Messages July 2000

Date: Mon Jul 31 19:08
eric reed (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    hello! I had this friend who is a musician and he quite reminded me of josh, in a way. actually...in several ways...both funky white boys, both with mop tops, bothsinger/songwriters, both young and groovy. his name is jay buchanan. I hadn't been in touch with jay for a while now, but I always thot...hey! jay should open up for josh!that would go really well. I had played josh's album to jay, and I remember he liked it. I'm sure josh would have dug jay as well. anyhow, I've recently found jay again, andhe's just released 2 albums. he's even got a web site as well (jaybuchanan.com). please visit the site and listen to a couple of tracks. he's featured on OC weekly's newcompilation disc as well. he will be at the mint later this month, as well as several other joints. jay's music is different than josh, but there are similarities, and I think morejosh fans would dig jay as well. if nothing else, listen to a few clips at his site. this guy is good!

Date: Fri Jul 28 20:03
Sarah (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh, Been thinking of you often lately, and searching high and low for your songs. Enjoying every single one. It took a long time to open myself to listen again. Missed youtoo much. Then one hot day at a lake, I sat on a pier and watched the dragonflies spin around me. I decided that listening to your voice & guitar in my head wasn't enoughanymore. Funny how so many have felt you around when we see other creatures frolicking! Miss you, -Sarah-

Date: Fri Jul 28 18:03
eden (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    josh...I haven't been online in a few months (to get to my computer I would have to cross my own picket line. that is bad), but your site is the first one I check whenever Iget near a computer. I was standing on 54th street the other day in kind of a bad mood (strike related), when this beautiful monarch butterfly appeared out of nowhere andlanded right on the sidewalk in front of me. It sat there for like 5 minutes amazingly, even though all these people were walking by it didn't get scared and fly away. I don'treally know why, but I felt that you were there. It was nice. I hope you are happy in beautiful nowhere....I miss you...

Date: Tue Jul 25 12:01
Joe Walters (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I cant help but feel a little ill... Pancakes on the griddle the coyotes howl... looking up for you my friend. Hows the music? Does it get cold at night? Silk shirts and pure smiles...Hope alss well for you my brother! I love you- Jo

Date: Tue Jul 25 05:03
Rob (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    "But unlike all the other turtles I swim with great velocity. I've been fine tunning my turtleocity." Good morning Josh.

Date: Mon Jul 24 16:40
Fred (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I remember when I met my wife she raved about the Turtle Song. She was right, the song was great and so was Josh.

Date: Mon Jul 24 15:27
Elsa (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I MISS you sweets. Gosh, how I wish I would have made some time to take a trip to LA to see you or even taken a mid-west mini tour when you were opening up for ToriAmos. I love reading all the comments and how you have made everyone feel real special, that is so awesome! Josh, since you have been gone I realize that anytime I havean opportunity to do something that comes to mind - simply go for it! The beginning of this month, I went to see Ricky Martin in Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee .... Josh, Ihad such a GREAT time! It felt really great to enjoy life like I use too. Everything fell perfectly into place .. meeting Ricky was the high light of my mini tour. I couldn't help butthink of you .. I felt as if you could have been that angel by my side while everything went so well for me. I also met this wonderful girl, she is so awesome. She was at thehotel Ricky was staying at and we started to talk. I felt as if we had been friends for a long time when we first met. Since then, I have had dinner with her family, we havegone sailing on the Lake and talk on the phone for hours (which I normally have never done) - it just feels so right. I just can't help but feel that maybe you could have had alittle to do with all the happenings and of coarse I thank God as well. Josh, I love you and carry you close to my heart. Thanks Josh, for letting me see the beauty of therainbow.

Date: Sun Jul 23 08:17
Dene Wilby (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
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Date: Sun Jul 23 06:51
Dene Wilby (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Hi everyone, hope you are all OK. Just a quick note to say that all correspondence should now be sent to: Talking Cloud Records, P.O. Box 788, Pacific Palisades, CA90272-0788 and not to the Topanga address. Thanks. Also, while i'm here i'm hoping to do an update on the site and wondered if anyone would want to send mereviews/remembrances/pictures etc. that they would like have featured on the site. If you do, feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Bye..

Date: Sat Jul 22 20:58
stacie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I was shopping in a clothing store in Woodland Hills and was SO EXCITED to hear "Wrong" start to play. I yelled to my friend across the store, "This is School Of Fish!!!"People looked at me funny, but I didn't care...I was in my own little happy place as Josh helped me look for a new dress!! It's exciting to hear his voice in such an unexpectedplace. Thanks for being there, Josh!

Date: Fri Jul 21 11:29
Jeff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Hello all. It has been 6 months since Josh's funeral. Many changes have taken place in my life since then, and yet it is unfathomable that Josh is gone. I wear my "circle ofJosh" ring and proudly tell all who ask what it represents, the story of my best friend, Josh. There is too much to say. I miss hearing him play live. I miss calling him about"lady trouble" or "lady hopefulness." I miss his laugh and his smile and his guidance, although I can imagine all of it with great ease. I thank you, Celia, for your words andtaking care of Kaya, that beautiful puppy taught Josh as much about himself as Josh has taught me about life and kindness and spirit. If anybody is ever planning on playinghis music live, please let me know. It is important that it breathes and has a life of it's own...Thank you Josh for being my friend...I will always miss you my brother. Aw, yeah.

