It’s Like a Movie, Seen from Inside the Hero’s Mind

It’s like a movie, seen from inside the hero’s mind. In this case, he’s Odysseus of Ithaca, a father and fighter, far from home. The Greek poet Homer’s great metaphor for how soldiers come home after war is what The Odyssey is all about.

Almost making it home, but then being swept away again by forces beyond your control. The lure of drugs to calm the mind. And being forced to fight an inhuman monster because you made a bad decision.

This coming Sunday, Jan. 16 at 7 pm EST, Master Talesman Odds Bodkin will appear on YouTube Live to tell this timeless story. He’ll accompany himself throughout on thunderous 12-string guitar.

Get your tickets today.

 

The Odyssey: Belly of the Beast

Jan. 16, 2022 at 7 pm EST, 4 pm PT.

An hour+ performance live on YouTube.

Tickets: $25-$30

 

Presented by Claire Hennessy and Six Feet Apart Productions.

 

NOW IN STOCK: Odds Bodkin Story Drives

NOW IN STOCK: Odds Bodkin Story Drives. You can always download Odds Bodkin’s classic tales with original music from Odds’ Shop and get them instantly, or you can order a Story Drive to share with friends and family.

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A Sunday Evening with a Classic Greek Myth: Odds Bodkin Tells THE ODYSSEY

A Sunday Evening with a Classic Greek Myth: Odds Bodkin Tells THE ODYSSEY.

“The closest thing we have to a genuine Homeric performance…”–Professor James Tatum, Dartmouth Classics Department

“Students are clamoring for him to return…”–Professor Martha Taylor, Chair of Classics, Loyola University Maryland

The Greek poet Homer, scholars say, recited his ODYSSEY epic while plucking his lyre. Odds Bodkin performs his modern-day language ODYSSEY while playing 12-string guitar.

If you value Western Civilization and its timeless lessons, including literacy and imagination, don’t miss this live performance on YouTube Sunday, January 16th at 7 pm EST. Just buy your ticket for the login, and then sit back for a 70-minute blast of virtuoso storytelling.

And afterwards, chat with the artist if you have questions.

THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST

SUNDAY, JAN. 16, 2022 at 7 pm EST, 4 pm PT on YouTube Live

Presented by Six Feet Apart Productions with Claire Hennessy

Tickets $25-$30

 

BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE Added to the All Collections Instant Delivery Download Bundle–FREE!

BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE has been added to the All Collections Instant Download Bundle at Odds Bodkin’s Shop at no extra cost. A $19.95 award-winning live storytelling, FREE.

Looking for a lasting gift for your family? One that can arrive instantly, without shipping? Then purchase this collection of all Odds Bodkin’s audio storytellings, now including Beowulf, his 1 hour and 20 minute epic telling with music before a live adult audience at Grendel’s Den in Cambridge, MA.

Before the telling, enjoy Odds’ introduction to the tale as he plays Celtic harp. Then journey to a vivid world of Vikings, monsters and kings as he tells his tale with a score on 12-string guitar.

“This is the version that made me absolutely fall in love with the Beowulf story, and really understand why it has become such a classic piece of literature. There is such life and emotion in the way Bodkin tells it, that you just can’t get from reading it alone. He takes it from being a dry, unsentimental piece of curriculum and spins it into a deeply moving journey, I always find myself crying by the end of it.” —amilolomy

Join this audience as they gasp, laugh and weep during this extraordinary performance. Winner of the Storytelling World Award.

Buy the Bundle, then log in any time to download your next epic, or children’s story, or musical adventure. Or download them all at once!

BEOWULF: THE ONLY ONE Added to the All Collections Instant Download Bundle at Odds Bodkin’s Shop!

Invest in a Family Listening Tradition: Give the Gift of Imagination

Invest in a Family Listening Tradition: Give the Gift of Imagination!

Here are 4 Great Ways to Get Odds Bodkin’s Award-Winning Story Collections for the Holidays! One of them features instant digital delivery!

Parents’ Choice Gold Award. The Indie Award. The Oppenheim Platinum Award. Storytelling World Award. The Dove Award. Publishers Weekly’s “Listen Up” Award.

 

“a consummate storyteller” — The New York Times

The Master Drive and The Epic Drive ship with complimentary Odyssey Adventure Maps autographed by Odds Bodkin. A collector’s item.

4 Great Ways to Get Odds Bodkin’s Award-Winning Story Collections for the Holidays!

4 Great Ways to Get Odds Bodkin’s Award-Winning Story Collections for the Holidays!

The Master Drive and The Epic Drive ship with complimentary autographed Odyssey Adventure Maps!

FREE ODDS BODKIN STORY: Earthstone–Episode Three. A Story Ahead of its Time

FREE ODDS BODKIN STORY: Earthstone–Episode Three. A Story Ahead of its Time. Gracie and Charlie, a brother and sister constantly at war, have just escaped The Castle of a Thousand Lights, where the Clockmaker rules, destroying the forest. But now they’re in that forbidden forest itself, and they’re about to meet The Elephant of Surprise, king of the insurgent animals.

Enjoy this excerpt from Odds Bodkin’s original two-hour musical, Earthstone.

 

Get the entire adventure at Odds Bodkin’s online shop. Included with the EPIC DRIVE and the MASTER DRIVE.

18 Full-Length Odds Bodkin Storytelling Albums: THE EPIC DRIVE

18 Full-Length Odds Bodkin Storytelling Albums: THE EPIC DRIVE.

Customer Review: “This is one of the best (if not the best purchases/investments) I’ve made all year. I’m excited to share it with my family. At $99, this is really quite a steal…given The Odyssey alone is worth as much. (Not to mention, other such amazing series in this collection–Hercules, The Hidden Grail, etc…) –Norman Chiang

Order yours today!

