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USSS: oddbod

Why isn’t oddbod famous? Proof positive that talent and fame are not connected. Tim “oddbod” Conway is one of the finest songwriters and performers I’ve ever heard. His new songs at FAWM turn into a mad rush to comment. A week in, his first song Instamatic has nearly a hundred comments from other songwriters who are supposed to be scrambling to write 14 songs of their own.

Gorgeous instrumentals. Tear-worthy love songs. Yes, but also a half-song called The Pig of Loveliness wherein oddbod shows he can shred hugely, and A Letter from Nigeria, a hysterical but musically brilliant tune taken almost entirely from spam emails he’s received. Listen to both, and more, at oddbod’s website. (His tune And the Starlight made it onto Handmade & Homespun. My definition of “Americana” is musical, not geographical.)

Not just a songwriter’s songwriter. Stop what you’re doing and go to oddbod’s FAWM profile to see what the good songwriters are wearing this year.

2 thoughts on “USSS: oddbod

  1. I used to compete with Tim in the KVRaudio music cafe songwriting contest. The first song of his that I heard was “Peace Now” around 2007, and I must have listened to it about 20 times that night. I had the privilege of giving Spanish lyrics to his song “The Fall”, and recording it as a Mariachi group. His music has always been an inspiration to me.
    Like you, I always wonder why Oddbod isn’t famous?

    BTW, I hope that my email address isn’t offensive to anybody in England. My last name is spelled different than the airplane, and my great grandfather was over here before the turn of the century (18th to 19th). We had nothing to do with all of that.

    1. Howdy, Bill! Mariachi. Since my dad worked in Tijuana when I was a teen, mariachi is part of my life’s soundtrack.

      Names are funny things. People call me “Jack” all the time, then when corrected ask “Oh, are you related?” The very very short version is no, because virtually no one named Canfield in this country was named Canfield when they left England.

      I don’t know what Jack’s family name was in Europe, but ours was Campfield until 1630-something in New Haven, Connecticut when it was changed.

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