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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 
Temporary and Eternal (live version)
Genre: Acoustic
Average Rating: [0 Votes]
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Liner Notes
unklespaz [6/16/2009 1:13:58 PM EST]
Score: +0
on a serious note: I watched the whole series on you tube a while back
it's like rating Bach or something.. Glen Gould. How do you rate an impeccable musician? This is a good one, good vibe and would or did make a good album I'm sure.
unklespaz [6/16/2009 1:12:24 PM EST]
Score: +0
Happy happy joy joy! Acoustic my ass!
joking :(
Nitwit [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
finally, a ballad about chinese needle snakes...
Richie Isaacs [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Always happy to hear Happy, nice laid back feel, some great work from the musicians in there as well (cool outro!)
This was recorded for the Echoes Living Room series. A video of the recording session is on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiIqnvFAoHs

The original, much more ethereal studio version, is on Happy's 1993 album Equipoise. An audio-only version is up on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbBxrhQAFi0

Temporary And Eternal

He is broken, far from free
Words were spoken, 'tween him and me
"I had friends, yes, I was admired
I'm so old now, feel so tired"

Well he walks to the gate and he looks behind
at life in rewind
And wishes he had known these things
while still alive

He can see reason in everything
"Where do I go to get my wings"

Going to fly

She sees faces in her home
Wonders why they (don't) leave her alone
"You must know child, I am all here
They think I'm failing, senile, I fear"

Well she walks to the gate and she looks behind
at life in rewind
And wishes she had known these things
while still alive

"I can see the purpose now and all I've learned
All the roads and where they've turned
I can see, I can see everything, the total truth
I'm ready for another youth"

Going to fly


(c)1993 by Happy Rhodes, Published by Hovering Slab Music BMI
Music, lyrics - Happy Rhodes
* Happy Rhodes - vox, nylon guitar
* Kevin Bartlett - electric guitar, loops
* Carl Adami - bass, devices