A CHRISTMAS STORY LIKE NO OTHER…Odds Bodkin in MA this Dec. 1

Imagine you are a generous but now impoverished old knight who needs a boon from the High King, but you’re too embarrassed to see your old friend without even a small gift to bring. It’s been forty years since you saved the king’s life. He hasn’t seen you since.

And then, a miracle. The dead cherry tree in your courtyard blooms and grows cherries in a dark snowstorm. It’s three days before Christmas Eve. With the miraculous cherries in a basket, you set off on foot for Cardiff Castle. Essentially, you are carrying a gift from God.

English law of the time states that anyone, even peasants, can beg a boon from the king on Christmas Eve. And so, disguised as a farmer, you bang on the castle’s guardhouse door. The rough guard inside thinks you’re just another peasant and so tells you you’re too late to get in, that is, until you show him what you’ve brought: glowing, fresh cherries. An impossibility in winter. The guard knows the king will love them and give an you extraordinary boon.

He agrees to let you in, but demands one third of whatever gold, silver, gems or furs the king may give you. It’s frank extortion, but to get into the castle, you agree. You promise him a third of your boon and you enter the castle.

But there are two more doors you must pass before you enter the feasting hall. And there are two more gatekeepers who see the cherries, too, and have the same idea.

MID-WINTER MIRACLES: MUSICAL TALES FOR CHRISTMAS AND CHANUKAH

DEC. 1, 2019 at 3 pm at The Burren Backroom in Somerville MA. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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MAGIC IN THE BACK SEAT

It’s not too often that parents in the front seat listen to their kids’ media in the back.

So if it’s “raining tacos” in your car and that’s driving you crazy, consider The Little Proto Trilogy, three feature-length dinosaur stories by Odds Bodkin. Good for ages four and up. They’re audios, but so full of sound and action they feel like movies. Great adventures. Solid life lessons. Lots of laughs. Even songs to sing.

 

Download your Little Proto Trilogy today!

 

45% Off Odds Bodkin Storytelling Drives Now through December 10!

Save today on the magical storytelling of Odds Bodkin, all on a flash drive. Voices. Original music. Amazing vocal effects. Classic tales. Award-winning titles.

 

The Beginner Drive $39.95

9 full-length storytelling albums for kids ages 4-7. Includes three movie-length Little Proto dinosaur adventures with songs. Explore here.

 

The Epic Drive $99.95

19 full-length storytelling albums for all ages. Includes The Odyssey, Beowulf Live, David and Goliath and many others. Explore here.

Special bonus: For Odyssey listeners, an autographed Odyssey Adventure Map with all 42 of Odysseus’s adventures across the Mediterranean world.

 

The Master Drive $149.95

Odds Bodkin’s Complete Works. 19 full-length storytelling albums for all ages plus 7 original music compositions and Odds’ 13,000-line epic high fantasy poem, The Water Mage’s Daughter. Explore here.

Special bonus: For Odyssey listeners, an autographed Odyssey Adventure Map with all 42 of Odysseus’s adventures across the Mediterranean world.

Every Time We Get In The Car

Last year Mike repaired my snowblower, and this year he came back, just yesterday, to fix the generator. It now runs like a dream and so here in New Hampshire, I’m finally ready for winter. If you lose power and it’s twenty below, with no furnace going, the water pipes freeze in the walls and burst.

“You know that story you gave me?” he asked. “My kids love it. Every time we get in the car, they want to hear it. Even I like it. The other copy’s in my wife’s car.”

I wasn’t sure what story I’d given him. “Which story was that?”

“Little Proto. They really like Ankles. ‘Play the Ankles part’ they say. You gave me those CDs, remember?”

I hadn’t remembered but did now. “Which story was it?” I asked, having made three Little Proto dinosaur recordings for young kids.

“The one about Magnolia Island.”

Ah, I thought, that was the first one. “How old are your kids?”

“Three and five.”

“Have they heard the other two?”

“You mean there are others?”

“Yeah. Better than the first one, in my opinion. Hang on, I’ll see if I can find them.”

