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Happy Rhodes - FYI, all 11 of Happy's albums are now on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/user/happyrhodesalbums#grid/user/95237FC5497C5450

Plus, all of Happy's albums can be heard free via streaming audio at:
http://rhodesongs.com/music

Full-length concerts can be seen on her MySpace page (click View My...Videos under her picture):
http://www.myspace.com/happyrhodes

This is all written by a fan (Vickie). I have blanket permission to place Happy's music anywhere I want. She hates self-promotion and just wants her music to be heard. She's not trying to "make it" or whatever such ambitions are expected of a female singer-songwriter-musician who makes music because it's what she loves to do.

She lives on a farm in upstate New York and finally released her 11th album, and her first since 1998's Many Worlds Are Born Tonight, called Find Me (now on CD Baby and iTunes). 

Happy Rhodes started making music when she was 11, when her mother gave her a guitar to play with. She started writing music soon after, and had become an accomplished songwriter by the time she was 14.

At 17 she began working as an apprentice engineer at a recording studio. The studio's owner heard her voice and songs and gave her free time to record everything she'd written up to that point. He introduced her to Kevin Bartlett, who owned Aural Gratification, a small, cassette-only label to release his own albums. He persuaded her to gather up all the individual songs and release them on his label. They found that she had enough for 3 albums (which became Rhodes I, Rhodes II, and Rearmament) and soon after came a 4th, Ecto. The "1st4" were released on hand-dubbed cassettes for several years before they were re-released on CD in 1992.

In 1991 Happy released Warpaint, her first album conceived and recorded as an album, and the first to be released on CD. Warpaint was followed by Equipoise, RhodeSongs (a compilation of earlier songs, plus some rarities and a cover of Bowie's "Ashes To Ashes"), Building The Colossus and The Keep, a beautiful compilation of acoustic versions and more rarities).

In 1997 Happy recorded the lush and science-fiction tinged Many Worlds Are Born Tonight. It was recorded mostly at home with the vocals recorded in her bathroom. She and Aural Gratificaton parted ways and Happy signed with a new label called Samson Music. They provided the artwork, a wide release, a small amount of promotion and a few live showcases for Many Worlds, then dropped her because they didn't know how to market her music and realized that she didn't fit in with their vision of the label's future.

On her own now, Happy released her 11th album, Find Me, funded by day jobs and self-released. She and her husband, musician Bob Muller, are building a home studio so that Happy will have an easier time of making music in the future. 

Some musicians might be connected to Happy and not even know it. Her "day job" is hand-assembling high-end equipment for Dangerous Music.

It's my desire to share her music with as many people and in as many ways as possible. Thank you for listening.

