A PROPOSAL FOR BEE GEE FANS

 

July 5, 2013

This week let’s take heart, as Barry has been in England collecting another wonderful award, and think of what we all can do to show our love for all the brothers.

ALJ

New York

I have walked the musical life with the Bee Gees since “Massachusetts” in 1967. I am a contemporary of Barry, Robin and Maurice, and I’d like to give some suggestions to the devoted and dear fans who write on Facebook about them and tweet about them and talk about them. It is difficult to be without Maurice and Robin, hard not to have them together, sadder than sad when we celebrate the anniversary of a death, whether it is one of the twins or Andy. Some days are harder than others, and I do admit that I cry buckets sometimes and I even have gotten angry that three of the brothers had to leave this earth when they still were so young. I see the names that fans use to celebrate the Bee Gees, whole country names like Bee Gees Italy, Bee Gees Forever or Bee Gees for all Eternity. I see screen names with part of the Bee Gees written in it, as though the person’s identity is tied up in the group. I am in awe that fans from Africa to Singapore to New York write to one another about their love for these wonderful men, and I’d like to give all of them some ideas to think about, so here goes! When you miss them, watch a YouTube video of a performance on Oprah or Geraldo Rivera or Parkinson or one of the last interviews with Larry King in 2002. Enjoy the funny moments of outtakes, their great senses of humor, their incredible intelligence, wit and talent. Watch the poignant interview that Maurice did with Lynn Redgrave when he discussed his battles and how he was trying to be a better man and be inspired by this. Google Amazon.com and buy one of the lesser known albums like Mr. Natural. You will not be disappointed. Buy or rent one of the great DVD’s like One Night Only or Keppel Road and relish it. Don’t be upset that someone like Tony Bennett or Paul McCartney or anyone else who is much older than our Bee Gees is still out touring and don’t ask “WHY?” any Gibb brother had to go to heaven early. There are no answers to “WHY?” There are 3 ideas that I’d love to see the fans adopt that I feel passionate about. The 1st is to spread the music to others who are NOT fans, who DON”T KNOW the scope of their genius. Share the music with everyone and anyone you can think of, from the high school kids at the dance party you are supervising to the Senior Center New Year’s Party to your friend’s 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th birthday celebration to the Christmas office bash. Keep playing the songs, all of the songs, especially the amazing songs that aren’t as well known, like “The Way It Was” or “Had a Lotta Love Last Night” or “My Lover’s Prayer”. The 2nd idea is to take the time to sit down and write a letter to Barry Gibb. I don’t mean write an email or tweet a message or write something on Facebook. I mean buy some stationery or a lovely card and WRITE A LETTER and mail it to him in Miami Beach, Florida. He will receive it. He is here with all of us, struggling to embrace life without his siblings. Tell him how you feel about him and Maurice and Robin and Andy. Send him your personal love that you so profusely put on the Internet. Tell him now while you can do so. Lastly, be very, very grateful that we had these brothers singing to us for several decades and that there is a beautiful songbook of brilliant music for posterity and say, “Thank you.” We fans can’t say “thank you” enough.

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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11 Responses to A PROPOSAL FOR BEE GEE FANS

  1. Thank you for this post! I can never tell of my extent of my love & respect for The Gibb Brothers! I have followed them as long as I can remember .& they are just the best. And Barry is such a gorgeous & inspirational man & can honestly say Ivan just do proud of him! As a person & a fan! 🙂 thank you ❤

  2. Jenny, Thanks for reading the blog.. How much do we love the boys? It’s mind-boggling!

    • Dear Joyce,
      What a wonderful message for Barry. You really DO NEED TO BUY THAT CARD and write those words to him and mail it to Miami Beach right to his door. As NIKE says, Just Do IT! Thanks for taking the time to write. I am so appreciative. Again, for all fans, the address is Mr. Barry Gibb 5820 N. Bay Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33140.

  3. Joyce Arnold says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I had to fight back the tears while reading it, as I am now crying as I reply. I loved them all so much. I cried for weeks and weeks when Robin passed away, and partly for Barry. I thought, what is he going to do now without any of them, and his broken heart! I love Barry so much and I want him to know while we are both still here. He is loved by millions all over the world. I thank him for bringing us such beautiful music and voices. I’m so thankful that I grew up with the group as I was born the same year Mo and Robin were. They were great, beautiful and caring men, with so much talent. OMG, what talent! I love you Barry, all your fans do. No disrespect intended or meant, but Barry has always been my favorite. The Bee Gees will live forever in our hearts through our memories and thier music. Yes our love for them is very mind boggling. Barry, stand proud to be you and as a member of The Bee Gees, you deserve it, love.

  4. Hello i just want to say that for one i would be very glad to write to Barry Gibb just give me his address

    • Hi Denise,
      Barry’s address can be found on many sites online. It is 5820 N. Bay Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33140. I think it’s wonderful for him to get real mail, other than online messages. Thank you.

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  6. Elizabeth (Lisa) Coe says:

    If you are so inclined, even though it was panned by the critics, watch Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club, with the boys in it. It will make you smile, and I have to say, I think a few of the renditions are better than the originals! Maybe they have been called called Beatle wannabes, but there is NONE better than our Bee Gees, I don’t care who says otherwise. I cried for days when Andy died, and for days when Maurice died, and Robin’s death hit me in a harder, different way. I guess because we were holding out hope that everthing would be okay, and for a while it looked like it would be. What a void these deaths put into our lives. Thank God we have records, tapes, videos and cds/dvds. Warms the heart and soul to see/hear them, any time. Lisa Coe

    • Yes, your comments are so true. The heart breaks some times when I think of the three brothers I am missing so much, but we always have the music and videos and it is comforting. Thanks for taking the time to write. Annie

    • Amber says:

      I agree with that gee I didn’t know that reading an updated version of a biography book about them that I have would make me flood into tears like it did well of course I had not had so much love for a Rock Pop and Disco star like Robin Gibb before and I still do even though he’s gone well he’s still alive inside me and all of us as his fans and that’s what counts especially in these last few months since the time he passed away.

  7. Miriam Cicchino says:

    Awesome heartfelt comments. I live in New Jersey, and so much want to see Barry Gibb in concert. Always loved the BeeGees – so incredibly talented. Music is breath taking. I never got to see them in concert, but desperately want to see Barry soon in concert ( 2017 ) . Please , please let me know when he will back touring in the NZj area. Thanks so much ! So much love The Bee Gees and have followed their music. The family losses are heart renching! God Bless !!!

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