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The Bee Gees Will Always Be Stayin Alive

Of the thousand and one songs created by The Bee Gees Neo has been free diving back down into those long-ago years…

Like the Beach Boys’ three Wilson brothers, the three Gibb brothers shared a bedroom as young kids. But because the Gibb family (drummer and bandleader father, band vocalist mother) was so poor, the three Gibb brothers had to share a bed as well. When Maurice and Robin were five and Barry eight, they discovered that they could harmonize effortlessly and instinctively (with that ESP quality again, like the Boswell sisters I discussed in Part I), all three having perfect pitch, a wide vocal range, and a fascination with music. When their parents overheard them singing, they thought it was the radio, and discovered to their surprise it was the three little boys.

They made a pact at a very early age that they would write their own songs, sing as a trio, and become famous. Unlike most childhood pacts, this one was fulfilled.

And for those of you who don’t think the Bee Gees are essential to life, let me recall my very up close and personal experience with this song…

Stayin’ Alive- It Takes 2 Inches of Compression at 100 Beats Per Minute

When I fell out of life my angels came at the run with a siren and roar and restored me with two inches of compression at a hundred beats a minute to the tune of “Staying Alive.” My angels do 24-hour shifts over at Engine 8 on the top of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. Six months after I died I shook their hands.

That said you can just play the song and get up and dance around the room. Nobody’s watching and nobody cares. Besides, if anybody catches you dancing to Stayin Alive and they don’t join it, they’re dead.

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  • Terry February 7, 2021, 12:14 PM

    We followers here at AD are so blessed to have found you Gerard!

  • Anne February 7, 2021, 9:27 PM

    One of the first confrontation I had as a young mother. What to do about a baby sucking their thumb?
    My ancient grandmother told me “don’t let her do that”–and, I didn’t listen. 10 years later I did whatever I could to get her to an orthodontist. It worked. Years of braces finally undid the damage that early age thumb sucking had done. Whenever I see these young men–two have poorly developed jaw/teeth protrusions. I so, so wish that their parents had taught them to not suck their thumbs. If they had not done that they might have been good looking and all of their lives would have been very different. I grieve for those boys every time I watch their video.

    On a second note: when the film came out my dear daughter (complete with braces) begged me to come see the movie. She had already seen it against my orders. But, because I was a “moderne mother” I finally relented and took her to see it (again for her). What a joy! Pure delight. Dear daughter and I came out of that theater dancing and singing together as mothers and daughters should do. Thanks for the memories!

  • John The River February 9, 2021, 5:38 AM

    Hulu has the documentary on the Bee Gees. We watched it, very good.
    I feel like I missed that whole epoch, was working …W A Y … too much back then. Saw the movie SA but that’s about it. No clubing, definitely no disco.

  • Amy K. February 11, 2021, 6:00 AM

    Okay, boomer.