Barry’s A Religious Experience


June 7, 2013

Most fans have a certain memory that sparks when talking about the Bee Gees. Cindy’s goes back to first love. Thanks for sharing it with us. How many can relate to this?


Rochester, NY

I didn’t have a boyfriend in high school because I was horribly shy and a serious student and just too scared to put myself out there and be around boys (in a romantic way). I did have friends, and I always had my music. It was in 1980 that I went to college without ever having a guy in my life. In my mind, my first boyfriend was Barry Gibb. I would imagine him coming to pick me up to take me to the movies or to a basketball game, and all the girls would be jealous because he was so handsome and talented. I listened to the Bee Gees music for all of my adolescence and dreamed about Barry. I know I wasn’t alone. All the girls at school felt the same way and adored him, but I still imagined that he was just mine. When I finally fell in love, it was with a guy I met in my psychology class when I was a freshman in college. The instructor had us working together in teams on a class project, and David was on my team. There were four of us in the group, and we met outside of class to prepare our presentation. When we met in the student union for the first time, I was talking with a girl in our group, Sarah, about the Bee Gees. David walked up and heard part of our conversation and told me he loved the Bee Gees; he was a fan since middle school. That was the beginning for us. I thought maybe Barry would be like this if we were having a conversation because this guy was very handsome and smart like Barry. Ironically, I compared everyone to my favorite Bee Gee, and these were huge shoes to fill. David and I started spending time together, began dating and we always talked about the music and how we felt about it. My first kiss from Dave came when we were in my room playing “Spirits Having Flown”. I’ll never forget that night. We dated for over a year, but we didn’t wind up together. Still, it was an extremely special time in my life, having the first boyfriend and sharing the Bee Gees with him. Those were great days; and whenever I play the “Spirits” album, I think of freshman year and my first love (after Barry, of course). Years later, I finally did see Barry in person during the “One” tour. I thought back to Dave and how we shared our admiration of Barry, and here he was singing in front of me. I have these special memories in my heart; and when a fan like me sees someone like Barry for the first time, it’s like a religious experience. To anyone who’s not a fan, it can’t be described in words. All Bee Gees fans know exactly how important the memories are, and I hope Dave smiles when he thinks of me and our Bee Gees time together.

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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4 Responses to Barry’s A Religious Experience

  1. Amber says:

    growing listening to the Bee Gees has made my imagination go back to a time when music had a more friendly and innocent feel to it that could be why their songs are mostly oldies these days on oldies radio stations.

    • Hi Amber,
      I hear their music all over and people like Michael Buble and Harry Connick are singing their songs. They will be sung forever, so take heart! We’ll always hear this amazing music.

  2. Amber says:

    for sure we will and I wish I could get Barry something for Christmas infact even if I won’t be able to at least I’ll encourage other fans of his to think of giving him something for Christmas that could possibly work!

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