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3/21/2009

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 
How It Should Be
Genre: Rock
Weighted Rating: [2 Votes, 4.5 Stars]
Views: 571
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Liner Notes
arpmoog [3/24/2009 4:08:42 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
Happy little stars in a happy sky.
Babar Klunj [3/21/2009 8:22:53 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
Ruud Slingerland [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
These vocals need a far less electronic production. Now the music and therefore this song sounds too artificial. The vocals have classic qualities though. Send it to Van Dyke Parks. He knows how to make this kind of music epic. For me it's just kitsch now.
Babar Klunj [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Another great tune.
paulmars [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
I hear some '80's solo Linda Thompson in there, along with all the octave jumping gimmicks that came after. So, kind of mixed feelings on this. Certainly not an original dish, but a edible rehash of recipes of others.
Sputnikov [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
pure talent and creativity. production is awesome.
arpmoog [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Happy makes me happy. She seems to me an undiscovered jewel. I like her use of bizarre textures and odd voice to filagree her well crafted pop songs. She is of the few artists whose catalog I have downloaded for offline listening. Likewise, I celebrate fellow Fizzites, Silje Karlsen and Amanda Heironimus.
This never appeared on a domestic album. It was a bonus track on the German pressing of Many Worlds Are Born Tonight.

How It Should Be

I don't understand
Any of the reasons
But I'm gonna be here
Picking up the pieces

There will never be
Any reciprocity
And I don't care

See, this is how it should be

This, knowing I'm the
Only one it pleases
But I'm gonna be here
Picking up the pieces

If there has to be a fall
I will take the shock
And I don't care

See, this is how it should be

Maybe I'll never know
When the black patch came
All I really know is
You're not quite the same
As me

There's a cloud undone
Waiting over your horizon
I'm not a god you know

All I can do is watch the show

I don't understand any of the reasons
but I'm gonna be here picking up the pieces
There will never be any reciprocity
And I don't care

See, this is how it should be

This knowing I'm the only one it pleases
But I'm gonna be here picking up the pieces

If there has to be a fall
I will take the shock
And I don't care

See, this is how it should be

If only I could only go back now
To the point of origin
Oh the hell of being linear

There's a big black cloud undone
Waiting over your horizon
I'm not a god you know...

All I can do is watch the show

I don't understand any of the reasons
But I'm gonna be here picking up the pieces
There will never be any reciprocity
And I don't care

See, this is how it should be

This knowing I'm the only one it pleases
But I'm gonna be here picking up the pieces.

If there has to be a fall
I will take the shock
And I don't care

(....more chorus)

Say, this is how it should be

Never understand

I will be there picking up the pieces

I'm the only one

Picking up the pieces

I don't understand any of the reasons
But I'm gonna be here picking up the pieces
There will never be any reciprocity

And I don't care

(c) 1996 Happy Rhodes

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