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11/6/2007

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 
She Won't Go
Genre: Rock
Weighted Rating: [5 Votes, 4.26 Stars]
Views: 1,411
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Liner Notes
Richie Isaacs [2/15/2009 5:09:38 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
Those alter egos can be a major pain in the ass for sure(Mine has been put on hiatus until I know how to reign him in)
Cool and trippy like iced acid....
unklespaz [11/17/2007 2:19:36 PM EST]
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thanks for responding
unklespaz [11/17/2007 2:19:19 PM EST]
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That's very cool that she said that Vicki- 'For a poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks to have even one person say they love what you do is amazing' or I follow anyway.;

That's great, and I agree that music is an honor and blessing. Maybe it's a great thing that Happy has not become famous. It could ruin Happy as we know her.

On a lighter note- there is a band that comes here called exit that's been able to jam with u2 a couple times, so it would be cool, and still could happen, that she could ge in with some of these well known contemporaries. http://www.exit-band.com/news.html

aaronlife [11/17/2007 8:17:46 AM EST]
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huh, that's interesting, Annie Lennox tried to eat Peter Gabriel, but his head was too big... perhaps Peter doesn't want to acknowledge he likes Happy's stuff because he wants her to stay humble, or, because he wants to be influenced by her stuff without her knowing it, or, he simply doesn't like to spend time doing things like that (communicating to average folk)... i'd bet at least one CD you gave the sound guy made it to him.
happyrhodes (song submitter) [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 (song submitter) [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.
wayne monges [11/17/2007 3:08:50 AM EST]
Score: +0
somebody obvious missing from that list of influences
Annie Lennox
happyrhodes (song submitter) [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!
happyrhodes (song submitter) [11/17/2007 2:47:05 AM EST]
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*laugh* I'm more than glad to share. I've sent Happy the URL so she might read the comments, but she never tells me for sure if she does. I don't speak for her, but she might think it might sound big-headed if she commented on her comments. I do know for sure that she deeply appreciates anyone who listens to her music, and that's no lie. She's been making music for over 20 years, has 11 albums, and yet is painfully (to me) obscure, and I believe she considers herself very lucky to have any listeners at all.

She said to me once (paraphrasing, probably badly) 'For a poor kid from the wrong side of the tracks to have even one person say they love what you do is amazing, and I've had many over the years' so yeah, she appreciates anyone who takes the time to listen when there is so much music out there to listen to. She's very humble, lives on a farm in upstate New York, lives her life, works her day job, and just makes music because it's what she loves to do.
TheBuyer [11/17/2007 2:36:23 AM EST]
Score: +0
i like how unK starts his responses to women the same way group therapy leaders transition to the next alcoholic. thanks for sharing.
unklespaz [11/16/2007 11:13:54 PM EST]
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Vickie: that's great, thanks for sharing. Does Happy read the comments here? She's extraordinary. There's a bunch of people and talent. I guess it's kinda hard to make it in today's world, and music biz, but I'm glad there's so much Happy material out there.
happyrhodes (song submitter) [11/16/2007 10:42:07 PM EST]
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I've tried. I've mailed CDs. I've even given CDs to his sound guy at concerts in hopes that it would be passed on. My fondest wish for Happy is that one, just one, of her idols would acknowledge her existence. That would include Gabriel, Kate Bush, David Bowie, any member of Yes, Queen, or Wendy Carlos. It's too late for her biggest idol, Freddie Mercury.

Check out the live clips on YouTube, especially her cover of Gabriel's "Mercy Street" and "Here Comes the Flood."
aaronlife [11/16/2007 10:04:41 PM EST]
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geez, someone send him a CD, where is he? scotland? africa? i hear his influence, or at least i think i do, in her music, i'm sure he'd be flattered, and i bet he'd be willing to be eaten. or, maybe she did eat him and he's responsible for her "alter ego". you never really know an artist's deepest secrets.
happyrhodes (song submitter) [11/16/2007 9:50:46 PM EST]
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Ha, she wouldn't do it. He's a god to her. If only he knew she existed.
aaronlife [11/16/2007 9:48:13 PM EST]
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tell her to eat Peter Gabriel, starting with his head
happyrhodes (song submitter) [11/16/2007 9:32:37 PM EST]
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Bob Muller produced this particular album. Thanks everyone for listening and your Comments. I'm glad you like the songs. I love shaing them with you. Btw, to be clear, this is Vickie typing, not Happy (she doesn't "do" the Internet, except for e-mail, which is why I'm submitting these songs on her behalf, with her permission).
Commander Yo [11/16/2007 9:03:00 PM EST]
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Rated 4 stars
Happy Rhodes is one of those internet music masters, unique, talented, top-tier production. Who does your production, anyway? Truly awesome.

TheBuyer [11/16/2007 7:52:48 PM EST]
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i bet he tastes like prog
aaronlife [11/16/2007 7:13:06 PM EST]
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i think she needs to do a duet with Peter Gabriel, and then eat him afterwards, like a praying mantis
unklespaz [11/8/2007 9:04:03 PM EST]
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Rated 4.5 stars
THIS is OUTSTANDING FELLERS- and LADIES

this is major label good, really really- outstanding- you should be featured and very proud of this
WILLBMUSIC [11/7/2007 9:07:46 PM EST]
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yeah! another Happy tune!
firth5a [11/7/2007 6:54:26 AM EST]
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Rated 4.5 stars
Weird and wonderful - I am a fan.
TheBuyer [11/6/2007 11:33:33 PM EST]
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Rated 4 stars
hey excellent, Happy Rhodes adds that spooky hot chick element.
Pauline Trouble [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Trippy, will take more than one listen..
Sputnikov [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
happy rules.
kevfly [posted during evaluation]
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Yeah Top Vocals
This is from Happy's new album Find Me. This is about her alter ego that keeps popping up time and again. While, um "she" has provided a lot of inspiration and muse-ing over the years, she's also a pain in the ass. In the end though, she" just won't go and it's probably a good thing (for us fans, certainly, since "she" has brought us a hell of a lot of great music).

(the program won't let me input the lyrics for some reason, but they can be found at:
http://www.ecto.org/lyrics/findme/shewontgo.html)

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