Random thoughts: Robin Gibb has passed

I just saw the news online. It caught me by surprise, a little, because the last report I read on him said that he awakened from his coma, although he would have to learn to walk and eat again.

The Bee Gees were part of the soundtrack of my early 20s, and of course, he will be remembered for that, but I have become interested in him lately because of that beautiful Titanic Requiem he and his son RJ did. As one classical music reviewer said, there’s no point in looking for depth of composition that isn’t there, but you don’t need to have heard the name “Gibb” to appreciate Requiem’s power and melodic beauty.

My thoughts are with his family tonight, and thank you. Good night, Robin, and may we all awake someday at daybreak and all of us sing together.

(I hope this one track from the 15-movement Titanic Requiem, which hasn’t received much publicity since its debut earlier in the year, spurs you to get it and listen to the whole thing. You’ll be glad you did.)

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