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.
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.