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December 31, 2016
This post isn’t about what happened in 2016 to Barry or his band. It’s not a retrospect of events. Bee Gee fans know exactly what went on from January through December. They know and pray for the Gibbs at the loss of Barbara Gibb and also Alan Thicke, a close family friend and supporter of the DRIF for years.
Instead of discussing the sadness and losses, I’d like to focus on the uplifting part of writing about the Bee Gees and especially Barry and his family. It’s been a surprising and exhilarating four years since I went public with my writing, but it’s been a lifetime of being a fan and nearly 17 years of collecting stories that have now come full circle. I promised myself that I would finish my book by the end of the year. As I write this, I am completing the draft and will start to edit the story next week. I am proud of that accomplishment, but I am more proud of the relationships and interactions with the fans for these past years that have enriched my life.
Whether it’s the wonderful people at the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation or the fans I met on the road, I was continually surprised to be so deeply affected by their dedication and love for what matters most to them.
Barry Gibb is revered, and his family is admired, and I think he’d be the first to say that there are no other fans as dedicated and full of love as Bee Gee fans.
As I traveled to concerts and attended DRI events, I was more and more inspired by the outpouring of pure joy that fans expressed for the Gibb brothers. I loved seeing the memorabilia and hearing the stories, and I’m excited to share them with fans worldwide. Whether it was a banner, a handmade scarf, a tote bag, a book or a t-shirt, the message of love was the same.
No matter what happens in the future, the legacy is carved in stone, is set in the archives, is shown in the awards received. Barry can sit on his songwriter extraordinaire throne and look out over the waters in Miami Beach and know that he’s accomplished great things in his lifetime. However, music is a driving force in his life, and he graces us with his talents because he chooses to keep writing and performing, and for this fans are grateful.
It’s the fans who help him keep going; it’s the fans who show their love daily, and I’d like to thank them once again for their passion.
I am amazed at how far they traveled to see Barry, how totally invested they are in their support of whatever he chooses to do, and especially at the fun-loving attitude they express that is so contagious to all around them.
I have hundreds of photos that bring back wonderful memories, and I’ve posted just a few here. Each one gives me joy, and I wonder at how overwhelmed Barry must feel when he meets fans from different cultures, backgrounds and ages (yes, I get letters from teens who love him) and how gratifying that feeling is for him.
It is an honor to write about Barry and everyone who supports him, and I know that the band members, (who are amazingly kind, funny and talented) truly understand that the fans who follow Barry and his brothers are unique and crazily dedicated to the man and the music.
I wish many blessings to all the fans as 2017 begins. Each one is special; each one has a story; each one carries a zeal, an energy and sometimes an obsession that no one but another Bee Gee fan can understand.
Perhaps the only one to truly understand this camaraderie and fellowship is Barry himself, and for this, I am sure he is truly grateful.
Happy New Year to all!