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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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When The Rain Came Down
Genre: Rock
Weighted Rating: [5 Votes, 4.73 Stars]
Views: 2,190
Liner Notes
damndog [3/5/2009 12:21:24 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
GoingtothePoolhouse [3/4/2009 11:16:04 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
i generally like the happy rhodes stuff, but i'm not as floored as the others around here. that said, this is my favorite HR offering yet. the song is well defined and i'm kind of digging it.
happyrhodes (song submitter) [3/4/2009 10:26:00 AM EST]
Score: +0
An amusing tidbit about this song: someone, not me and I don't know who, put this song up on the old Napster (back in 1999-2000 when it was a real file-sharing system) mislabeled as being a duet by Kate Bush and Annie Lennox. It got passed around and to this day I still hear from people who went looking to find out what Kate or Annie album it's on, then find out it's by Happy Rhodes. More people have discovered Happy via this song and that mistake than by any other means. Someday I'd like to find out who mislabeled the song and thank them.

firth5a [3/4/2009 9:53:15 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Wow! I'm almost speechless. It makes me feel a little ashamed to think my pathetic musical offerings are sharing the same site as something of this quality -and that is what this is. Quality. As others mention, it is a strong song, with some lovely haunting melodies as well as some beautiful little individual parts - such as the acoustic (semi-acoustic?) solo in the middle. Everything feels subtle and understated and yet it assumes epic proportions as a whole. It's also proof that distinctive and weirdness can be accessible as well.
Babar Klunj [3/4/2009 7:52:49 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
happyrhodes (song submitter) [3/4/2009 6:31:56 AM EST]
Score: +0
Vickie here (as always). Thanks for the comments. It had been awhile since I posted a Happy song so I thought I'd throw an oldie in the mix.

IrREGULAR ELEPHAnT, you mentioned a pitch shift, but no, that's all her and she does it effortlessly. To see it in action, watch this video of her performing this song live:

I was sitting right in front of her and my husband shot the video, so I can attest that there were no tricks. There never is. There are tons of live videos on YouTube that show this. Another one to watch is "Temporary and Eternal" where the song was being recorded as it was performed live, and it appears on her album The Keep.

Sputnikov [3/3/2009 10:36:39 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
just absolutely remarkable. flawless. going straight into my happy file.
Richie Isaacs [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Awesome thanks Vickie!
I can't get enough of Happys music...her music is akin to magic and fair has me spellbound..can't wait to add it to all the other ones I have of hers,I love the shift from the low to the high notes...awesome.
arpmoog [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Impressive vocal range and sparse, tasteful orchestration. She employs a playful, Kate Bush kind of vibe. Nice circulating drum pattern knits a cohesive whole.
Ruud Slingerland [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
This is high quality music. I can't decide yet if I like it. The high Bollywood like vocals are nice. Maybe the sounds of the arrangement are too electronic for me to get really touched by this song. I'm a fan of the accoustic sounds of Joanna Newsom. But I respect this fully, so feature.
NathanWayne [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
quality doesn't win me over as well as some others here.
Babar Klunj [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
yay...another Happy tune...any chance Happy will be doing any shows in the Baltimore/DC area?
As always...wonderful music.
Mr. Bratty [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
she never fails to amaze me. it's cool the different shades the song takes on considering the drum pattern never changes.
aaronlife [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
yeah, top notch quality, high talent, not attracted for personal listening preference, but on top of her game as always.
King Tide [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
I'm not a big fan of this type of music.Hey but you do it well.Maybe on a different day .I would like it.I just never was a big fan of Kate Bush.I'm more your Sinead type of person.
CalebH [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
That really high-pitched vocal (1:15 or so) doesn't really do it for me. I wish it was more organic, fewer preservatives.

But you've got a bigger wikipedia page than Proust. So. Just goes to show you...

The more I get through this, the more I realize that the melodies are actually pretty strong. You know what you're doing, but the sterile keys and drums really detract, I think. Sterile to my ears, at least. I never -got- Roxy Music, either, and a lot of people love them. Seems like people tend to like this, too.
IrREGULAR ELEPHAnT [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Is that one part pitch shift? It really does sound like Kate bush. Am I converted? I really like this.
This is an oldie, so please be kind. It was a bonus track on the CD release of Happy's album Ecto. Someone, I still don't know who, once submitted this to the old (good) Napster misidentifed as being by Kate Bush and Annie Lennox. To this day people still write me saying they discovered Happy via this song, but they didn't know who she was.

All the voices are her, as usual. A live version of this song is on YouTube.

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


When the rain came down, I was older than the earth
I could die right now, and plan another birth
Anytime I choose
I am in peace, in love, in harmony when the rain comes

When the rain came down, I was standing in the green
My soul was touched by every tree that my eyes could see
I am in peace, in love, in harmony when the rain comes down

When the rain came down, melded with my tears
When the rain came down, float away they fears
When the rain came down, bigger than the sea
When the rain came down, then came me

When the rain came down, there was no one else around
I could feel my feet being swallowed by the ground
Every step I take, I am life, I am life

When the rain came down, melded with my tears
When the rain came down, float away they fears
When the rain came down, bigger than the sea
When the rain came down, then came me

Song (c) 1987 - Happy Rhodes
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes

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