May 24, 2013
As we continue to honor Robin Gibb through the month of may, it’s nice to reflect on the effect he had and still evokes worldwide.
There are fans out there who were never lucky enough to see Robin in person, but they still felt a strong connection to him. Rose’s thoughts say it all.
My family was very poor when I was a kid, and we didn’t even have a TV. I did have a small record player, though, and my friends would come over with Bee Gee records. It was the late 70’s when I first heard Robin Gibb sing, and I fell for his voice as though he was a movie star. I thought he sounded as though he was singing just for me. I was the oldest of five kids, and I had to babysit them every day after school, so the music was what helped me get through all the rough days and all the challenges. Being a child with adult responsibilities wasn’t fun, but music was my outlet. I would listen to Robin and sing with him. Growing up without any money meant that I couldn’t even go to movies, and being really poor is hard to explain to people who aren’t in that situation. I couldn’t go to the Bee Gee concerts, but I listened on the radio and had people in my life who shared their records with me. I was always grateful because the music was my friend as much as people were. Robin made a difference in my life, and I felt closer to him than any other singer. I think it was because of his uniqueness and the emotion I felt when I heard him. I always dreamed of traveling to Miami one day and meeting him so I could thank him for his talent, but I never did make it. Today I still cherish all of his music, and I have been collecting his older records and solo albums, and they are very special to me. I think Robin’s voice is timeless; I love him now just as much as I did in 1978, and I think there are fans all around the world who feel like I do. He helped me grow up, and he was always there for me through the music, and I love him for giving me so much of himself through his voice.