Messages January 2000

Date: Mon Jan 31 23:55
Jeff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    For those of you who don't know me, I have known Josh since we were 8 years old. We played Little League on the Cambridge West division All-Star team together and I was at the hospital when he decided he was ready to move on. I am 32 and he IS still my BEST friend. Reading the beautiful messages here has helped me immensely. As has the daily support from all the people that I have gotten to know, just by being Joshy's pal. His world is filled with amazingly kind-hearted people and the biggest tribute to my best friend is the warmth and love that has come from this tragedy. He IS about sweetness and peace and caring. And he was funny. Very, very funny. I am proud to have stood watch over him with his mom, Marilyn, sister, Laura, and Raina, Chad, Bob, Renee, Henry, George, John, Saverio and everyone else who came by, called and prayed. Be kind to yourselves and one another. That is what my best friend was ALL about. I miss talking to him everyday, although I still do...

Date: Mon Jan 31 23:16
Matt Siemer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Wow, I can't believe I'm doing this again. About two and a half years ago, I found out that my second favorite musician, Jeff Buckley, had drowned in a river near Memphis, Tennessee. Tonight I was flipping channels when I caught the short MTV news announcement that Josh, my favorite musician, had died. I guess it was about 8 years ago that I first heard Josh's voice. I was typing up a report for a high school class, and I popped in a tape my friend Doug had lent me. Nirvana's new album was on side A; on side B was some band I'd never heard of, some band named School of Fish. When I gave the tape back to Doug, I told him I'd taped both sides. When he said I didn't have to tape both, I told him I'd probably be listening to side B much more than side A. I just can't figure out how to express how special it felt to hear Josh's music playing. It was like, whenever I would play his tape or cd around other people, in a room or in the car, I couldn't pay attention to them, because I wanted to listen to the music. And I would think to myself, "How can you even be speaking now? These sounds, these words, they are so beautiful." You can just sense it when you hear Josh's music, how special he is, what a wonderful person he is. Thank you, Josh. I will miss you. Love, Matt

Date: Mon Jan 31 22:11
Guy Peters (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    School of fish first CD has to be one of the BEST cd's of the 90's in my opinion. Celebrate the life of Josh and check out School of Fish's first CD.

Date: Mon Jan 31 21:37
Allen Morgan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Hi, My name is Allen Morgan, I dont know Josh, and you guys dont know me, but i do know what its like to lose someone close. It's a very painful thing, and I am very sorry for everyone that was close to Josh, and if anyone needs to talk, about anything, you can e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: Mon Jan 31 17:23
Erin Bonuso (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Hello everyone. I have been out of town for a week and on Saturday, when I returned, my dad informed me that Josh had died of cancer. I had not known that he had been ill, only that I had not heard from him in a long time. The last I heard he was excited about his new album being recorded.... I only got to see Josh play once in St. Louis. The show was not a part of his scheduled tour. He had a break from touring for a night and he got to choose anywhere in the region he wanted to play. He chose St. Louis. I had never even heard of him really, but I just so happened to be listening to the radio one Saturday afternoon and just so happened to decide to call the radio station for free tickets and just so happened to be the tenth caller..... Me and my dad went to the show and we fell in love with his music... We bought everything of his we could find. i listened to the live album so much it will hardly play anymore!! It is so sad to me to think I will never see Josh smiling and playing his guitar again, but I know he did a lot in his lifetime. He wrote a very interesting book, had a somewhat hit song at 19 years-old and toured with Tori Amos, among other things. His song "What Good is Heaven" comes to mind, but I know heaven is good for Josh, beacuse he is not alone. So now I will go, but I just want to leave you with a little something: "The clouds are below me now, I can be anything But I don't have to let it go to know what you mean and nothing is nothing like I thought nothing would seem, it would seem. And this is the most beautiful place I'll ever know." --Josh Clayton-Felt January 19, 2000 Love always, Erin Bonuso St. Louis, Mo

Date: Mon Jan 31 17:14
Jenn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    well i never actually heard his music but the way MTV makes him out to be is amazing ... i admire him .... RIP

Date: Mon Jan 31 16:52
Scott Lenz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Hi all ... i had the honor and privelege of reviewing one of Josh's shows at the Troubadour, 7/27/96, and josh not only put on an inspiring, intensely personal show - he made me a better writer for having to search to find the words to describe it... as is often the case in life, you wish you could have been more in contact with a person, but i can now exercise that on my loved ones that are still with me... josh was an introseptive, thoughtful person and i, for one, am a better person for having known him and listened to his music... that's all... scott, l.a., 1/31/2000

Date: Mon Jan 31 16:00
Andras Jones (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh and I were best friends through 5 of the most golden years of my life. We went to high school together at The Cambridge School of Weston in Massachusetts. We were songwriting partners in our first real gigging and recording band together. We shared a room in a house in Hollywood with a bunch of other ambitious young artists for a couple of lean years when we moved out from Boston. We listened to The Beatles a lot and argued about big things. The music we made was pretty crappy but it felt like we were genius and, for a time, we were so attuned that we could read eachother's minds. Unfortunately, I fear that young men of our time and backgrounds are not naturally inclined toward civility or compromise, or even closeness, at least we weren't. We both ended up using the other as something of a scratching post and the end of the band, as well as the end of the close phase of our relationship, was not handled very well. We each faded into our own lives in LA and met ocassionally for lunch, or a hike. We would have good talks but I think we both felt things that we were afraid to share. Resentments and hurts which we didn't want to admit to, didn't want to burden the other with. We would have good surface encounters and then get back to our lives. The few times that we played music together after the break-up of the band were great. He sang back-up on one of my records, and we recorded a song together for "That Thing You Do" which was not chosen to be in the film. Both of those times we seemed to fall right back into rhythm with eachother and I have always just assumed that we would collaborate again once we had grown up enough to deal with the old crud. We were beginning that process in the last year, unfortunately... I will miss Josh because there is a huge part of my life that departs with him. I mourn the memories that only he and I could share. The things that only he could remind me of. I am incredibly grateful that he was an artist who could communicate his spirit to tape and I believe his voice will guide me back to at least some of those memories that I mourn. I send my deepest love and condolences Josh's family. Peace.

Date: Mon Jan 31 15:17
Dave Holmes ((MTV)):
    We here at MTV are deeply saddened over the passing of a wonderful musician. I myself have been a fan for years. Though few of us met him, we'll all miss knowing he's there. Let's all put his songs on tonight, and smile and think. And donate.

Date: Mon Jan 31 14:18
Kara Manning (MTV News):
    For fans and family of Josh: I'm a writer for MTV News -- and we will acknowledge the passing of Josh Clayton-Felt on newsbreaks (with Kurt Loder) that will air on MTV Monday night 1/31 at 7:50pm and Tuesday 2/1 at 12:50am and 11:50am. The website and charitable donations made in the name of Descendants of the Earth will be mentioned.

Date: Mon Jan 31 12:59
Mike (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I'm in shock!!!!!!!!!!! :(

Date: Mon Jan 31 09:26
Wade (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I cant help feeling sad over this tragic loss. I sa Josh in Norfolk VA on the Del Amitri tour. I was instantly impressed with his perfomance but was even more impressed after the show when I approached Josh with somw swag to sign. He was extremely gracious & kind. He took the time to actualy TALK to me not just snach my stuff & sign it. He was a very gifted musician & obviously a good man. My prayers are with his family & friends. Peace.

Date: Mon Jan 31 08:32
Sean (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    What a tragic loss. Josh was such an amazingly gifted musician. "Speechless" is one of my favorite songs ever and today, after finding out the news, it's become infinitely more powerful. We're all so fortunate for him having been here. Godspeed...

Date: Mon Jan 31 07:24
David Weiss (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I can't believe that Josh is gone. Like others who have contributed to this message board, I can't explain why his music consistently electrified me -- it just did. I had the pleasure of interviewing him for an article when he released "Inarticulate Nature Boy," and his positive nature and love of music came through loud and clear. All my love and respects to his family and friends.

Date: Sun Jan 30 23:57
chip (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I saw him open for Tori Amos about 4 years ago.....I'd heard of him and thought "Three Strange Days" was one of the best songs in the 90's.....I was totally captivated by his performance.....just him and a guitar......I only knew the song "window"....which I'm listening to now......He most definately was a very relevant voice in music and this is as much of a loss as Jeff Buckley's death...

Date: Sun Jan 30 14:47
Lynn and Phil Lilienthal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    We were all so fortunate to have been touched by you, Josh. For our family, it was all about family. Post Camp is family and you entered it around 10 years old and were part of it. Whether it was softball, swimming, canopeing, soccer or skits (should we have known what was to come?), or with winter trips to the ski slopes, you were a prize. How rare that you could have grown, yet the sweetness of youth remained. Much love and peace. Lynn and Phil

Date: Sun Jan 30 11:08
Christopher Serapiglia (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Back in 1991 I was in the process of forming a band. My current, and only drummer, an I used to literally play along to the first School of Fish album all the time. Yesterday, Piper, reflected at how he pretty much learned how to play drums listening to that record. Granted the album used a drum machine, but to develop a certain level of rhythm, it helped. I still find myself listening to that record and Human Cannonball regularly. When I read the obit in my local paper, I was quite shocked. As all of you probably understand, when a great talent leaves us, the body of creative work is left behind for enjoyment for the time to come. I'm looking forward to these moments, the next time I put on Euphoria, Rose Colored Glasses or Take Me Anywhere, I will remember how lucky I was to see this band back in the early nineties. Hopefully someone out there will put together a tribute tape/disc and if so, please let me know so that my band can contribute. We would be honored to cover a song or two for this. Please let us know, and may Josh rest in peace. God Bless you all.

Date: Sun Jan 30 09:34
Larry Goldings (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I feel honored to have known Josh, and to have shared in music-making with him. We wrote a song together once.(Actually, he wrote most of it...I just added a few jazz chords).Ironically, the song was called, "Heaven". Josh was always trying to up the quality of his life. But he also wanted to share his findings with others, to enighten them, as well. I remember once he insisted on taking me to a Chinese herbalist in New York City. He was very excited about it. I was skeptical. I ended up boiling all the water out of my herbal concoction. My apartment reaked for months. Josh had better luck, though. Because he believed in good things. Josh had an openmindedness that was infectious. He had a child-like fascination with things that made you think twice about something. Josh loved music. I remember listening to Frank Sinatra records with him. His face: A boyish, far-away smile that said, "God, I love this--don't you?" As we say goodbye to Josh, let's all believe in good things.

