he made a personal comment to each, as he shook hands, as he grinned after the kisses.

His eyes lit up, and he was the legend, the icon, the talent they all worshiped. I glanced to my left and saw Ali Gibb leaning against the row of seats in the aisle, watching her father interact with the fans. Her face was soft and full of love, and I was happy for her. These memories will serve her well in years to come whenever anyone talks with her about her dad.

He waved goodbye and walked down the aisle to head backstage, and his presence hung in the air like a light summer breeze.

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“It takes a village” doesn’t come close to describing the amount of work involved in creating a production of this nature. At any given time, dozens of people filled the stage and many more were behind the scenes. No doubt, assistant directors, stage managers, camera crew members, the stage hands, and choreographers were just a few of the hundreds who pooled their collective talents to complete this project.

As we started to walk back down the aisle, the voices of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb came through the speakers and we heard, “Love me please, just a little bit longer.”

I smiled as I thought for a moment and then said under my breath, “I don’ think that will be a problem for any Bee Gee fan, boys. Not a problem at all.”

 

 

 

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You Had To Be There!

 

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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 joy, love, hope 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 many will appear in my book, which is slowly being edited. At times, I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

February 17, 2017

Anyone who is a Bee Gee fans knows about the Recording Industry Tribute to the Bee Gees, a concert that was taped on Tuesday, February 14, which will be broadcast on April 16 on CBS.

Yes, the analogy is fitting; held on Valentine’s Day, it was truly a love fest for the Gibb brothers. This Grammy honor has only been given three times. The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder were the previous honorees, so our Gibb boys are in elite company.

Instead of reviewing the concert (since fans have seen almost every performance online already)  I thought it fitting to share some of the “grab you by the throat” moments that viewers will not be able to appreciate when they watch the concert.

In no particular order, here are some special off camera moments…..

  1. John Travolta and Barry

John seemed to be on an emotional high, and he was clearly grateful for what the Bee Gees’ music did for his career. He mentions this during his little moments on stage, and his interactions with Barry throughout the night were heartfelt. John was sitting close to Barry, and their obviously congenial relationship was fun to watch. In between performances, there were moments where the crew was setting up for the next act, and the fun they were having sharing this momentous event just made me smile.

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Barry and John Travolta

2. The nervousness of the performers

We don’t often think that famous celebrities get starstruck, but just about everyone who was performing was fighting the nerves because Barry was watching them. They knew a music legend when they saw one. A particularly fun moment occurred when Philip Sweet from Little Big Town flubbed his opening introduction of “How Deep is Your Love”. The good humored audience laughed and applauded as the director gave instructions to start again. Phil responded with a big smile and commented “I’m so, so nervous” as he looked over at Barry. He was too cute, and everyone in the crowd could relate to him. Having the big man himself watch as he sang one of the most recognizable Bee Gee songs had to be mind-blowing.

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Philip Sweet on the right in photo…….

3. Magnificent Lighting Effects 

It’s difficult to appreciate the genius of this aspect of the concert without being in the theater. The Microsoft Theater has 7, 100 good seats. The stage is wide and of course there are two side projection screens for up-close viewing of what’s happening on the stage.

On this night, the beautiful and creative graphics were breathtaking. The innovative and inspiring laser, video and special effects had the crowd applauding the efforts of the lighting designer and his staff. I could only imagine what his light plot looked like. It must have been as big as the Bible! (FYI, a light plot is the book of cues for every single lighting effect of the show.) The flow was seamless, and the video clips dispersed throughout meshed beautifully with the colorful and visually inventive lighting.

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4. Nick Jonas singing an Andy song

Although this concert was billed as a tribute to the Bee Gees, when Nick Jonas walked onto the stage and the band began playing the intro to the oh, so familiar “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” there was a shift in the mood of the audience. Although everyone was swaying and singing, it was bittersweet and there was a palpable sadness throughout the crowd. The large photos of Andy that beamed down at the fans were of a young man who never grew old and never lost his zest for life or his gentle, kind spirit.

If the audience was feeling half of what I was experiencing, (and they seemed to be), the grief of Andy’s loss and the unfairness of it hurt and stabbed the heart all over again.

