A Tribute to Robin
A little over a month ago, I asked my website visitors to please pray for the Amazing Robin Gibb and his family, as he had fallen into a coma after contracting pneumonia while fighting hard against cancer.
Robin surprised everybody who was fearing the worst, by awaking from the coma, showing just how much of a fighter he was! Considering that he had colon and liver cancer, plus pneumonia, and that he'd then fallen into a coma, to me the fact that he woke from the coma just shows how stong he was fighting to stay with his family, who were constantly at his side willing him to recover.
Unfortunately Robin has passed away, aged just 62. This is a very sad day for music, for music lovers including the millions of people worldwide who bought Bee Gees records (Afterall they sold over two hundred and twenty million records!!), for Robins friends myself included, but mainly for Robin's family, who my thoughts and prayers are with.
But looking at the positive, what an incredible legacy to have left behind! Even younger people who may not know about the Bee Gees, will have listened to their music whether they realise it or not. Artists who have covered their music include the likes of Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Elton John, Lulu, Janice Joplin, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rod Stewart, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Boyzone, Eric Clapton, Destiny's Child and many many more. As well as the Bee Gees tracks which other artists have covered, there are many very successful tracks which they wrote for other artists. To name just a few: Chain Reaction, Diana Ross; Grease, Frankie Valli; Come on Over, Olivia Newton John; Emotion, Destinies Child; I Will Be There, Tina Turner; Islands in the Stream, Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton....
So while it's very sad that Robin has passed away - what a life he has lived, and not just with his fantastic musical career which has touched the planet, but with his great family and close friends who have shared many moments which will never be forgotten.
One of the many moments with Robin that I will never forget, is when I called him to ask if there was any possibility he could come to Israel to perform on my Live TV show "The Successor". I didn't realise at the time just how much I was asking, as he said yes without hesitation and he turned up to Tel Aviv to give an outstanding performance of "How Deep is your Love." I was amazed when I later discovered that he hadn't just put himself out slightly by getting on a plane to come and perform - he had to fly the nine hour flight from Florida to London, and then had to rush to the gate to fly from London to Tel Aviv, as there was just 40 minutes between landing in London and the flight to Tel Aviv in time for his performance. Can you imagine one of your friends being willing to drop everything and put themselves out to this degree to show you some support when you need it? What a fantastic friend Robin was, and I know this is something that all of his family and friends will agree.
As all my website visitors know, I do not believe that physical passing is the "end". We are not just physical bodies, we are energy and as Einstein discovered with E=MC2, energy cannot be destroyed, it can only change forms. So as far as I am concerned, the goodbye we are saying to Robin; just as with the goodbye I have said to many of my friends and family who are no longer with us in the physical, are temporary goobye's, the kind you would say to a friend who is going on a journey - when you know you'll miss them, but you will meet again.
I will end this short tribute with the video of Robin when he amazed the audience of my live TV show, by performing How Deep is Your Love.
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