Date: Sun Jan 30 03:00
rob (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear this news. Josh was my absolute favorite singer. I remember the first time I heard him- I was listening to the human cannonball album at tower records on sunset blvd, and after hearing only a couple seconds of one of the songs, I immediately purchased the album. His voice sounds so perfect to me- I've enjoyed listening for so many hours over the last 7 years. Unlike all other music I've heard, I never get tired of listening to Josh. I never knew him personally, but feel like I've lost someone close to me. I don't know why something like this has to happen; it seems like he should have had so many more years to share his gift with others. I pray that he and his family will be taken care of and have faith that there is a higher plan that I cannot understand.

Date: Sat Jan 29 23:51
Richard Kabarsky (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I was on the way home listening to a song on the radio that reminded my of School Of Fish. I wondered what had happended to them as I havent heard about them lately...I went and saw them live in Hollywood one night and recognized the promising talent of Josh's vocals and songwriting. I bought the cd and loved most all the songs..then I forgot about them. Anyways, after some research I got to an unofficial School Of Fish page and then came across this one. TO my shock Josh had passed away from cancer. One thing very interesting is that I am in a heated battle with Testicular Cancer right now and start Chemo a week from Monday. I was wondering what type of Cancer Josh had??...I cant find that info anywhere. Seems kind of wierd how it came to me..Is there a song of Josh's on Kroq these days??..I could of swore it was him.. ANy info would be apreciated.. thanks Thank you Josh for your great gift to all of us. I send my prayers for the Family

Date: Sat Jan 29 20:34
Greg Antonini (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    There is something that me and my dear freinds do often. We gather and we enjoy our company in the form of what we call "choogles." It is a party of freindship. Music is always the most special and popular expression of our loyalty to each other. We share music, we discuss music, several of my freinds create music... it is ethereal and real: it is a testament to ourselves. We enjoy fully those songs, or artists, that we all share a common passion for. The Who, John Fogerty, Van Morrison etc... School of Fish is one of those bands, is a common feeling. Josh's live version of Save It For Later is a particularlt strong thread among us. We cherish it. When we hear Josh sing it, time after time, we often relax into our own selves and enjoy the silent company that this song realises. We have placed it as one of the songs we can not do without. There are other songs, but this can very well be the most important. Without it, I think we would all be a tad more lost. It is very rare that a song can gather together such savage bastards and bring them closer. I, and I will speak for them also, thank Josh for his gift to us. And I hope he understands what it means. I hope he is aware, in that realm of clarity he is suspended in now, what his song, and his feeling, mean to us. I know God has blessed him, because through him, God has blessed us.

Date: Sat Jan 29 18:37
Miss Marie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Thank you for spending the time you had with us. God Bless.

Date: Sat Jan 29 17:00
Molly Grabill (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    My apologies as I am without the right words. As if there are any "right words" in such a situation. I did not know Josh outside of his music, but as a school of fish fan and having seen him several times when he toured with Tori Amos, I am fully aware of what a loss has just occurred. My prayers are with his family and friends.

Date: Sat Jan 29 16:18
Jeff Hoffman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I got into Josh's music only in the last couple of years and really enjoyed his work both solo and with School of Fish. I found out about his passing via excellentonline.com just moments ago. My heart and prayers go out to him and his family and friends. He sounds like he was truly a good person. Good people go on to a good place. God rest his soul. Jeff Hoffman Cincinnati, Ohio

Date: Sat Jan 29 14:44
JR (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I am shocked and saddened by this news. I am now going to fill my CD player with all my School of Fish and Josh Clayton-Felt CDs, turn up the volume, and celebrate the gift that Josh gave to us. May peace be with all of Josh's family and friends.

Date: Sat Jan 29 14:05
Jim Niesen & Barbara Mackenzie-Wood (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh, we never got to know you well, but you made us feel we knew you so good.What a great week we all got to spend with you and Henry at postcamp summer before last. You made everybody feel so singularly special and unique. We're all so lucky to have been touched by you.

Date: Sat Jan 29 14:02
Fred (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Such an underrated artist -- while I loved so much more of his music, 3 Strange Days by School of Fish still ranks as one of my very favorite rock songs. Rest in Peace, Josh

Date: Sat Jan 29 12:54
Lloyd (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I am in shock, to say the least. I've been working in and around record stores for the better part of 10 years now, and School Of Fish was the first band I ever met way back in '91. My manager told me we were going to have an acoustic in-store performance by them, and I had never heard of them. I was hooked right away, and a few years later I booked them to play at my college in Tempe. I had only recently found Josh's website and was looking forward to some more solo stuff, and hopefully there will be more. His music is deeper and more meaningful to me than I ever realized, because it was there for me at a tough time in my life, and it is obvious from reading this comments page that I am not alone. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, as we sadly add another member to the helluva band they got up there in heaven.

Date: Sat Jan 29 12:52
scott roller (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    For a professional spin on how Josh treated those who he worked with, i can offer this brief story: back in 1995 or 96 (or thereabouts) I was working for PolyGram Distribution, the record distributor for Josh's record label. I was a Promotions Rep based in Pittsburgh, PA (this means i put up posters in record stores, created promotions, hyped bands, and helped with getting a venue ready for concerts), and Josh was touring through, trying to get the boneheaded commercial modern rock station to play "window", the amazing single from the new album. I was at Metropol, the venue Josh was playing at that night, and as i was putting up posters all around the inside of the club, i felt someone tap me on the shoulder and say "Ah, Hi....I'm Josh. Who are you?" and I told him i was with the record label, and he was all "wow, hey, thanks a lot for doing this. I really appreciate it. i'm never sure if anyone is paying attenition, you know?" We talked about the record for a bit, and he went off to do his sound check. While I was with PolyGram (now Universal) i repped about 300+ concerts, and that is the only time an artist made a point to approach the lowly poster boy to say thanks! We ended up hanging out that night after the show with another label guy and a radio girl, and toured around the city...riding an incline up to the top of Mount Washington to look at the stars. He was so happy to be outside and looking up at

Date: Sat Jan 29 05:20
Andrew Higgins (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Like so many of the wonderful memorials I've read here on this page I have to start out by saying how shocked I was by the news of Josh's passing. I heard yesterday and immediately broke out this local(new haven ct) program I have with an acoustic set performed in a record store and some footage of SOF's soundcheck for that evenings show at Toad's Place. Sleep in their eyes and all all they put on a great acoustic set that day and their show that night(which I was in attedence) was spectactular. It was that night I realized School of Fish was something special, something more than I had anticipated. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Josh about year later when they toured this area for Human Cannonball.....I sheepishly gushed praise on him and the two records and asked him about their cover of "Save It For Later" on the "Take Me Anywhere" single. I asked which version had influenced him more, the English Beats, who wrote the song, or Pete Townshend's whose version albeit acoustic more resembles SOF's. He told me it was Townshends and in the encore of their set that night they did a version of that song in which the shock waves are still being felt here. A friend of mine likes to joke about that evening but the most important thing that happened was after the show. I waited outside and approached the band to sign my "Take Me.." single and Josh wrote "We're YOUR number one fans" in obvious reference to my praise of him earlier. I'll never forget that, it was a real moment for me and I'll never forget Josh Clayton-Felt or his music and it's impact on my life.

Date: Fri Jan 28 22:13
Sean Frickleton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh, First Id like to Thank you for making such wonderful music. Your music has defined may moments in my life and has been there with me in times of happiness and times of blue. My heart is stricken with grief and Im a currently in disbelief of your passing. I had the chance one in 1993 to see your concert with schoolof fish in washington DC, I missed it and i regret everyday for missing it. For I hope you can continue bringing happiness to where ever you are now. You and your family are in my prayers...... Sean

Date: Fri Jan 28 20:57
Marci (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I was so profoundly saddened to hear of Josh's passing. I have a big huge tear in my throat. His talent and his music have affected many including myself. He was taken too young and had so much more to give. I send my prayers and sympathy to Josh's friends and family. He is sorely missed but his music was a gift.

Date: Fri Jan 28 17:51
Jilly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    We'll miss you Josh.

Date: Fri Jan 28 17:33
Marmi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I am extremely saddened and heartsick to learn of Josh's passing, but grateful for the wonderful music and memories he has left us. School of Fish was the first band I ever saw live. I still think that their performance of Euphoria was one of the best things I've ever seen. I also remember almost going deaf seeing them at Cal Poly Pomona, but it was worth it. Then when I saw them at the Palace, I remember Josh started off wearing a baseball cap, then during one song he shook it off and out tumbled his full, Pantene-nourished 'fro, and I thought it was so sensual! The first time I saw him live as a solo act, it was at the Dragonfly, and I got his autograph afterwards on a setlist. I was so excited that I stuck it on to the front of my School of Fish t-shirt and wore it the whole night. We also had fun on the email discussion list. I was a lucky co-winner of his handwritten banana pancake recipe in the Six Degrees of Josh contest. My most recent treasured memory of him is his handwritten dedication to "Marvelous Marmi" on my copy of Beautiful Nowhere. Not only is he the most brilliant musician of our generation, he was also the nicest and most down-to-earth. His music will always be a huge part of my life. The groove goes on forever...

Date: Fri Jan 28 16:33
Michael J. Gross (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh - your music lives on, you'll be missed....Sincerely M. Gross

Date: Fri Jan 28 15:14
MATLOCK (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I am deeply crushed and very saddened to read of Josh's untimely passing in the Billboard Bulletin mediafax that arrived this morning. I was immediately taken back to the time he musically entered my life when I got the promotional single of "Soon Enough" while I was working at an L.A. radio trade magazine. From the time I heard the intro to the time he sang the first line, I knew whoever this "Josh Clayton-Felt" guy was, he had me hooked with his presentation, this cat had it going on. I had to call A & M to get the album the song came from right then and there. But, check this out: it was not an alternative thing for me; I heard "soul" in Josh's voice, and you cannot fake that kind of feeling as a musician, whether you're singing and/or performing. Josh was born in 1967, the most beautiful year for pop music. Radio stations could play a Rolling Stones record, next to an Aretha Franklin record, next to a Beatles record; it was all good then, with no musical segregation like it is now. We, as a society, had yet to know anything about the Vietnam war or experience the back-to-back murders of Martin Luther King, Jr. or Robert Kennedy, which were right around the corner. Life in 1967 was happy; you could trust your neighbor (regardless of what color he/she was), kids had "treehouses" in their backyards, and there was a warm feeling in the air and in your heart that you could really do things to make life better for all. How fitting that this lovely moment in time was the atmosphere in which Josh was born. He had a "gift," that of his music, which touched all of us in an all but too short span of time. My group, Motherless Child, is currently recording an album which I had planned to include an R & B version of "Soon Enough." I had envisioned presenting this personally to Josh and seeing his reaction to it, us talking about his music and the like. Now, when we finish doing that song, I am going to take it home and crank it up, playing it for an audience of one; I know you will hear it up there, Josh. Although you have left the room, "something beautiful remains." Love you, bro; Peace out.

