It’s Clear What the Fans Feel!

Welcome to Morobinbarrystories! This site if for fans who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. (Andy is not forgotten and is also included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at Due to Covid19 and my current work demands, posts will be sporadic; but hopefully we will get back to a regular schedule soon.

December 31, 2020

I waited until the end of the year to see how fans were feeling about the Bee Gee Documentary film and what their reactions would be as I discussed it with them. Also, I found it fun to watch the excitement online across the many fan sites.

First, a few thoughts about the film. My first reaction was excitement at seeing the wonderful footage that most fans haven’t seen. My second reaction was one of appreciation for the great musical history that is portrayed on screen. This film was realistic, yet almost dreamlike.

it was inspiring to see Robert Stigwood, Brian Epstein, Dennis, Blue, Lulu and all of the players whose contributions helped shape the brothers’ careers. At moments, I was on the edge of my chair while I watched pieces of concerts and moments of personal video.

Then, in an instant, I was in tears as I heard Maurice talk about Robin “The voice that reaches your heart”, as he was openly showing his love for his brother’s talent. His moments on screen were poignant and gentle, and I felt close to the man who was the sweet, funny, kind musical talent.

It was fun to hear from musicians like Mark Ronson and Eric Clapton, but I was particularly touched by Chris Martin’s words of empathy and respect for the Gibb brothers and their songwriting gifts.

Of course, the most emotional moments came when Barry’s voice was heard and he was seen. It was a punch to the gut to hear him talk about Andy “Andy was a gift out of left field”. His storytelling about songwriting sessions, especially as he recounted the creation of “How Deep Is Your Love”, made me feel as though I was right there with him. I have to admit many of his thoughts gave me bittersweet moments. As he talked about writing for others “that new determination”, I was saddened to think that there were so many moments when the brothers were “fighting back” to gain their rightful place in the world of music.

Hearing Barry say “I just hope and pray that the music lasts” boggles my mind. There’s always that feeling of losing your place and having to keep proving oneself, worrying about being forgotten. I felt as though I wanted to yell at the screen and say “You must know how amazing this music is and how it will live on forever. New generations of fans are loving it, and it will go on and on. Your legacy is secure.”

My heart boomeranged around as fans wrote and called me, and i watched the posts and comments of appreciation, even when many were suffering from job loss or illness or feeling disconnected from family and friends. They still found a connection to the music of the brothers Gibb.

I want Barry to know that during this awful year of heartache and pandemic and death, his music has made millions of fans feel whole when they felt broken. It is simply a fact that Bee Gee music heals. Is there anything as healing as music? Barry, you open your mouth, and your heart falls out, and there’s nothing more wonderful than that.

I watched with a big smile on my face as fans excitedly posted about a video screening of the new album. Decades long fans were acting as though they were teenagers, and new fans were just as excited. Reactions of love and support for the film came from around the world, and every expression of admiration brought its own joy.

Now fans await the new album, and Barry goes on like the fine wine that never loses its flavor. It will be another milestone for him, and it will be exciting for every Bee Gee lover.

This wonderful documentary is a bright light in what has been a horrific and dark year for most fans. I know that the upcoming album will bring them smiles and moments of comfort in the new year.

Friedrich Nietzsche was a philosopher who also happened to be a composer and a poet, and I think his words ring true, especially when any Gibb song is being heard. He once said, “Without music, life would be a mistake”. Luckily, there are no mistakes when it comes to Bee Gee music.

Happy New Year, everyone, and thanks for the new memories.

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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