I thought that Nick honored Andy’s memory with a heartfelt performance. One could see that he was extremely happy to be singing that particular song, and he was fabulous. Andy might have been a Bee Gee one day, and he was, as Barry said, “the little light” of the family.

Witnessing thousands of people sharing in my grief made me feel better, and this helped me to remember the genius of Andy Gibb and just how special he was.

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Nick Jonas honoring Andy and the music

5. The power of Celine Dion-“Immortality”

When the concert is broadcast, the audience at home will witness a superstar performing like a superstar. Her voice is a miracle of an instrument, and she is certainly one of a kind, much like Whitney Houston or Andrea Bocelli. These artists are just a cut above the rest.

What the audience won’t feel is the surge of energy that went through the crowd when she walked onto the stage. It was almost as though they held their collective breaths and didn’t let it go until she was finished with the last note.We all knew we were about to witness greatness, and I’m not exaggerating.

I didn’t think she was going to make it through her opening remarks. Still suffering the loss of her husband Rene, it was clear that she seemed frail, thinner than before. Even so, she was regal, and the crowd, clearly moved and teary,  was silent as she sang.

I shook a bit and got goose bumps and people around me closed their eyes and blinked, some openly weeping. This song conjures up all sorts of memories of lost loved ones. We all can relate to the lyrics, and that’s another reason why the Bee Gees are the greatest songwriters who ever lived.

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Celine during her performance–she is a queenly talent

6. Barry’s behavior during the concert

It’s still hard to believe how humble Barry Gibb can be these days. As he attentively watched each performance, sometimes singing along, he seemed impressed and honored but was certainly still giving off the feeling that he was amazed at the whole event. Once in awhile, he had that look on his face which read, “Gee, for real? What did I do to deserve this?” and then there was the “I can’t believe Stevie Wonder and John Legend just sang my song” look.

I was gratified because I don’t want to ever experience what I call “the Doris Day Syndrome”. I love and adore Doris Day and think she was incredibly underrated and certainly deserved an Oscar for several of her performances, especially “Midnight Lace”. She was a star for several decades and needs to be given an honorary Oscar, but have they done it? No, and she’s in her 90’s. I expect the Oscar will come after she has passed.

Thank God the Recording Academy has done its job in a timely fashion. Barry deserved every joyous moment of this tribute, and his modest acceptance of the honor was great to watch.

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Barry saying thanks

7. Joy and pride of family members

The Gibb family is a large one, and many of them were there to support this tribute.The best part about this was seeing how happy and excited they were as they responded to the performances throughout the night.

Adam Gibb and his wife Elaine were in the audience. Knowing that Maurice would have adored every moment of this night, it was great to see Adam enjoying himself.

Michael and Jenna were having a wonderful time, too, and I was happy to see them.

Linda and Ali seemed to be totally enraptured by the show, and I don’t think Ashley Gibb stopped smiling. He was so proud of his father, and it was obvious that his expressions reflected that love and pride.

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Adam and Ali Gibb

8. The End of the Show

I don’t know how much of the ending of the concert will be in the broadcast, but after the stars came on for the finale, the show ended in dramatic fashion with confetti streaming from the rafters.

What may not be seen is the way the stars surrounded Barry as the show ended. It was the young performers who had that “starstruck” attitude and who showed great respect. Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato were the first to hug Barry, and then it seemed that everyone on the stage surrounded him with a collective hug. He was inundated with love, and so many brilliant performers themselves were showing their admiration for him and the songwriting talents of the three brothers.

No one left the stage for awhile. I think they all knew that they were in the presence of someone who truly is a musical legend. It was emotional and fun and exciting to witness this act of musical love for Barry.

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The Finale

Of course we all know that being part of the audience at a live event is exhilarating. The taping of a musical special is a different story because of all the stops and starts. There was more time for observation at this event.  There are so many other moments that I could mention, but you get the idea.

Bee Gee fans at a concert behave as ONE. The energy, passion and enthusiasm they have for the brothers is an adrenaline rush. I know the fans will love this concert, and I hope you all enjoy the little inside tidbits I’ve shared here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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