Date: Fri Jan 28 14:56
Brian Maser (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh, You will forever be in our hearts and in our minds... Your music has touched thousands and your spirit will live forever. Thank you for being one of the great ones. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us. Rise up and Rock on! Brian

Date: Fri Jan 28 14:17
Christopher Fentum (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I am deeply moved, I did not know his music, but I too was diagnosed in 95 with this type of cancer. Early detection is the key, I was lucky I am so sorry for friends and family of Joshes'.

Date: Fri Jan 28 14:11
Joshua Norton (jnorton1):
    I was lucky enough to meet Josh before a show in Mpls. My brothers and I saw him walk by and we yelled "Hey Josh, .... Mr. Felt!" He turned around, came to our table and chatted with us about his music and ours. He even came back later and talked to us some more. What a cool guy. His music is constantly in my player. It sucks that he's gone. Take care man, we miss

Date: Fri Jan 28 14:05
d. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Wow. i just heard about this. i only saw him perform once (last year, at Bill's here in Boston), but i was totally impressed. i just wanted to convey my deepest sympathies to his family and friends. He was a true talent. - d.

Date: Fri Jan 28 13:05
Eric Wilson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I just found out today about Josh's passing - I was shocked and saddened. He was such a great young talent. Honestly, I was not exposed to much of his solo work, unfortunately, but I was a huge School of Fish fan. I remember seeing Josh and the band in 1992 when they opened for Crowded House at Deep Ellum in Dallas. What a show they put on! I was the Program Director for the Stephen F. Austin State University radio station at that time. The whole School of Fish debut album was played LOTS on our alternative format. "3 Strange Days" was right up there with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" as one of our most played songs from 1991. To this day, it's one of the few CD's from that time period that I can easily just press play and enjoy every song. My thoughts and prayers go out to Josh's family and friends. What a sad loss for a great talent. Eric Wilson Houston, Texas, USA

Date: Fri Jan 28 11:53
Andrea G. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..):
    At first I was shocked, then saddened when I heard the news. I slipped in Josh's CD and went to his website for comfort. Now I'm inspired. When I saw him last, at the benefit in Topanga at the Theatricum, I remember thinking that it was the perfect venue for him. Josh played out in the open air of a beautifully misty/sunny day. The trees and two little girls were dancing to his music,and everyone there felt like family. Even though it was a short set, Michael Ward was there; they played "3 Strange Days" and I felt so lucky. I think we all feel blessed to have had Josh around and to still have his music with us. He was so respectful and appreciative of his fans. I can't think of Josh, such a gentle, talented, sweet person, and stay sad, even though I miss him. He made me believe again that art is something that comes from your heart, not for awards and glory, but to share with others. While Josh deserved fame, I don't think it would have changed him much. He was so true to himself and his music in every way.

Date: Fri Jan 28 11:52
Tony DeNeri (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I've never been moved to write something like this before and unlike many of you, I hadn't followed Josh's exploits lately. even so, I'm so saddened to hear of his passing. It's strange how news like this hits you, takes you back... I was an intern at a small music publishing co. in LA in 1989. The whole office loved School of Fish or as we called them, "Josh & Mike's band", wanted to sign them badly. At the time, you really couldn't call them "a band" because at the time, when playing live, all the "tracks" (drums, bass, etc.) were sequenced into an M1 so it was just the two of them on stage with guitars. That's not to say it was Simon & Garfunkel because their shows were loud, engaging and energetic. It was fantastic because even their earliest songwriting was brilliant, lyrically and musically (has anyone out there heard their song "Oklahoma"? no, not that Oklahoma. That's a song I still put on mix tapes). They were the first unsigned band I'd ever heard that moved me more than what was coming out of my tape deck. Those old demos and Capitol releases still do, every time. Another time, at a birthday party for their manager, Sandy, I think her name was, the two of them just played acoustics in the backyard, taking requests. "Speechless" was their newest song and being proud of their latest achievement (and constantly being badgered by all of us), they played it many times. What a special evening, what a special moment. I just didn't know at the time how lucky I was. Today, upon reading the news, I'm right back there. It's sadly wonderfully. Josh was a fantastic artist and a class act.

Date: Fri Jan 28 11:04
Sal-NY (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Wow, I shocked and very sad to hear the latest news about Josh. The first time I saw him was on MTV's "120 Minutes" for the Window video. I was hooked right away. Kept seeing it weekly on the show. Then wanted to buy the album. My brother I discovered had it and we listened to it all the time. Last year I bought Josh's debut album and it always plays in my 200 disc changer. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Situations like Josh's make you realize that each and every day in life is a blessing. I think its great that fans can now pass on Josh's music to others by this website.

Date: Fri Jan 28 10:57
daniella (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    i just wanted to say to shane..right on...i totally agree with your propasal to spread josh's music as far and wide as possible...i have been trying to do that for years now..but since josh's death it has taken on an even greater meaning to me............everyday i read the comments on this board and i am amazed at how many fans there are out there..at one time i thought it was just me and my best friend who had ever even heard of School of Fish...i am so glad to know that the music that brought me such pleasure for the past ten years has touched all of you as well....

Date: Fri Jan 28 10:45
Shane (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I've never taken the time to write to a memorial message board like this before... but today I feel strangely compelled to do just that. I was working in college radio back in the early 90's when the first School of Fish album came out. I remember getting multiple copies of a promo EP called "The Wrong Sampler," where you put the needle in the middle of the record and the groove was pressed backwards (so that the record actually played from the inside out.) The novelty trick actually worked: it got me to listen to the song... "3 Strange Days," which ended up being a priority track on our station shortly thereafter. When I graduated college, I took a job writing for our local newspaper... and was a bit irritated when I found out I had to put pen in hand and go review the Tori Amos concert heading through town. I'm NO fan of Tori, so I was dreading the event... until I got to hear Josh opening - he was the saving grace of the evening. It's not too often that an opening act at a show gets the crowd SOO involved in the music, the lyrics, the whole ambience of the evening. By the time all was said and done, Josh was received just as openly and warmly by the audience as Tori was. I left that show with a new, deep respect for Josh and his music... and to find out that someone that vibrant, that alive... had passed... well, it was a shock to say the least. I'm not convinced there IS an afterlife (I WISH i was, but I'm too much the realist to believe something I can't grasp in my hand,) but then I got to thinking... I believe in the power of music... yet that's something I can't hold onto either. There's magic out there, folks, and Josh is now a PART of that magic. His music, his legacy, will live on for those of us in the know... Let's face it, Josh's popularity was just starting to take off. So what I propose we need to do is TELL as many people as possible about Josh's music... the next time you make a mixtape for a friend, be sure to put one of Josh's tracks on it... keep his name out there... keep his music playing... and keep searching for other artists as open, as honest, as down-to-earth as Josh. I don't want to hear statements like "the world is a little darker now"... I want to hear that a few select people out there might just pick up a School of Fish record somewhere down the road and go, "Yeah, this is what I want to do, too..." There can be no greater legacy. Rest in peace, Josh.

Date: Fri Jan 28 10:22
MARK KREUTZER (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I met Josh in 1996 at Tori's show. He was backstage while I was waiting to meet Tori. We chatted for awhile like we had known one another although we had just met. After meeting Tori, I went out to watch to the show, and the lead act was Josh! His music was pure genius, and I was stunned to learn of his death. If anyone wants to talk about Josh, and/or Tori please drop me a line at my email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Keep Josh in your prayers. Peace & Love - Mark

Date: Fri Jan 28 09:07
Mitchell Davis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    As a songwriter and artist Josh was unique and vibrant. Although I had only seen him perform twice, each time he had a very loyal group of fans and fellow artists attend. In a small music community, he was very vocal in opposition to the corporate nature of the music business. As an artist told me that he wanted to organize a group of fellow artist who were "dropped" by the Universal/PolyGram merger, to perform the other artists songs. This was because the labels had spent money to develop the artist and album and would not let the artists take the songs when they dropped them. This corporate policy now has a proven casualty, Josh. It is unfortunate, but his fans and potential new fans were robbed of the possibility of buying and hearing his new material. I hope that there is a way for us fans to purchase this music now. Perhaps even a portion of the proceeds can goto cancer research. There are so many things I can say, but I am truly at a loss, it is tragic that someone as talented and warm as Josh has passed on. My warm thoughts to his family and friends Sincerely,

Date: Fri Jan 28 09:01
Guy Tino (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Wow, I just read the news in Billboard and I'm so shocked, I don't know where to begin. The School Of Fish debut was recommended to me by my brother back in 1991 - I bought it and was immediately hooked. "3 Strange Days" and several other tracks were staples of my college radio show that year, and "Fell" became something of a personal anthem for that period of my life. "Human Cannonball" blew me away a few years later with its punishing guitars and big beats, and then they seemed to just fall off the map. I was working sales at a CD distribution warehouse when a promo of "Inarticulate Nature Boy" found its way into my hands, prompting great anticipation that was rewarded by a challenging and mature effort, which of course was criminally overlooked by the general public. And then he seemed to disappear again. So I was delighted to see him involved as a member of Jewel's band for "Spirit" - his guitar work was as good as ever - and hoped more of his own work would follow soon. Sadly, we will hear that album but won't be able to congratulate him in person for his efforts, or hear him play them in concert. Josh, I never knew you personally, but your voice and your music resonated with me from the beginning and awakened me to many possibilities for my own work, and for that I thank you. You will be missed more than you could possibly know. Rest easy, brother. Until the next life, Godspeed. GJT

Date: Fri Jan 28 07:42
Hlee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I never knew Josh personally, nor ever saw him in concert coz my parents wouldn't allow concerts. But I feel as if I knew him. I loved his music ever since the first time I heard Three Strange Days. I bought all albums and I always waited for the day that I would be able to meet him. He had a great influence on me and my guitar playing. It's so sad that I never got to tell him how much his music meant to people. So what if he never won a Grammy, he had such an influence on our lives. I wish I had a chance to meet him. The next time you visit his grave (or whatever he wanted to be done), put a rose on it for me. Thank You, Hlee Lee

Date: Fri Jan 28 06:19
Jill Haggerty (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I had the honor of getting to know Josh when my husband Jim played in his band while he was living in Boston. Anyone that had ever met him couldn't help but notice that he was someone really special. He had this aura of serenity that was mind blowing... He was really funny...He took the time to listen to you... and of course there was his music... in honor of him I wrote a haiku (which I think he'd appreciate). I hope it comforts all of you. This one's for you Josh. Until we meet again. much love- Jill "a songbird flies home and a feather floats to Earth- a symbol of peace"

Date: Thu Jan 27 19:51
lindsay lipton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I was lucky to have Josh a close, dear friend. He was a beautiful and incredible in every way person. I miss him more than I can say. What I know is that he was "too cool for this world". I love you Josh. Lindsay

Date: Thu Jan 27 16:32
Paul Surridge (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    The music that Josh created changed the way I wrote music myself, because of his influence I got a record deal and it changed my life. Thank you!

