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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 
The Chariot
Genre: Electronica
Weighted Rating: [1 Vote, 5 Stars]
Views: 771
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Liner Notes
Groon Lake [5/7/2009 2:17:48 PM EST]
Score: -10
Rated 5 stars
I wish the world would discover Happy Rhodes. She deserves a larger audience than this fizzy little pool of opinionated musicians and wishtheyweres.
Sputnikov [5/4/2009 10:39:42 AM EST]
Score: +0
Another one of my favorite Happy tunes. The production is beautiful. You can really feel the woefullness. I'm not normally attracted to songs of despair but this makes makes want to reach out to the child in the song and help somehow. The thing that initially drew me in was the phrasing of the lyrics/vocals in the chorus part. Sort of gave me an image of a painting of a japanese tragedy done in watercolors. Weird, I know, but my brain just does stuff like that. Vocal phrasing is also what I totally love about "Hold Me" (another top 10 HR tune). Ten Stars.
aka Mr. Bratty

IrREGULAR ELEPHAnT [5/4/2009 7:26:11 AM EST]
Score: +0
I am sorry Happy that I don't comment on your stuff more. Its hard for a hard rocker such as myself to admit that I listen, let alone enjoy music such as this, but I do. Mostly I just want to comment on your sense of melody. I think its fabulous. In particular, I love how you went to the F# instead of the F on the Here with you, line. Very cool.
happyrhodes (song submitter) [5/4/2009 6:35:20 AM EST]
Score: +0
Mr. Bratty, "Hold Me" is up next, just for you. This one was already in the pipeline when you requested Hold Me.

Vickie
unklespaz [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
likin this, the high register is good
Richie Isaacs [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Nice music to start my day off with, mellow without being too lightweight and I dig Happy's vocal range.
Sweet
Babar Klunj [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Ethereal goodness
doug hamilton [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
weird!!
This is a devastatingly sad song from the point of view of a cruelly-abused child from a broken home. When the non-custodial parent comes to visit (God, to the child), it's the highlight of the child's life, but after the fun and safety of the visit, that oblivious parent sends the child back to the nightmare of their daily life, with the only thing to look forward to being the next visit (where the parent's car looks like a chariot coming down the road).

This song is autobiographical.


The Chariot

How can you just turn away
My spirit fades each day you make me stay

God...here you come
In your chariot
Come to take me away
Here with you
The sun is brighter than it's ever been

But it's time to go
I hope that you'll notice how I don't glow like you
Please don't take me back

How can you just turn away
My spirit fades each day you make me
Hide my face in my disgrace
I know there's life beyond this black embrace

How can you just turn away
How can you turn away and leave me here
My spirit fades each day you make me
My spirit fades each and every day you make me stay
Hide my face in my disgrace
And hide my face in my disgrace
I know there's life beyond this black embrace
There's got to be another life beyond this black embrace

And face the truth for once
Face the truth just once for me
For me
I'm just a child
I promise I'll be sweet
I promise I'll be sweet

I'm just a child
I promise I'll be sweet

I'm just a child
I promise I'll be sweet


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