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4/23/2009

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 
Feed The Fire
Genre: Rock
Weighted Rating: [5 Votes, 4.6 Stars]
Views: 1,670
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Liner Notes
windofly [8/19/2009 1:25:29 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3.5 stars
Awesome, started out good and just got better to the end.
Richie Isaacs [4/24/2009 9:42:18 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
Oh, have been too buy reading and not star-ing!
I like this.
There, I'M Happy now :)
conquistador [4/24/2009 8:58:42 PM EST]
Score: -10
i dont have speakers on this computer but jeez louise vickie, do happy rhodes a favor and change this terrible picture. she's an attractive woman, and this picture makes her look like a humorless, bloodless new age hippy.
unklespaz [4/24/2009 8:54:17 PM EST]
Score: +0
actuall Im working on a new theory: redfizz equals shortbus equals redbus or redbuzz
Babar Klunj [4/24/2009 6:06:17 PM EST]
Score: +0
this is a damn good shortbus tune
Babar Klunj [4/24/2009 6:05:45 PM EST]
Score: +0
Then I misunderstood
unklespaz [4/24/2009 5:53:39 PM EST]
Score: +0
I think I make a mean and brilliant arguement there Babar.
I'm just saying you judge or critique songs differently if they're in a different context. I think you should put (demo) or (old song) if you don't want suggestions... Basically it puts it back in the shortbus category. I could be wrong but nah, that's impossible actually.
Pauline Trouble [4/24/2009 4:26:40 PM EST]
Score: +0
Vickie, to me, derivative doesn't mean anything bad. If something is good, and done well, I'm likely to like it and enjoy it. No one can do anything truely entirely original or completely organic, as we are recyclers of the music we love...All music is, in some way or other, derivative of some outside influences. I don't mind non-current songs being submitted-If it's good, I want to hear it. I don't mind when the majority of the type of music was popular. I'm afraid my attempt to be sardonic and give you a playful jab was misinterpreted. I haven't been here in a long time, and only went to a select few songs, and was just so glad to see a Happy song up, I wanted to playfully mess with you, cause you're as familiar to Red Fizz as family. Sorry that my poor attempt at humor failed. (sigh) I guess I'm the overly-excited puppy that pisses itself on the brand-new carpet. Sorry. It is always a pleasure to listen to one of Happy's songs, no matter when it was recorded. She is a singular talent and an amazing singer/musician/songwriter/and performer. And one of my very close myspace friends...(wink ; ) It is cool that you are getting her songs out-It would be a crime if no-one heard them...
Mr. Bratty [4/24/2009 2:26:52 PM EST]
Score: +0
vickie, i request "Hold Me"
Babar Klunj [4/24/2009 1:48:09 PM EST]
Score: +0
Who said this site was for current songs?
unklespaz [4/24/2009 1:15:55 PM EST]
Score: +0
Celtics rock and so do double posts. Does this mean I get laid tonight?
unklespaz [4/24/2009 1:15:03 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Ok ok, I'll respond. If this was a modern or currently released song I'd put it under the category of derivative. The site is supposed to be for current songs. I guess there's no point in saying that a 19 year old song sounds like it might remind me of similar artists.

I do think it's fun to submit older songs but there's no reason to critique something that's up here. I guess I'll just put praise for this.

:) Smiles for a high five friday
unklespaz [4/24/2009 12:43:43 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Ok ok, I'll respond. If this was a modern or currently released song I'd put it under the category of derivative. The site is supposed to be for current songs. I guess there's no point in saying that a 19 year old song sounds like it might remind me of similar artists.

I do think it's fun to submit older songs but there's no reason to critique something that's up here. I guess I'll just put praise for this.

:) Smiles for a high five friday
happyrhodes (song submitter) [4/24/2009 12:40:02 PM EST]
Score: +0
I'm terribly terribly sorry, I honestly didn't mean to be condescending, and please forgive me if you or anyone else took it that way. I thought it would come off as haughty or sneery if I just said "I'm not sure how that could be" and wanted to come off friendly and non-judgmental. Fail on my part. I suppose I shouldn't comment at all but all I really wanted to do was point out for those who might not know that this, like all the songs I post until she ever decides to make another album, is an old song, so isn't derivative of anything that's happening currently or within the last few years. I do of course realize that the celtic thing is not recent. I've been into celtic music since the 70's and it was around a lot longer than that. I just misunderstood that he was referring to something fairly recent.

