I am still hearing from fans about Andy, and it is a testament to how much he is loved world-wide. Thank you for all of your emails. This week I have posted two stories, the story below and one on the Latest Excerpt page, which is a moving story with a special touch of love for Maurice.

The Gibb Lullaby

Janie D.


When I had my first baby, I was living 1500 miles from my home in New Jersey. My husband had been transferred to Dallas, Texas and we had no friends or family in the area. I was a Bee Gees girl my whole life, and the music was my best friend. I would rock out with Maurice, Robin and Barry as I drove to the doctor or the pharmacy or the grocery store. I always had their music with me. When my daughter Lucy was born, she had some intestinal issues and became a very colicky baby. I did not know what colic was, but certainly learned fast that it can be debilitating to parents and the baby alike. My mother came to visit for two weeks, and then I was on my own. I was so sleep-deprived that I looked like the dark circles under my eyes were painted on with purple crayon.

The only thing that helped Lucy as I laid her belly down over my knees and rubbed her back was  the sound of “How Do You Mend a Broken Heart”. I used to play it over and over again. She loved that song. There was something about Barry’s voice that my little girl loved. She knew a good man even at that young age!  I can joke about this now, but I was desperate.

Whenever she would wake up in a fit, I would start the music and eventually, we had a good list of songs that became our staples as the “calm down’ music. Massachusetts was high on the list, too. God, Robin Gibb could sing a search warrant and I’d applaud. My Bee Gees music is an everyday part of my life, and now I’ve had three babies who love it as well. They know all the words and all the places to “la, la, la” . I can’t describe how much I think the Bee Gees have impacted the world with their music, and how strongly they have affected me personally. It has been a musical journey of memories with my children. My family has loved and will always love you. Thank you.

About morobinbarrystories

Anne Jakowenko, the blog author, has been loving the Bee Gees for decades while raising her sons and teaching college students Speech Communication and English skills at her alma mater, Syracuse University, where she received her Master’s degree. She has also taught for SUNY Oswego and Barry University. Currently, Anne is teaching for the State College of Florida while she continues to collect stories for her book, My Life with the Boys.
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