Date: Fri Jul 21 05:42
Bridgette (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I can't stay away from these messages...even though Josh and I were only friends for a while, I feel that he gave me the same feeling that his father wrote about...that thismoment mattered, that there was something beautiful in every encounter and I feel so grateful that he even gave that to me...I have meant to get in touch with him so manytimes over the years...when I got my great dane Emma...(he had said that the first tour was his house and big dog tour) and also when my husband saw a 1965 convertiblecadillac...i told him to put a note on it asking if they are interested in selling it because that is what my friend josh had done...so, sure enough, we got a call that night. i wasalways reluctant to call though. he had such a deep impact on me, and i was so young and shy and i am sure i wasn't very good at hiding my adoration of him...i probablyscared the daylights out of him...but now, reading all of these messages, i am sure he would have understood...that i should have gotten in touch. i have never ceasedthinking about him though. he is truly inspirational...my 1 and 3 year old boys have been dancing to his cd's since i found out about his passing...i will do my part to make surethat his music is kept alive...my neighbor is turning 9 tomorrow...guess what we are going to give her as a present? Peace to everyone...josh, keep smiling on all of theseloving people...Bridgette

Date: Thu Jul 20 23:17
Celia (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Tonight is the first night I've had the courage to visit the site. As I read the messages, especially yours Jeff, I began to cry. When Kaya heard me she got up from herpeaceful doggie sleep and came over to see what was wrong. She put her face up to mine, licked it, then put her head on my knee and let her fur mop up my tears. I missJosh every day, each time I kiss the dog, (at least 20 times a day), I think of him. For all his friends who knew Kaya, the dog is great. She's happy, she has her doggie friendswho come and spend days and weekends with her, and she still howls at the coyotes at night. She misses Josh too, in her doggie way, and I know she keeps him in her heart,as so many people do. celia

Date: Wed Jul 19 23:53
Collin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh, just thought you'd like to know... my niece, Raven, loves your music!

Date: Wed Jul 19 06:59
Bridgette (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    This is so hard to write...I met Josh in 1991, I was bartending in Philadelphia and SOF was playing. An hour before the music was to start, Josh was just hanging out talkingwith everyone. He asked me if I thought it would be busy, and I said no because some popular band was playing somewhere else. We talked and joked around, he helped meset up...I just thought he was a customer until the music started and I saw him come on stage...those giant black boots, skinny legs and mop of hair and that envelopingvoice. After the show, he helped clean up and invited me up to NY. I was very unsure, but there was something about him. Seeing that I felt unsure, he asked if I would cometo Tower Records the next day to watch him play and then I could decide whether to go to NY with him or not...he said, c'mon, it is my birthday tomorrow. So, I went toTower records the next day then to NY, for three days then we met up periodically for a year or so. I moved to europe and heard his music in Vienna, Nice, Zurich...I wish wehad kept in touch. He said "we will have our time"...I have never forgotten him, and his sweet manner, his soft thin hand holding mines flying around NY in a cab...the latenight phone calls. I feel so lucky to know that angel for the short time I did...I have cried for two days now since I looked him up on the internet...my husband and two littleboys don't seem to understand...so i had to write all of you...because i know you will. i am so sad. but more and more memories are coming back to me, and i know he hisputtign them into my head because i smile and crack up every time it happens. oh, what a person he was and spirit he is! I can't imagine how his close friends and familyfeel..oh, my heart goes out to you.

Date: Wed Jul 12 10:57
Kristi York Wooten (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    "In my one room apartment, high above this town . . ." When I moved to NYC from South Carolina in the early 90s, SOF were part of the soundtrack to my life. Starting outas a music journalist after college, I interviewed Josh just after moving to the city. I remember we sat there in Capitol's offices eating crackers and listening to StevieWonder's Innervisions. Josh said it was the most "in-touch" album he'd ever heard, and he wanted to make a record like that one day. I think he achieved that goal - Joshwas one of the most in-touch musicians I ever met, and a great performer - whether onstage at New York's Irving Plaza headlining with School of Fish, or on his own(opening for Del Amitri) at some dive bar in South Carolina. One of the best things about Josh was the positive attitude he exuded. Even in his music's moodiest moments,there was a bright light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe he's basking in that light now. I know when we listen to his music, we do.

Date: Mon Jul 10 16:23
Drew Fessenden (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Many years ago I knew Josh vaguely. Well enough to sit with him occasionally in our high school cafeteria, or give him the odd ride to the T so he could pick up the green linehome to Brookline. When I was living out in L.A. I was pleased to hear how well he was doing out there, since I heard he skipped college to pursue music. Last night I foundthis website and read over all these messages...one from his friend Andras Jones talked about all the time they spent playing music together. I dug out an old yearbook andfound a picture of the two of them playing their guitars on the quad. They looked so little. He was smiling. Like his friend Bob wrote in Josh's eulogy. Even if you only knewhim as peripherally as I did, nor seen him in as many years as I had, you wouldn't remember him any other way.

Date: Fri Jul 7 23:58
Joanne Rose (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I would like to know whether anyone was able to video tape the Rock For Hope benefit concert in honor of Josh Clayton-Felt at The Hard Rock Cafe in Beverly Hills onFebruary 10, 2000? I was fortunate enough to attend the show and would love a copy of Tonic's performance. Please let me know! Peace & Joy--Joanne Rosehttp"//m3.easyspace.com/joannerose/open.htm

Date: Mon Jul 3 23:08
Mick (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    So I'm doing a yahoo search on one of my all time fave bands and I find this...What a huge loss. In my podunk neck of the woods there was nothing about Josh, but sixmonths or yesterday it's still pretty harsh. One of the truly talented American songwriters. Thanks for great music Josh...

Date: Sat Jul 1 10:14
jeff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    JOSHY!! Nomar Garciaparra called me last night!! I told him that we loved him, because he loves the game of baseball. You made that happen didn't you? You magical curlyheaded wonder...I love you, jeffy...