Music Corner – Online Issue

The end of 2020 saw two big, positive additions in music: 2020 Spotify Wrapped and a brand new documentary about the legendary band The Bee Gees. 

My 2020 Spotify Wrapped included some of my absolute favorite songs; “Superstar” by The Carpenters, “Not My Baby” by Alvvays and “Age of Innocence” by The Smashing Pumpkins were among my most played tracks. This year also saw my intake of 70’s music dramatically increase, with artists like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and aforementioned The Bee Gees accompanying me through this tumultuous year. 

“The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” Aired on HBO on December 12, and it was an emotional and incredibly well-executed endeavor into the band as a whole, as well as a spotlight on the last remaining Gibb brother, Barry. Barry and his younger brothers Andy, Maurice, and Robin’s careers and early lives were explored, from their humble beginnings as passionate young musicians to their superstardom and countless number one hits. The documentary also explored how even though the band is instantly recognizable and deeply loved, there were, and still are, many people who needlessly attack what they see as disco music. It was refreshing to see the film explore this anti-disco movement, and explain its racist and homophobic beginnings. Through this needless criticism, the band continued making irreplaceable music, and earned themselves the spot of one of the greatest bands of all time. Though Barry has a lasting legacy and a fulfilling career to look back on, the documentary highlights how important family is to him. “I’d rather have them all back here and no hits at all,” Gibb said.