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Bennie and Johnnie

MAT KEARNEY on May 11, 2012 00:46

Singer/songwriter

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    As we drove away from 12 Pines, the most energetic acoustic show I have ever played, I kept seeing in my mind two young people, cars packed full, pulling out of their driveways, leaving home to become a Bennie and a Johnnie for the first time. I got out a note pad and started writing their story, which of course was a love story. I recorded the song in my home the next day. I thought it would be make a nice thank you for a memorable night.

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    • Lois Liners
      Lois Liners at 0.50 on May 12, 2012 02:07

      Beautiful song appreciated by two people who will soon celebrate 65 WONDERFUL years of a Johnnie-Bennie marriage.

    • CHV
      CHV on May 12, 2012 01:52

      This is fabulous and so personal. Thanks for sharing the love of these two special places and the wonderful people that have lived here!

    • Northwest Angle
      Northwest Angle on May 11, 2012 23:54

      As a Johnnie who married a Bennie 29 years ago and will attend my son's graduation at SJU this Sunday, I'm overcome with the beauty and haunt of this song. Thanks Mat! Wonderful lyrics and tone.

    • user5146524
      user5146524 at 0.06 on May 11, 2012 22:30

      As a Bennie who married a Johnnie - celebrating 20 years this summer- I found myself back in time. Thank you! Beautiful!

    • IanRGold
      IanRGold on May 11, 2012 22:04

      CSBSJU community, support this Johnnie: http://youtu.be/koKcu_RJpjo

    • Kadavenport
      Kadavenport on May 11, 2012 21:49

      Absolutely love it. Looks like you will have to come back and sing it live on campus again :)

    • user6523980
      user6523980 at 1.03 on May 11, 2012 21:27

      Love it! <3 Thank you for sharing! :)

    • John Lano
      John Lano on May 11, 2012 21:17

      This is wonderful, Mat. It brings me back to a place filled with warm and cozy memories. CSB/SJU forever.

    • Jenna_Weber
      Jenna_Weber on May 11, 2012 20:11

      Mat, I think you might have to come back to CSB/SJU and play this. It's only right.

    • Michael McGreevey
      Michael McGreevey on May 11, 2012 20:11

      Excellent song Mat, thank you for writing this...beautiful. LOVE SJU/St. Ben's!!!

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    • Duff Face
      Duff Face on May 11, 2012 19:17

      awesome dude great song i love mat kearny

    • Matt Boys
      Matt Boys on May 11, 2012 18:41

      Does that mean next time you play at St. Ben's/St. John's you'll make a Sal's appearance? It might inspire a few more songs ideas for you! #pianoman #dance #goodtimes #EveryoneIsAlwaysWelcome

    • Mary Schmidt
      Mary Schmidt on May 11, 2012 18:20

      As a Bennie who graduates tomorrow, this song makes me want to cry. Thank you for a great memory of my incredible school.

    • KimbyL

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