It also made me smile because in 18 years, that's the first time I've ever heard anyone mention "celtic" in relation to this song, or even Happy in general. Not smiling because it's preposterous, but because it was interesting to me. As a fan for 20 years it's fascinating that people hear different things when they listen to Happy.

One other thing, I love posting Happy's songs here because this is the only place where her music is actually listened to by other musicians, which is important to me. Nobody talks about her anymore, let alone discusses her MUSIC. This thrills me and I would like to continue posting songs until someone tells me to quit, so again, please forgive if I've caused any offense.

Vickie
Pauline Trouble [4/24/2009 11:25:27 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
uh, "the whole celtic thing" has been going on for a lot longer than since 1991...I don't think I like the condescending tone of your *smile.* The observation unclespaz made was justified, and indeed, he went on to give you compliments on the work. That silliness beside, I find a lot of this artist's work very reminiscent of Kate Bush, Tori Amos, and David Bowie, even some more notable works by Madonna, and this remains faithful to that vibe. This artist has serious recording and compositional and wordsmithing skills. As a composition, I found it an interesting, at times engrossing listen, although it did seem to go on a bit longer that I wanted it to. Nice understated chorus, emotive singing...Top notch recording and performance. A good album track, but maybe lacking a little something that would have made it more compelling. There was an attempt to build tension, but I don't think it worked as well as it needed to to keep it from being too sleepy a reverie...Not bad though.
engrossing
aaronlife [4/23/2009 7:24:34 PM EST]
Score: +0
life is derivitive
happyrhodes (song submitter) [4/23/2009 12:20:17 PM EST]
Score: +0
Derivative? *smile* I'm not sure how it could be. This song is 18 years old. It appeared on an album that was released in 1991. - Vickie (not Happy)
singmetofire [4/23/2009 11:26:01 AM EST]
Score: +0
No.
Babar Klunj [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Great textures and your voice as always is just wonderful
unklespaz [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
a little derivitive of the whole celtic thing but your voice saves you from being cookie cutter, anyway well done
JonTree [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
i concur
This song, on Happy's album Warpaint, is about and dedicated to the wonderful musicians who inspired Happy as she was coming of musical age. There's an acoustic "Tribute" version where she sings snippets of some of those influences (David Bowie, Kate Bush, Yes) but this is the original album version. The tribute version can be heard on her compilation album RhodeSongs, which can be heard (free!) via streaming audio at http://rhodesongs.com/music (this version is on there too, so you have to scroll down the player to the tribute version). This song actually became a minor hit at WXPN in Philadelphia. It was the most requested song of the year, and Philly still has her largest following.

Feed The Fire (Warpaint version)

So many powerful beings
So many in tune with life
Imagination abounds here
There's wisdom
And great insight

My ears are lucky to hear
These glorious songs
Of inspiration
And voices crafted from
Thunder
The power of life

I want to go back to the trees
Where my art was born
And I was duly sworn
To be alive To be alive
A live burning force
Forever more and evermore
I feed the fire

There is a road straight
To my heart
Traveled by those with fire
I hope to follow their
Patterns
They're many more to inspire

I live to see my fondest
Dreams realized
Of living under the
Sights and sounds of
The gifted
Who gave so much to me

I want to go back to the trees
Where my art was born
And I was duly sworn
To be alive To be alive
A live burning force
Forever more and evermore

Got to go back to the trees
Where my art was born
And I was duly sworn
To be alive To be alive
A live burning force
Forever more and evermore
I feed the fire

Allow me someday to touch you
The way that you've
All touched me
I thank you for your
Expressions
Your music has set me free

I want to go back to the trees
Where my art was born
And I was duly sworn
To be alive To be alive
A live burning force
Forever more and evermore
I feed the fire

I want to go back to the trees
Where my art was born
And I was duly sworn
To be alive To be alive
A live burning force
Forever more and evermore
I feed the fire

I've got to go back to the trees
Where my art was born
And I was duly sworn
To be alive To be alive
Forever more and evermore

Song (c) 1991 - Happy Rhodes
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes

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