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Hello, my name is Vickie, a Happy Rhodes fan from Chicago. Welcome to my fan guestbook. It serves a few of my fan web sites:


http://happyrhodes.org

http://happyrhodes.com

http://happyrhodes.net


wretchawry.com (for downloadable song Samples)
wretchawry.com (for downloadable Rarities)
rhodeshows.com (live shows, unfinished)
rhodesongs.com (links & Streaming)

are the main ones I maintain (among others), and I have the same Guestbook code on all of them. I can't tell from the Guestbook entries which site you entered the Guestbook from, which is why I ask when you leave a message.

Happy is living her life and is very content. She lives on a peaceful farm in upstate New York with her husband, musician Bob Muller. She has a "day job," one that she likes very much (she hand-builds pro-audio equipment for Dangerous Music, and is able to work at home). Though she hasn't made music for many years that will (we all hope) change at some point here.


ECTOTROPHIA!

Ectotrophia, a compilation from Numero Group, a reissue record label in Chicago. The album, released June 29, 2018, has songs from Happy's first four albums, out of the 11 albums she's released. Ectotrophia's songs date from 1986-1987 and come from the albums Rhodes Vol. I, Rhodes Vol. II, Rearmament and Ecto, often referred to as the "1st4" by some fans.

Also included is the song "When the Rain Came Down" which was an Ecto bonus track when, in 1992 the 1st4, previously only available on hand-made cassettes, were re-released on CD.

Ectotrophia is available on CD and, a first for Happy's music, LP. It can be found on Bandcamp.

The track listing and the albums they came from:

Oh The Drears - Rhodes I
I Cannot Go On - Ecto
Would That I Could - Ecto
Where Do I Go - Rhodes II
For We Believe - Rearmament
When The Rain Came Down - Ecto CD bonus track
If Love Is A Game, I Win - Ecto
I'm Not Awake, I'm Not Asleep - Rhodes I
Baby Don't Go - Rearmament
Come Here - Rhodes II
Don't Want To Hear It - Ecto
If So - Ecto
I'll Let You Go - Rhodes I
Because I Learn - Rearmament
I Am A Legend - Rearmament
Perfect Irony - Rearmament
Many Nights - Rhodes II
To Be E. Mortal - Ecto

As wonderful as the track listing of Ectotrophia is, it shouldn't be perceived as a "Best Of" compilation of songs from Happy's 1st4 albums. Many MANY great songs were left off due to time.



Happy has been performing with Security Project, a Peter Gabriel appreciation band. She sang lead for 11 live shows in 2016, and 19 shows in 2017. 8 more shows were performed in Spring 2018.

"Members of King Crimson, Shriekback and Gabriel�s original band bring these genre-less masterpieces into the 21st Century. Seattleites Trey Gunn and Michael Cozzi join esteemed drummer Jerry Marotta and NY keyboardist David Jameson to harness the core of these songs. Added to the pedigree of these players is the voice of Happy Rhodes. Her 4-octave range is the latest edition to this mesmerizing group."

A live 5-song EP ("Five") and a full-length live CD ("Contact") with Happy on vocals have been released. They can be found at Security Project's Bandcamp page.


If you're a long-time fan, thank you for supporting Happy. If you've just discovered her, you have a lot of good music ahead of you. Enjoy! Please know that as a Happy Rhodes fan since 1988, your words of admiration and love of Happy's music thrill me and have been known to move me to tears. Happy Rhodes fans are so rare and it's wonderful to read the thoughts you leave.

I remind Happy to come here and check the Guestbook entries every now and then, so she will see what you've written. I know that she deeply appreciates your thoughts. Your support and interest in/love of her music means a lot to her, as you see from this:


MESSAGE FROM HAPPY!

"I wrote and recorded music for many years, thinking I was only pleasing myself. The fact that so many people have appreciated the music, makes my life incredibly rewarding and full. I'm overwhelmed by the outpouring of well-wishes and cannot express to you all how undeserving I feel. Nevertheless, I'm more grateful than you know. You've all made me feel accepted in this world and believe me, it's a cherished state of being.

Love to you all,

Happy"



ALL OF HAPPY'S ALBUMS, song by song, are on YouTube as Audio-Only tracks. That channel is http://www.youtube.com/user/happyrhodesalbums. You can search for a specific song, or you can go to a playlist for a particular album.

