This week’s story is just a Robin Gibb “baby love” story that makes you smile. Fans do some unusual things relating to the brothers; and when you have been raised from infancy with their music, you never know what will happen. Keep singing, Ashley!


New Jersey

This might sound silly; but believe me, it wasn’t silly then and it isn’t silly now; it’s just fun, at least to our family. My Mom was born a year after Robin and Maurice Gibb, so she grew up with them. She started listening to their music when she was a young teenager. She always told me she was drawn to Robin when she got her first record and heard his voice for the first time. Her favorite song was “I Can’t See Nobody”, but anything Robin sang was perfect as far as she was concerned. In 1975, she and my Dad got married and then the Bee Gees were a phenomenon and she was crazier than ever about them.  I was born in 1978; and when I was a baby, Mom would sing to me and recite nursery rhymes like Patty Cake, Patty Cake, Baker’s Man or One, Two, Buckle My Shoe. What she loved to create were the little question and answer games she would make up about the Bee Gees and Robin. They would go like this: “Who loves Robin Gibb? Mommy loves Robin Gibb”, Who loves Robin Gibb? Ashley loves Robin Gibb”, Then Mom would ask “How much do we love him?” and she’d make a big circle with her arms and say, “This much!” Of course I would squeal and make the big arm circle, too. She’d ask me,  “Who loves the Bee Gees? Mommy loves the Bee Gees. I remember the “Who do we see? We see a Bee Gee” My Mom had no shame when it came to entertaining me. Then there was, “Will Robin come and sing to us? Then the baby will not fuss” and “Why is it a happy day? Because today we’ll sing with Robin and play.” Another one was “If we sing a song, will Robin come along?”  She’d tell me later that when she changed my diapers, she would recite her Robin chants, and I would giggle like crazy. Of course, the music was always playing in the house, and I learned every song with Mom. From album to album she taught me the songs. Both the “Night Fever” and “Spirits Having Flown” albums got worn out. When I grew up, I would make up some pretty crazy “ rhymes” of my own regarding Robin and how perfect he was, in so, so, so, many ways. My friends would look at me like I was insane and tell me I was obsessed; and they were right, but I would blame my mother and say that it was all her fault. Then I got married and became a mother myself and yes, I do sing the Robin chants to my daughter Michelle, and she giggles just like I did. We sing the old songs, and we sing the newer songs together. Robin has been in my life since I was born, and Michelle now has him in her life. I’m passing these happy memories to her and hopefully will do so with my next child, so the answer to the “Who loves Robin Gibb?” question is definitely “My whole family.”

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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