April 17, 2015

We are getting closer to the anniversary of that sad day when we lost Robin Gibb, so I thought I’d post a few Robin stories in upcoming weeks. Here is a sweet one from a Robin fan.

Maria-New York

I first heard Robin Gibb’s voice when I was a little girl. My Dad was a Bee Gee fan, and he played the guitar as well. He would play their records and sing along with them. I remember him singing to me every night before I went to bed, and I loved the music, but I especially loved Robin’s voice. There was something soothing and peaceful about the sound of his voice, and my Dad thought he was different and unique with a sound that he said was “soulful”. I didn’t know what that meant when I was a child; but as I grew up, I understood what he was saying. I think “Run to Me” was Dad’s favorite Bee Gee song, and I wondered if Robin realized how amazing he sounded when he sang that song.

As I grew up, I loved Robin even more, and I think my favorite song is “I Will”. It’s not one of the Bee Gee hits, but it is special to me. I was in love with a guy who didn’t really care much about me, and he had another girlfriend who didn’t treat him very well. I thought the song was explaining exactly what I was feeling. That was what made Bee Gee songs so amazing. They related to real life, and this song was “my song”. It still is my favorite.

Over the years, I was lucky enough to see the Bee Gees with my father three times. The last time was in New York in 2001. My Dad was like a kid, hanging on every note, and I still felt the same thrill as though I was seeing them for the first time. They sounded even better than ever, and Robin Gibb was incredible. His sound was still “soulful” and Dad said it was “pure” and “clean”. I was honored to be sitting in that audience making that great memory with my Dad.

I miss Robin and his soulful sound, but I play my CD’s in the car every day. I love to hear him sing to me, and he lowers my stress level the minute a song begins. All Bee Gee fans are very lucky to know their music, and Robin will always be the best of the best for me. I don’t think there will ever be a voice like this again in music. The best part is that I got to grow up listening with my Dad, and we still share the memories and talk about the concerts. No one can take those away, and I thank Robin for that.

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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2 Responses to THAT SOULFUL SOUND……

  1. Carolyn Crocker says:

    Beautiful story, Hun.

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