Date: Thu Jan 27 13:15
Karl Houseknecht (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Some time ago (in the early 90's) at the suggestion of my drummer, my band covered Three Strange Days. I'd never heard of the song or the band, but immediately fell in love with the music. I learned the guitar for every song on the album. Just about a month ago, while I was going through my CD collection, I came across my one and only School of Fish CD. I've been listening to it on my commute to and from work. I've been yearning for something more from School of Fish, so I started searching the Internet and ended up here only a week after Josh's untimely death. I've never even seen a picture of Josh before today, but just knowing that he's not around anymore is enough to make me miss him. I know that tonight, when I go home, I'll be plugging the guitar in and going through every song on that CD.

Date: Thu Jan 27 13:13
michelle (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I heard the KROQ music news, and this was part of it. I nearly drove off the road. My first few years in LA "3 Strange Days", well that was every weekend and that song was so fitting. It was on the radio all the time, School Of Fish, cool name, great music. I saw Josh play at the Mint a while ago and it was SO cool. How can this have happend? F*** cancer. This sucks and it hurts My prayers go out to his family and all who knew Josh. He's so cute and seemed like the nicest guy. Sammy Llanes and his CD Absinthe, and the song "wings of angels" I think is the title, is what I am thinking of right now, or perhaps the BoDeans "going home".

Date: Thu Jan 27 11:35
Tracy Blackburn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I just read about Josh in this morning's Times. I'm stunned and shocked. I didn't know Josh personally, but have enjoyed his music for a long time. I wish peace to his family and those who were close to him. love, tracy

Date: Wed Jan 26 20:17
Joe Walters (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    A week has passed since our beautiful friend slipped into the heavens on the wings of a dragonfly. Surely he is with his friends and creating a whole new legion of fans as the angels sit and listen, learning his songs so that they may repeat them as melodies of comfort to those new arrivals. I have been living my life by the examples you have set for me Josh, and it is hard. I tell everyone I see about you, and hope they will try to be kinder to others too. Special thanks to all of the Beautiful People who have been writing, and to those that were blessed enough to attend the services...You have all helped me and I love you all, never shall we Talk Like Strang

Date: Wed Jan 26 19:46
Celia Cuomo (celiacuomo):
    I haven't seen Josh for years. One of the photos on the web photo page shows a little kid with huge hair, and that's pretty much how I remember him. I knew his parents and sister Laura way before he was even born. I heard the heartbreaking news about Josh's illness and death from my dad, who is a long time (about 50 years?) close friend to John, Josh's dad. My love and good thoughts go to Laura, John, Marilyn, the rest of the family, friends, and fans. He's missed greatly and is remembered so well by so

Date: Wed Jan 26 18:28
Amanda Owens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Unlike most of his fans, I never got to hear or see Josh perform. I know now that I have missed something so special and something that can never be replaced with anything. I'm at a loss for words, and the words that I am wanting to say come out all wrong. My words get in the way of what I really want to say. But I am happy for Josh, because I know that he is in a better place, and all we have to do is wait for the day when we will all see him again. Sympathy is sent out from my heart to all of yours, and to his family's. Rest in peace, our friend, and may your music play on forever.- Amanda

Date: Wed Jan 26 16:16
Evan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    This news is truly upsetting to me and leagues of Josh's fans... He is a largely unsung hero to the music world and he leaves a legacy of material behind at such a young age. I'm very sorry that he passed away and best wishes go out to his friends and family on such a trying day. E

Date: Wed Jan 26 13:31
Eve Justamante (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I cannot believe Josh is not with us anymore...I had the privlege of seeing him open for Tori Amos at the "Dew Drop Inn" tour..I was completely crushed when I heard the news that he had passed away. I cannot believe it. He was such an INCREDIBLY talented and beautiful young man with such a sweet personality. I am praying that those who were truly close to him find peace and comfort and consolement. I know Mr. Clayton's spirit will live on for a long, long time in our hearts. God Bless, Eve Life is too short..remember to say "I Love You" every chance you get.

Date: Wed Jan 26 13:12
Michael Martin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I first was introduced to Josh/School of Fish back in the early 90's (91 maybe?) when his band was opening for Jesus Jones at the Palace in Hollywood. I was amazed at their wonderful songs and live they were excellent. Many bands just don't connect with you the first time you see them live (having never heard them prior) but School of Fish DID connect with me. After the show, I was in the parking lot sitting on a curb. Josh (I didn't know his name yet) came walking by and asked me if I had the time. I looked at my watch and answered. He took a seat next to me as if he was a friend that had just come to meet me and have a chat. I can't recall everything we talked about, but I do remember him telling me that his band had just been signed to Capitol and they were thinking of album titles. So I said, "Well, you're called School of Fish, why not call it 'Breathing underwater'?" He smiled and said he liked that one and would keep it in mind. We chatted for several more minutes about this and that and I told him how much I liked their music. He was very gracious and sincere and I KNEW that this was an honest, down-to-earth type of guy who didn't come off like a rock star that was above his fans. I asked him to sign a small flyer I had taken from a table inside and he didn't hesitate. After handing it back to me, we said goodbye and he was off... I looked down at my new keepsake and saw he had written: Josh Clayton Breathing Underwater .........I'll miss you, Josh. -Mike

Date: Wed Jan 26 12:24
Geoff Coryell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    It is amazing how a person can be so saddened by the death of someone he or she had never met or spoken with. The thing is, I definately have met and spoken with Josh Clayton through his music. And for that I will always be grateful. Josh's passing has left me feeling much the same as I did when I learned of Jeff Buckley's death. It is unfortunate that most people will be forever blind to Josh's and Jeff's dedication to being good people. I feel Duncan Sheik's tribute to Jeff Buckley is a good way to say goodbye to Josh: "Speed on to the next world. Speed on to the next life."

Date: Wed Jan 26 11:57
Adrienne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    p.s. Maybe we can get a discussion group going....

Date: Wed Jan 26 11:55
Adrienne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I have been visiting this site daily, and am astounded by by all of the beautiful, eloquent comments. Truly, Josh's fans are the finest of people. If anyone has yahoo messenger, my id is adrienne2699. I would love to chat with any and all of you beautiful people. Love and Respect, Adrienne

Date: Wed Jan 26 10:43
Gilli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    To the angels in the sky. He past us so young He left us the art of his spirit He touched us with his music He is the one that we will miss every day Hey, angels in the sky He was part of you guys And now he is back with you Please give him a big hug from us And tell him that he lights every soul that he touches That he smiles, kindness, honesty and his softness will stay with us forever Angels in the sky, please take a good care of our baby Josh Please keep him warm on rainy days And take him to swim in the ocean on hot sunny days Please love him the way that we did and still do And remind him the of beauty that he left Josh- you are forever young Love you & miss you Gilli

Date: Wed Jan 26 08:57
Matthew Montgomery (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh's death is a great loss to this world. We were not close, but our paths crossed over the years directly (CSW) and indirectly (mutual friends). The last time I remember being with him we were at a party and still in high school. He was playing music and I was getting loaded, two things we did with equal passion. Fortunately his passion for music out lasted my inebriation. Josh will be missed by those of us who knew him and those who did not have the opportunity, but were touched by his songs. We are fortunate that his music and our memories live on.

Date: Wed Jan 26 08:25
Aimee & Bryan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    We were truly saddened to hear of Josh Clayton Felt's passing. Our sympathy goes out to his family.

Date: Wed Jan 26 00:32
Ian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I did not know Josh well -- we overlapped two years of high-school (he was '86, I was '88) -- and I am not even familiar with his music. I only learned about his passing from another alum who was at the recent memorial gathering in San Francisco. Nevertheless, the news touched close to home and I felt compelled to express my sadness and heartfelt sympathy for those that were close to him. God bless to Josh and all who miss him.

Date: Tue Jan 25 23:02
angie mead (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    raina- you are in my thoughts and prayers. hang on tight.

Date: Tue Jan 25 22:58
Ruthie Morris (Lindapop14@aol):
    Josh, You were the first familiar face I saw when I moved to Los Angeles from Atlana in 1995. What a beautiful face! My band and SOF played only two shows, yet we immediately felt a connection, so it really felt like two old comradesme meeting again after a very long time. We both were earnestly trying to make our way in the very foreboding music industry. I never doubted for a second whether there was a place for you. Your talent and love of music inspired me to believe as long as I was willing to face the challenge I could find the voice in myself to never give up. YOU were always such a star, and you were my friend, who owned a VERY COOL car. So right now I'm imagining you smiling behind that dashboard... the kind they just do not make anymore, and reminding me to trust in the power of music to keep me whole. You had such purpose in everything you tried...oh yeah, and honesty. You will always remain inside my heart. Until we me again my dear friend. Bless your humongous heart. LOve, Love, Love, Ruthie

Date: Tue Jan 25 22:34
Bethina (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    you are such a beautiful person and with your smile you made us happy. i lvoe you so much and hope that in heaven (which you are) you are happy,which i also know you are! my thoughts are with you! Bethina

Date: Tue Jan 25 22:05
Gilli & Wayne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    When Josh spoke with you you could tell his whole being was fixed only upon you. There was nowhere to run or hide, he was looking at your soul with his clear, loving eyes. He always saw the best in everyone. He made you feel at home, always. We will miss your smile and your gaze. Thanks for the music.

