18 full-length storytelling albums on a single flash drive.
18 full-length storytelling albums on a single flash drive.
Like an entire box full of CDs.
Learn what each one contains at Odds Bodkin’s Shop.
Available at live shows, too!
BE PART OF A LIVE RECORDING EVENT/DARK TALES OF THE SUPERNATURAL
Long ago I made a recording called Dark Tales of the Supernatural on audio cassette. Years later, when going to digital downloads, I decided not to sell it. That’s not to say that the thousands of kids and grownups who owned it didn’t love it. For decades I’ve gotten emails from young adults asking why it’s not available at my web store, since they remember it from their childhoods. Seems to have stuck in their heads. Mildly haunted by their requests, pardon the pun, I’ve decided to capture the tales fresh, in a live recording event.
It’s happening on Sunday, October 28th at Grendel’s Den on Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. at 5:00 p.m.
Called Heartpounders: Halloween Tales of Horror, the show includes lots of characters and music on two 12-string guitars, a 6-string guitar, an alto recorder and the Celtic harp. You can read about the stories here.
So, if you’d like to be part of a live recording, grab a $15 ticket, now available, and mark your calendar. We’ll share a fun night in the realm of supernatural horror.
And if all goes well, I’ll end up with a new live storytelling album.
One night recently Gavin, my middle son, and I sat down in the living room to play guitars as we often do when he visits. It’s one of our great joys, extemporizing together. He had the Taylor 6-string and I pulled out my Ron Ho 12-string. Since it was his turn to come up with the idea and my turn to follow wherever he went, I sipped my scotch and listened to his music, a bouncy notion in major to start, almost immediately followed by a very different, percussive slap in minor.
“Okay,” I thought, “here we go.”
As almost everybody experiences at one point or another, sometimes you’re just on. In basketball, it’s when you can’t miss those three pointers, one after another. In our case, it was this three-minute blast of acoustic music. Totally spontaneous and joyous, especially when the shape of the idea fully emerged. It felt like telepathy, as if we were reading each other’s minds.
So I’ve taken that piece and named it The Faery Hop: Musical Telepathy for Duo Guitars and published it at my download shop. It’s unedited from start to finish, and you’ll hear my recliner cushion creaking each time I lean in, but it’s fun to listen to, especially when you know how it was created.
There’s a sample of the beginning to listen to at the shop page.
SUPER-FAN CHARLOTTE PEZZO PLANS A CROSS-COUNTRY ROAD TRIP WITH HER MASTER DRIVE
At Odds Bodkin HQ we received an order for a Master Drive, but then, very quickly, a follow-up email from the customer wondering why she couldn’t download her purchase. We wrote back explaining what a Master Drive was (a heavily loaded flash drive of Odds Bodkin’s collected works) and offered her a refund, but she wrote back:
Thank you so much for your prompt reply. I want all of his works so I will wait for the flash drive. DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING!
I need it by May 15 at the VERY latest for a long road trip. I will pay more for expedited shipping to ensure it arrives on time if it is necessary. Please advise!!
Thank you and please relay the message about how excited we are to have his entertainment on our road trip. The Odyssey and Proto made our last road trip so much more enjoyable.
It will be so nice to have his whole collection. Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you!!
As you can imagine, when Odds saw this email he was delighted, and so he wrote to Charlotte personally to ask whether he could share her letter to let others know about the Master Drive. Charlotte wrote back.
Dear Mr. Bodkin,
I was so pleased to receive this email and find out that they did indeed share my excitement with you.
Yes- it is completely fine to quote me and to use my name. After sending the email, I wished I had written more. My daughter and I still listen to Little Proto 8 years later ( she’s 18 and I am 61!). We are both thrilled to have more works to surprise and inspire us cross-country.
I have tried listening to other books on tape and find my mind wandering after 5 minutes. On the other hand, I am mesmerized by every word and sound on your tapes. I think seeing you perform in person helped fuel our admiration.
Anyway, I now have a year old granddaughter that I can’t wait to share your stories with too.
Thanks again from a lifelong fan!! 🙂
THE WATER MAGE’S DAUGHTER epic now comes with a GLOSSARY
If you’re unsure what a periapt is, or what a hierophant does, the new Glossary for The Water Mage’s Daughter will speed your reading along. At 13,000 lines (512 pages) Odds Bodkin’s high fantasy epic poem is filled with hundreds of what the poet calls “wonder words.” Some are archaic, but they’re proper English words. Others are simply legitimate terms within rare topics, like “ylem”. Ylem is defined as the primordial matter in the universe at the moment of the Big Bang.
At 18 pages, the Glossary is mapped to the text, so as you read, if you do come across a word you don’t know, its definition is right there at your fingertips.
Learn the definitions of:
and more wonder words.
“The words were singing in my head.”–Dean Emmerson, reader
A NEW STORYTELLING COLLECTION AT ODDS BODKIN’S SHOP
“a consummate storyteller”–The New York Times
For parents with kids 8-11, here’s some solid imagination entertainment and non-screen learning for cognitive development of a deeper kind. The APPRENTICE DRIVE contains The Wise Little Girl: Tales of the Feminine; The Odyssey: An Epic Telling; Earthstone: The Eco-Musical; Giant’s Cauldron: Viking Myths of Adventure; The Hidden Grail: Sir Percival and the Fisher King; Stories of Love; and David and Goliath: The Harper and the King.
Nine hours of award-winning audio. A $119.50 value for $79.95.
Visit Odds’ Shop to hear audio samples of everything.
Great for long drives, bedtime for kids, and epic excitement for adults!
Educational, fun listening. Builds literacy by building natural imagination.
18 full-length storytelling albums on a single flash drive, age-coded for young children through adults, Odds Bodkin’s EPIC DRIVE puts the master storyteller’s tales in the palm of your hand. Plus, the EPIC DRIVE includes Odds’ newest creation, Beowulf the Only One, recorded live on Harvard Square before an adult audience (1 hr 20 minutes).
Just plug it in and load these mp3s onto your device. Share them with friends. Enjoy masterful voice characterizations, original music and Odds Bodkin’s uncanny vocal effects. You’ll hear classic myths, fairy tales and folktales, plus original stories brought to life by an artist the New York Times calls “a consummate storyteller” and Wired Magazine calls “one of the great voices in American storytelling.”
If you’re attending any of my live shows this weekend (The Odyssey at Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA this Friday night or Odin and Thor Battle the Frost Giants at Grendel’s Den in Cambridge, MA this Sunday night) I’ll have something completely new for sale. The Epic Drive. Something for every storytelling fan in your life, from age four to forever.
Hope to see you there!
Soon this product will be available at my online shop as well.