Men of Honor

Welcome to morobinbarrystories! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere 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 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 and many will appear in my book, which is still in editing. At times, I will post articles about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

April 18, 2018

B and Dr. R

No matter what words I use to discuss Dr. Camillo Ricordi and Sir Barry Gibb they will fall short of what these truly distinguished men of honor deserve. In dramatically different fields of expertise, they still come together and present dynamic role models of achievement.

Bee Gee fans worldwide know of Barry’s achievements that span half a century.  His continued work in recent years from his wildly successful Mythology Tour, release of a new album, In the Now, and upcoming work on a musical about the life of the Bee Gees, are mind-boggling. However, I believe that he feels most proud of his amazing family and his long marriage to Linda. Anyone associated with the Diabetes Research Institute knows that Barry and Linda’s generous support of this Foundation is also at the top of the list of key successes in a long life of charity work.

I remember writing a story years ago about how the concert for UNICEF in 1979 that was spearheaded by the Bee Gees raised millions of dollars, and Barry and Linda haven’t stopped giving back since.

This year Barry and Linda were Poker Sponsors for the High Rollers Night, and their appearance adds so much more because it brings fans to the event as well and provides great energy and excitement.

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In contrast to Barry Gibb, Dr. Camillo Ricordi isn’t a musician or a performer; but he, like Barry, stands far above others in his field as an innovative, brilliant, creative mind with no equal. He is the Stacy Joy Goodman Professor of Surgery, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami, Florida, where he is the Director of the Diabetes Research Institute.

There are several other titles, and it’s an impressive list, but the bottom line is that he is one of the world’s leading scientists in diabetes cure-focused research. It’s important to remember that the DRI collaborates with other institutions all over the world. Classical trials can be done, which pools the resources. The search for a cure continues throughout what is called “the Federation”. What this means for fans is that whether they live in Germany, Holland, Italy or anywhere else in the world, they can benefit from the collaborative efforts of the DRI.

Anyone interacting with either of these men realizes that they are in the presence of brilliant minds, and the best part is that they are kind and loving human beings. They come together to support a cause, and events like the High Rollers night raise funds so that the researchers can continue their clinical trials.

We should all remember the focus, and to hold on to the hope for a cure. As Dr. Ricordi states, “We will cure diabetes. This is no a prediction;it is a promise.

A thousand thanks to Barry and his family for supporting this cause and to Dr. Ricordi and his entire team for persevering until his prediction comes to fruition. The world is lucky to have all of them and their passionate dedication to stop diabetes in its tracks.

 

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Social Force of Nature

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Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @ morobinbarry. This site of for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to share and read stories about 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 and many will appear in my book, which is still in editing. At times, I will add reports and stories about Gibb events that I hope the fans will enjoy.

April 17, 2018

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I’m taking a different angle as I write about the Diabetes Research Institute High Rollers Night in Miami Beach. I’ll be posting several shorter, more personal stories for the fans and will give my take on the night’s intriguing and fun moments.

As one might expect, there are perks to being able to write about the Gibbs. Most often, I enjoy standing on the sidelines watching their interactions with whoever is determined to “get the photos”, “give a hug”, “share a chat” and post to Instagram and Facebook.

It gets grueling and crazy, but during the DRI High Rollers Night, I smiled my way through the evening observing Ashley Gibb being cool.

It’s been five years now of seeing Ashley and his wife Therese at various events and concerts. Often he is watching out for his parents and being supportive. Early on this evening, I talked with him; and as usual, he was funny, self-deprecating and interesting. When Ashley speaks with someone, he gives his full attention.

As a husband and father, I’d bet that he has his share of normal family challenges and both good and bad times; but during his public outings, his extroverted personality is engaging and charismatic. He and Therese are a built in family public relations force of nature.

It doesn’t hurt that great looks and killer smile come along with the patient man who not only posed for photos for several hours but also had fun in the process. His energy is palpable.

He’s a good sport and a nice guy, and Therese is a perfect match for him. She knows who she is and presents herself with confidence, poise and intelligence; and yet she’s willing to cut loose and give the fans the thrill they long for as they enjoy a kinship with her.