Date: Tue Jan 25 21:14
Nicky Jones (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    The first time I met Josh, 10 years ago, I read his Tarot Cards. For some strange reason, he thought I was good at it and I read his cards many times over the years. It was the beginning of a long, close friendship. Words don't seem to do at a time like this. I feel selfish when I grieve. I know that Josh would want everyone to be o.k.. Has anyone noticed that the sun hasn't been out since he died? Still...I try to think happy thoughts. I keep remembering the funniest things that we talked about and did together. Many years ago, we made a pact one night (while talking about alien life) that if either one of us was ever abducted that we would promise to make the aliens pick the other one up. We were serious. That's what I loved most about Josh -- his ability to commit totally in the moment -- he was a rare and beautiful man. I miss his humor and his smile, his wacky hair, our late night candlelight conversations about the strangest things, his curiosity, his compassion, his brutal honesty, his wisdom, his sense of community, and his faith in others. My life will never be the same since losing him, but it changed forever the day we met. My one regret is that we didn't spend much time together the last year or two. I spoke to him about a week before he went into the hospital (before he knew he was sick) and we promised to see each other after the holidays. We talked for a while and he sounded really good. It was really great to connect and I am so sad that we didn't get to see each other again. My fiance says that the reason it's been raining and gloomy is because when somebody really special dies, sometimes even the heavens' cry. I cry a lot and my heart goes out to his family and other friends who are also greiving. Josh was a sunbeam and the world just doesn't make sense when such a bright light is taken from us. I can't get the new songs out of my head, especially "You're too cool for this world." Josh was too cool for this world, for sure. He was just passing by - but in the short time he was here he touched all of our lives on such a deep level. I think he made all of us better people. I had a dream about Josh a few days before he died. In it, he was very happy and joking and light-hearted. Then he asked me quite seriously if I would help to take care of his baby. He said that I would be a good mother and that he would really appreciate it. When I woke, I realized that the 'baby' he was referring to was his new album. Josh was a gifted poet and musician, a teacher, a healer, and his music was one very special way he connected with others. Josh was a generous and kind friend. A few years ago, he lent me his Treehouse Studio to record basic tracks for my record. We just finished overdubs last week and will be mixing soon. Josh programmed all the drums and was responsible for inspiring and encouraging me to play many instruments I had never touched before. His soul and spirit are all over the record and it's weird to look at the Treehouse tracking sheets and know he is gone (from the earthly plane anyway). When I feel sad, I try to remember something funny he said or did. I have so many great memories. When I think about him, I can't help but smile. I just know he is rocking out in heaven and that now he is one of our coolest angels. I love you Josh. And I miss you terribly. See you on the other side or in the next life, my friend. I know we'll meet again. -- Nicky

Date: Tue Jan 25 18:18
Jami Lula (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I balled for 3 days after Dana called me to tell me Josh had passed.I was grateful to particpate in the celebration that is Josh's life in the form of a memorial.I am grateful to Jeff, Josh's best friend,for his loving irreverence.My thought was that if Josh had anything to do with it we would 've all been wearing clown noses and bolo-ties.I did a show Friday night at the "Bitter Truth Theater" and I lit candles and placed them around the room and I talked about my friend Josh Clayton-Felt his heart and passion and commitment to a higher expression of life that I like to call Spirit,and then I began to play a song called "Love Me" in the middle of the song the door leading on to the stage opened ,unknown to me but in plain sight of the audience Folks that door doesn't open easily. My girlfriend said you could feel the shift in the audience .I'm so grateful that Josh showed up because I needed the strength.Thankyou Josh for your example of the possibilities of loving.My heart goes out to his family and friends,I'm so grateful to witness how much I can feel for another human being .Peace and blessings,Jamilu.

Date: Tue Jan 25 17:49
Mike Sauter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I was shocked when a colleague delivered the news to me. I met Josh when School of Fish played NYC in 1991. I was so impressed that I saw the band the next night in NJ, near the radio station where I work. Some time later, the band came by the station and I got to chat a bit more with Josh. He was a nice guy and a great musician. My heart goes out to Josh's friends and family, and to all the other fans who have been affected by his work.

Date: Tue Jan 25 15:20
Paula Krispow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    At one of the Largo shows, Josh introduced the song Euphoria by saying, "This is a sad song, I was sad when I wrote it....but don't worry about me, I'm not sad anymore!". I think that's the way I'd like to remember him, smiling and saying he's not sad anymore.

Date: Tue Jan 25 14:17
Nikki (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I love you Josh. Your music had a great impact on my life, as has your death. I can't believe you left us so soon. It seems unfair for God to have taken his good son, away from the people that seemed to need him most. I am glad you are with our father and creator. Tell him hello for me. We shall all see you soon. Love ya now and forever.

Date: Tue Jan 25 12:37
Amos Glick (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Dear Josh, I just wanted you to know that a bunch of us from CSW (Josh' high school)got together in SF on the 22nd to remember you and toast you. None of us had seen you in a while, but you were enough a part our experience that we felt the need to gather. We played your music and looked at yearbooks and talked. I remember the time we were strumming and singing in the house you and Andras lived in; simple and sweet, your voice like honey. That was a rich moment. I also wanted you to know that when I lived in LA for a short time I was listening to the radio, and in an otherwise murky sea of corperate predictable voices I heard a funky soulful voice that spoke to me and made my day. That voice turned out to be you singing Window. My deepest sympathy to your friends and family. with love, Amos

Date: Tue Jan 25 12:05
Robert De Sousa (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I would like to wish Josh's family the very best. Josh has inspired me and many of my friends since the SOF days.

Date: Tue Jan 25 11:32
Leslie Baldwin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh's music will be missed greatly. I have been a fan for many, many years, and love his music. These condolences are for his family and friends. I know how much I miss him already and cannot imagine what pain you must feel. I informed my brother who works for Guitar Player magazine, so check their Fretwire section in the next couple of months for a note on this wonderful musician/songwriters passing.

Date: Tue Jan 25 10:38
Stephen M. Couchman (c/o: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    When I hear Three Strange Days on the radio, it's like an old friend calling on the telephone to remind me of where my center is, and how fast and far I've been traveling outward from it, and how soon I will inevitably arrive there again. That song will be played forever as an anthem for scattered, searching souls. Blessings, friend. Know peace. We're better off for your having touched us.

Date: Tue Jan 25 10:05
Bernard (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Met him at Club Lingerie in the early 90s (SOF was showcasing) and since then we maintained very loose contact but the vibe was always good. Every day is precious. Perhaps Josh would want us to be reminded of that. My sincerest positive enrgy sent to those who were closer to him.

Date: Tue Jan 25 09:33
Jed (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I was first introduced to Josh and his music in the fall of 1996 when he opened for Tori Amos here in Binghamton, NY. What struck me about this wondeful musician was how wholly and completely he captivated the crowd that night, and did so within the confines of a thirty minute set. Josh, his guitar, and his magnetic and inviting presence put a smile on everyone's face that night. After he left the stage I immediately went to the lobby and purchased his c.d.. That night, and many nights after, I listened to it, captivated. In all honesty, I never saw Josh perform again, nor did I ever obtain any more of his music, but so often I think back to his performance on that cold night in Binghamton...and I still smile. My condolences to his family, friends, and fans. Rest in peace, Josh.

Date: Tue Jan 25 08:53
Damon Hunter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Just as in this body the soul of a person passes into childhood, youth and old age, so does he pass into another body; the wise man dies not grieve thereat. Know that to be indestructible bye whom all this is pervaded. None can cause destruction of That, the Imperishable. These bodies of the imperishable soul are said to have an end, so the wise who know the truth about this grieve not for the departed. The soul within each of us is unborn, nor does It ever die. It is unborn, eternal, changeless and ancient. It is not killed when the body is killed. Just as a man casts off worn-out clothes and puts on new ones, so also does the embodied soul casts off worn-out bodies and enters that are new. Weapons cut It (the Soul...the true we) not, fire can burn It not, water can wet It not, the wind can dry It not. The soul in each one of us is ETERNAL, ALL-PERVADING, STABLE, ANCIENT AND IMMOVABLE. It is Unmanifested, Unthinkable and Unchangable. When the body dies the soul, the very essence of who and what we REALLY are, lives on, goes on. Therefore one should not grieve over a 'departed' soul knowing this Truth. Josh lives, shall always live.....for in truth he was unborn and cannot die.......only the body is gone. The Indweller in the body of everyone is ever Indestructible.

Date: Tue Jan 25 03:37
Adrienne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I have known of Josh's passing for several days, but have been unable to find the words. My heart goes out to all of his family and friends. A beautiful, talented friend of mine passed away several years ago and is still deeply missed by everyone who knew her. I found comfort when her mother suggested to me that her energy had become too pure for this plane, and perhaps it was needed elsewhere in the universe. I believe this was the case for Josh. He had become too pure and beautiful, and advanced his soul level too far to exist in this world any longer....godspeed Josh, and I hope we can all catch up to you. Eternal love and respect, Adrienne

Date: Tue Jan 25 02:38
Ingmar Kappers (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    The loss of someone is something you cant describe by words. It hurts and maybe there's a lesson tought every time it happens. Sometimes life just seems unfair and cruel towards the most likely ppl. I think that's whats happened here.

Date: Mon Jan 24 23:49
Robert Stone (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Words can never fully expressed the feeling surrounding the death of a loved one. i knew josh only through music. I was introduced to his art, and soul,like many other by way of his opening for Tori Amos. I have always thought nothing but beautiful thoughts of him. he was truely an amazing artist, and i envy those that knew him better than I. please, when whoever it is that reads this, take a moment, close your eyes, and picture josh the way that you want to remember him; with a smile. god bless you all. robert stone This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: Mon Jan 24 23:43
Sarah Pliska (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    It has been three strange days since I heard this terrible news. It will take some time to get over the shock. My heart goes out to his close friends and family. Josh, I will miss your smile, your sparkle, your humor, and your kindness. I was impressed the very first time I had the privilege of hearing you play, and my regard expanded exponentially each time I spoke with you or listened to you perform. The atmosphere in the room was always electric, intense, and heartFelt and you have captured my imagination with your lyrics and harmonies. When I take my future kids on a train, you can bet they will have underwater glasses for the journey! Thank you for opening a window into your beautiful mind and sharing yourself with all of us.

Date: Mon Jan 24 20:39
Jupiter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I was saddened when I heard of Josh's passing. I feel the pain of all of his family and friend's because I recently lost a dear friend in the fires at Seton Hall. We must all remember their triumphs and have them live on through us. "You can only be truly happy if you devote yourself to other's happiness." Best, Jupiter

Date: Mon Jan 24 17:30
charlie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    another great soul taken from us so soon... r.i.p. josh.

Date: Mon Jan 24 17:16
jon luini (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I was shocked to hear of the news of our loss of Josh. As many others have said, I envision him in a better place, perhaps occasionally looking down to see the influence his music and his presence in others' lives continues to have. Though I was familiar with "3 strange days", it wasn't until his later solo work that I got more familiar with how talented he truly was, and, more importantly, what a down-to-earth and kind individual he was. I count myself lucky for even the brief interactions I had with him. He was a rare soul who stood out in a world too full of big egos and superficialness. I hope to see his latest album released and will drink a toast to Josh with his other fans and friends worldwide while listening to it.

