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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Saturday's Songs for the Soul: The Bee Gees Barry Gibb: Saying Words "About the Sorrow"


Thought for the Day: Last week on CBS Sunday Morning I saw an interview of Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the Bee Gees. As I watched I decided to share the video clip with you and chose one of the Bee Gee's hit songs as Saturday's Song for the Soul. We rarely get to see how famous people deal with their grief. Musicians, however, often take solace in their music and share the pain in words and lyrics. Music and performing at times becomes their therapy. In the video clip, Barry talks about the pain of dealing with the deaths of his brother Maurice in 2003 and Robin in 2012, His younger brother, Andy, died in 1988 after battling with depression and drug addiction. Till now, he had never performed without his brothers. His wife and their son were concerned that Barry was suffering from depression and encouraged him to start performing again. On the current tour he is accompanied by his son, Stephen, his niece, Samantha (Maurice's daughter), and photos of his brothers projected on the wall behind them. It is not easy, but performing again is a therapeutic journey for the rock legend. The 1996 recording of the song I picked for today has an eerie prophetic message in light of Barry's struggle with the loss of all his younger siblings. Clearly, "No one said a word about the sorrow."

Read on to hear the song and watch the video from last week's segment on CBS Sunday Morning.

"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" was written after a tough time in the group's past. Little did they know that in hindsight, these would feel like better days now. The song was originally credited to Barry and Robin Gibb when it was released in August of 1970. At the time, he group had reconvened following a period of break-up and alienation between the brothers. Later Maurice was also given credit as a writer. 

Here is the interview with Barry Gibb about the therapeutic nature of his current tour from CBS Sunday Morning 5/25/2014.


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