Of course, anyone might tell me that Ashley and Therese have had many years of practice doing the “social event” “and “be with the fans” thing. I say that it takes a special temperament to be comfortable and relaxed with the demands they face from the public. Whether or not their patience is tested to the limit, on this night they were enjoying themselves and making scores of people happy, both during the cocktail hour and then later as people surrounded them at the gambling tables.

After decades of being mentioned as the son “who looks like his dad” and the boy who “is a Barry clone”, he also is clearly his own man. I’ve heard comments that Ashley is “so nice”, “always smiling”, “fun to talk with”, “such a doll” and “so sweet”. Yes, all this is true, but there seem to be layers to him far deeper than what we see. Wouldn’t it be fun to learn more about those layers? I’d like to spend some time with him and learn more about this man and hope that time comes where I am able to do so. Thanks, Ashley, for being the gentlemanly, gallant guy that you are……smooth and cool……..

 

 

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Easter and Passover Blessings

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Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com! Join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere 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 often included). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often. Sometimes I will write about Gibb events and add photos as well. I hope you will be able to read my book soon, even though it is still being edited and tweaked. I am dreaming of a publication date this year!

March 30, 2018

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Today is the holiest of days, Good Friday. For those millions who celebrate, we know that the hours of 12-3 were the saddest hours of the year, for that’s the time that Christ hung on the cross. The good news is that he rose again, and we all have him to thank for our lives. Passover also begins today, and that’s a rare occurrence (for Good Friday and Passover to be on the same day). For the Jews celebrating this spring festival that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, many blessings.

I mention these two days because I think that Bee Gee fans somehow know that having the three brothers for nearly fifty years of composing, performing and giving their many talents to the world, is truly a miracle. Maybe some of you might think this connection is a stretch, but I don’t. The three brothers professed their faith in individualistic fashion.

I like to think that Robin, Maurice and Andy are looking down upon us and sending great energy and love. It’s the time for Spring and rebirth and for sharing and continuing to keep alive the Bee Gee music we love.

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All three brothers were blessed with special gifts of intellect and humor and great faith and love in their lives that they translated to their music. Barry and Linda Gibb are fortunate to still have one another to lean on so that neither one falls. She supports him in whatever endeavors he pursues, and they and their family have been giving back to their community for decades, and the Diabetes Research Institute has been their number one charity.

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What is inspiring about their charity work is how the next generation of Gibbs have followed in Barry and Linda’s footsteps.

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Gibb girls at Haute Tea fundraiser for DRIF

Little miracles of hope happen every day as a result of what the Diabetes Research Foundation accomplishes, and the Gibb support is an asset to every step forward that they make in the battle to fight Type I diabetes.

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Michael and Travis Gibb and their wives, Jenna and Stacy at DRI Love and Hope Ball

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Steve at rehearsal in Hollywood Bowl

Another little gift from God comes in the form of Gibb family members who perform and share their love of music; Steve and Samantha Gibb have it in their blood; and anyone who was lucky enough to see them on the Mythology Tour or to watch video of their performances, knows how talented they are.

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Barry with Samantha in LA

I get misty when thinking about losing 2/3 of the Bee Gees and how painful their passing is for fans around the world. We miss Robin and Maurice and reflect on their loss but appreciate what they left for us to treasure. They were truly unique and irreplaceable.

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I hardly think a day goes by without Barry reflecting on his brothers and thinking about what they might say or do if they were with him as he navigates the music world without them. I know they will be along for the ride as Barry works on the musical that is in the works that will showcase the Bee Gees and their lives. How amazing will this be?

Barry’s magic fingers continue to create and inspire, and we are blessed beyond measure to know that he still wants to write. What kind of wizardry will he create next? I know in my heart that eventually he will want to spend time with the family and stop performing, but we all can fall back on the hundreds of pieces of treasured music we already have. The one part of this that will be missed is watching the fans get excited at events and concerts, but the memories are still tucked away to recall when we get nostalgic.

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So, as we celebrate these most holy holidays, I pray that we are grateful and inspired to share Bee Gee music whenever we can. The legacy of the Gibb brothers will live on through the fans. Happy Easter and Blessed Passover to all.

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What Their Music Means to Me

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February 16

This story comes from a very dedicated fan, and her passion for the brothers comes through in every word, tugging at the heart!