Date: Mon Jan 24 17:03
Scott Larkin Jefferson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh's kindness will live on through all of us that he touched with his special and unique music. Why are the brightest souls always taken from us so soon? My only answer is that they are just too good for this world. There Must be a higher calling for them. And I'm sure Josh and the others are watching, hoping that they've touched us in a loving way that we can pass along to the living world. Be kind to yourself, and your loved ones.

Date: Mon Jan 24 14:33
TMBYFEM (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Wow what a shock! I was checking out the "Tori Amos DENT" when i read the news. I first became familiar w/ his music thru SCHOOL OF FISH. I really enjoyed his music and am sad that there will be no more. My condolences to all who loved him and knew him. Peace be with you.....

Date: Mon Jan 24 13:38
Barklie Griggs (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh was a ray of sunshine that forever changed my life. I worked with Josh for eight months before School of Fish took him into the mainstream. During that time he etched a place in my heart, as we laughed constantly, talked about life and music and bonded. This month he was supposed to come to my house and see my kids. Now that he cannot make it I will honor him by spreading his bright, joyous, spirit into my children. I will always think of

Date: Mon Jan 24 13:28
Jennifer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Thinking of Josh reminds me of one of the greatest times in my life. I was briefly following Tori when I met him. He was the sweetest most gentle person I have ever met. He will always be remembered for his music that touched and inspired me along with everyone else that ever heard him. Take care Josh. I hope you're singing in heavan. Love-Jennifer (part of the spicy crew)

Date: Mon Jan 24 12:08
Kevin Cawthorne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I was shocked to hear of Josh's death, and so sudden for a man with a lot going in his life. I offer my condolences to his family and friends. Another star's sparkle lost it's shine before it's time.

Date: Mon Jan 24 11:59
Stephen Judge (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I just found out about Josh's passing.. it's an understatement to say that I am deeply saddened. I had the honor of seeing School of Fish perform three times.. the first, with only an attendance of just around 20 people. Josh and I talked at length that evening, and I thought he was a very kind and gentle human being. We discussed how I had discovered the band, which ironically, was from a small indie (locally owned) record store owner, who had just passed away from a long battle with drug addiction the week before School of Fish performed. Josh seemed to be touched by this story... I still have his signature on their first CD booklet to remember the evening.. I plan to go home tonite and listen to his music and celebrate the wonderful memories Josh and his music brought into my life. My prayers go out to his family and friends.. rest in peace, my friend shj raleigh, nc

Date: Mon Jan 24 10:50
Al Marks (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    The road is a great place to find out what a person is made of...you were made of fine fiber and character my friend..I consider the time we spent on the road together my good fortune..There are no cheap motels on the road in heaven...

Date: Mon Jan 24 10:48
Timothy Bishop (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Today is Monday, January 24th. I only just found out. Nick Harcourt (Los Angeles DJ at KCRW 89.9) just mentioned the passing. I'm very sad now. I cannot wait to get home and review the music that made me so very happy in the past. I hope that his family and friends are all well. I wish them the best and thank them for supporting a man who gave all of us such joy. Sincerely, Tim.

Date: Mon Jan 24 09:17
mark (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh...you were Too Cool for This World....Simply an outstanding musician, an inspired lyricist and each time i met you..far too gracious and kind...Luckily, i live here In LA and probably got to see the last 4 shows...Thanks for playing Fountain that last time in Topanga...God is in the room..and you are in our thoughts.

Date: Mon Jan 24 05:56
Jim Haggerty (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh was one of the most emotionally centered and beautiful people I have ever met. Having the opportunity to play bass in his band is something that I will treasure forever. I'll see you on the other side buddy. Your "comic advisor" Jim

Date: Mon Jan 24 05:53
Jim Haggerty (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh was one of the most emotionally centered and beautiful people I have ever met. Having the opportunity to play bass in his band is something that I will treasure forever. I'll see you on the other side buddy. Your "comic advisor" Jim

Date: Mon Jan 24 05:42
Paul Marquis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Dear Friends, This news, right now, is unfathomable to me. I have always looked up to Josh as a musician. I met him a long time back when he was touring with SOF and Crowded House. After the show, I met him by the bus and asked him to sign a leaflet from the show. He brought me into the bus and signed it and had Michael sign it as well. We talked for it bit about music; I asked him how old he was and it ended up we were the same age. I told him how fortunate he was and how much I envied him to be in such a position as a musician at the young age that we were. I also play varied instruments and like to put most of my own tracks down in my home studio, and so I've always REALLY admired some one who does what Josh eventually did with his solo albums. I thought I would be listening forever as we both grew older. That is why the intro page to Josh's website hits very close to home with me. 1967. That someone of his youth, talent and heart can be taken away. But that is what reality shows us . That it can happen to anyone at any time. And that's it. Last Wednesday was a whole different issue to me. I had no idea of this news of Josh's passing. I only found out this Monday morning. Last Wednesday I found out that I am going to be having a baby boy. I saw him for the first time on the screen and I can't explain the joy. Later that evening, me and my wife sat around trying to come up with a name. We had previously only come up with a girl's name because we were so sure that it would be a girl. My wife eventually came up with Joel. I thought, 'Yeah, reminds me of Billy Joel', secretly. We tried and tried on middle names, and me brain decided it had to be two syllables. My mind searched it's hard drive for something to come out, and it stopped on Clayton. I asked my wife; How about Joel Clayton Marquee? We sat for a little while and let it register. Yes, we finally decided, he could be a 'JC'. And, at the time, it didn't actually register where I may have plucked that name, Clayton, from. I just had a good ring to it, and was a bit different from more common names. A couple of days later, as I put in a cd it DID register, and as a musician, I was happy that my boy's middle name was musical in nature as well. So, it striked me very hard that one of the happiest days of my life, was also one of the saddest. He was one of my favorite musicians, with such a nack for being so melodic and upbeat. But this also does show me that in death there is life. There is a reason to go on and hold precious the ones that are around you. Because they're priceless. My prayers to his family and friends, Sincerely, Paul.

Date: Mon Jan 24 00:19
Rick Rosenthal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    During the service on Friday, which was an extremely moving tribute to Josh from his family and friends-a packed chapel with over 100 people standing outside unable to fit inside-I had a strong and powerful image of an eight year old Josh Clayton in his house in Cambridge, Mass. playing on the floor with my brother Jeff. In some ways I will always remember him as that eight year old boy-with a childlike innocence and sense of wonderment and a perpetual smile in his face. He had the same joyous expression playing baseball at his 30th birthday party that I remember seeing on his face in Little League. I am very grateful that I was able to share some very special moments in my life with Josh-when he played at my 40th birthday party on Santa Monica Pier and the night that we saw "Life Is Beautiful", which moved all of us deeply, and then went out for Indian food (after which we could not rock 24/7) followed by Roberto Benigni magically appearing on the street with Jeff and Josh expressing their appreciation to him for his art and Josh sharing his music with Benigni. Until last week, I had never heard his music other than in person...but even so there was a song of his that has always played in my head, "Backwards World". It is a wonderful gift that the songs which he composed over the past few years are recorded as he wanted them to be, on his last album which he finished just before he went into the hospital. I hope that this music will be available soon for everyone to hear as it, together with Josh's humanity and spirituality, is part of his legacy to us all. Our lives will never be the same now that Josh has passed, but we are better for having known him and our lives have been and will continue to be enriched by Josh in a very positive and inspirational way. We will all keep moving forward. Love to all of his friends, fans and family. Rick

Date: Sun Jan 23 22:43
David Sutton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I consider myself very lucky to have known and worked with Josh. His talent and gentleness were and will be an inspiration.

Date: Sun Jan 23 21:47
Frank Willshire (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    And to those who think that there is nothing good in this life, value the present, the now ...and for those who choose not to, your day is over

Date: Sun Jan 23 20:48
crystal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    i just wanted to plead w/the angels watching over this site to please keep it up & running as long as possible. all these beautiful memories & wonderful people help ease the sadness... thank you

Date: Sun Jan 23 19:40
Dave Ambrose (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Buddy, you were such an inspiration to me in so many ways. Musically you pushed all the right buttons. Personally you were the one of the most genuinely sweet human beings I ever had the pleasure to know. I feel terrible that we weren't more in touch over the last few years and worse still that I didn't make it to that last Largo show. I will try today to not take any more friendships for granted. A handful of us went up to the Descendants of the Earth Lodge yesterday and prayed with Wolf in the Lakota way for the speedy journey of your soul to the next world. It was an incredibly beautiful and moving experience - among several that I would never have experienced were it not for you. Thank you for all of them. Farewell friend, you will be sorely missed. As Wolf taught us to say: "Kay sh'mok sh'ma,- See you on the other side."

Date: Sun Jan 23 18:26
Patrick Krouchian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh, I've met you but twice, through one of my dearest friends. And through her words, and through all the ones you have touched, I am left with the sadness of not having been able to know you better, as you will have an infinte impression of purity and kindness seldom found...To a beautiful person, thank you. PK

Date: Sun Jan 23 18:23
NiCoLe (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Thoughts and emotions are tugging away at my soul, yet I remain at a loss for words. Josh's beautiful spirit will continue to flood my heart, my mind, and my soul. Whitman wrote a beautiful poem entitled "Whispters of Heavenly Death". I think it helps to soothe the pain: Whispters of heavenly death murmur'd I hear, Labial gossip of night, sibilant chorals, Footsteps gently ascending, mystical breezes wafted soft and low, Ripples of unseen rivers, tides of current flowing, forever flowing, Or is it plashing of tears? the measureless waters of human tears? I see, just see skyward, great cloud-masses, Mournfully slowly they roll, silently swelling and mixing, With at times a half-dimm'd sadden'd far-off star, Appearing and disappearing. Some parturition rather, some solemn immortal birth; On the frontiers to eyes impenetrable, Some soul is passing over. Each and everyone of you are wonderfully warm and loving people...it's refreshing. carpe diem NiCole

Date: Sun Jan 23 18:16
Brooke Sasick (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I don't even know where to begin. Josh..When I think of him the first words that come to mind are beautiful soul. Josh spent Christmas with my family one year. He had gone to the mountains with friends that day and came back with snow. He always did things like that. We will miss him so much. I am so glad we can still feel him through his music. Love you Josh! Brooke Sasick

Date: Sun Jan 23 17:41
Amy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Dear Josh: "I want to change the way the world effects me...I want to dance in the face of all that could be." It is hard to express emotions you didn't know you had towards someone you had never met. Sadly, until this morning I didn't know it was you who had composed those songs. The School of Fish album was a kick in the pants when I needed one - with "Three Strage Days" being one of those "Life Soudtrack" songs. I never met you or saw you perform - but my life is better because of the music you shared and I thank you. May God Bless your family and friends. Rest In Peace.

