The Power of Andy


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January 22, 2016

I usually put up Andy stories during the month of March as we celebrate and remember his birthday, but I have been playing his music lately, and I’m missing him more than usual. Maybe it’s because I also saw him perform in NY, and his imprint on my heart was a powerful one. So let’s smile at the thought of him and enjoy Stephanie’s remembrance.


New York

I was a little girl when my mother played Andy Gibb’s music in the car as we drove. She would sing really loud, and I’d chime right in with her.Eventually, I learned the words to every song. My favorite was “Shadow Dancing”. I think I was in 5th grade and taking dance lessons when we’d dance in the living room and Mom would tell me how wonderful Andy was. The world revolved around Andy Gibb. I just had fun with her, but I didn’t really understand her obsession until later on.

When I got to be in middle school, he was on Broadway in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. I don’t think there was a doubt that somehow Mom would get to see her idol. Well, my Dad got tickets as a Christmas surprise, and we all went to see the show at the end of December. This was a very special event because we didn’t really get to see Broadway shows much.

I was so totally caught up in every word that came out of his mouth. I think my Mom cried all through the show. She was so thrilled to finally see him in person.

I remember that he was really young, but he was so beautiful, and he seemed so sincere and real. I just fell in love. He just mesmerized me, and I can’t really explain what I was feeling. There was no one on that stage but him. Talk about being hit between the eyes! Andy could do that to people. That was the moment I realized why my Mom cared so much about him. I will never forget that night and how happy my Mom and Dad were to be there.

Andy had something special that most performers don’t have. He wanted to make people happy and sing his music, and his love for the music came through with that special sound of his. We still love his music, and we miss him every day. It doesn’t matter how much time goes by. When someone is special and so talented, you can’t help but keep the music alive. I guess that’s why Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and those who are long gone are still loved all around the world.

Andy Gibb fans are a really special group of fans. His life was short, but he still impacts all of us. No one can really explain the power of Andy. I just know I’m happy my Mom taught me all about him, and I have a personal memory of him to remember that I share with my parents. I am so lucky.

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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 The Power of Andy

  1. Deborah CRISTINA says:

    Dear Stephanie, I know exactly what you talk about…
    As I like to say. .. Andy had, and has, the power to touch people ‘s heart! His sensitivity, his talent, his good mannaro were precious and autentic. World would need much more persons as Andy was!!!

  2. Kathy says:

    I understand exactly was Stephanie means. I saw him in Pirates of Penances in L.A., and was lucky enough to get his autograph after the show. I also was able to see him in one of his last shows in Vegas, the year before he died, and was able to speak with him, briefly, after the show. What a lovely, sweet, gentle soul he was!! He has been TRUELY missed! The world is truly lacking, genuine people like him! I hope he finally found his peace! Truly, he was Heaven’s gain!

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