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I’ve been listening to the Bee Gees since I was old enough to have my first transistor radio. I’ve never known a world without them. I was born in December of 1960, so when they were hitting the radio I was pretty young. Their music got me through many hard times or times I thought were tough at the time. I’ve admired them as people and artists. I always thought Robin as being original; I identified with him in that aspect. Maurice seemed to be the middle guy; I also identified wit that for many reasons. Barry, or shall I say, Sir Barry, was everything I wanted in a man. What makes him so special in my eyes has nothing to do with his looks, although he is one sexy man and age hasn’t changed that one bit. What I found to make him so amazing was his love and devotion to his family. His love for them is so apparent in many ways.

As a whole, I loved that fame never seemed to change the way the brothers were. They stayed so real, so human. To me, they felt like someone who you could hang out with, no egos, no big heads and plenty of laughs. I love jokesters and love their humor.

I had my children very young. I devoted my life to them with the knowledge that when they were adults, I could go finish my education in the Veterinary field and fulfill my hopes and dreams. However, just prior to my youngest turning 18, my oldest daughter gave birth to my grandson Jacob who has special needs. He is severely autistic. For the last 22 years, I’ve been raising Jacob.

Due to this, employment status isn’t good; therefore, finances aren’t good. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining, just explaining.

Now to explain what the Bee Gees and their music mean to me. They take me back to days when I was young and still full of promise of what was to come in my life. They bring me back to happy times. Their individual lives give me hope for my future.

Maurice fought hard and overcame his dependency on alcohol. He was a fighter and made things right with his family. Robin seemed to be so quick-witted, something I enjoy being. Barry gives me the hope that someday maybe I will find someone to share my life with that will love me in the way he and Linda love each other.

I’ve never had the privilege of seeing the Bee Gees in concert or Sir Barry as a solo. I hope and pray that Sir Barry will tour at least one more time and that somehow I can go see him. I don’t have a huge bucket list, but at the top of it is to see Sir Barry.

 

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Maurice Gibb-Thank you!

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This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to share and read stories of fun, joy, 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 and many will be included in my book, which is still in editing as I write this. I promise it is making progress, and I hope to get it published one day in the next decade! (only kidding). At times I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

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January 9, 2018

Today I am pulling a story about Maurice. It’s often difficult for me to read them, since I still feel the pain of his loss, but they also make me smile, since the fans show their love for him in so many different ways.  I hope you all enjoy it.

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My Mom loved Maurice Gibb when she was a young teen, and she kept pictures of him in  a box in her bedroom all her life. She kept it in a closet and would take it out once in awhile and show me the magazines and photos. Bee Gee music was often playing when I came home from school, and Mom would seem so happy.

She thought he and Lulu were much too young to get married, and she told me all about how upset she was when he got divorced so young. I was just a little girl when she ‘educated” me about the Bee Gees, and she made it clear that Mo was “her guy”. Her face would light up when she talked about him.

He was “cheeky”, “sweet”, “generous”, “funny”, “sensitive” and “gorgeous”. How she knew all this I wasn’t sure (I was five), but I knew that she meant what she said. No one in the family (especially my Dad) would dare say a word in favor of Barry or Robin. Mom admitted that Barry was a great singer and Robin’s sound was unique, but there was something about the way Maurice interacted with fans that made him special.

She got to see him in concert twice before I was born, and she would relive every moment of each concert as she told me about his sense of humor and how wonderful he was when he played the guitar or the keyboards. She told me that “the best things come in small packages (like diamonds) and Maurice was a diamond.

She conceded that Yvonne was “adorable and good for him”, even though she was as jealous as she could be. My Dad would shake his head and give me a knowing look, as if to say “there’s no talking to her”, when she started talking about him. She said that he was “the best part of growing up with music every day”.

I don’t think that kids of my generation had anyone quite like him to idolize. I know that Michael Jackson (when I was little) and ‘NSync (loved boy bands) were my favorites, but I liked their music, whereas my mom LOVED the man, as well as the music. He made an impact that no one else could make, and I think he must have felt the love from the fans because of his charisma. Mom said his “charisma” was exciting and genuine.

I hope he knew how he affected people and what devotion they had for him. It would be sad to think he didn’t know that because he made my Mom so happy, and that’s a wonderful way to be remembered. I’d like to thank him for his special gifts and let him know how much he meant to so many.