Date: Sun Jan 23 15:57
Marjie and Rich Lewis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..):
    Dear Josh: Your kindness, smile, aquatic and boating skills, guitar playing, and mostly your friendship brightened a week or a weekend of Winnebago Post-Camp. Thanks for the memories. Love, Marjie and Rich

Date: Sun Jan 23 15:08
Brad Sherwood (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    All my love to the many people who were lucky enough to have ever spent time with one of the kindest souls to ever walk this earth. The sweetness and brilliance of his music was a mere shadow of the man himself. (to quote Bob) "He has put a smile on my face, a song in my heart, and made me a better person". My Love to Josh and all who loved him. Brad

Date: Sun Jan 23 13:54
jennifer nguyen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    i never met josh, but i would have liked to. my heart goes out to his family and loved ones...

Date: Sun Jan 23 13:41
Mark Hall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    We never met, but through your music I will always see you as a friend. May peace accompany you wherever you go. Best Wishes Mark.

Date: Sun Jan 23 12:08
kim rygiel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    josh, i'll never forget meeting you. it was a difficult time for me, and the anxiety i felt around others was at times overwhelming. you made such an impression, being so easy to talk to, sweet and super funny. i felt like i had known you for years. we talked about your rollerblading, silly little towns, crazy people who travel hours and hours away to see a show they don't have tickets for, and how rad the color orange was. you promised me that someday you would make your shows free for anyone who was head-to-toe in orange. that was one of the most amazing days of my life, and not a day goes by that i don't smile about it. i felt such a strong connection to you which is so rare for me. unfortunately, i never saw you after that day, but i never stopped thinking about you. i shared your music with so many others, and shared memories of you with so many more. you are a beautiful soul and will be truly missed. we'll always have orange, and i'll always have your smile! many prayers and much strength to your family. love and thanks for

Date: Sun Jan 23 11:59
Jennifer Paige (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I first heard Josh' music while he was opening for Tori Amos in 1996. I was amazed by his vast talent and his presence on the stage. I knew he must have been a powerful presence in the lives of others he touched. Another light in the musical Universe gone out...how brief and fragile life is. My prayers and condolances to family and friends in this time of mourning. Brightest Blessings to you and yours. Peace to the next life.

Date: Sun Jan 23 09:47
Rachael (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I had never heard of Josh Clayton-Felt until I was logging on to "Tonic's" website and got a link from there. Although I have never heard or heard of his music my deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and all who knew him, he sounded like a lovely person and I'm sure where-ever he is he'll be happy.

Date: Sun Jan 23 01:27
Erin Hamilton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    To all in Josh's tribe, Thank you for making this day a special one of remembrance. I wasn't sure if I could even handle seeing everyone today at the services...and then it was all made easier by seeing all of you. So many wonderful stories, memories and thought's of our dear friend. The people in Josh's life are some of the most wonderful, giving, and loving folks I am lucky enough to know. We will all miss you Chach-, and just know that you have given all of us so much...and will continue to... through your music. I love you, my friend...and enjoy that ride on your beautiful Dragonfly. Erin Hamilton

Date: Sun Jan 23 00:50
June K. Salzer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    My words to Josh... Thank you for bringing a new level of musical enlightenment to my life. The news of your death, both crushed me and lifted a wieght from my shoulders. I had heard you were sick and am glad that you are resting peacefully now. I hope that I can touch one life the way you have touched so many you are truely an angel, and I look forward to seeing you again. My words to those he left... Josh touched are lives in many ways. May we hold his message of peace like a burning candle in our lives. Living everday to the fullest and keeping Josh as a sweet memory that is actie in our everyday lives. Kiss your paretn and let your friends know you care. And remember Josh everytime you do. He was special to us all in many ways and my we hold that sacred forever.

Date: Sat Jan 22 23:35
Gina (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    My heart breaks for Josh's family. I first saw Josh open up for Del Amitri at the House of Blues. I immediately bought his CD and became a fan. I even went to see him at "Ski Dazzle", a ski convention. As I was obviously the only one there just to see him, he personally came up and gave me a CD single and a sticker. I came out to see him twice at Largo, and I am so glad that I did. Josh had the ability to make his fans feel like his friends. He is an inspiration and he will be missed.

Date: Sat Jan 22 21:39
Collin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh, there are no words, only emotions. You are springtime in a world of winter. You are the glow of the moon, bright enough to walk freely through, even in the dead of night. You bring me joy, and that is not an easy thing to do. I listen to you, your words, your music, your soul, and I feel things that I've never dared to feel. Wonderful things, freedom, inspiration... I thank you with all that I am. I thank you.

Date: Sat Jan 22 21:34
Cherdy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Although I did not know who Josh Clayton-Felt was until this morning, when I read the announcement of his death at the Dent website, as a Toriphile and a fellow human, I feel as though it is my duty to say goodbye to Josh. I've never known him, yet I feel saddened by his death.. I hope he is resting happily.

Date: Sat Jan 22 21:26
Jeff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Fly and be free my friend. Your music and soul now light up the heavens. I will miss you, as will everyone else whose soul your spirit and music has touched. Jeff

Date: Sat Jan 22 20:21
jason (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    usually opening acts don't catch my attention, but when i saw josh open up for tori amos in '96 i was really impressed. here was this guy, with all this hair, just jamming onstage, and totally digging it. my only regret is that i did not catch any of his own shows after those tori shows. i'm listening to inarticulate nature boy now, remembering when he played these songs live at the macky auditorium in boulder, co. that was a special time for a group of us and josh was sort of part that. truly sad...my heart goes out to those close to him and his music.

Date: Sat Jan 22 20:07
Tonya (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh, although you are already deeply missed on this earth, I know you're still making music and sharing a smile somewhere. Perphaps some day this will all make sense. Your talent touched so many lives in a positive way, leaving your presence in our hearts forever. I truly believe that you will never be forgotten. We love you. Peace~Tonya

Date: Sat Jan 22 18:48
crystal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    my heart is broken...make heaven as bright as you made our lives

Date: Sat Jan 22 18:28
Stacey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh; I still remember the very first time we met. You looked at me with those gorgeous eyes of yours and my heart was never the same. That same night, we talked until the sun came up. Instant, life-long connection. I'll cherish that memory forever, and keep it alive with your music. I'm just so sorry I never had a chance to say goodbye.

Date: Sat Jan 22 17:57
megby (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    tears.....thank you josh.

Date: Sat Jan 22 14:19
Julie ():
    Dear Josh, I would guess that they probably have some way to read these messages where you are now...So I will write this directly to you. I am hoping the world really does make sense to you now and not just for a little while. It isn't making sense to me at all right now. Maybe you were sent here to make us sing in our cars and smile at your lyrics and humor, to teach us to all be a little more "real" in our lives. You might not be here now, but oh how you are still with us! Please keep rockin up there in the skies....I swear when I look at something beautiful, like the sun shining through the trees in late afternoon, that I still hear you singing.... Love always, Julie

Date: Sat Jan 22 12:14
Dave O'Connor (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I have been playing in a band (martly for many years and we've always loved your music. We are all deeply saddened by your passing, we will never forget you. This Friday-Jan. 28, we will be at Brownies in Manhattan and will be finishing our set with 3 Strange Days in your memory.

Date: Sat Jan 22 11:51
Jaime (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    "These tears I cried, I've cried a thousand oceans and if it seems I'm floating down this well, I can't believe that I would keep you from flying and I would cry a thousand more if that's what it takes to sail you home. And if I find you will you still remember playing at traind or does this little blue ball just fade away. I can't believe that I would keep you from flying and i would cry a thousand more if that's what it takes to sail you home." - Tori Amos Thanks for everything Josh. You will be greatly missed by everyone.

Date: Sat Jan 22 10:28
Brian Blondell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh was certainly a beautiful and spiritual man. The world is better for his being here. His words say it best: In every moment we are consciously or unconsciously creating ourselves, each other and the world around us. Make it something great. If you don't limit what you believe is possible you will find that there are no limits on you as to the beauty and impact of what you can choose to create and be. Life isn't happening to you, you are happening to it. Life is the experience of creating experience. Blessed memory Josh.

Date: Sat Jan 22 10:24
tami heide (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    It was with a bittersweet sadness that I learned of Josh's passing. His music was a big part of my moving to California, and we ended up being neighbors. Love and condolences to the family and friends of this dear soul. He will be missed.

Date: Sat Jan 22 09:37
daniella (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    over the past ten years josh's music has carried me through the roughest times as well as the good times..i don't think i would have made it through high school with out rose colored glasses.....and just in that i owe him so much. his music is an inspiration to me even though i am not a musician myself and as long as my cds will still play there will always be a josh clayton felt song playing somewhere.....my thoughts and prayers go out to josh's closest friends and family as well as those who just enjoyed his beautiful music....someday we will all get to hear him play again.........

