Monday, May 21, 2012

LIFE'S MESSAGES IN THE CLOUDS AND R.I.P. ROBIN GIBBS





Photographically I really love clouds and try to highlight them in many of my land/seascapes. I just think they are so dramatic moving through the sky. During the golden hours they herald the coming of glorious sunrises and sunsets. Before and during storms they speak to us of the power and beauty of nature. I think nature sends us messages through the clouds, if we only listen.  Next time you're sitting outside, look up at the clouds. If you listen, you will hear nature sending you messages. 


You can find answers to your questions about your life while looking at clouds. At times you can find an inner peace while seeing clouds. Other times you can see that all storms pass and usually there is a sunny day coming on the other side!! Nature 'gotta get a message to you' and all you have to do is look, see and listen.


The other night Phyllis and I were having dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in our area, Cobalts in Vero Beach. Readers of my blog have seen images I have taken from their very large patio that overlooks the ocean. After we have dinner, we will usually move over to their fire pit for a few adult beverages. As we were sitting around the pit, I brought my Nikon to my eye and started 'seeing' the night.  There were some really interesting clouds hovering over the ocean which is a common sight in Florida. I started searching for answers as I looked at the clouds. What were they trying to tell/show me tonight? I listened and hoped I heard the clouds' messages that night!!

Last night I knew I was going to use my images of clouds in a post today but I didn't know exactly how they would figure in. I had an idea about using, 'Both Sides Now', a song Joni Mitchell wrote while looking out an airplane window at clouds. Then I woke up up and looked at CNN on my computer and saw the sad news about Robin Gibbs passing away from cancer! I knew that my choice of songs had changed. I remembered one of the songs that Robin sang lead on was called, 'I've Gotta Get A Message To You!' As sometimes happens, the song fit perfectly into the message of the post I wanted to write.


Robin and his two brothers were known as the Bee Gees and in the late 60s and 70s they were a major influence in the world of song and song writing!!  They sky rocketed to new heights in 1977 with the release of the movie, 'Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta that was built around the group's falsetto voices and disco friendly songs.


One of the sad parts of growing older is that many of the icons of your youth pass away. We have lost quite a few music icons this year; Don Cornelius, Dick Clark, Donna Summers and now Robin Gibbs. Like many of my generation, the Bee Gees were for many years 'the' group, especially if you enjoyed dancing or just great harmonies! Now, two of the three brothers are gone and our lives move on searching for answers. If you think about it, that is what life is all about; searching for answers. So as you look for answers, look up at the clouds and listen. You just might hear the message you're looking for!!


R.I.P Robin: Your music and message will live on!!


























10 comments:

Ann said...

These photos are gorgeous! Do you remember the song the BeeGees sang called " Massachusetts"?

JIM said...

I do Ann I actually heard it today while I was looking for this one. Thank You for enjoying the images

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Jan said...

Beautiful and serene. The Bee Gees, My favorite album???Spirits Having Flown. Great post Jim I love the way you write..<3

Ravenmyth said...

I too love clouds and the mystery and drama they bring to a photo...they either leed you in or take you out...or just ask you to stay and contemplate life. They allow us to connect with our child self as we see animals and shapes appearing before our eyes...I always enjoyed the music of the Bee Gees ..causing me to stop and just listen...The photo's and music for this post are perfect..sharing your own experience, a little history, a memorial, and the visual to bring it all together...beautiful my friend...Always...

Andy David said...

Dear Jim,
The Bee Gees were one of a kind group with their distinctive voices. I love sky photos...so scenic and definitely cause for much reflection. Nice post. Thanks for sharing.
Hope your health is much improved too.

Thoughts Of Beauty In The Stillness Of Dawn...

PORTIA said...

Oh, how I wanted to touch those clouds!..Wonderful images!
-Portia

melissa said...

I loved what you wrote about the clouds... I know somewhere out there, maybe even hidden among the clouds, are answers to our questions.

I truly miss those days after work, when we could lie down on the grass and just watch the clouds pass by...

Your images are wonderful...a bit bleak but speaks of the many different emotions that are stirred within me...

And with the passing of Andy Gibbs, whose songs I truly like, I lift up both my worries and prayers to the Lord. May his soul be one with the clouds and may he rest peacefully in God's eternal embrace.

Rimly Bezbarua said...

I loved the Bee Gees and I think Robin had a unique voice. Sad he is no more. Your photographs are magical, Jim

sHoNa said...

Wonderful. I love the shadows and all the lines. Such a strong image.
Lovely pictures, Cracking shot.