Day 147

The High Reel

August 20th, 2010

Betsy and Mark put on a private concert for me. I can't upload videos longer than 40 seconds or so, but here's a snippet of one song.


  1. Gigi says:

    Great performances, love it! Thanks for sharing Matt!

  2. deanna valenti meyer says:

    That is so great!! And they look like they live in one of Portland’s beautiful older homes. They have such charm and beauty…I think that’s my favorite part of going through most any of the neighborhoods…there is much history found there…

  3. Janine says:

    I cannot tell you how much I love love love when people share their music. Thank you for sharing Betsy and Mark with us!

  4. Karen Too says:

    Wonderful. Thanks for the snippet.

  5. How wonderful to have a “private” music session, just for you, Matt! Music is such a nice way to spend an evening. I bet Scotty will play some instrument soon…maybe the “spoons” or a bodhran? Are they Irish, or just like jigs?

    I saw where the area you are in, and it is indeed a very interesting area. Close to Hawthorne…all that area is full of interesting shops. Sort of Alternative….very inspiring with a Powells annex too! A some good restaurants.

  6. charlie says:

    so last night i’m sittin watchin 20/20 primtetime and there is a story about a gruesome murder and i said ‘gee that looks just like the picture that matt took of that place in oregon’…guess what?! it was multnomah falls! what a coincidence!

  7. I know literally nothing about music…but enjoy so much of it…that’s okay isn’t it???…and all kinds…(well, the kind that about murder, putting down women…you know all the dark stuff, hate that) but there is so much beautiful in the world…I prefer to celebrate that…and what I just heard and saw…now that is what is best about music…family, sharing and can I say…Love…it comes so often through music…thanks Betsy and Mark…also Matt, without you there and sharing with us…we would have missed it…but now we are a little better for it…

    • You are right about family sharing music is a loving moment. When I was living in Ireland, and visiting my family in Portland, my daughter and granddaughter decided to play their flutes together for me. They played beautifully and I was SO wishing my husband who was back in Ireland could hear it too. I checked my watch and realized if I called him and held the phone for him while they played, he could also enjoy their little concert. So we did that! Now we owned a little grocery store and he was in the store and behind the counter. So he held the phone out so that people around could hear too!

      We felt very close: A little home concert in Portland sent via the phone to my husband in Ireland and to anyone else in the store was a gift of love! And just think, if that had been done today (not 13 years ago) we could use have used Skype and he could have seen it as well!

    • One more thing…this reminds me of a little American history…when there was no radio, TV, etc….there may have been a piano, or violin, guitar, or other instruments in the house…and families (when not working to just live) sat around and entertained one another…this was a picture of that to me…

  8. I was looking at the map and details of his walk. He mentions Jenkins Rd. If so, he will go past the Nike Campus as Beaverton is home to Nike. HOWEVER, I have done a bit of sluething….and I think since he is also mentions Murray and is so close to Aloha, I think he will stop there. I might be wrong, but I might be right! Following a pretty good hunch….but who knows? I guess he is still sleeping now….so we will have to wait and see!

    • Kherri CLT via PDX says:

      I was excited for him when I saw he’d be going past Nike – it’s such a beautiful campus (not that you can see to much of it from the road, but still). Hope he keeps his eye out for the serial-butt-grabber that’s been riding his bike around the campus and is wanted by the police (… But something tells me Matt won’t fall victim to him, lol.

      • Kherri CLT via PDX: I just read the site you sent. Amazing story! I think, in Italy, it use to be common practice to grab a ladies butt, but even nowadays that is questionable. I read one site that says it is ok in bars! Huh? I hope they catch they guy. He is a definite pest.

  9. I’m gettin’ ready for a road trip but will try to miss the serial-butt-grabber if you don’t mind…wish we could make it to Rockaway Beach but family in Minnesota does call…but will follow Matt all the way…and back again…hasn’t this been fun!!!…

  10. Rod Norris says:

    Lived in that area a lonnng time. Love it and miss it a bunch. Lots of very talented musicians there. ((LOL on the serial butt grabber… haven’t heard of that one yet)) Keep on keepin on Matt.. still with ya
    Rod In Texas

  11. Don in Tennessee says:

    I can’t play a musical intsrument or read music. (Yes-I can’t spell at times either), Mind goes faster than I can type! But, as everyone on this sight knows, I love music, but I am with Jim in AR on not liking the hate and batter women music-or is it music?
    Music has a way of bringing people together (WoodstocK) and making people happy and reflective. Thank you Mark and Betsy for the beautiful music and thank you Matt for sharing it with the HOBO PLANET. This music had sort of a folk and Appalachian music feel to me as well as Irishish flavor. A lot of Irish where I live and a lot of influence to music from these people. Would love to hear a dulcimer played with Mark and Betsy.

    Dulcimer maker less than 40 minutes from my home –

    I love great piano music and stuff from the 50’s and 60’s.

    Matt, thanks again for sharing and Mark and Betsy for your talents!

    • OK, Scotty can learn the dulcimer! Nice instrument!

      • Have you noticed? While Matt is getting himself some sleep, or getting ready for the day, the rest of us who are not in the same time zone are patiently waiting for the next photo…and to know what his day was like or will be, etc…we are all talking among ourselves like old friends! This is neat! Too bad we can’t all meet up in Rockaway!

  12. Craig.. (Yeah in NC!) says:

    So much SPAM in here.. time to eat!

    By the way.. these are the kinda of “noisy neighbors” I’ve always dreamed of having!

  13. Jaime says:

    Wonderful!!! I adore this type of music! Do they perform professionally?

  14. Jaime says:

    Nevermind – just saw the link on the next post :P Bookmarked!

  15. Candice in Alabama says:

    I LOVE THIS! Great music!

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      I love it when “everyday people” share their talents! I see from where Scotty gets his artistic bent! How wonderful to be able to make your own music!

  16. Barb V from Michigan says:

    Love the fiddle! Their music sounds a little Celtic and a little blue grass. Nice!

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