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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 
Hold Me
Genre: Pop
Weighted Rating: [1 Vote, 4.5 Stars]
Views: 756
happyrhodes (song submitter) [5/15/2009 1:23:40 AM EST]
Score: +0
If y'all would like to see Happy perform this song live, here's a video that my husband shot in 1996:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcXOiiyHE_c

It's a slower, sweeter version, and particularly meaningful for me personally. At one point she forgets the lyrics and looks right at me. I mouth the words then say them out loud and she smiles and mouths "thank you" to me. Hey, forgive me, it's a fan moment I cherish, what can I say. Plus, at the end after she sings the final "Can you tell me that I'm going to make it?" I'm the one who yells out "You'll make it!" (me, meaning, of course, that she'd get "discovered" someday if not very very soon).

Of course I was wrong :( but I've always been a hopeless optimist when it comes to Happy. I call it my soul-crushing, spirit-sapping optimism :) but which, and I've said this all before, makes this place so fantastic. She's still getting new fans/listeners, even after all these years. People are still responding to songs like "Hold Me" that are 16 years old, and it honestly doesn't matter if it's one fan/listener, two, five, ten, and not thousands or millions. People are still listening to, and (usually) liking her music. This place is wonderful! Thank you again, all of you.

Groon Lake, there have been rumblings of a studio being built at the farm she and her husband live on, so who knows. Maybe someday.

A brief aside: do any of you musicians use Dangerous Music equipment (http://dangerousmusic.com/)? If so, your box might have been hand-assembled by Happy. Her husband Bob started and owns the business, and that's what she does as her "day job." I can't remember if I mentioned this before. On the web site, for "The Dangerous Master" it says "Hand built with top-of-the-line components" right? Happy's hand(s). I bet most musicians who use them have no idea their equipment was built by a such a musical treasure. Funny, huh? One of those strange things...

Vickie
Richie Isaacs [5/14/2009 5:44:46 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4.5 stars
Am glad you're putting these up Vickie, don't often have the chance to download great music legitimately for free*..and I like Happy's material cos it's Happy's material, not cos she sounds like someone else, again that great vocal range is put to good use.
Damn good track.
Richie Isaacs [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Always a pleasure to listen to :)
Sputnikov [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
i love the production choices on this one.
Babar Klunj [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Hold me
balcerebon [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
I like it, definitely a little avant fusion, with a dash of enigma, or enya, but just a pinch, with a little more umph to it, something that speaks out a little more bravely. . .
Nitwit [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
this is exactly where music is heading... feature for sure
Mr. Bratty [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
i would pay to be this woman's servant.
Groon Lake [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Why is she so good and still slumming with us hacks? She is rising above all the tired Bush-Amos references. Who dare deny this original voice and composition? Hey Vickie, tell her if she ever wants to do a long distance collab for giggles, I would be most honored. ArpMoog is me too. 'Happy Feature', says the roar of the crowd.