A typical day at the office.
A typical day at the office.
My goodness, words can not express our ENORMOUS thanks and gratitude for your time and talents on Tuesday… The students were absolutely awe-struck (as was I and the other adults!)!
I’ve waited on writing you because I wanted to gather the feedback for you and the biggest feedback I’ve gotten is “He is AWESOME!!” “He needs to come back!!”! They LOVED your choice of stories, they were fully immersed and involved and captivated and your workshops were the perfect format to digest and disseminate these stories even farther into their true meaning! They really enjoyed getting to go deeper into the stories and their meanings with you and to learn more about you! Letting them have time to ask about you was perfect as well! You had clear evidence of being an educator previously, in the way you worked with the kids and how your broke down your lessons and how you were able to reach out/teach them! Your content and style was perfect! The format was perfect to hear everything as a full group and then let it “sink in” for a bit and then break it down more with you. 🙂 You are true treasure and I plan on spreading the word even more about you! I will even post your website on my web page, if you’re ok with that! 🙂
THANK YOU SO MUCH, AGAIN!
I look forward to hearing more of your tales soon!
CSDA General Music, Chorus, Orchestra
Story Preservation Initiative, or SPI, has launched something new. The organization, renowned for its interviews with famous people–interviews that older students can access online–has added something new for younger students, K-3.
Here’s a fall 2019 teacher review:
“There are five wonderfully told stories along with PDF multifaceted lesson plans. The stories are engaging and Odds Bodkin has amazing effects to bring each to life. The fables are definitely geared to celebrating our natural world. The Evergreens, for example is a fable about deciduous versus evergreen trees and about why they loose their leaves. The lesson plans give you multiple ways to tie the books into different core standards.”
When you think of physical toughness, who comes to mind? Army Rangers? Navy Seals? Elite athletes? Well, add one more category: the White Mountains Professional Trail Crew of the Appalachian Mountain Club. With 80 pound packs on their backs, they are known for sprinting the trails of the Presidential Range, including Mt. Washington. Steep trails. Up into the clouds, in sun or fog or downpours, they run at full speed with their axes, freeing the forest trails of downed trees and hoisting five hundred pound rocks around to build stairs.
Every hiker who has ever climbed New Hampshire’s White Mountains has walked over bridges the Trail Crew has built, or rock stairs they have constructed. You don’t see them much. When you pass a sign that reads, “Trail Closed,” that’s where they are. A crew of men and women, living in the open for long stretches of time, unable to bathe for days, covered with spruce pitch to fend off bugs. A wild bunch. Smelly. Dirty. When they emerge from the trees to surprise hikers, they often resemble something out of Deliverance. Many hail from the country’s best universities.
Founded in 1919, the AMC Professional Trail Crew is a hundred years old this summer, and to celebrate their centennial on Mt. Washington this August, they’ve asked me to tell their story.
I’ve been working on it for a year. It’s called THE OLD MAN SPEAKS.
More to follow.
“My sister and I grew up listening to your stories, and now I have the honor of continuing the tradition by giving these to her son on his very first birthday. She’s going to be so surprised and happy! Thank you for giving us lifelong memories that we’ll keep in the family for generations to come.”
So writes Jarvis Karel of Dallas, Texas in the comments box for a download order this week at Odds Bodkin’s Shop. Sweet music to a storyteller’s ears. I don’t know Jarvis personally, but thank you, Jarvis.
The poet Hesiod was a contemporary of Homer, circa 700 B.C. in ancient Greece, and together, the two of them essentially codified the Greek myths into the wondrously creative interlocking system of magical adventures we still marvel at, to this very day.
Zeus. Hera. Poseidon. Hades. Demeter. Ares. Aphrodite. Apollo. Hestia. Eris. The strange whole bunch of them.
Without a doubt, they were ancient projections of human truths, utterly imaginary, but who, in ancient times, the Greeks took extremely seriously, as did the Romans after them.
The Olympian Gods.
