Messages April 2002

Date: Tue Apr 30 04:22
Jonathan Bench (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh's music is a wonderful style and I cant wait to get his album so his memory can be passed on through the years as a music legend. God Bless Love Jonathan

Date: Mon Apr 29 09:25
tony king (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    umm i don't know what to say. i feel like such an ass. i didn't even know he passed away until about five minutes ago. i've been waiting for him to release another album since he released "inarticulate nature boy". i even joined the email list to be kept informed. but as all our lives do, my computer changed, my email changed, my life changed. & the only thing that didn't change was the fact i really felt, in my soul, that Josh was a great artist. & after 12 years in the music industry, i don't throw the word "artist" around very easily. i just can't believe that he has been gone this long & i am just now finding out about it. & not only that, but that there has been more recordings since then. i can't even explain how feel about this. i almost feel deceived, but i can't say who i feel deceived by. i guess i'm to blame for not staying on top of his career/work. i am a music collector. i have alot of things by "school of fish". promos from record companies, singles, vinyl, cd's etc. & i also have an autograph from Josh when he opened for Tori Amos at Kent State here in Ohio. We left half way through Tori's performance because she couldn't touch his performance. He was equiped with a guitar & a feedback speaker & she had a small band & 2 piano's. Don't get me wrong, i am NOT a fan of Tori Amos, but i give her credit as a musician, she was very good. But we were there to see Josh, & he blew her off the stage before she even got on the stage. I went out while she was on to go to the bathroom, & there he was. Josh was over by the t-shirt stand talking to people. I waited patiently just to say hello & give him a "thank you" for his contribution to my life of music. Tori was on stage, but i didn't care. Josh was the one i came to see. After he was done talking, i thanked him for a great show, & he seemed eager to comment on the fact that he was going to go & continue his next album & that he would be back in the area really soon on his own. It was a quick conversation, but one that i always looked back on, because out of all the people i've met as musicians, Josh came across as the one guy that was just one of your friends that happened to be able to play a guitar & make a living at it. He was a REAL person. & that's what i like about his music, lyrics & the day i met him. he did not disappoint me by being bigger than life. he was life. he was just a guy. he was appreciative. he was complimentary. & he was thankful. he signed an autograph for me. it reads "For Tony - Thanks for spreading the word! X josh claytonfelt" ok, so i improvised the ACTUAL signature, because it's a little hard to read, he could have been a doctor based on his autograph! but to this day that cd, that performance, that conversation, that autograph, means as much to me now as it did back then. I still hear the words to "window" in my head some days when i wake up. i just feel completely out of touch because i've been waiting for so long for him to come out with something new since 1995, & now that i see that i've missed the boat by 2 cd's & a live cd, & i'm just NOW finding out that, that poor soul has left this mortal coil, he's moved on & here i am still waiting. wow. well, that's all i have to add to this message board. i don't normally post messages to performers websites. but in Josh's case, i had to do this because if i didn't i would probably regret it. & i'm sure that i'm going cry. I guess i have some shopping to do tomorrow. :) i have to hear the albums he released. thank you very much for letting me post my memories of Josh & his music. & to his friends & family, please let me NOW offer my best wishes to you, 2 years late. but if nothing else, even 2 years later, he is still being thought of because of how he has touched me. & i guess that is something that all artists try to achieve through their art. much love Tony King Elyria Ohio This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date: Sun Apr 28 16:49
marilyn (talkingcloudrecords.com):
    The lyrics for any song on Spirit Touches Ground can be found in the section Spirit Touches Ground under "Lyrics". And now, thanks to the work of Saverio Principini and Robbie Angelucci, chords have been posted for four of the songs. You'll find them in the same section under "Everything STG". Play and sing!!!

Date: Sun Apr 28 04:21
eden (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    i just wanted to thank laura for the sticker...i have been kinda nomadic for a few months, but when my mail finally found its way to me it was so nice to find it there. thanks for keeping all of us connected...love, eden

Date: Sat Apr 27 23:16
Jorge Iváñez (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Where are the lyrics of "Spirit Touches Ground"???? Thank you for your answer.

