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On Creativity with Betty & The Boy (w/live music)
January 7, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
On Creativity and Inspiration – A Talk and Performance
Betty Jaeger and Josh Harvey of Betty and the Boy
Mid-Valley Willamette Writers Monthly Meeting
We want to start the new year off by reconnecting with our creative selves, and what better way to do that than talking about the source of creativity!
We welcome Betty and the Boy to talk about their creative process in composing songs and creating melodies, and how they draw material from their lives and the world around them. They’ll get real about what it means to be a creative person, and (this is our favorite part) they’ll share a few songs!
Mid-Valley co-chair Valerie Willman will lead a Q&A to help us explore the similarities in music and writing and how music can inspire our own writing.
About Betty & the Boy
Though the quintet’s string-laden melodies occasionally anchor them in the territories of folk, bluegrass, or minimalist rock, they’re more at home in the cracks in-between. It’s from these quirky, deeper, sometimes darker places that Betty Jaeger’s voice reaches up, takes you by the hand, and sweeps you along on an entrancing musical journey. Hailing from Kalispell, Montana, her lyrics play with imagery from nature and are almost fairy tale in style with ever so delicate presentation.
The journey all started in Montana when Betty met Josh Harvey (from Portland, Oregon) a few years back and they started to collaborate. Josh is a multi-instrumentalist, has a writing style that is entirely at home alongside his musical partner and was the reason for the band’s name which emerged when they began to play together as a duo.
Now based out of Eugene, Oregon, the band that grew around them like an all-embracing vine, features violinist Michelle Whitlock who likes to play her instrument in a lower register to add an intriguing layer or color; classically-trained cellist Nanci McDonald who also plays ukulele and guitar, and Jon Conlon on bass, a deft hand in the studio from working on the garage rock and punk scene. He gets the credit for capturing tracks that have won them most attention from their stunning 7-track EP, Good Luck, such as Moth To A Light, Good Luck, and Babel.
Chapters meetings are free to members of Willamette Writers and full-time college students, suggested $10 donation for non-members.