Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Tribute to Robin Gibb ...

The New York Mining Disaster, 1941 ... never happened!

However, in 1966 we were all shocked at the news of the landslide of a spoil tip in Aberfan.

Barry Gibb wrote a plaintive song that was inspired by that tragedy. The song and title do not refer to that catastrophe: perhaps because it was first released for the US market.

(There's a better video on youtube here, but embedding is disabled.)

Of course, it came to my mind yesterday upon the announcement of Robin Gibb's death.

Is this folk music?
Perhaps not, but it could be.
Just luxuriate in Robin's fine tenor voice and harmonies.
This was music of our time.
Will our grandchildren be singing/playing it in 100 years from now?
Will they know what it's about?
If not, why not?

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