- Vickie

Song samples site: http://wretchawry.com/happy/samples 
Collective Heart
Genre: Pop
Weighted Rating: [8 Votes, 4.51 Stars]
Views: 1,349
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Liner Notes
Richie Isaacs [2/15/2009 4:50:03 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
I really must thank Babar for helping me find Happy's work...I don't know how I missed these songs when I went archive hunting but am VERY glad I have found them and like my partner says,I will download all of Happys songs and add to my Fizz collection so I can be happy offline too(so to speak)
Wonderful
wordgirl62 [3/8/2007 6:36:42 AM EST]
Score: +0
When I get home from work today, I'm going to download all these Happy songs for my "best of the 'fizz" cd--Just have to have the help of my 12 yr-old, that's all! Then I'll be able to hear Happy as I'm doing my errands around town. Thanks for sharing your music and heart!
wordgirl62 [3/8/2007 6:32:38 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
Such a range! What variety, musicality! Kate Bush meets David Bowie in this artist, yet she retains her own identity on everything I've heard...My hat is off and tipped !
WILLBMUSIC [2/20/2007 7:49:56 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
this is really good, reminds me of tori amos in a sensual way
jsandlin71 [1/14/2007 7:42:04 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
I like this. You have a great vibe.
chickadee [1/14/2007 7:39:03 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
This is so fantastic. Should be on the top of the charts!
Mr. Bratty [9/29/2006 2:36:44 AM EST]
Score: +0
pleasant dreams.
lostear [9/29/2006 2:34:16 AM EST]
Score: +0
It's the music, it's making us crazy. I love you, man. Goodnight.
Mr. Bratty [9/29/2006 2:32:14 AM EST]
Score: +0
actually, i think that was probably the most confrontive i've ever been on this site. certainly nothing personal meant by it. tequila is most likely to blame. handshake?
lostear [9/29/2006 2:28:46 AM EST]
Score: +0
It's beautiful that she can sing in a four octave range, and oh those pitch jumps!
lostear [9/29/2006 2:27:14 AM EST]
Score: +0
Yes it is. Now we're talkin'
Mr. Bratty [9/29/2006 2:26:18 AM EST]
Score: +0
it is quite beautiful.
lostear [9/29/2006 2:24:50 AM EST]
Score: +0
And don't want to end with a comment that sounds like I didn't like this song. This is good, but it's good because it is musical not sporty.
lostear [9/29/2006 2:22:39 AM EST]
Score: +0
And I have seen van halen videos and the sporty stuff is not why people like it (I hope). Man, I like to think the who has more going on than acrobatics.
lostear [9/29/2006 2:19:00 AM EST]
Score: +0
And it sounds sad, regardless of the "song info."
lostear [9/29/2006 2:18:04 AM EST]
Score: +0
I agree with the last sentence. We can agree to disagree about the sport thing.
Mr. Bratty [9/29/2006 2:16:26 AM EST]
Score: +0
first, it says in the "lyrics & song info" that this song is a celebration (not sad). second, it's kind of hard to dismiss the vocal acrobatics. the woman has a 4 #@&%!ING OCTAVE RANGE. fairly distinctive, no? music is indeed a sport. ever seen a van halen video? or the who? anyway, it is a great song and that does matter.
lostear [9/29/2006 1:59:07 AM EST]
Score: +0
Okay, true, there is alot of talent here, but the comments here are bit off-focus, I think. This is good because it has a certain mood about it -- kinda of sad or something; that's what I like about it. Too much focus on the vocal "acrobatics." Music is not a sport, right? Kate Bush/Tori Amos have great songs, that's why people listen. Just wan't to keep us focused on what matters.
Mr. Bratty [9/29/2006 1:48:41 AM EST]
Score: +0
acrobatics, i meant to type.
Mr. Bratty [9/29/2006 1:48:18 AM EST]
Score: +0
there are youtube vids of her doing these sorts of vocal acrobtics live and it's a trip!
aaronlife [9/29/2006 12:22:19 AM EST]
Score: +0
yeah, amazing voice, what a gift, and she uses it well, the song is cool, she's the star
Commander Yo [9/28/2006 10:33:43 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
That is some pretty awesome vocal talent to hit those pitch jumps right on the money, huge range. Nice to hear someone who is not infatuated with excessive vibrato and vocal tricks so common in todays divas. Slick, polished, nice!
Throgmorton [9/28/2006 10:15:41 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
Very cool to cover a fan's tribute. The music is a bit backgroundy instrumentally, though well composed, but I guess the point is to back the outstanding voice and singing ability. Definitely Kate Bush/Tori Amos on the highs, but unlike those comparables, you also can hit Odetta on the lows. I'm definitely intrigued. 4.5 stars on the vocal, 3 on the music. But, since Io is erupting, I'll round up to 4 stars.
ScottT [9/28/2006 6:35:29 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Definitely a big Kate Bush influence here. That's fine with me. This is great music.
singmetofire [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
this girls #@&%!ing voice scares the everloving #@&%! out of me.
mikebritt [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
i love the way it sounds but it's too long
(written by a fan) This song is on 1994's Building The Colossus. Happy has been making music for over 26 years, and has 11 albums. Over that time she's built up a small but fiercely loyal fan base. This song is about and for her supporters, those who have been with her for years, or those who are just discovering her. It's a thank you for listening and inspiring her to continue making music. It's one of the few straight-ahead pop songs Happy has ever done. An acoustic version of this song is on her album The Keep.

I (Vickie) used this song on an Obama tribute after his inauguration.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udAKU1u9DWw

Collective Heart

This collective heart pushes the blood through my veins
Feeding my brain of energy
This collective heart is rushing life to my hands
From every land come synergy

And I listen to it well, 'cause I put it out
I have some thoughts to sell
Based on love, based on decency
And coming from a source I can't begin to trace

Not that reaching out is something physical
I've got to look about for everything
And all there ever was
My community is always here to comfort me

This collective heart pushes the blood through my veins
Feeding my brain of energy
And this collective heart is rushing life to my hands
From every land come synergy
This collective heart pushes the blood through my veins
Feeding my brain of energy
And this collective heart is rushing life to my hands
From every land come synergy

Round the corner lives information I
can turn around and give
Like a heart, recycling what comes in
and pulsing out the breath we take to live

Let me know you all just like I know myself
I've got to hear the call from the great
wide-open space,
I'll never be alone, I never was

This collective heart pushes the blood through my veins
Feeding my brain of energy
This collective heart is rushing life to my hands
From every land come synergy
This collective heart pushes the blood through my veins
Feeding my brain of energy
This collective heart is rushing life to my hands
From every land come synergy

Song (C) 1994 - Happy Rhodes
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes
Booed Offstage (1)
terrance [10/24/2006 8:15:04 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 0.5 stars

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