I headed inside and upstairs. Might as well give Mike CDs for his kids. T-Rex Adventure is my favorite, with King Geoffrey the Rex and Old Wrinkles the Triceratops doing their grumpy old men thing while rescuing Proto. I found the two CDs, one with a cracked case but with a playable CD inside (we just sell digital versions these days) and gave them to him.

“My kids are gonna freak out,” he said, smiling and taking them.

“Play the one with the T-Rex on the cover first,” I advised. “It’s really funny in places. You’ll meet Bump. He’s a fun character, like Ankles. Volcano’s Fire is the third story, where Proto’s growing up.”

“Wow, thanks.”

“You’re welcome. Enjoy them.”

Later, at work inside, I heard the generator humming and went to the garage. Mike was finishing up. “I’ll get some ethanol-free gas up in Goshen like you recommended,” I said.

“Makes a huge difference with engines like these.”

“Okay, great. What do I owe you?”

He’d been at the house for over an hour. I was expecting a hundred, maybe a hundred and fifty dollars for the service, since he’d also gotten the snow blower’s drive belts back on. In winter, the snowblower ranks up there with the generator.

“Make it fifty,” he said.

I looked at him.

“Hey,” he said. “You gave me two CDs. My kids are gonna freak out.”

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Do Silicon Valley Execs Keep Their Kids Away From Screens? Yes.

Why do Silicon Valley executives raise their children technology-free? This headline from The Guardian says it all: TABLETS OUT, IMAGINATION IN: THE SCHOOLS THAT SHUN TECHNOLOGY.

They do it because they want their kids to be imaginative and mentally healthy, basically. Looking out over the wasteland of anger, narcissism, teen suicides, obesity and incivility that social media networks have caused in young lives recently, many of these tech wizards are scared for their own kids.

Like King Midas, everything they touched has turned to gold. But don’t forget the old story: When King Midas touches his own daughter, whom he loves, she turns to gold, too. That’s the end of her.

Digital Addiction begins with kids interacting with screens. The colorful, always-changing worlds they find are so much fun that when they’re suddenly without their screens and look up to see the real world around them, it simply moves too slowly. It’s boring. This causes a kind of free-floating, stimulation-seeking depression.

Down through the ages, kids engaged in creative play with toys and role-playing, attempting to do what grownups did, but in miniature. It has always been this way. But not now, not in the dopamine-laden world of video games and social networks. Not unless the kids’ lives are balanced by getting them away from these devices.

It’s ironic. Now that the digital masters of the universe are having families, too, they realize this, smart as they are. Heck, they built these things to be addictive. And yes, they love their kids, too.

So what is the indispensable skill they want their children to develop at these very expensive, very selective kindergartens and elementary schools where less is more?

Imagination.

What grows imagination best?

Creative outdoor play, kids playing with kids, without any adults around.

If that’s not possible, what’s the next best thing?

Storytelling.

As Einstein said, “If you want your child to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.”

Wait a moment, you might say. Odds Bodkin is using digital media at the moment. Isn’t that a bit hypocritical?

Well, no.

That’s because my imagination developed long ago, when I was a kid, playing outside all day, and then, after coming back home, listening to my dad tell me stories.


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FLASH DRIVES of Odds Bodkin Story Collections Make Great Gifts

If you’re going to an Odds Bodkin show this season, consider leaving with an EPIC DRIVE, a BEGINNER DRIVE or a MASTER DRIVE. Credit cards accepted via Square.com.

Or purchase yours at Odds Bodkin’s Shop.

Downloads of all recordings available too!

BACK TO SCHOOL SALE. 30% Off Odds Bodkin Epics

Epic Storytellings for Tweens, Teens and Adults

Back to School Sale at Odds Bodkin’s Download Shop. 30% Off.

Give your child a giant head start in Greek mythology, medieval lore, Biblical adventure and more with these award-winning mp3 story audios, now 30% off at Odds Bodkin’s shop. Sale ends Sept. 10, 2018.

