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10/9/2006

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 
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Weighted Rating: [15 Votes, 4.1 Stars]
Views: 2,082
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Liner Notes
Richie Isaacs [2/15/2009 4:58:28 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
She has a damn great vocal range and used in great restraint rather than a self indulgent way,I concur..very hypnotic...
MeatMachineII [5/13/2007 7:47:50 PM EST]
Score: +0
i cant handle your music
MeatMachineII [4/24/2007 7:36:41 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
interesting, not sure i could listen to this on a regular basis, but its cool and original. remind me of george michael for some reason, you can hit lower notes than i can too which rules.
wordgirl62 [3/1/2007 5:17:35 PM EST]
Score: +0
She's got a Bowie-like quality I am coming to appreciate more and more...
WILLBMUSIC [2/11/2007 2:09:26 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
i like it, i really do.
wordgirl62 [2/11/2007 2:08:06 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
So far, so good, everything I hear this artist do, is done well, is creative, engaging, pulls me in, almost entrancing...Hypnotic..Great vocals, lyrics are poetic..
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/17/2006 1:02:53 AM EST]
Score: +0
I'm sorry about that. I try to keep to my policy not to comment on opinions. It didn't quite seem fair to the song so I couldn't help myself.

Vickie
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/17/2006 12:55:26 AM EST]
Score: +0
Whoops, did you mean for this Comment to go with this song? No D&D or wizards here.Nowhere near. Not on the same planet even. I've heard a lot of intrepretations of this song, but that one is definitely the most bizarre. It's like thinking "Helter Skelter" is about flowerpots, and judging it harshly because you don't like flowerpots. Or something.
the bear [10/16/2006 9:40:39 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 1 star
its alittle 2 D&D for me, i mean i like songs about wizards and $&^% like that but this is a little too HEXUBUS!!! for me.
aaronlife [10/11/2006 9:24:45 AM EST]
Score: +0
!!!! ;) that's powerful music!

maybe that's the answer then, we set up some speakers, blast this song on repeat, stage a protest at the white house...
Throgmorton [10/11/2006 9:10:22 AM EST]
Score: +0
Yeah Alife--She really said that.
unklesam [10/11/2006 12:07:13 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
that video kicks, you got a thing there, great drums, great everything but yeah!!
I think this is very special
aaron-life [10/10/2006 11:45:18 PM EST]
Score: +0
yeah for recording in a bathroom!! i used to use a bathroom, then in switched to a closet... throg that's hilarious... if she really said it, just like that, it's even funnier ;)
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/10/2006 11:33:50 PM EST]
Score: +0
Vickie here (not Happy). Thank you Redfizz for choosing Happy to be featured. All the voices on all the songs are Happy.

Proof of Proof:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YuBU41tiX8

There are several others on YouTube where she uses both her very high and her very low voice. That's what Happy does, and has always done, use her entire range. She'd no more stop using her low voice as she would stop using her ultra high voice (heard on "Winter" and several other songs). As far as selling, it's a moot point. This song is from an album that was released 8 years ago (her most recent album). This album was recorded mostly at her home, and all the vocals from the album were recorded in her bathroom.

Thank you for your comments. I'll pass them on to Happy.
Throgmorton [10/10/2006 9:29:53 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
I don't love it, but it's very good--if that makes any sense. 'Ok' and mellowed out section at :50 is killer. You throw change-ups well throughout the piece. 'I'm sure she'll be fine' part right around 4:00 is killer. Your lyrics are always worth reading..
Danceable. Great bass. Well produced.
Don't like the chorus--which is half the song. And the deep-feminine voice is scary to my wife. She said, 'If you listen to that mentally ill song again I'm going to divorce you!'
2fsplit [10/10/2006 4:18:47 PM EST]
Score: +0
Finally a really well done song! Cheers to that!

