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happyrhodes

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36 Comments Posted
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Critic Score 1/10
Joined: 9/25/2006
Band: Happy Rhodes

Web Site: http://www.myspace.com/happyrhodes 
I Say
happyrhodes [6/24/2009 10:08:32 AM EST]
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Ruud, Happy's last album was released about a year and a half ago. I submitted these songs to RedFizz: One And Many, Charlie and She Won't Go. Other songs can be heard at http://www.myspace.com/happyrhodesfindme (the main Happy Rhodes page is the same but without the findme at the end).

Thanks for the feature. So awesome!

Vickie
He Will Come
happyrhodes [6/12/2009 4:26:53 PM EST]
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Alright, alright, I changed it. To me, Goths like vampires, so that's why I chose it. The biggest problem is that Happy doesn't neatly fit into any one genre. To me she makes "Ecto music" (which includes people like Kate Bush, Noe Venable, Jane Siberry, Peter Gabriel, Jeff Buckley) but no one, but no one, offers that as a genre.
happyrhodes [6/1/2009 5:26:47 AM EST]
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Vickie here (not Happy, for those who may not know that it isn't Happy uploading her songs, but I do have her permission) Thank you Sputnikov! To be honest, I'm shocked that this is Featured. I really only posted it because it's the first part of the two-part vampire story (the 2nd part being "The Flight" which I posted last week) and they need to be heard together. But of course I do consider it a great honor and I'm grateful for her listeners on Red Fizz. I'll tell Happy that her song is Featured. I know she'll appreciate it.

I just put the two songs (edited together) up on YouTube as an audio only, For those interested in hearing them both together:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqgElL1Vdck

Vickie
Hold Me
happyrhodes [5/15/2009 1:23:40 AM EST]
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If y'all would like to see Happy perform this song live, here's a video that my husband shot in 1996:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcXOiiyHE_c

It's a slower, sweeter version, and particularly meaningful for me personally. At one point she forgets the lyrics and looks right at me. I mouth the words then say them out loud and she smiles and mouths "thank you" to me. Hey, forgive me, it's a fan moment I cherish, what can I say. Plus, at the end after she sings the final "Can you tell me that I'm going to make it?" I'm the one who yells out "You'll make it!" (me, meaning, of course, that she'd get "discovered" someday if not very very soon).

Of course I was wrong :( but I've always been a hopeless optimist when it comes to Happy. I call it my soul-crushing, spirit-sapping optimism :) but which, and I've said this all before, makes this place so fantastic. She's still getting new fans/listeners, even after all these years. People are still responding to songs like "Hold Me" that are 16 years old, and it honestly doesn't matter if it's one fan/listener, two, five, ten, and not thousands or millions. People are still listening to, and (usually) liking her music. This place is wonderful! Thank you again, all of you.

Groon Lake, there have been rumblings of a studio being built at the farm she and her husband live on, so who knows. Maybe someday.

A brief aside: do any of you musicians use Dangerous Music equipment (http://dangerousmusic.com/)? If so, your box might have been hand-assembled by Happy. Her husband Bob started and owns the business, and that's what she does as her "day job." I can't remember if I mentioned this before. On the web site, for "The Dangerous Master" it says "Hand built with top-of-the-line components" right? Happy's hand(s). I bet most musicians who use them have no idea their equipment was built by a such a musical treasure. Funny, huh? One of those strange things...

Vickie
The Chariot
happyrhodes [5/4/2009 6:35:20 AM EST]
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Mr. Bratty, "Hold Me" is up next, just for you. This one was already in the pipeline when you requested Hold Me.

Vickie
Feed The Fire
happyrhodes [4/24/2009 12:40:02 PM EST]
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I'm terribly terribly sorry, I honestly didn't mean to be condescending, and please forgive me if you or anyone else took it that way. I thought it would come off as haughty or sneery if I just said "I'm not sure how that could be" and wanted to come off friendly and non-judgmental. Fail on my part. I suppose I shouldn't comment at all but all I really wanted to do was point out for those who might not know that this, like all the songs I post until she ever decides to make another album, is an old song, so isn't derivative of anything that's happening currently or within the last few years. I do of course realize that the celtic thing is not recent. I've been into celtic music since the 70's and it was around a lot longer than that. I just misunderstood that he was referring to something fairly recent.

