May 20 2012

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

Category: Friends,VideosSeven @ 10:36 pm

It’s heartbreaking today that another musical icon surrounding Michael, and another icon from many of his fan’s teen and young adult years has left us. In fact many of Michael’s friends have left us:  Elizabeth Taylor, Dennis Tomkins, Don Cornelius, Dick Clark, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer (Queen of Disco) just a few days ago and now, Robin Gibb of the BeeGees. It could almost cause one to become suspicious that wherever he is, Michael is gathering many of his friends around him with so many of them leaving us in such a short time.

Michael was fairly close to the Gibb Brothers, with Barry having named his own son Michael. And Michael Jackson was Michael Gibb’s godfather. Michael loved the BeeGees and their music. They understood each other, musically. His favorite song from the BeeGees (or one of his favorite songs) was ‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart‘.  In memory of both Robin Gibb, who lost his battle with cancer today, and Michael, here’s that song:

And of course Barry, sadly the only Gibb brother left now, just a bit over a year ago released a very sweet song with video footage that he’d worked on with Michael, called ‘All In Your Name‘.

For those of us who grew up in the Disco era and with Michael Jackson, this is a particularly tough time. I know that Michael will welcome both Donna Summer and Robin Gibb home with open arms. My sincerest condolences go out to their families at this most difficult time. Little did we know that this was our Last Dance with these memory-makers. In Robin’s case, we had hoped that he would somehow pull through but this was not to be. Rest in Peace, dear Robin and Donna and thank you both immensely for the memories and the music.

Robin Gibb’s tribute to Michael in 2009:

We’ve not only lost a great friend in Michael but also lost a wonderful sensitive human being. The Bee Gees heard music with the same ears. Michael had a great voice and millions of people yet to be born will sing his songs.

This tragedy should teach us a lesson to value and praise those gifts while we still have them in the world. If even a small portion of the praise that is bestowed on Michael Jackson now in death was given to him last year in life, he might well still be with us. That is the sad truth. One consolation is that he will triumph by his legacy.

-Robin Gibb

Donna Summer sweetly sang ‘Smile‘ in memory of Michael after his death:

I hope that wherever all of these friends of Michael are, that they are together with him. As for the rest of us, all we have left are memories and — Words.


Monday afternoon (5/21/2012), Barry Gibb tweeted the link to this very touching video in memory of his brother Robin. “Bodding” was an affectionate childhood nickname for Robin:

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3 Responses to “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?”

  1. Trish says:

    This is too sad, losing so many great talents in recent times.
    Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end….

  2. Sina says:

    A whole generation of musicians have passed away in just a few years.
    And what a tragedy for the Gibb family, especially for the mother who survived 2 sons.
    Hope they find comfort to know that the brothers are together again.
    Their music and performances are among the best memories of our younger years. And they are forever.
    RIP Robin.

  3. Vanessa Donovan says:

    So sad to hear of the death of Robin Gibb, he was one of the greats along with Michael he will be sadly missed I also grew up with the Bee Gees music as well as Michael’s. Rest in peace Michael and Robin xx