Happy Rhodes

Happy Rhodes

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Happy Rhodes (her real name) is an unsigned female singer, songwriter, and musician with an extraordinary voice, melodic and original musicality, interesting lyrics, and a fiercely independent attitude. She has released 11 albums in her career.

Biography

Happy Rhodes is an enigma. This is according to the Music Industry, which has never been able to pigeon-hole her into any category. Her music is otherworldly yet substantial and her 4-octave voice has a haunting familiarity to it. Most listeners find her work difficult to describe and yet she incites an almost unheard of devotion among her fans. She goes from Kate Bush highs to David Bowie lows and you find yourself being beckoned to follow her into her multilayered worlds.

She was born on August 9th, 1965 and named Kimberley Tyler Rhodes. Three days after her birth, while still in the hospital, her brother Mark called her "Happy-baby" because she was so smiley and he couldn't pronounce Kimberley. It seemed so fitting that it stuck. The family never knew her as Kimberley and so when she was 16, she made Happy her legal name.

Happy's youth wasn't easy. She lived in poor neighborhoods, in a poor family and experienced a never-ending onslaught of peer rejection and abandonment. Despite the truly bad odds, she was driven. Music was an early inclination, as were dance and art. Her father, Vernon H. Rhodes Jr., exposed Happy to his very eclectic musical tastes early on. She would sit on the floor in front of his console stereo and listen to Switched-On-Bach until she could sing along with every note. "I remember some Saturday mornings I'd wake up to Bagpipe music BLARING through the house and that meant that he'd be listening to his whole collection all day...... I loved walking around the house, singing along with every record or reel-to-reel tape."

When Happy was 11, she got her first guitar. She had no desire to learn the instrument the way everyone else was doing it. She simply wanted to begin writing immediately. Creating was always the main objective for her, not excelling at any one particular instrument. It became instantly clear that Happy's path would not be one of virtuosity. But by the time she was 14, she was already performing her oiginal songs in school shows.

As time went on though, she became increasingly removed from the outer world. High School became a place of alienation for her because she was already driven for a musical future and depression was slowly becoming part of her everyday existence. She knew she needed to do something or she would explode. At age 16, Happy left school and got her G.E.D.

For the next two years, she wrote and made some Open Mic Night appearances at a legendary cafe called Cafe Lena in Saratoga, NY. During this time, she met up with Pat Tessitore, a co-owner of Cathedral Sound Studios in Rensselaer, NY. She approached him with the idea of becoming an intern of sorts, just so she could learn the basics of audio recording. "I knew I wanted to be a professional musician, but didn't really know where to start. So I decided I'd learn how to MAKE records first, get my foot in the door and then figure the rest out later." Happy never really got the full recording education she was looking for because as soon as Tessitore heard her sing, he insisted on recording everything she'd written up to that point. "She played and it absolutely blew me away. And I had heard a lot of voices in my day", recalls Tessitore. "She brought tears to my eyes."

Soon, Happy met up with another musician and mutual friend of Tessitore's, Kevin Bartlett. Bartlett had been writing his own instrumental music for years and had a small, cassette-only label, called Aural Gratification. He heard Happy's work and asked if she'd like to release her music to the public on his label. She accepted. One of these cassettes made its way to a woman named Vickie Mapes, who at that time, was doing an all-female-artist radio show in Kansas City. She began to play Happy's tapes and circulating samplers to unsuspecting music-lovers. From her efforts, a small fan-base was forming. They organized themselves into what is now known as ECTO, a Happy Rhodes Mailing List. This is a forum through which, music lovers can discuss Happy's work, as well as other "Ectophilic" artists.

Happy released approximately 9 CD's on the Aural Gratification label. In 1997 however, Happy decided that it was time to seek out a different kind of record label. A good friend recommended her to a newly forming label called, Samson Music. Founded by Norm Waitt Jr.(co-founder of the Gateway Computer company), this was a label that Happy felt would take her music to the next level. She signed with them and released "Many Worlds Are Born Tonight" in August of 1998. "I went through a lot of darkness to make that album. It was also the most fun I've ever had making a record." Happy and Samson Music parted ways in early 2000.