 

 

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How Blessed We Are

 

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Welcome to Morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories of fun, joy, love and inspiration for Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Andy is included at times as well. If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted at times and many will appear in my book, which is still in the editing process. (This is a forever process, and my patience is truly an asset at this point).

December 24, 2017

On this Christmas Eve, it’s not unusual to reflect on one’s blessings and to appreciate what enriches our lives. Over the last several years, I have been reminded numerous times that Bee Gee fans are generous and compassionate, They are dedicated and loyal (not sounding like my German Shepherd Joey here, but it’s true). They having loving families and friends, and their loyalty to all things Gibb is mind-boggling.

Whether they have been fans for fifty years or two years (one fan wrote saying she was 19 and wished all music today was like the Bee Gees), the common thread is the love of the music and the affection for all the brothers.

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Fans filled with excitement on Mythology Tour

As with Barry and his family, they often volunteer for various charities and share their time freely to help raise funds and awareness for those in need. Although many of them have sometimes faced debilitating challenges in their lives, they choose to be optimistic and hopeful, a true trademark of Bee Gee fans.

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Barry with Dr. Ricordi at the Love and Hope Ball for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation

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Barry with Ashley, Steve and Mike at the Haute Tea (surprising Linda as she is honored for her years of service to the DRIF)

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Ali and Linda arriving at the Haute Tea in 2016

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Barry and Samantha in LA

Fans are multi-talented themselves, and I am amazed at their contributions to society and their communities. It’s an honor meeting and interacting with them, and I know that they feel blessed to meet one another at concerts and on Facebook and through GSI as they share their passions for Barry, Robin, Maurice and Andy Gibb.

Just as Barry and Linda, Yvonne and Dwina make their families the number one priority in their lives, fans also nurture and care for their loved ones and appreciate them more as time goes by. At holiday time, it seems as though we are more grateful than ever for those who support and care for us.

So as we celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. let us be uplifted by all our blessings, whether many or few. A kind smile for a stranger, a tight hug, a card in the mail, a dish of homemade cookies, a phone call to a long ago friend, extra dollars in the collection plate at church, and as many thank you’s we can think of…….let us share these blessings.

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There’s always something wonderful to smile about……….

 

 

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Tea and Sympathy…..and Fun

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Jenna, Ali, Therese and Linda Gibb as they arrive at Haute Tea

October 31, 2017

As a fundraising event for the Diabetes Research Institute, this particular event brings together ladies (and a few gentlemen) from around the country who feel passionate about supporting the scientists who work diligently to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. The Gibb family has supported this Institute for decades, and I attend to see the girls and chat with them, as I try to get photos for the fans and bring awareness, and hopefully, donations to assist in the fight to stop diabetes.

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Ali Gibb looking fab!

Most of the Gibb girls were in attendance, Linda, Jenna and Ali wore white dresses and Therese wore black and a huge smile. They spread the love, chatting with scores of people and checking out the auction items. Their attendance at these events sends a message of support and love. Linda was honored for her years of service to the DRIF two years ago, and the next generation continues to follow in her footsteps, as they work on committees and volunteer their time.

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I have attended this event four times now, and it’s always a joy to watch the ladies as they walk into the ballroom wearing spectacular hats and heels (there are prizes for the best) and chatting with old friends and meeting new acquaintances. Everyone has a mission on this day, and it’s to enjoy the wonderful company, food, fashion show and auction of beautiful items and trips that go beyond what one would expect. Often the trips are extravagant, and auction items are lovely.

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Jillian Posner–a powerhouse event chair

On the surface, it’s a “fun”, “upbeat” and “happy” atmosphere, but there is an underlying note of seriousness and determination that the attendees are thinking about. As always, there are stories shared by many in the room who live with diabetes or have children who suffer from this disease. It’s an emotional time when the hundreds of supporters reflect and remember why they are there and how they can continue to help. Everyone, including all the Gibb ladies, was there to raise funds so that Dr. Ricordi and his brilliant scientists and staff can do their jobs.

It’s important to remember that the DRI has partnerships around the world and thousands are working to find a cure.

