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Happy Rhodes - FYI, all 11 of Happy's albums are now on YouTube.

Plus, all of Happy's albums can be heard free via streaming audio at:

Full-length concerts can be seen on her MySpace page (click View My...Videos under her picture):

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

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Weighted Rating: [7 Votes, 4.63 Stars]
Views: 1,905
Liner Notes
Richie Isaacs [2/15/2009 4:52:43 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
I am going to wear out the word 'wonderful' but it definitely fits here,the song,the singing,the lyrics and the soul.
wordgirl62 [3/29/2007 7:02:50 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
David Bowie should cover this..he'd like it. So would Kate Bush and Tori Amos...I do.
ScottT [2/13/2007 8:35:27 PM EST]
Score: +0
it's like surf music in the Alps
aaronlife [2/13/2007 8:35:09 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
yeah, you gotta give it to her, this is good, be great for a disney movie
OffTheWall [2/13/2007 8:34:03 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
great voice. background melodies are perfect.
chickadee [2/13/2007 8:33:34 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Lurker [2/13/2007 8:33:11 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
my daughter's favorite artist, with vivaldi coming in a close second!
ScottT [2/13/2007 8:33:06 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
another winner!!
aaronlife [9/30/2006 5:15:51 PM EST]
Score: +0
keep going, if you have access to mp3/recording software/itunes, you should be able to reduce the quality of the mp3 slightly to wind up with less than 6mb, it's nice to hear something unique on here
happyrhodes (song submitter) [9/30/2006 4:07:25 PM EST]
Score: +0
I wasn't going to interject myself into Comments but I don't want anyone to think I'm trying to put one over on them. This is not Happy. My name is Vickie and I've been a fan and friend of Happy's for 18 years. I have her permission to put her music anywhere I want (you can read it at and this seemed like a good place. I've been enjoying the Comments and I will pass them along to Happy.

I've had to discard some songs I wanted to upload because of the 6mb limit, so this one was a last-second replacement because I knew for sure it was under 6. Btw, I'm not criticizing the limit, I understand the necessity and I'm greatful for the opportunity to share Happy's music.

Happy *hates* self-promotion and would never do this herself. I don't work for her but we've had a relationship ever since I discovered her in 1988 and played her music on a radio show I used to have. It's been 8 years since her last album and I feel it's my job (and honor) to keep her music alive.

I just uploaded another song. Should I stop? Or keep going? What do people think? When it comes to Happy I'm a "give her an inch and by god she'll take a mile" person. Stop? Go? Yes? No?

aaronlife [9/30/2006 3:43:52 PM EST]
Score: +0
i take it happy is not posting these songs herself? again, great singing, song is produced well, love the various 'voices', the song is intelligent, but sort of dull for me (personal taste issue), i wouldn't come back to it, but the talent shines certainly.
Mr. Bratty [9/30/2006 1:24:30 PM EST]
Score: +0
i'm pretty much a fan. objectivity, gone. 5 stars.
lostear [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
It's good to hear another very, very original track from you. I don't lilke this one as much as your last one, but still good.
ScottT [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Very creative and different. What a voice!!
(The original version of this song is from Happy's album Building The Colossus. This version is a radio edit. This song is about friendship.)


Glory in numbers, glory so divine
Cherish the cycle, freedom in time

Well I know how cold it is (I do)
In a world that's so unfair

Glory in numbers, glory so divine
Cherish the cycle, freedom in time

I would take you underneath (my wings)
I would fly you anywhere

Glory in numbers, glory so divine
Cherish the cycle, freedom in time

Did I mention that I care (did I)
I'll protect you when I can

Glory in numbers, glory so divine
Cherish the cycle, freedom in time

I'll embrace you when I can

Song (c) 1994 - Happy Rhodes
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes

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