Though this is not my style, nor do I think it will sell, its done great!
aaronlife [10/10/2006 3:57:46 PM EST]
Score: +0
this isn't my stylistic choice, but this is pretty flawless and creative, great job, kinda long for me though.
kaya-k [10/10/2006 3:16:59 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
There's a picture of a female above...is that who is actually singing? I feel like you could have started on a higher note as the notes do get quite low. I really thought a man was singing....
NovaVox [10/10/2006 1:25:54 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
10 Second Rule: Cool backward sounds...this looks good. Is that a woman singing?

This is produced really well. The voice is so manish....This kinds seems like a Peter Gabriel song. I just wish the vocal wasn't so strange sounding, because there are some really cool ideas here.

At first I hated that part where the music dies away, but then that key sound and vocal melody got me again. So smart to have the rhythm get quiet and have the vocal come into the forefront (never heard that technique, may steal it)...Very cool ideas.

1. Technical ability
2. Good tone choice
3. Playing the right part for the song
4. Feeling
5. Originality

This gets:

1) 5 (Musicianship is great, escpecially the bass)
2) 3 (Vocal tone is just too strange, everything else is great)
3) 5 (Arrangement is SO cool, see notes above)
4) 4 (The feel only suffers from the strange vocals)
5) 5 (Peter Gabriel-esque, but that pretty much means original (you try it))

Overall: 4.4
lisabisa [10/10/2006 7:02:27 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Not typical of her usual style, but it does showcase her lower range very well. She does amazing things with her voice.
AskyOfHoney [10/10/2006 4:23:46 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
wonderful
cuuntry [10/9/2006 7:57:45 PM EST]
Score: +0
i was put off by, what i consider to be, over-production.
singmetofire [10/9/2006 7:38:14 PM EST]
Score: +0
See, it's not just me.
SirenEast [10/9/2006 7:33:47 PM EST]
Score: +0
Still scared.
sedrite [10/9/2006 12:58:49 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
Reminds me of Tom Tom Club.
singmetofire [10/9/2006 11:37:01 AM EST]
Score: +0
hah "split the baby"
Mr. Bratty [10/9/2006 11:30:12 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
what i meant by my earlier comment was with regards to the "battle". i really liked both tunes so i weaseled out by not choosing one over the other. this does not take away from the fact that i am a total happyhead. can't wait for the new album!
singmetofire [10/9/2006 11:26:11 AM EST]
Score: +0
No comments? Just stars?

See, your scared too. "This is good, im leaving"
TheBuyer [10/9/2006 10:53:57 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
ScottT [10/9/2006 9:45:09 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
Mr. Bratty [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
bummer! i had to go solomon on this battle. split the baby.
ScottT [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Some of the coolest stuff I've heard in years.
singmetofire [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Absolutley Terrified.
SirenEast [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Blue bird worshiping deconstructionist gospel. I think, I dig. Need to listen a few hundred more times.
unklesam [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
very good! I love this, not my thing but very well done
chickadee [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
This is really good. The notes get pretty low for your vocal range but you pull it off well.
This is from Many Worlds Are Born Tonight.

Proof


Chorus:
Show the proof and hide the evidence
Show the proof and...
Show the proof and hide the evidence
Show the proof and you're sure to be happy
Show the proof
We will defend you no further
Show the proof and...

Ok
Everything I do is madness
Everything I say is neither here nor there
Well if I do exist
Then does it follow that I am
Who I am is who I mean to be

Chorus

This is the last time I should care
I've given you my doubts in all of my affairs
But there must be a moment now
For breathing and remorse
What I make, only I can own

Chorus

I was young
I was free once
Nothing I could ever think to do
Was wrong
Then

Show the proof and hide the evidence
Show the proof and you're sure to be happy
Show the proof
We will defend you no further
Show the proof and you're sure to be...

Fine...


(P) & (c) 1998 Gold Circle Entertainment, Inc.
Published by Hovering Slab Music (BMI) and Samson Publishing
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes
Booed Offstage (1)
terrance [10/24/2006 8:16:32 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 0.5 stars

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