Her 11th full-length album, Find Me, is currently available on CD Baby.

Happy lives on a beautiful farm in upstate New York, has a day job, and lives her life, content to make music for others to enjoy.

Lyrics

Glory (radio mix)

Written By: Happy Rhodes

Glory
(from the album Building The Colossus)

Glory in numbers, glory so divine
Cherish the cycle, freedom in time

Well I know how cold it is (I do)
In a world that's so unfair

Glory in numbers, glory so divine
Cherish the cycle, freedom in time

I would take you underneath (my wings)
I would fly you anywhere

Glory in numbers, glory so divine
Cherish the cycle, freedom in time

Did I mention that I care (did I)
I'll protect you when I can

Glory in numbers, glory so divine
Cherish the cycle, freedom in time

I'll embrace you when I can

Song © 1994 - Happy Rhodes
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes

Collective Heart

Written By: Happy Rhodes

Collective Heart
(from the album Building The Colossus)

This collective heart pushes the blood through my veins
Feeding my brain of energy
This collective heart is rushing life to my hands
From every land come synergy

And I listen to it well, 'cause I put it out
I have some thoughts to sell
Based on love, based on decency
coming from a source I can't begin to trace

Not that reaching out is something physical
I've got to look about for everything
and all there ever was
My community is always here to comfort me

This collective heart pushes the blood through my veins
Feeding my brain of energy
This collective heart is rushing life to my hands
From every land come synergy
This collective heart pushes the blood through my veins
Feeding my brain of energy
This collective heart is rushing life to my hands
From every land come synergy

Round the corner lives information I
can turn around and give
Like a heart, recycling what comes in
and pulsing out the breath we take to live

Let me know you all just like I know myself
I've got to hear the call from the great
wide-open space,
I'll never be alone, I never was

This collective heart pushes the blood through my veins
Feeding my brain of energy
This collective heart is rushing life to my hands
From every land come synergy
This collective heart pushes the blood through my veins
Feeding my brain of energy
This collective heart is rushing life to my hands
From every land come synergy

Song © 1994 - Happy Rhodes
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes

Feed The Fire

Written By: Happy Rhodes

Feed The Fire
(from the album Warpaint)

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 © 1991 - Happy Rhodes
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes

Find Me

Written By: Happy Rhodes

Find Me
I'm right here
floating
I've been here for days
Trying to keep the deep
beneath my feet

Now I can feel you
flying overhead
but I'm swallowed in the waves
and I wonder how many days more
you'll search for me
Oh God, please
find me
Alive

Lose me
In twilight
Hopeless, I can't feel my legs
I never noticed before
How water's like air
Oh God, please
find me
Alive

Find me,
I'm right here
descending
I feel the weight of it
light is fading out
as angels kiss my feet

Now, all that I can think of
shivering away
is my fourth birthday
When my guardians
threw me away
oh love

You didn't find me
Why didn't you
Find Me
Alive?

©2005 Happy Rhodes / BMI
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes (except as noted in credits)

Treehouse

Written By: Happy Rhodes

Treehouse

Memory is longer than circuits is longer than October
Women are better than numbers, are better than a treehouse

Events are bigger than people are bigger than life
Timing is everything more than anything else

THIS IS MY TREEHOUSE I BUILT IT THIS SUMMER
AND ONLY THOSE WHO LIKE ME ARE GONNA BE INVITED IN

Words are the weapons of parents the torture of youth
Even as grownups mingle how deep is the truth
Nothing could outrun the future or deaden the past
If you can’t beat them you’ll have to surpass them

THIS IS MY TREEHOUSE I BUILT IT THIS SUMMER
I WISH I COULD INVITE BUT YOU’VE NEVER BEEN A MEMBER HERE

Get away from here
It’s my treehouse

THIS IS MY TREEHOUSE I BUILT IT THIS SUMMER
AND ONLY THOSE WHO LIKE ME ARE GONNA BE INVITED

© 2005 Happy Rhodes / BMI
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes (except as noted in credits)

Here And Hereafter

Written By: Happy Rhodes

Here And Hereafter
Not even the stars can say
How I would feel if you were taken away
I couldn't possibly imagine the pain
Of knowing that I'll never hear you laugh again

