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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: (for downloadable song Samples) (for downloadable Rarities) (live shows, unfinished) (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, 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:


"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,


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

Almost all OF HAPPY'S ALBUMS can also be heard free via streaming audio. Go to

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


Happy hasn't released anything since 2007's "Find Me" (it's her 11th and the first since 1998's Many Worlds Are Born Tonight). It's available on CD Baby (both the CD and as mp3s), and on iTunes.

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 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!


There are currently 652 messages.
There have been 62759 visits since 2005-07-06
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Message Number: 652 - Monday, July 6, 2020 18:15:11 CST
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Name:  Paul B
How did you hear about Happy?:  WXPN - back in the day
Where are you located?:  the Main Line, PA

Hi Vickie - I was thinking of Happy a week or so ago when I was out running on a trail. So I am giving her music a re-listen. It brings me peace. Such good memories! Have a tranquil day and please pass along my good wishes! Best, Paul B.


Message Number: 651 - Wednesday, April 1, 2020 23:59:47 CST
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Name:  Albert Smith
How did you hear about Happy?:  Have been a fan since hearing WARPAINT songs on WXPN in 1991
Which Happy Rhodes site did you visit?:  Youtube channel and Security Project
How did you hear about this site?:  Security Project link
Where are you located?:  Linwood PA (Phila suburb)

I miss the times when I would attend Happy's live shows in Philadelphia. I can recall catching at least five shows in the 90's and later in four different venues. Have all of her albums and she is a favorite artist of mine.


Message Number: 650 - Saturday, February 22, 2020 00:35:53 CST
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Name:  ÓŤuirĂ©n NĂ­ SĂ­dach
How did you hear about Happy?:  Her interview on Echoes July of 1992
Which Happy Rhodes site did you visit?:  I think it was the Ectophile website and or mailing list
How did you hear about this site?:  Link from Vickie's Happy Rhodes website
Where are you located?:  USA, NorCal, Berkeley

One night in the 1990s I was in that strange state of being, neither awake nor asleep when I first heard Happy sing "Feed The Fire" and it has literally haunted my soul all the years since. My cheeks are wet with tears even as I type this. Thank you my sister, thank you.


Message Number: 649 - Sunday, November 24, 2019 15:53:01 CST
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Name:  Dave Howell
How did you hear about Happy?:  Spotify, while exploring links related to Kate Bush
Which Happy Rhodes site did you visit?:
How did you hear about this site?:  Google
Where are you located?:  Arizona, USA

What an amazing performer!. I wish I had discovered her earlier.


Message Number: 648 - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 08:25:17 CST
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Name:  Michele Doyle
How did you hear about Happy?:  Echos radio program
Which Happy Rhodes site did you visit?:  all of them
How did you hear about this site?:  don't remember
Where are you located?:  Derby.Ct

I first heard Happy in the 90's on Echos. The first song I ever heard was "Temporary and Eternal". Both my husband and I were stunned at the beauty of the lyrics and Happy's voice. I called Borders and found out they had 1 cd by Happy Rhodes - Many Worlds Are Born Tonight. Off I went leaving my husband on the couch telling him "I'll be right back". Listened to Many Worlds and that was it for me! Found Happy's website and ordered all of her catalog - 2 at a time till I had them all. To this day, I still think Happy Rhodes is the best female singer/songwriter I have ever heard. Love the work she has done with other artist. Saw Happy with The Security Project twice. Loved it! PS - Vicki sent you an e-mail about Happy.s last concert. Please count Marty and I as 2 more long time fans that will go. We really would like to be there! Regards Michele


Message Number: 647 - Thursday, August 29, 2019 15:00:00 CST
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Name:  Richard
How did you hear about Happy?:  WXPN, of course!
Which Happy Rhodes site did you visit?:  this one...
How did you hear about this site?:  Wiki link
Where are you located?:  Troy, VA

HR music was such a big part of my playlist in the 90s, after hearing her on WXPN and seeing her at the Tin Angel (I was living in Easton, PA back then...). I kinda lost touch and stopped listening in the 2000s, perhaps my life had changed and HR music was so much a part of where I was in the 90's, emotionally. Anyway, just got a REGA Apollo CD player, and wanted to hear what it could do, so reached for Warpaint. It all came back to me, listening to that glorious music. It was even better than I remembered. This is seriously beautiful stuff, the vocals, the arrangements and instrumentation (is that Kevin's OB-Xa that I hope I sent him new key bushings for...), the recording, and of course, the compositions. It sounds trite, perhaps, but I really don't hear anything of this caliber these days. Or maybe it just gets to me deeper. I won't wait so long to play it again.....


Message Number: 646 - Friday, June 21, 2019 14:26:12 CST
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Name:  Kevin Strandin
How did you hear about Happy?:  XPN2- internet radio station
Which Happy Rhodes site did you visit?:  wikipedia
How did you hear about this site?:  google
Where are you located?:  Atlanta

Glad I found her, will spread the word!


Message Number: 645 - Thursday, May 9, 2019 12:57:15 CST
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Name:  Michael in Seattle
How did you hear about Happy?:  Happy and Kate fan from way way back
How did you hear about this site?:  Hi, Vickie
Where are you located?:  Seattle USA

Hearing Happy again on WFMU makes me very, very ... happy.


Message Number: 644 - Friday, April 5, 2019 10:43:07 CST
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Name:  Jeff
How did you hear about Happy?:  WXPN Philadelphia in the 1990s
Which Happy Rhodes site did you visit?:
How did you hear about this site?:
Where are you located?:  Philadelphia

I'm here because my rental car decided to shuffle play everything I had on my phone and He's Alive was the first thing to come up. This brought back a lot of pleasant memories and I started listening to all of my Happy Rhodes songs once more. I am so happy (pun intended) to see Happy Rhodes is performing again, and in a prog rock band no less. Happy is able to jump out of predefined genres (which are no more than marketing tools anyway) and define her own sound. Damn, we need more musicians like her!!


Message Number: 643 - Friday, March 15, 2019 14:09:49 CST
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Name:  Jim Kelley
How did you hear about Happy?:  She's our second cousin
Where are you located?:  NY

Hi Happy, We are your second cousins. We are your mother, Susan Stamper's, first cousins. Your grandmother Agnes Stamper was our aunt. We would like to reach your mother, Susan. Your grandmother, our Aunt Agnes, was a wonderful woman. Please contact us if you can. Thank you. Jim Kelley