“a consummate storyteller”–The New York Times

What Can You Buy For An Entire Family?

What can you buy for an entire family? A gift that has intellectual and artistic gifts for your three-year-old all the way through your teens, and even for you adults?

Odds Bodkin’s MASTER DRIVE. It’s a 4-gig flash drive that contains the “consummate storyteller’s” (The New York Times) complete works, including his 550-page epic poem and original music. Every story is age-coded, so you’ll know which stories work for your kids. Over an almost 40-year career, this master storyteller has crafted a collection of audio tales which transport young listeners into their imaginations, and into mythic lore from around the world.

Buy it, plug it in to your USB port, and share the tales with your family. Send the mp3s to friends. If your computer has no USB capability, then download this bundle of tales. They’re the same stories.

Give the gift of imagination.

Odds Bodkin’s MASTER DRIVE. Or, for just for his award-winning audio tales, Odds Bodkin’s EPIC DRIVE.

 

 

 

 

A Mad Scramble

It was a mad scramble. In an email, two weeks out from Sept. 9, Professor Walsh, Chair of Classics at Loyola, wrote that campus conditions were “vexing.” He warned we might have to go with Zoom again due to sudden Delta variant rules. I already had my Southwest Airlines ticket. As always, I’d stay with my sister Lindsay outside Baltimore, drive to town the night of the show, perform the tale, and then go out to dinner with the profs.

For fifteen years I’d done this in September. I’d pack my 12-string and tell either The Odyssey or the Iliad: Book I for two hundred Classics and Honors students in a big performance space. 70-minute storytellings. Either psychodrama or high adventure.

But now there was an indoor mask mandate on campus, even if vaccinated. How could I perform with a mask on? That was patently impossible and so I wrote Professor Joe Walsh back with the suggestion that for the second year in a row, against our frustrated wishes, we could always Zoom from my studio in New Hampshire. I work with a brilliant digital engineer named Gavin Bodkin, who has helped his dad move online since the pandemic began. Yes, Gav was available to produce. Joe Walsh agreed. My Zoom studio on the third floor had sat unused during a summer of live shows.

The mad scramble began.

I tightened the twelve fresh strings on my Taylor from the floppy looseness I’d planned on for safe flying. I strung it up to the open tuning I use for The Odyssey. Gavin produced the Zoom invitation to be sent to the students from faculty. Five nice people from Loyola suddenly became involved and we exchanged a blizzard of emails. I provided an Odyssey logo.

And then I heard Martha was back from sabbatical and that she’d be the one to introduce me. Professor Martha Taylor is, I guess, now that she’s back, the Chair of Classics once again. It was she who, fifteen years ago, established the annual tradition of inviting me to perform to kick off each fall semester. It might be over Zoom, but it would be great to see her again after her two sabbatical years.

I started rehearsing the Odyssey musical score and on a drive to my son Jon’s house to return a pair of sandals I’d inadvertently swiped at a party there, I ran the movie of the story in my mind. Troy. The beach at Ismaros. The Lotus Eaters. The Cyclops. After a half hour out, and a half hour back, the story was rehearsed and ready.

Bless his heart, Gavin arrived at 4:30 for the 7 pm show, rested for an hour, and then we climbed the two flights of stairs to the studio. A jet black backdrop, a wooden chair, a quiet little fan, tried and true lighting, and the camera mounted in place two feet away from me. Last spring I conducted performances and full day residencies for elementary kids from that chair. I doubted I’d ever be back. The pandemic was over, right? Wrong, as we all now know.

By 6:35 Gavin was in his headphones watching the computer, seeing who was in the waiting room. Joe showed up on my screen and we talked until Martha, too, appeared. We chatted, lamented our lost profs’ dinner, and got ready for the show. More and more students were signing on.

Telling my version of The Odyssey is like entering a dream. The music is constant, and lofts the words and sounds along. Once it begins inside the Trojan Horse, it doesn’t end until the Cyclops is blinded, and Odysseus escapes with what’s left of his crew. During such shows, I lose all sense of time and awareness of my body. All that I’m aware of is my fingers running the frets of the guitar, and how the music is blending with the imagery. The characters all know what to say. Sometimes they surprise me, and say things I’ve never heard before.

This version ended up seventy-five minutes. Then came the questions. Suddenly, faces appeared in group mode on Zoom. Here were all these young people who’d just watched the show with me on full screen, only I could see them now. Groups of five or six on a couch, with masks on. Some alone in their dorm rooms. Hands went up. The questions? How did I memorize all that? Is the music all planned out? We went on for another fifteen minutes. They were enthusiastic and very nice.

I’m old. They’re young. Still, it worked.

Of course, the story is imagined, not memorized, and the music, like jazz, is spontaneous, moment to moment.

Even Martha loved it. She sent me a post-show email inviting me back for year sixteen.

So it looks as if until this plague really does end, I’m Zooming again.

 

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The Back-to-School Storytelling Motherlode

The Back-to-School Storytelling Motherlode is Odds Bodkin’s MASTER DRIVE.

Buy it, plug it in, and share these mp3 albums with your young children, elementary and middle and high school students, and you, the adults. All 19 albums are age-coded. There’s even Odds Bodkin’s The Water Mage’s Daughter, a 550-page epic poem for literate readers.

These award-winning storytelling albums include live acoustic music, character voices and stunning vocal sound effects, some with virtuoso whistling here and there. It’s all real.

100% natural storytelling. Classics as well, like The Odyssey, Hercules, David and Goliath and Beowulf.

Grow your family’s imaginations and knowledge with the Back-to-School Motherlode–

Odds Bodkin’s MASTER DRIVE.