I wanna go wherever you go
Because all the colors are brighter there
There is more magic in the air
Wherever you go
Here and hereafter

There isn't a psychic anywhere
Who can predict how my heart would fare
If I woke up and you were forever gone
It would be so much deeper than writing this song

Say I wanna go
I wanna go wherever you go
Because the sun feels a little warmer there
You make me feel so happy I swear
Wherever you go
Here and hereafter

You know they say the harder you love the harder you fall
Well baby this love will definitely kill me, yeah

Say I wanna go
I wanna go wherever you go
Because every moment that I spend with you
Could be the last and so I'll follow you
Wherever you go
Here and everafter

Say I wanna be
Wherever you're gonna be
Wherever you go
Here and hereafter

Here and hereafter

©2005 Happy Rhodes / BMI
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes (except as noted in credits)

Oh Holy Night

Written By: traditional

Oh Holy Night
Oh holy night
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born

Truly He told us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus sing we,
Let all within us praise His holy name

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born

Waking Up

Written By: Happy Rhodes

Waking Up

We're waking up
Yes it's good
We're waking up
Like I knew we would

There's a breath of hope
For everyone to share
There's a growing force
Of people who care

In all the years of struggle
It seems we're making way
I have never been afraid to
Change the circumstances
Of the world

Cobwebs everywhere
It's time for a deep sweep

We're waking up
Yes it's clear
We're waking up
Dawn is here

Feel the searing heat of
Heightened consciousness
Feel the yearning for
Peace and happiness

For all the times I've wished
That we would finally
Come around
I have never been afraid
To change the circumstances
Of the world

Cobwebs everywhere
Time for a deep sweep

We're waking up
Yes it's good
We're waking up
Like I knew we would

There's a breath of hope
For everyone to share
There's a growing force
Of people who care

In all the years of struggle
It seems we're making way
I have never been afraid to
Change the circumstances
Of the world

Cobwebs everywhere
It's time for a deep sweep

We're breaking out of
Cranium keep
We're waking up
After the sleep

We're breaking out of
Cranium keep
We're waking up
After the sleep

We're breaking out of
Cranium keep
We're waking up
After the sleep

We're breaking out of
Cranium keep
We're waking up
After the sleep
Now

Song © 1991 - Happy Rhodes
Music, lyrics, voices, instruments and arrangements - Happy Rhodes

Proof

Written By: Happy Rhodes

Show the proof and hide the evidence
Show the proof and...
Show the proof and hide the evidence
Show the proof and you're sure to be happy
Show the proof
We will defend you no further
Show the proof and...

Ok
Everything I do is madness
Everything I say is neither here nor there
Well if I do exist
Then does it follow that I am
Who I am is who I mean to be

Show the proof and hide the evidence
Show the proof and you're sure to be happy
Show the proof
We will defend you no further
Show the proof and you're sure to be you

Show the proof and hide the evidence
Show the proof and you're sure to be you

This is the last time I should care
I've given you my doubts in all of my affairs
But there must be a moment now
For breathing and remorse
What I make, only I can own

Show the proof and hide the evidence
Show the proof and you're sure to be happy
Show the proof
We will defend you no further
Show the proof and...

I was young
I was free once
Nothing I could ever think to do
Was wrong
Then

Show the proof and hide the evidence
Show the proof and you're sure to be happy
Show the proof
We will defend you no further
Show the proof and you're sure to be...

Fine...

Winter

Written By: Happy Rhodes

Winter

How does my sorrow find me here?
I have lived
I have loved
Enough for all my time

And how stealthily
You come to me
I have loved
I have lost

Now all that remains
Is which one to
Champion
(My)
Soul?...

(From you I hide, by and by)
(From you I hide, by and by)

So how does my sorrow find me now?
Am I changed?
Have I loved?...

Discography

Find Me (2007)
Many Worlds Are Born Tonight (1998)
The Keep (1995)
Building The Colossus (1994)
RhodeSongs (1993)
Equipoise (1993)
Warpaint (1991)
Ecto (1987)
Rearmament (1986)
Rhodes II (1986)
Rhodes I (1986)