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Therese Gibb, all tall and impressive looking–a vision in black

One of my goals in this story became apparent to me as I watched the staff of the DRIF rush around and take care of last minute details before the guests arrived. They are focused, sometimes frenetic and always professional.

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Barbara and Jill….the founder and the Sr. VP.–two amazing ladies

 

I need to give them a shout-out, for without this amazing team, none of the events that raise thousands of dollars for research, would happen. I have noticed in the past that no matter has harried or pressured they are, there still is a camaraderie and a positive attitude that permeates the air and brings a smile during times of stress. It’s a big challenge to pull off scores of fundraising events in a year’s time, and this event is a blockbuster among them.

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Lauren, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communication–and truly a sweet soul.

Lori Weintraub, Sr. Vice-President, is a force to be reckoned with. She’s the type of woman who has unwavering resolve to reach her goals. Lauren, Nicole, Karen, Jill, Joelle, Jessica and all the others staff members who work at the DRIF are equally special, and I hope that those of you who wonder how you can help this Gibb charity will think of how hard they work and rush to the Diabetes Research Institute Facebook page and website to see all of the wonderful choices you have to give.

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Beautiful Jenna Gibb

Yes, there was music. Yes, there was a fashion show. Yes, it was more impressive than  ever. Yes, the food and the flowers were stunning. The DRIF has done it again, with panache.

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The musicians had fun, too!

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Nieman Marcus fashions—-elegant

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So beautiful I didn’t want to mess it by eating….

Thanks to the hundreds who bought the tickets and those of you around the world who will support the DRI in the future. I always think of what Dr. Giacomo Lanzoni said to me when I visited him in his laboratory at the DRI.  He shook his head as he commented about meeting with patients and said, “We can feel their love and support, but we also feel their suffering.”

It’s time to end the suffering, don’t you think?

 

 

 

 

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Skating to the Bee Gees!

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Welcome to Morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere who would like to read and share stories about 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 on this site and many will be included in my book, which is in formatting now. I am hoping it will be completed soon. At times I will write about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will enjoy.

October 10, 2017

I posted this photo of Barry that I shot in Boston during the encore of his concert. He is wearing the Boston Strong hat, of course. Since this story is from a Boston fan, I thought it would be a great choice!

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When I was a little girl, I loved to roller skate with my best friend Mary. During the summers, we would skate through the neighborhood; but during the winter, we’d have to skate indoors. Boston has long winters, and we skated many miles during those months.

My basement didn’t have enough room for us to skate, so we always skated at Mary’s house. I brought over my small pink record player, and we set it up in corner of the unfinished basement. The concrete floors were perfect for skating.

The most important thing about our skating was that we only skated to the Bee Gees. We were both in love with them, and Main Course was our “skating album”. We loved “Winds of Change” for our fast song and “Baby As You Turn Away” for our slow song. As time went on, we would pretend we were in the Olympics and skating for Gold medals. Jive Talkin’ was my “Olympic song”. We were the skating queens!

As we got older, we’d actually skate at an indoor ice rink on ice skates, and we’d always bring our music for the DJ to play. He was a fan of the Spirits album, and everyone at the rink would get into the music with us. We sort of spread Bee Gee music to the neighborhood every week when we skated.

Those memories are the best. I look back and see how carefree we were and how much we enjoyed the music as young girls. When we were in high school, we loved the Bee Gees just as much as we had earlier. I remember listening to Hall and Oates and Bon Jovi and Billy Joel, but I always went back to the Bee Gees.

Skating was my passion for exercise, and the Bee Gees were forever my passion for music. Mary is still my best friend, and we still play their music when we go out shopping and we’re driving in the car or going on a day trip. It’s a lifelong passion. We laugh about our skating years and cherish the memories. There’s no one like the Bee Gees.

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A Long Road Ahead-So Play the Music

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September 17, 2017

Welcome to morobinbarrystories.com! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry.This site is for Bee Gee fans everywhere 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 included at times). If you’d like to share a story, please email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted at times and many will be in my book, which is thankfully in the process of formatting right now! At times, I will write about Gibb events that I hope the fans will enjoy.

THOUGHTS ON THE PAST FEW MONTHS….

