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10/16/2006

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 
Tragic
Weighted Rating: [5 Votes, 4.57 Stars]
Views: 1,225
Featured Review
Mr. Bratty [posted during evaluation]
Score: +10
better than radio! well, i almost never listen to the radio anymore. just stuff i've discovered here, including the happy music page.
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Liner Notes
Richie Isaacs [2/15/2009 5:03:35 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
A perfect balance of the music and the lyrics...not easily achieved but done so well here.
It all fits.
wordgirl62 [1/25/2007 6:40:24 PM EST]
Score: +10
Rated 4 stars
Love this singer...Dig the music too. Ethereal quality I have to succumb to. An eclectic mix of influences heard hear. Moody; I likey.
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/13/2006 11:54:48 PM EST]
Score: +0
http://www.myspace.com/gaffashow

That's mine too. You might like, maybe
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/13/2006 11:05:42 PM EST]
Score: +0
You're the first person who's ever told me they listen to the songs on that page. THANK YOU!
Mr. Bratty [10/13/2006 10:28:01 PM EST]
Score: +0
i go to the music for myspace webpage and just leave it on while i'm hanging around the house. no wonder she shows up in my dreams.
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/13/2006 10:19:30 PM EST]
Score: +0
Happy's her real name too, btw. It's kinda like naming a 500 lb man "Tiny"

happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/13/2006 10:18:14 PM EST]
Score: +0
Yeah, she had a horrid childhood, very nasty and sad. The monsters were her friends. Imagine a little kid who would dream up monsters to go kill her tormenters. That's Happy.
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/13/2006 10:16:01 PM EST]
Score: +0
I forgot the link to the song http://wretchawy.com/happy/samples/HappyRhodes_RhodesII11_AsylumMaster.mp3

I doubt I'd post any of her early stuff, but it's all interesting for delvers. Her darkest songs have such beautiful vocals.

The next song in the queue is about a sentient computer that's been abandoned.
Mr. Bratty [10/13/2006 10:13:05 PM EST]
Score: +0
i saw those trippy monsters that she draws.
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/13/2006 10:09:25 PM EST]
Score: +0
I forget, you guys don't know about early, creepy lyrics, Happy. 80% of her lyrics are about things like death, murder, suicide, possession, vampires, stalking, aliens, monsters, abused kids and fun things like that. She had a very #@&%!ed-up childhood, and it ALL came out in her music. She's all better now. (Well, judging by the songs on her most recent unreleased album, maybe not)

Here's one for you singmetofire:

Asylum Master

Oh silent moving chill, it's looking bleak
You're not mine to touch and I dare not speak
I need your presence be you dead or alive
My misery demands your company to survive

The living, breathing corpse
Whose shadow rightly before me walks

Only in your eyes lies your soul
And only in your arms am I whole
So damn your father for loving your mother
I curse him, for now I want no other

The living, breathing corpse
Whose shadow rightly before me walks

Master of the round walls, still my heart
It only makes my dreams fall apart
Trap me in your courtyard of broken stone
Oh it's cold and grey but I'll not be alone

The living, breathing corpse
Whose shadow rightly before me walks

Song © 1986 - Happy Rhodes

Mr. Bratty [10/13/2006 9:55:22 PM EST]
Score: +0
but happy is beautiful and lovely and nice. she would never eat you in your sleep. it's just clowns that do that.
singmetofire [10/13/2006 9:49:41 PM EST]
Score: +0
oh, i know.
Mr. Bratty [10/13/2006 9:48:30 PM EST]
Score: +0
you should be afraid. very afraid. and don't ever, ever go to sleep. those clowns will eat you.
singmetofire [10/13/2006 9:46:11 PM EST]
Score: +0
btw, the new picture just makes the whole "this music scares me more than movies about murderous clowns" thing, a lot worse.
singmetofire [10/13/2006 9:45:24 PM EST]
Score: +0
Can't say i have. But i have yet to run into one i was ever looking forward to cleaning.
Mr. Bratty [10/13/2006 9:44:28 PM EST]
Score: +0
so you've seen my bathroom?
singmetofire [10/13/2006 9:42:56 PM EST]
Score: +0
what an ocean of entropy
Mr. Bratty [10/13/2006 9:42:24 PM EST]
Score: +0
damn. i guess that means i have to clean the bathroom.
NovaVox [10/13/2006 9:38:13 PM EST]
Score: +0
I think you should start by letting her invade your living room first, then see how it goes.
Mr. Bratty [10/13/2006 9:35:34 PM EST]
Score: +0
that's close to canada right?
Mr. Bratty [10/13/2006 9:35:01 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
ok, i dreamt about happy rhodes last night. does that mean i'm in love? or just in the grips of a sick infatuation? oh well, what the hell. happy can invade my dreams anytime she likes. i'm just not sure how to break it to the wife that i'm moving to n.y....
ScottT [10/13/2006 9:07:44 PM EST]
Score: +0
very cool sedrite. What was Gong is not Gong but still is Gong...go figure.
aaronlife [10/13/2006 9:02:27 PM EST]
Score: +0
cool new photo
sedrite [10/13/2006 4:41:26 PM EST]
Score: +0
Heh...small world...my friend Josh Pollock who plays drums with me sometines just left to tour Japan with Acid Mothers Gong...
ScottT [10/13/2006 3:05:37 PM EST]
Score: +0
Happy can perform in my living room any time. I saw the youtube stuff. Excellent!! Looks like I'll be ordering Many Worlds Are Born Tonight soon.
sedrite [10/13/2006 2:45:03 PM EST]
Score: +0
that video is really cool.
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/13/2006 2:44:35 PM EST]
Score: +0
? What was that?