It also made me smile because in 18 years, that's the first time I've ever heard anyone mention "celtic" in relation to this song, or even Happy in general. Not smiling because it's preposterous, but because it was interesting to me. As a fan for 20 years it's fascinating that people hear different things when they listen to Happy.

One other thing, I love posting Happy's songs here because this is the only place where her music is actually listened to by other musicians, which is important to me. Nobody talks about her anymore, let alone discusses her MUSIC. This thrills me and I would like to continue posting songs until someone tells me to quit, so again, please forgive if I've caused any offense.

Vickie
happyrhodes [4/23/2009 12:20:17 PM EST]
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Derivative? *smile* I'm not sure how it could be. This song is 18 years old. It appeared on an album that was released in 1991. - Vickie (not Happy)
Warpaint
happyrhodes [4/11/2009 12:58:54 AM EST]
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Babar, sorry I missed your question earlier. No, it's not Hansford Rowe, it's Bob Van Detta on bass.

- Vickie
happyrhodes [4/10/2009 9:49:13 AM EST]
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Vickie here (as usual). I was a bit surprised this was rejected but I've been pretty lucky with Happy's songs so far so I definitely can't complain. I am glad that many of you loved this. This song is actually one of my favorite songs by Happy. The lyrics alone always hit me in the gut. They're very meaningful to me personally. Rejected or not, I'm glad it's on her profile. After all, the whole point is just to get her music heard one way or another. I'm content!
When The Rain Came Down
happyrhodes [3/4/2009 10:26:00 AM EST]
Score: +0
An amusing tidbit about this song: someone, not me and I don't know who, put this song up on the old Napster (back in 1999-2000 when it was a real file-sharing system) mislabeled as being a duet by Kate Bush and Annie Lennox. It got passed around and to this day I still hear from people who went looking to find out what Kate or Annie album it's on, then find out it's by Happy Rhodes. More people have discovered Happy via this song and that mistake than by any other means. Someday I'd like to find out who mislabeled the song and thank them.

Vickie
happyrhodes [3/4/2009 6:31:56 AM EST]
Score: +0
Vickie here (as always). Thanks for the comments. It had been awhile since I posted a Happy song so I thought I'd throw an oldie in the mix.

IrREGULAR ELEPHAnT, you mentioned a pitch shift, but no, that's all her and she does it effortlessly. To see it in action, watch this video of her performing this song live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zzcMmfGBjY

I was sitting right in front of her and my husband shot the video, so I can attest that there were no tricks. There never is. There are tons of live videos on YouTube that show this. Another one to watch is "Temporary and Eternal" where the song was being recorded as it was performed live, and it appears on her album The Keep.

Vickie
Winter
happyrhodes [2/15/2009 1:48:45 AM EST]
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You got it Babar. I just posted another one, an old song. This isn't Happy though, just to be clear. Happy doesn't do the Internet other than e-mail. I'm just a fan who has her permission to post her music anywhere I want. - Vickie
She Won't Go
happyrhodes [11/17/2007 3:32:14 AM EST]
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Btw, there's a song called "When The Rain Came Down" that was misidentified on the old Napster as being a duet between Kate Bush and Annie Lennox. It can be heard on the main MySpace and a live version is on YouTube. But Happy wasn't intending to sound like them specifically, it's just how she sings.
happyrhodes [11/17/2007 3:19:44 AM EST]
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Happy's a fan of Annie Lennox, definitely. There's a live cover of "Into The West" on YouTube. I don't know what kind of musical influence there was, she's never said. Annie's a strong female role model for sure.
happyrhodes [11/17/2007 2:47:37 AM EST]
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Yay, I just found out that the most recent song I submitted will be featured on the front page! Whooo!