Since Barry performed at Glastonbury, there hasn’t been much to look forward to, so fans go back to older concerts and many post memories from decades past. Indeed, the stories I hear are often from fans’ recollections of concerts in the 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s or of encounters with the Gibbs on a more personal level. The bottom line is that music always inspires and supports the fans; and their love of the music keeps them going, no matter what is happening in their lives.

I notice that we become complacent and sometimes we worry, whine or complain about mundane things; and then a real tragedy strikes, and we realize how petty we have been. Returning to Syracuse University has been a blessing, but we all know the nightmare of moving 1500 miles and all that comes with that process. On top of this move, I have been working with an editor to get my book formatted. This process makes watching the Heinz ketchup drizzle out of the bottle onto the fries seem like a lightening bolt of time in comparison. My frustration is easily calmed when the music is turned on and one of the Gibb boys croons me a tune.

No matter what the mindset or struggles anyone is experiencing, we always love our Gibb boys and their music. We turn to it for solace. I do so on a daily basis. Sometimes I wonder about the impact of this music and how generations to come will also feel that calming effect when listening to Morning of My Life or First of May.

The recent events in Houston and Florida remind fans around the world that natural disasters can impact millions of lives and cause permanent destruction and heartache. Still, as I worry and pray for others who are less fortunate, I am playing Main Course as I drive to work. Somehow, this makes me feel better.

I spent the end of the summer moving back to New York from Florida, and I was lucky to be out of harm’s way when hurricane Irma hit the peninsula. We know that the Gibb family was able to evacuate, and fans are grateful that they are safe and healthy. However, I have many friends who are still without both power and water. My best friend, who is a third grade teacher in Naples, is one of these victims. Another colleague, who lives in the Keys, can’t go home because there is no home to return to and salvage.

I lived through Charley and had no power for 14 days when the temperatures were 90 plus degrees and the streets were blocked for weeks. The feeling of helplessness is indescribable.

I don’t think that people who live out of this region realize that even though the hurricane is over, the recovery and rebuilding process can actually be the worst part and take months or even years to complete. The unlucky ones never get over the emotional trauma of losing a home or being flooded out or trying to escape the wrath of nature with a 15-hour drive North to safety.

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A few days before hurricane Irma hit Florida, I was heading to the airport to fly to Miami so that I could attend the Diabetes Research Institute Haute Tea event and report on it for the fans. This is the Gibbs’ charity, and I have become emotionally invested myself and am anxious to help in any way possible. Luckily, Lauren from the DRIF sent me a message the the event was being cancelled. Just a few hours later I might have been in Florida and certainly would have been unable to get back home. I dodged a bullet.

The first thing I did when I got home that day was play Still Waters. When I hear from fans that they are still comforted by Bee Gee music, I smile and sigh and thank Barry, Robin and Maurice. As for Barry, he’s larger than life for many fans, and yet he’s still a father and husband whose family and their safety and health matter to him more than anything.

As for Maurice and Robin, I’ve no doubt that they are working their magic to give comfort to those who need it. One only has to listen to For Whom the Bell Tolls or Wildflower to know that.

So, as we take action by volunteering, donating to the Red Cross or offering up our prayers for those victims of tragedy, we can still play the music for inspiration and support.

The bottom line is that Bee Gee music is unique and special. It will cheer us on the long road ahead, no matter what path we are walking. It always will be there.

 

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Double Joy….Blessings to Barry and Linda

Welcome to morobinbarrystories! Please join me on twitter @morobinbarry. This site is for Bee Gee fans who would like to share and read stories of fun, joy, 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, email it to me at morobinbarrystories@gmail.com. Stories will be posted often, and many will appear in my book, which is still in editing and formatting. Yes, this process takes months and months, but it’s getting worked on as we live and breathe. At times, I will write and post articles about Gibb events, which I hope the fans will love.

September 1, 2017

It’s been a long and dramatic road for Barry and Linda Gibb. The joys have been the highest of highs; and as we all experience, the lows have been sometimes heart-wrenching and challenging. Congratulations today and always for reaching another birthday and anniversary.

Blessings to you and all the family. Your humor and love for one another gives the world hope that families everywhere can find strength and laughter in each day.

Here I repost a video I created from the photos I took on the Mythology Tour. Barry’s voice was recorded at the Philadelphia concert. I hope you enjoy it.

 

 

 

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