BBC Breakfast: R.J. Gibb on the Titanic music requiem that he and his father Robin have created for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic. April 12, 2012. http://youtu.be/ZDnR8OhZArQ
RobinGibb video: Robin Gibb discusses his work on The Titanic Requiem (trailer). January 12, 2012. http://youtu.be/6I8Q-maVZyo
RobinGibb video: Robin Gibb - "Don't Cry Alone". March 20, 2012.
Tears soon to be flowing like rivers: Robin Gibb remains near death in a coma in a west London hospital, just days after his 'Titanic Requiem' premiered at Westminster Central Hall on Tuesday.My last two posts on Robin Gibb both appeared last year, February 12, 2011 and were titled:
a.) Robin Gibb on the sad state of pop music -a lot of karaoke!- and raising $ for the RAF Bomber Command Memorial, on BBC's HARDtalk with Stephen Sackur
b.) Robin Gibb and Carola sing "How Deep Is Your Love" on SVT's "Skavlan"; 20-minute interview also!
I urge you to read them and learn more about this amazingly creative and caring man.
One of my favorite record albums that I brought with me from North Miami Beach to IU in the Fall of 1979 and just loved to play -and show-off a bit- whether I was living in my dorm room at Briscoe Quad or in my apt., was an album that friends of a certain musical sophistication never tired of listening to, in large part because no matter where they were from -Fort Wayne, Chicago, Long Island, Kansas City, London, Oman, Santa Monica- they had never heard any of the songs before.
It was great to be the person who had the rarity, which in this case, was an album compilation I'd been given by someone I knew who was a British music producer which consisted of the most-popular songs recorded by The Bee Gees while they were growing-up in Australia, of which this song below is one.
For my friends and I, that album was like the Rosetta Stone of pop music of the previous 25 years, because it gave you an early look at the sounds, rhyming schemes, singing patterns and vocal dering-do of the Brothers Gibb that the world would soon come to know and try to copy once they moved back to Great Britain and began getting international attention.
More importantly, that album gave you the key to unlocking a better understanding of their true genius. And no matter how old the song was or how old they were when recording it, or even sometimes how good or corny the song might really be, there was always that melody and harmony.
Today, Robin Gibb and his extended family are very much in our thoughts and prayers in this very trying time.
The Bee Gees "I Was A Lover, A Leader Of Men" 1965