Date: Sat Jan 22 07:58
JiLL Thomson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    ~My mind was a blur, I did not know what to do, I thought I'd lost myself when I lost my motivation~ It's so hard, to find the right words, so it's easier, to use the words of another. What a loss to the world, what a wonderful musician. Such a great spirit, stolen from the world abruptly, unfairly. But we should be thankful, that we ever got to know such a wonderful person, that we ever had the opportunity to listen to such wonderful music. Josh's family and friends remain in my thoughts and prayers. And to Josh - thanks for makin our lives a little spicy. Much Love to all, JiLL

Date: Sat Jan 22 07:40
Sonja (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Godbless++

Date: Sat Jan 22 07:38
Heather Hennessey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I will always cherish the memories of the time I got to spend with Josh whenever I would go to see him play. I will miss him with all my heart. and I know that he will be with us always. He's with my parents and others that are gone. I will never forget. I will never forget him. Love always Heather Hennessey

Date: Sat Jan 22 06:39
Darren Grabowski (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I first saw Josh when he opened for Tori Amos. Looking back on those days, I enjoyed seeing Josh more than Tori. I'm thankful that I was able to meet this amazing and wonderful person. Josh will be missed physically, but his spirit will live on forever in our memories. Thanks Josh for 'Makin it spicy...and tasty' Darren Grabowski

Date: Sat Jan 22 02:49
Jeff Rosenthal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Speaking to Gaia the spirit of being, to the Shekinah, to all concerned with earthly wisdom and joy, God Said: "I have made a wonderful soul to be born in human form. This time, a boy. He will be of a sweetness rarely encountered on Earth. He will be entirely, transparently honest, and entirely without malice - not capable or interested in being false, uttering falsehoods, elevating himself at the expense of others. He will be a good son, a true and constant friend. And he will be one of my most precious music-makers, asinger and a writer of songs, songs that will live beyond his span, and songs that he will plant within those who love him, which will blossom and flower as long as he is remembered, and afterwards as well. One other thing: he will be handsome and slim, because there will not be a superfluos atom in his body. How about it? This birth will enrich the lives of so many. Should I go ahead and let him be born to that often ungrateful planet?" It's not surprising that the cosmic answer would be a resounding "YES!" God nodded. "I thought you would agree. But, I have to tell you, there's one catch. you might change your minds once you hear it." They waited. It was unimagineable that any beings in creation would change their minds. God spoke once more: "Well, I have to tell you. That catch is...that you can only have him for 32 years. Then I get him back. You will be left with the songs he made for you and in you, and for those you love." We have no doubts as to what the answer was. We have lived joyfully with it for many years. And now more than three decades later, we will still say, Thank God for Josh - Bob Rosenthal, father of Joshy's best friend since the

Date: Sat Jan 22 01:49
Brian Blondell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh was certainly a beautiful and spiritual man. The world is better for his being here. His words say it best: In every moment we are consciously or unconsciously creating ourselves, each other and the world around us. Make it something great. If you don't limit what you believe is possible you will find that there are no limits on you as to the beauty and impact of what you can choose to create and be. Life isn't happening to you, you are happening to it. Life is the experience of creating experience. Blessed memory Josh.

Date: Sat Jan 22 00:46
Cathy Deutchman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh, I'm so sad and I'm sooo sorry. It helps me to remember how happy and free you were the last time I saw you on the Camp Winnebego softball field. I'm lucky to have known you. Prayers and love from Jerusalem. Violets Forever. Cathy

Date: Sat Jan 22 00:41
Winnie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    What a shame that things like this have to happen to such wonderful, talented and vibrant people. So obviously loved by many, I'm sure he will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with his family and all others who knew him. Take care. Love and Peace, Winnie

Date: Fri Jan 21 23:38
Maria (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Dear Josh, Hi there. i know you are in a place where you can hear me. I know i didn;t talk much when we met but you aare the nicest sweetest guy probably thinking i am crazy for being all shy around you. i love to watch you perform. i know we will meet again and carry on our conversation. love maria

Date: Fri Jan 21 23:34
Steve Bowles (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Well.... I really dont know where to begin. Josh and his music has been such a part of my life since the early 90's. He has been a great insperation to me as a musician. His voice and great songwriting skills will never be topped. I am so saddened to learn of his death. I can remember sittin in my bedroom looking in the mirror doing some air guitar as I belted out 3 Starnge Days with Josh. His music has given me ten great years, and it will keep playin as long as im around. All I can say is he will be greatly missed by me and all of his other fans. Keep rockin Josh, and God Bless

Date: Fri Jan 21 23:33
Sandro Campobassi (Australia) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh... you rocked mate, and to me you'll always rock! I never got to see you play live my friend, but I'm sure we will meet some day and rock'n'roll together. You are free now. Alessandro

Date: Fri Jan 21 19:50
Robin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Dear Friends, I am so upset, i don't know if I can even type. This is so awful, I knew he was sick, but I just didn't have any idea. He will be so greatly missed by all of us and all of my friends. Perhaps later when this has had more time to sink in, I will be able to visit the site and see the tribute that is planned and join in it. God bless us all and God bless Josh, I miss you so much already! Peace, Robin

Date: Fri Jan 21 19:48
Mike Martin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I first was introduced to Josh/School of Fish back in the early 90's (91 maybe?) when his band was opening for Jesus Jones at the Palace in Hollywood. I was amazed at their wonderful songs and live they were excellent. Many bands just don't connect with you the first time you see them live (having never heard them prior) but School of Fish DID connect with me. After the show, I was in the parking lot sitting on a curb. Josh (I didn't know his name yet) came walking by and asked me if I had the time. I looked at my watch and answered. He took a seat next to me as if he was a friend that had just come to meet me and have a chat. I can't recall everything we talked about, but I do remember him telling me that his band had just been signed to Capitol and they were thinking of album titles. So I said, "Well, you're called School of Fish, why not call it 'Breathing underwater'?" He smiled and said he liked that one and would keep it in mind. We chatted for several more minutes about this and that and I told him how much I liked their music. He was very gracious and sincere and I KNEW that this was an honest, down-to-earth type of guy who didn't come off like a rock star that was above his fans. I asked him to sign a small flyer I had taken from a table inside and he didn't hesitate. After handing it back to me, we said goodbye and he was off... I looked down at my new keepsake and saw he had written: Josh Clayton Breathing Underwater .........I'll miss you, Josh. -Mike

Date: Fri Jan 21 19:46
Paula Krispow (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I had no idea. I finally got around to sending my message for the online get well card this morning, and I got a very nice message back from Dene explaining that Josh is no longer with us. I was floored. I haven't been able to stop crying. I had no idea it was this serious. Josh's music has helped me get through so many hard times. I almost lost my husband to a rare and serious illness eighteen months ago. My husband recovered but now faces a lifelong disabilty, plus we've had to face the fact that we can't have children. I always knew that if I got too depressed I could put on one of Josh's records and feel better. I was lucky enough to see him play at Largo four times. He was always sweet and happy to take the time to say hello. He didn't even seem to mind when I got too excited one time nd grabbed him and hugged him - he just smiled and disentangled himself. I'll always remember him smiling. I'm sure one day I'll be able to think of him and smile too. Right now it's just too hard. Paula

Date: Fri Jan 21 19:43
Justin Brown (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    this is too much. a few weeks ago, i wrote a message to this list about one of my best friends, named kaity. she introduced me to josh's music with the song "paint the tree green" and i was immediately hooked. then, last month she was killed in a car accident. like i said, i wrote a letter about it (she used to be a member of this list)...the point was just to say goodbye for her to a community of people who loved the same musician she did, and to remind everyone how amazingly lucky we are to be breathing. but, instead of sending it, i hit delete. too depressing i thought, too emotional, too...everything. and now josh has joined her. it's just....too much. and i'm not sure what the point of this email is either...but i'm going to send it anyway, just because i chickened out last time. just give a thought to everyone who is not around to grieve josh's death, but would be if they were here. josh, thank you for the music and inspiration. you won't be forgotten. justin

Date: Fri Jan 21 13:30
Rachel Klugman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Kaddish For Josh I am speechless I am tongue-tied and it's all bottled up inside. O'seh shalom bim-romav, hoo ya'ah seh shalom Aleynu v'al kol Yisrael ye'imru amen. Let He who makes peace in the heavens grant peace to all who mourn for Josh. May his memory, music, and incredible light be a blessing for us all. Rachel

Date: Fri Jan 21 12:24
Becky (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    josh, be well where ever you are now. rebecca

Date: Fri Jan 21 12:23
Caroline Bellach (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh, your memory will live on in your fans and your loved ones, and we are glad that you were able to be surrounded by them in your time of need. You are already missed. Meeting you was a pleasure that my sister and I will never forget, you have a huge heart that will not be forgotten. Our thoughts are with you, eternally. -=Caroline=-

Date: Fri Jan 21 12:22
Jane Armstrong (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Sorry to hear the news about Josh. My condolences go out to his family and friends and all who loved him. Jane

Date: Fri Jan 21 12:19
Sara (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    love will always love you, josh. such a positive soul, an awesome energy, a beautiful writer, a peaceful warrior. you will live as one with all things, for time and space have never contained you, and never will. ******************************************* "so I close my eyes and I try to keep it...and it's just like that - you could blink and it all passes...but when you go there then, you know you have to have it"....Josh Clayton-Felt

Date: Fri Jan 21 12:18
Mike (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    josh (20JAN2000):
    wherever you are now, if you have the internet, i just wanted you to know that i really love listening to your songs. thanks. mike

Date: Fri Jan 21 12:17
Alynn Dotson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Dear Josh, Your star shined so bright, your spirit so beautiful. You will be greatly missed. Much love, Alynn

Date: Fri Jan 21 12:16
Cari (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I just heard the news today, and I am so very crushed. His cancer spread so rapidly as it did to a beautiful friend of mine, Summer Brannin, who I loved very much. Her story is very similar to Josh's (you can find out about here here: http://www.vintageparts.com/summer ) in that she was young, beautiful, talented, and lost her life so quickly to cancer. Josh's music always made me incredibly happy. From School of Fish to his solo career, I loved his songwriting and his voice. One of my favorite possessions ever is my blue vinyl "Wrong" 12", which I remember bringing home and scratching my head over why the needle kept falling off the record, until I figured out you play it from the center out. I love that. I can not understand why something like this can happen to a person who is so loved, so talented, and so full of life. Wherever you are, Josh, I hope it's beautiful. Thanks for making a part of my life full of smiles and good memories. I'll always think of you that way. Love, Cari

Date: Fri Jan 21 12:14
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    I just found out tonight the very sad news about Josh. I have never met him, but his words and music has saved me many times over. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I will miss him and his music dearly. An old fan

Date: Fri Jan 21 12:13
Nicole and Emerson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Our hearts are broken. The world is a shade darker without Josh's light in it. Nicole and Emerson

Date: Fri Jan 21 12:12
Joe Walters (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh- I dont know where you are today, but I know I am still here and dreaming about the times we spent together. No one has ever inspired me like you did and have. The things you have given to this world still shine and are remembered as the best of times. I never thought anyone would be a bigger rock star than you, and no one ever will be. Thanks for the firendship and anytime you need me, when things are bad and your sick of all those angels, just call me and we'll go get some pancakes. Love you Brother Joe Walters

Date: Fri Jan 21 12:09
Dene Wilby (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh, thank you so much for all the music you provided since I first "discovered" School Of Fish back in 1992. I know you're looking down on us all and I just want to say how much I appreciated everything you did. Thank you also for allowing me to produce this website over the past 3 years, it has been a real pleasure and I will continue to keep it going to help let your music live on. A huge thank you also for all the amazing people I have met through you and your music. Also i'm now even more determined to learn how to "shed some wood" :-) rest easy buddy. Lots of love, Dene x