Thank you, Robin

Welcome to Morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to share and read stories of joy, fun, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often, some from my collected tales and some from the new ones as they come in. I will save many for my book, which will I hope to have completed this year. At times, I will post articles about Gibb events, that I hope the fans will enjoy.

Good robin

May 20, 2016

Clearly, Bee Gee fans worldwide are suffering today, reliving their pain over the loss of their beloved Robin. Some experts say that coping with grief over the loss of someone who is admired and loved is difficult but easier to deal with as time goes by. I wish that were true.

Somehow, I am still shattered that he was meant to leave this world so soon. I want him here, singing and composing and creating, making cryptic and irreverent remarks that are simultaneously biting and hysterically funny. I want to hear what he has to say about politics and pop culture, new music and new musicians making their marks in the industry. I want his insights and suggestions, his humor and simply his presence.

Why can’t he be here to support his brother Barry, who would no doubt be moved and inspired and motivated, as they headed to the recording studio to make their magic?

Alas, the man who was always reaching to be better than his last song, was needed elsewhere. Although I am not alone in my despair, I take his loss very personally. Maybe it’s a selfish way to think, but he was “my Robin”. What Robin Gibb fan doesn’t claim him as their own? He was too young and too brilliant to leave his fans and his brother, his family and his friends, but leave us he did.

I still feel abandoned and suffer with that deep, hollow sorrow in the pit of my stomach. I can only imagine how his family misses him. I wonder about his bravery towards the last years of his life and question my capability to behave as he did. I admire and respect him and know I am a better person for having experienced his artistry.

As Bee Gee and Robin Gibb fans commemorate him on this day, we think of the music and the videos and are thankful to have them. We listen to his magnificently unique voice that resonates with the clarity of a musical enigma. No one could emulate his sound. He still gives us chills and brings us to tears.

Why I’m thinking of Winnie the Pooh as I write this I’ll never know. Maybe it’s because Winnie was wise beyond his “young bear years”. One of his most memorable quotes reminds me of Robin:

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”.

For sure, Robin, for sure.

 

 

 

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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