It’s always good to bear in mind when thinking about fossil spiritual systems like this, that as fervently as whatever deity, if any, or deities, that you yourself, dear reader, might worship today–if you worship any at all–well, the ancient Greeks worshiped their pantheon of imperfect gods just as fervently.
Prayers for survival.
Supplications before tiny statuettes lit by burning oil in dark, elemental dwellings or stone palaces where, above everybody, equally, the lightning flashed, nearby volcanoes erupted, invisible diseases appeared and storms inexplicably swept in from the sea.
Abbott Library in Sunapee, New Hampshire hosts Odds Bodkin for a day of fun family events on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 starting at 10:00 a.m.
All events are FREE TO THE PUBLIC.
First, a FAIRY FOLKS AND OLD OAKS storytelling concert where Odds tells two rollicking fairy tales–The Little Shepherd and the Tale of the Kittens. Each story is filled with voices, sounds and music on different 12-string guitars. Odds offers an introduction to the magic of fairy tales and how they help kids grow as he plays Celtic harp.
Next, an hour-long workshop where kids learn the classic story elements of a fairy tale, experience fun imagination exercises and learn to create fairy tales of their own.
An evening performance of Odds Bodkin’s best, funniest, most family-friendly tales. Performed with music on guitars, Celtic harp and other instruments.
Buy it today and receive a free autographed Odyssey Poster/Map with your purchase. A full color poster on one side, and a map of the Mediterranean world on the other, this 16″x20″ map shows where, according to scholars’ best guesses, all 42 episodes of The Odyssey took place.
Master Storyteller and Musician Odds Bodkin will perform The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast, his renowned modern-language version of Homer’s epic, on Sunday January 13, 2019 at 4 p.m. at Wapping Community Church in South Windsor, Connecticut.
The 80-minute show features an introduction to Homer’s Bronze Age world performed with Celtic harp.
Then, with a full score on 12-string guitar and characters, Bodkin tells the tale of Odysseus, from the Trojan Horse to the cave of the ravenous cyclops.
Tickets are $15 or $40 family price. Cash or checks only.
Appropriate for children 10 and up.
Called “a consummate storyteller” by the New York Times and “a modern-day Orpheus” by Billboard, Bodkin’s bardic storytelling style is unique among spoken-word artists.
Epics and Children’s Downloads for Christmas. Explore Odds Bodkin’s Shop for last minute storytelling gifts like The Odyssey: An Epic Telling (four hours) for older kids and teens, The Little Proto Trilogy for the 4-6 year olds in your life, or Beowulf: The Only One for adults who love a classic yarn.
All told with live character voices, music and sounds .
Adults love it, but kids really do, because it’s filled with too many driveway moments to mention. Odds Bodkin’s THE ODYSSEY: AN EPIC TELLING is four hours long. That’s plenty of imaginative audio for long family drives. And as a download, it delivers to your device in no time.
If you’ve never heard it, take Professor James Tatum of the Dartmouth Department of Classic’s recommendation: “This closest thing we have to a Homeric performance. A tour de force.”
“What is it?” asks the ten year old.
“It’s one of Odds Bodkin the Storyteller’s drives. Come on, let’s plug it in.” The parent inserts the Epic Drive into the parent’s computer and a list of titles appears. “Ever heard of The Odyssey?”
“Ever heard of Zeus, Athena and the ancient Greek gods?”
“In some books at school.”
“All right. Well, way back when, people didn’t have books.”
“Because they hadn’t been invented yet. No books. No TVs. No tablets or phones. But they did have stories. And people called Singers of Tales would come to town to tell stories to crowds of people. A famous one was named Homer. The Odyssey is one of his stories. He used voices and music, and people imagined his adventure, like going to the movies in their minds. That’s how Odds Bodkin does it.”
“So there’s no pictures?”
The parent starts to play the recording. The ten year old hears wind, then bird cries and music. A voice from inside a horse fashioned of wood begins to speak. All is danger, and stealth. In the ten year old’s mind, the walled city of Troy appears in the dawn light.
It’s 1300 B.C. and the Odyssey has begun.
That night, the child stays up late, under the covers, listening, since the tale is four hours long.