Pine Hill Sessions

by Jenny Bonner

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Faded pictures painted on brick walls Mem’ries of a picnic left on sidewalks Thoughts of those who lost their life for all Slogan painted posters, they’re just an afterthought We are fools to think we’d understand We are fools to think we’d understand Rooms too small to hold all your dreams Conversations heard through open windows Friends that never visit, so it seems Streets with holes, that when it rains, they overflow We are fools to think we’d understand We are fools to think we’d understand Life is hard e-nough for livin’ Go on like you are forgiven No one needs to know you’re livin’ on The wrong side of the tracks It haunts you watching images of hate Those who keep you safe have broken promises Seems you’ll never get to leave this place Hope and fear together work in opposite We are fools to think we’d understand We are fools to think we’d understand Life is hard e-nough for livin’ Go on like you are forgiven No one needs to know you’re livin’ on The wrong side of the tracks Streets at night are safer still You can wrap yourself in veils of darkness And find your peace at last
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Alabama Sky Night lyrics Drivin’ down the Alabama line Thinking ‘bout you Painted skies through the pine Beautiful view Dreamin’ of a Sunday peach To share with you Listenin’ to papa preach From the back pew La di da da, la di da da La di da da, da La di da da, la di da da La di da da, da Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’robody dancin’ on an Alabama sky night Passin’ plates in the round Spinnin’ stories Endless stars all a-round All their glory Sweet magnolia in the breeze Just a mem’ry Climin’ the pecan trees Don’t you worry La di da da, la di da da La di da da, da La di da da, la di da da La di da da, da Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’robody dancin’ Alabama’s singin’ to my soul Alabama’s singin’ to my soul La di da da, la di da da La di da da, da La di da da, la di da da La di da da, da Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’robody dancin’ Alabama sky night La di da, la di da, lad di da, da da da da La di da, la di da, lad di da, da da da da La di da, la di da, lad di da, da da da da La di da, la di da, lad di da, da da da da
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Alabama Sky Night lyrics Drivin’ down the Alabama line Thinking ‘bout you Painted skies through the pine Beautiful view Dreamin’ of a Sunday peach To share with you Listenin’ to papa preach From the back pew La di da da, la di da da La di da da, da La di da da, la di da da La di da da, da Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’robody dancin’ on an Alabama sky night Passin’ plates in the round Spinnin’ stories Endless stars all a-round All their glory Sweet magnolia in the breeze Just a mem’ry Climin’ the pecan trees Don’t you worry La di da da, la di da da La di da da, da La di da da, la di da da La di da da, da Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’robody dancin’ Alabama’s singin’ to my soul Alabama’s singin’ to my soul La di da da, la di da da La di da da, da La di da da, la di da da La di da da, da Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’rybody dancin’ on a July Hot night, star light Ev’robody dancin’ Alabama sky night La di da, la di da, lad di da, da da da da La di da, la di da, lad di da, da da da da La di da, la di da, lad di da, da da da da La di da, la di da, lad di da, da da da da
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Moments 02:28
5.
Falling 03:39

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Jenny Bonner was a singer/songwriter who passed away unexpectedly from a stroke on June 1, 2017 at the age of 45. In 2016, she released her debut EP called "Moments." Her EP received very positive critical reviews and she started building a fan base with her heartfelt original songs. Prior to becoming a singer/songwriter, Jenny was an accomplished classically trained cellist. She was also a strings teacher for the Waverly Community Schools in Lansing, MI.

After the debut of her EP "Moments," Jenny immediately started crafting songs for her second EP that she titled "Pine Hill Sessions." She named her second EP "Pine Hill Sessions" because she grew up in Alabama and her parents currently live in Pine Hill, Alabama. Jenny lived in Michigan at the time she started planning her second album and also while she was on vacation with her family in Alabama. She wanted to craft an Americana style album based on her upbringing in Alabama and the influences of her vacation time visiting family in Alabama in more recent years.

On July 4, 2016, Jenny, her soon to be husband Eldon McGraw (married on Aug. 21, 2016) and her daughter Becca Spurbeck visited Selma, Alabama and toured the historic civil rights memorials. That visit had a profound effect on Jenny and inspired her to write the first song for her new album. The song was “Wrong Side of the Tracks.” She recorded the song with her husband Eldon in Lansing, MI in December of 2016. That same month, she recorded a music video of the song in Selma while visiting family over Christmas. The first song and video from “Pine Hill Sessions” was released on MLK Day in January of 2017.

Starting in the summer of 2016 until the time of her passing, Jenny continued to write new songs influenced by her time in Alabama. The plan was to go back into the studio starting in June 2017 and start the recording process for the rest of her songs. She had written songs called “Alabama Sky Night,” “Gee’s Bend,” “Gettin’ Loose in Tuscaloosa” and more.

After her passing in June 2016, Jenny’s family and friends were obviously devastated to lose this beautiful and talented soul.

In December 2017, Jenny’s husband Eldon McGraw, her brother Joe Bonner, her daughter Becca Spurbeck and her son David Spurbeck went to a recording studio just outside of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and spent an evening recording Jenny’s unreleased song “Alabama Sky Night.” They placed one of Jenny’s favorite shawls for inspiration in the studio as Eldon played guitar, Joe played bass, Becca sang and David played drums. They could all feel the spirit of Jenny as they recorded her song that night in Alabama.

Jenny's family plan on recording more of her songs she wrote but was not able to record. The additional songs will be added to this online album in the future.

Special thanks to Jenny's parents John and Paula Bonner who provided guidance and caring to Jenny throughout her life to pursue her love of cello, piano, singing and songwriting. Thank you to the McGraw family for their support, to Jeff Behrendt, Mike Reed and Ian Walker who were instrumental in helping Jenny launch her singer/songwriter career, to all of Jenny's extended family, her friends and music students she taught throughout her life.

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released January 17, 2017

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Jenny Bonner Lansing, Michigan

On June 1, 2017 Jenny Bonner passed away unexpectedly due to a stroke.

Her husband Eldon McGraw, her family and musical collaborators will be working in the studio in the future to bring to life songs she was working on before her death.

Jenny's musical path started when she was 10 years old and she discovered her love of cello and singing.
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