I just changed the picture and yet the old one is still showing up. Odd.

Vickie
singmetofire [10/13/2006 2:24:13 PM EST]
Score: +0
#@&%!
singmetofire [10/13/2006 2:24:06 PM EST]
Score: +0
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/13/2006 2:24:03 PM EST]
Score: +0
Oh crap, you'll have to take that period off the end of the url
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/13/2006 2:23:22 PM EST]
Score: +0
Btw, for anyone who might be interested, I keep a song samples site at http://wretchawry.com/happy/samples. The songs are chronological and almost are are downloadable (the Find Me tracks aren't, since the album's unreleased). I should add that link to the bio.
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/13/2006 2:19:34 PM EST]
Score: +0
Bon and Han are great, musically and as people. They did a mini-tour with Happy in 2003, playing small venues and living room concerts. We saw 3 of the shows. We don't have any video of any of the shows up at YouTube, but, in case you didn't see it, here's Bon with Happy in 1999: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytyc72RiXE0

Many Worlds Are Born Tonight is her most experimental album. That was 8 years ago. The one after that, Find Me (unreleased) is, at least the tracks I've heard, fairly sedate. She said in a recent interview that she wants to get "weird...er" for the next album. Oh joy!

Vickie
ScottT [10/13/2006 2:03:54 PM EST]
Score: +0
by the way--I'm a big fan of Bon and Hansford's work with Gong.
ScottT [10/13/2006 2:01:23 PM EST]
Score: +0
Vickie-Of all of Happy's recording which one, in your opinion, would be the most "non-normal"?
ScottT [10/13/2006 1:50:08 PM EST]
Score: +0
keep 'em comimg.
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/13/2006 1:35:17 PM EST]
Score: +0
Oh cool, because that's one of her most normal songs, vocally. I'll have to think of something that will have you cowering under the bed. She has 10 albums. *evil smile goes here*
singmetofire [10/13/2006 12:49:29 PM EST]
Score: +0
well, if it was bad id have said so. Theres a crapton of talent, it's just very ambient. So i guess it's good scary.
happyrhodes (song submitter) [10/13/2006 12:45:58 PM EST]
Score: +0
In a good way or a bad way?

V
singmetofire [10/13/2006 12:32:28 PM EST]
Score: +0
Im sorry, i just can't get over it. This chick really, honestly. Scares the everloving dog#@&%! out of me. Her voice is really really, creepy.
ScottT [10/13/2006 10:28:35 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Another 5 pointer in my book. I must be of the age of patience. I love frantic music, but I also love long drawn out thoughtful pices like this.
Throgmorton [10/13/2006 10:09:25 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 2.5 stars
As always the voice is great. Certainly talented. Very polished. Well produced. But this piece goes on too long. Don't like the chorus repeated. Actually the chorus isn't that strong. Don't like the merry-go-round keyboard at the beginning. Some cool things like putting in choral backround at 3ish and the instrumental bit at the ending.
But frankly I have no attention span for this--I am not part of the 'slow movement'. Me and mine are a video generation. Soundbites and flash clips and multitasking. This works on the new age folks who have the patience for a weekend yoga retreat.
sedrite [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
jfuchs [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Wake up sedrite, the song is over.
This is from Many Worlds Are Born Tonight.


Tragic

(Chorus)
I see you because you are tragic
And I need you for the same
There's a little bit of you in me
You can't escape what you became

You have the look of ill fate about you
You and all your brothers too
And I reach out as if I contain the antidote
But of course I don't

(Chorus)

Although we share pain and despair
Somehow you are predisposed to
Suffer the most

I see you because you are tragic
I'll look for you in the rain

[lyrics uncertain here]

The roots you wanted to grow
Will never take you know
Cause this is all just an exercise
And you're not alone

(Chorus)

I see you because you're so tragic
And I need you for the same
(Reason)
There's a little bit of you in me
I'll look for you in the rain

(Chorus)

(P) & (c) 1998 Gold Circle Entertainment, Inc.
Published by Hovering Slab Music (BMI) and Samson Publishing
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes

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