If you would have told me I’d live to see so many pass away from my happy past, I would not have believed it……
The Very Best of the Bee Gees (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It’s miind-boggling what we have lost musically in the last three years or so. In my mind it started with Michael Jackson. His death was just too much of a shock. You knew how much he was watched, picked on, harrassed, beloved and idolized. But you never think that all of this would perhaps be too much for him to bear. So much was it to his despair is that he thought it rational to almost be put himself close to death in order to get a good night’s sleep. Just imagine. Then I lose my Teena Marie, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer and now Robin Gibb. They were all just too young. What they all had that seemed to matter was a good connection to their music and awesome personalities. What they had was that I personally had a love for all of them in different ways.
The Bee Gees were awesome to me with those Falsetto sets of voices and those deeply rich rock beats. Their album Saturday Night Fever is just a simply feel good Album. You put it on and even though you know you know your dance moves are far better than the staged John Travolta’s performance in that movie, you still take that famous stance that he did. Boy Hollywood can make the most simple things great! And then you find yourself singing “How Deep Is Your Love” and wondering which version you love the best in “More Than a Woman”, the Tavares version or the Bee Gees. There was just too much action and life in that Album not to want to see all of the Bee Gees still goinig, still kicking, still singing and then we remember that we lost Andy Gibb in the 80s when he was only 32.
Publicity photo of the Bee Gees for the television special Billboard #1 Music Awards. Top to to bottom: Maurice, Robin and Barry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Barry remains the surviving brother. I was just listening to his song Guilty with Barbra Streisand. I am glad that he still lives and sincerely hope that he continues to live in good health. These handsome men made Disco so much more tolerable to me. It wasn’t my music form particularly but just like other genres of music that don’t appeal to some of us, there are always people who come along and make you love them. But I remember in 1973 when my sister and I were young adults and had our first apartment together. We were listening to the little-known Bee Gees then. So they reached far before the Disco era.
Rest in Peace Robin. In paradise, I am sure that you are having far more fun and contentment than you did here. Life is a gift from God and only He knows the hour that we will pass through it and return from where we came……paradise. In the meantime, while I am here, I will continue to appreciate the talent of you handsome brothers and continue to pray for the surviving brother, Barry.