After hearing them, go buy them at https://happyrhodes7d.bandcamp.com/

Almost all OF HAPPY'S ALBUMS can also be heard free via streaming audio. Go to http://rhodesongs.com/music

(These things are done with Happy's full permission and blessings)



 

Happy hasn't released anything herself since 2007's "Find Me" (her 11th and the first since 1998's Many Worlds Are Born Tonight) 

I do delete entries here not concerned with Happy's music or if I feel the entry isn't appropriate. Spammers may as well not even try. I keep a close eye on this Guestbook.

I'm sorry there's a length limit and that some entries have been cut off. I can't seem to change that. If you write something long, highlight and copy it before you send. If it cuts off, leave another message with the rest of it.

Please, if you have something you need me or Happy to get back to you on, leave your email address or send me a reply email when you receive the canned confirmation note (the one that eats apostrophes, sorry about that).

BTW, if you leave your e-mail address, it can only be seen by me, not by everybody.


Here are a few other links in case you didn't see them where you were. There are more links on the happrhodes.org page.

There's both a Happy Rhodes fan GROUP and a Happy Rhodes fan PAGE on Facebook. (Btw, Happy herself does not do Social Networking)

There's a fan-run News account on Twitter.

HAPPY VIDEOS (well, live clips, since she's never made any actual videos)

That link above is out of date. There are lots of great links, so I'm not going to delete it, but really, there's SO much more on YouTube now. Just search for Happy and you'll find either

k8fan's channel

xenussister's channel (there are several full-length concerts there now)

happyrhodesalbums's channel


The Ecto Home Page (this is THE place for lyrics. Note, the original Ecto page no longer exists. This is a mirror at my site.)



Thank you again for discovering, listening to, and supporting Happy!


Vickie

There are currently 673 messages.
There have been 63196 visits since 2005-07-06
This page was last accessed on 2020-10-28

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Message Number: 673 - Sunday, August 23, 2020 16:23:02 CST
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Name:  Sue
How did you hear about Happy?:  A dear friend sent me the Rhodesongs CD many years ago
How did you hear about this site?:  Web search
Where are you located?:  Sunshine Coast
Comments:

Hi Happy, Happy belated birthday! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful music with us. It has brought me much enjoyment over the years. Stay well and safe.

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Message Number: 672 - Sunday, August 16, 2020 09:50:45 CST
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Name:  Amy Nolting
How did you hear about Happy?:  Homeground Kate Bush fanzine
Which Happy Rhodes site did you visit?:  Old Auntie Social Site
How did you hear about this site?:  Same as Above
Where are you located?:  Tennessee
Comments:

Thanks for offering "How It Should Be" on Bandcamp; I just bought my download copy. Would also love to see the old electronic instrumental pieces offered as well. Thanks again!

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Message Number: 671 - Wednesday, August 12, 2020 23:32:35 CST
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Name:  Anne
How did you hear about Happy?:  YouTube videos // suicide song
Which Happy Rhodes site did you visit?:  Originally YouTube
How did you hear about this site?:  From Vickie’s Facebook post
Where are you located?:  Illinois
Comments:

Hi Happy!! Happy belated birthday!! I’m sorry I couldn’t wish you a happy birthday on the 9th, it is the 13th today, but I still really want you to know that your music has changed my life and influenced me in many ways over the course of only a few days. Your friend Vickie was so kind to speak to me a little bit about your experience and how you’ve come up with some of your songs, we exchanged messages on YouTube the first day that I discovered your music. The first song I listened to was “Suicide Song” and right then and there I knew it had to be a message from an old neighbor of mine who had passed away. It was as if the song was written personally for me, and that I was meant to discover it while I was in that pain. I payed close attention to the lyrics you wrote and realized just how attached I was to the meaning, it was very applicable to my situation and grievances. So I thought why not check out more of your music and I did, I ended up falling in love with your lyrics every time I heard a new song. Not only that but your voice and you as a person, put me into a place where I could relate to your songs too. all of the things that you have gone through, abuse, and saddening situations, I’m so sorry about these things that happened to you. I know it is difficult to write songs sometimes, like suicide song for example. I know you’ve been through a lot, but your experiences have helped me through mine for sure. I love you and the authenticity in your songs, you’re like one of the best friends I never really did have. Words can not explain how grateful I am for you, for saving my life that night that I discovered suicide song. I was so close to ending it all that night, but you’ve helped me hold onto life longer. Thanks to Vickie and thanks to you, birthday girl!! Keep doing your thing!! -much love, Anne