The Odyssey: An Epic Telling (4 hrs 8 min) reg. $49.95 now $34.95

David and Goliath: The Harper and the King (1 hr) reg. $14.95 now $10.45

Beowulf: The Only One (1 hr 20 min) reg. 19.95 now $13.95

The Myth of Hercules (1 hr 40 min) reg. 19.95 now $13.95

The Hidden Grail: Sir Percival and the Fisher King (1 hr 30 min) reg. $14.95 now $10.45

 

Fast download delivery brings these storytelling classics with music to your child’s device. Pry a young mind away from modern video games into ancient imagination.

 

 

 

 

Downloadable Myths, Epics, Folktales and More…Starting at $.99

Downloadable Myths, Epics, Folktales and More…Starting at $.99

Original music

The Odyssey: An Epic Telling

The Wise Little Girl: Tales of the Feminine

Beowulf: The Only One

David and Goliath

Paul Bunyan Tall Tales

The Little Proto Dinosaur Trilogy

And many other unforgettable titles by Odds Bodkin. Use PayPal for instant downloads! Great for vacation listening!

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11 pages of storytelling products

LIBRARIES ROCK! Sing-Along Tales With a Solid Beat/Tomorrow in NH/Free to the Public


LIBRARIES ROCK! Sing-Along Tales With a Solid Beat

Performance Date: 07-11-2018 @ 6:30 pm
Location: Smyth Public Library, Candia NH

LIBRARIES ROCK! Three great stories, three great sing-alongs! An outdoor gazebo show!

KADDO, THE PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY (African sanza)
THE ROCK N ROLL THREE LITTLE PIGS (fuzz electric guitar and stomp drum)
FINN MACCOOL AND THE BIG MAN (12-string guitar)

Appropriate for all ages. Bring a blanket and the kids!

 

LIBRARIES ROCK! Sing-Along Tales with a Solid Beat this Tuesday in NH!

LIBRARIES ROCK! Sing-Along Tales with a Solid Beat this Tuesday in NH!

Odds Bodkin’s LIBRARIES ROCK storytelling show.

With a screaming Gibson SG electric guitar and stomp drum, a 12-string acoustic guitar and an African sanza I’ll be performing my three most musical tales at Fuller Public Library in Hillsborough, NH this Tuesday, June 26th 2018 at 6 p.m.

The show is free and fun for all ages. Three different stories with three different sing-along choruses you’ll learn instantly. Bring the kids and enjoy imagination and music together. An African chant. A rock ‘n’ roll version of The Three Little Pigs. And an Irish tale with a rollicking chorus.

Live storytelling with three different, infectious rhythms. Crazy character voices and vocal effects add to the magic!

FREE TO THE PUBLIC

A FAMILY FAVORITE FOR LONG TRIPS: Odds Bodkin’s THE ODYSSEY

A FAMILY FAVORITE FOR LONG TRIPS

Odysseus crouches with his men inside the Trojan Horse and listens. It is dawn, and Helios the sun has crested Troy’s walls. Peering out through the sunlit cracks, Odysseus’s lookout sees the gates of the city open. The Greek army has deserted the battlefield. All that remains is this gigantic horse built of wood.

So begins The Odyssey: An Epic Telling, a 4-hour masterpiece of storytelling by Odds Bodkin. With strains of 12-string guitar and the cries of seabirds, he’ll draw you into this feature film for the mind’s eye.

Even if they’re hungry, your kids won’t want to get out of the car until each episode concludes. There are 42 episodes in all. By the end, your kids will have effortlessly learned Homer’s great story, made human and vivid in this storyteller’s unique way.

The Odyssey: An Epic Telling is a download at Odds Bodkin’s shop. Free listening samples.

$49.95

For Father’s Day: Odds Bodkin’s $174.95 MASTER DRIVE on sale for $99!

For Father’s Day: Odds Bodkin’s $174.95 MASTER DRIVE on sale for $99!

For you dads out there, a one-day-only sale of Odds Bodkin’s complete works.

25 hours of storytelling for all ages. Original music. Plus Odds’ 555-page epic work of high fantasy in verse, The Water Mage’s Daughter.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!