Songwriter recalls Robin Williams' date in Bahrain


AN American songwriter has recollected a meeting with the late Robin Williams following a performance for US troops in Bahrain.

Top country-music songwriter Bob DiPiero, who lives in Nashville, was in Afghanistan and Bahrain in 2010 as part of a USO Christmas tour, which featured Robin Williams, country star Kix Brooks and comedians Louis Black and Kathleen Madigan as well as former cycling star Lance Armstrong.

"One morning in Bahrain, I came down for breakfast and saw Robin sitting by himself writing in a small blue spiral notebook," he posted on his website.

"He invited me over to sit down with him and hang. After coffee and small talk about the previous night's show, I asked him what he was writing.

"He told me he was writing notes on last night's performance. What he did right, what he could do better. Humble greatness.

"Our last stop on the tour was a hospital in Germany where wounded soldiers were taken once they had been stabilised on the battlefield.

"What I saw I will never forget; multiple amputations, disfigured faces, wrecked bodies and grievous wounds suffered by men so very young.

"Kix reminded me today that Robin jumped in and carried us all.

"He brought laughter and lightness and a moment of grace to those broken heroes.

"They called him Mork, Mrs Doubtfire, Robin amongst them, one hilarious lightning line following another.

"I will never forget you my friend."

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Source: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)