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Message Number: 670 - Wednesday, August 12, 2020 23:28:57 CST
Posted From: United States - us.gif
Name:  Anne
How did you hear about Happy?:  I heard about Happy from YouTube videos
Which Happy Rhodes site did you visit?:  At first it was through YouTube
How did you hear about this site?:  I looked on Facebook to see
Where are you located?:  Illinois
Comments:

Hi Happy!! Happy belated birthday!! I’m sorry I couldn’t wish you a happy birthday on the 9th, it is the 13th today, but I still really want you to know that your music has changed my life and influenced me in many ways over the course of only a few days. Your friend Vickie was so kind to speak to me a little bit about your experience and how you’ve come up with some of your songs, we exchanged messages on YouTube the first day that I discovered your music. The first song I listened to was “Suicide Song” and right then and there I knew it had to be a message from an old neighbor of mine who had passed away. It was as if the song was written personally for me, and that I was meant to discover it while I was in that pain. I payed close attention to the lyrics you wrote and realized just how attached I was to the meaning, it was very applicable to my situation and grievances. So I thought why not check out more of your music and I did, I ended up falling in love with your lyrics every time I heard a new song. Not only that but your voice and you as a person, put me into a place where I could relate to your songs too. all of the things that you have gone through, abuse, and saddening situations, I’m so sorry about these things that happened to you. I know it is difficult to write songs sometimes, like suicide song for example. I know you’ve been through a lot, but your experiences have helped me through mine for sure. I love you and the authenticity in your songs, you’re like one of the best friends I never really did have. Words can not explain how grateful I am for you, for saving my life that night that I discovered suicide song. I was so close to ending it all that night, but you’ve helped me hold onto life longer. Thanks to Vickie and thanks to you, birthday girl!! Keep doing your thing!! -much love, Anne

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Message Number: 669 - Sunday, August 9, 2020 21:44:42 CST
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Name:  Suzanne
How did you hear about Happy?:  Friend
Which Happy Rhodes site did you visit?:  All
How did you hear about this site?:  Vickie:)
Where are you located?:  New York
Comments:

Happy Birthday Happy! Love you and miss you girl !! Xoxo

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Message Number: 668 - Sunday, August 9, 2020 16:39:22 CST
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Name:  Ariana Lux
How did you hear about Happy?:  Friends around 27 years ago
Which Happy Rhodes site did you visit?:  Most; FB most recently
How did you hear about this site?:  Facebook
Where are you located?:  DFW, Texas
Comments:

Wanted to wish Happy a Very Wonderful Birthday during these crazy COVID times! You've been one of my very favorite singer/songwriter/musicians since the early Nineties, along with Tori & Kate. Your songs are always a comfort. I hope you and yours are well! Much love, Ariana

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Message Number: 667 - Sunday, August 9, 2020 16:09:22 CST
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Name:  Mitch Pravatiner
How did you hear about Happy?:  Vickie's posts to rec.arts.gaffa
Which Happy Rhodes site did you visit?:  Through smoe.org
How did you hear about this site?:  Vickie's posts on Facebook
Where are you located?:  Chicago
Comments:

Happy birthday, Happy! And hopefully many more. Stay healthy.

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Message Number: 666 - Sunday, August 9, 2020 15:54:31 CST
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Name:  Paul Blair
How did you hear about Happy?:  Vickie posting all over the place
How did you hear about this site?:  Link from Vickie on Facebook
Where are you located?:  New York City
Comments:

Happy birthday, Happy! I hope you and Bob are staying healthy through this time of pestilence. All the best to you!

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Message Number: 665 - Sunday, August 9, 2020 14:35:27 CST
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Name:  David Bartholomew
How did you hear about Happy?:  WRNR radio in Annapolis
Where are you located?:  Centerville OH
Comments:

Happy Birthday, and many more!

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Message Number: 664 - Sunday, August 9, 2020 13:36:32 CST
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Name:  Willie
How did you hear about Happy?:  Sales person in Silver Platters while enquiring about Red Shoes projected release
Which Happy Rhodes site did you visit?:  The Ecto website
How did you hear about this site?:  Likely the salesperson or a web search.
Where are you located?:  Seattle
Comments:

Happy Birthday. Stay safe and enjoy life!

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