ONLY HAPPY MEMORIES

 

Especially for Robin fans:

From the words of “Immortality”, the beautiful almost hymn-like song written for Celine Dion,

“In all my love for you, And what else we may do

We don’t say goodbye”

It’s gratifying to hear from fans who are supportive and continue to love Robin and his brothers. It’s uplifting to be positive and think of the good memories, even though we are sad about Robin’s passing. People grieve in different ways, and this is clear from the variety of feelings that are expressed from around the world. The following story is a happy one, which evokes joyous memories. Rick chooses to celebrate Robin with smiles. I hope you all appreciate his memory and how he is passing on the Bee Gee legacy.

May 17, 2013

ONLY HAPPY MEMORIES

Rick

NYC

When I was growing up, my parents used to have a disco party every year. They were kids from the 70’s, and the Bee Gees were a huge part of their lives. My Mom always says that she was a fan before “Night Fever” because she loved Robin’s voice and wanted to marry him! She said she went “way back” with him. She “had the hots” for him in 1968! So, as a kid, I remember decorating the basement, which was redone as a den and “rec” room. It became Bee Gees heaven. My Mom had posters, albums, photos, …anything and everything you could imagine relating to the Bee Gees. She knew every little detail about Robin’s life. I think she knew what his feelings were about every topic imaginable, what he ate, what he wore, where he lived. She was truly a groupie. She felt that Robin was the kind of guy who would show his emotions through his singing. She says that his heart was on his sleeve when he started to sing a song. No matter what kinds of music were out their being playing on the radio, she still thought Robin was the best. The party was always a blast because that music was contagious. My parents’ friends would dress up like Robin and Barry and Maurice, and they would karaoke all night long. As I got older, their music evolved and I got into it myself. I love “Size Isn’t Everything” and “Still Waters”, and now my kids are listening and learning all about Robin and the brothers. They can’t help it because whenever my Mom babysits for them or they visit her, they wind up coming home singing one of Robin’s songs or something wild like “Tragedy” or “Jive Talkin”. It suits me fine because this music brings back memories of the best growing up years and happy times with Mom and Dad. I know this is a life-long obsession that  hopefully will be passed on through our generations. There aren’t enough words of thanks for Robin and his brothers who wrote some of the best music of my life. I know I couldn’t begin to write songs they way they did, and no one else can either. The mold was broken after they were born….truly genius, and Robin is forever in our 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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