Date: Sat Apr 27 18:54
Gwyn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Descendant of the Earth can be reached at www.descendantsoftheearth.org or by calling (805)641-8236. The concert at the Knitting Factory was fantastic. I wish I could have stayed the entire night, but I left after Kevin Hunter, singing "Weird you are with a capital R" and a smile on my face. We need a list of the CD's available from the artists!!! Thanks to Josh's family and everyone who worked so hard to put it on.

Date: Sat Apr 27 07:27
Regina Conroy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I am trying to connect up with the Descendants of the Earth and cannot find them. I am part Muskogee, an artist here in Los Angeles and would like to learn more about them. Can anyone help me find a way to contact them? Is there a way to contact Wolf and his wife? Thank you for your time.

Date: Sat Apr 27 06:44
Matt Wydra (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    The benefit was AMAZING! Thanks to everyone who put it together, you did a great job! Special thanks to Marilyn and Laura, and all of Josh's close friends, for welcoming a stranger from Austin with open arms and making him feel like a long-time friend. I have a feeling I will be making every effort possible to make it back every year for this event. Side note #1: as a free-lance (aka unemployed) filmmaker, I was particularly inspired last night by the many manifestations of Josh's unstoppable career motivation. Well I think Josh smiled on those pleasant thoughts and helped me land a very nice job on an Eddie Murphy film TODAY! Side note #2: Hey Josh! I also owned a beat-up green thunderbird! I feel ya man!

Date: Sat Apr 27 03:44
eric reed (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    thanks to everyone involved for giving me (and many others) the opportunity to hear your interpretations of josh's music, songs written for josh, and your stories about josh. it feels good to be around so many people that love josh's music as I do. I'm lucky to have a friend come with me who loves josh's music, and to run into other friends (josh fans) at the show as well. I can't wait till next year! hopefully, maybe I'll muster up enough courage to get onstage and play a josh song. ps, I'm glad I finally got to meet both laura and marilyn. you're both very sweet! it's so apparent why josh was such a groovy guy; it runs in the family : )

Date: Fri Apr 26 22:10
Maria S (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Last night's Earth Day Event was amazing! The knitting factory was a perfect place to have the event... it was small and intimate. All the musicians that performed were tremendous... I was so moved to here people play Josh's music and there own songs they wrote for Josh. I love hearing the stories they tell of when Josh heard there songs, or how we would just jam with them if they were in the middle of recording something...Chad, you did a wonderful job of putting this together as well as Josh's family and friends. Jeff is too funny as always. Thank you for the night... I needed this. It's good to see that good people exist in the world. love, maria P.S. That filming that was going on... will that be available somewhere soon?

Date: Fri Apr 26 19:10
kevinO (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Would someone please let some of us East-Coaters in on the happenings of last night's memorial event? Wish'd I coulda been. Thank You.

Date: Fri Apr 26 18:53
kevinO (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Would someone please let some of us East-Coaters in on the happenings of last night's memorial event? Wish'd I coulda been. Thank You.

Date: Fri Apr 26 15:30
Ian Kinsman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    When the dragonfly comes to give me a ride to the other side Josh, I hope you're one of the people I admire, miss and love so much waiting for me. Thanks for your beautiful songs. Your friends and family were blessed to be with you. Love, Ian

Date: Wed Apr 24 19:00
melinda (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    For many years I have been a fan of Josh's music and didn't even know it. Many years ago, before my husband and I were married, we went to see Crowded House in concert at Lisner Auditorium in Baltimore. I had listened to and enjoyed Crowded House throughout college, when School of Fish opened I felt as though the concert would never start. To my surprise, I became so engrossed in School of Fish's music that I was actually disappointed when their jig was up. We bought our first tape that evening. Later, 3 Strange Days became a big hit, and I am embarrassed to say - I didn’t even know I had the tape. It sounds ridiculous to think I was so clueless, but all I remember when listening to the song was that it reminded me of School of Fish from the concert. Although I have never been a big music buff - Josh's voice and sound stayed with me through the years. Last week I was at Virgin Records with my husband (we've now been married ten years), they were playing Spirit Touches Ground. Once again I was drawn into the music, reminiscent of the sounds of School of Fish. I bought the CD on a whim, brought it home and became fascinated with Josh's voice and his story. After reading the dedication on the inside of the CD, I felt compelled to check out his website. I feel a true since of loss. We bought our first tape ten years ago, and our second last week. I feel saddened that we didn't support Josh while he was living. To his family, know we support him now and are enjoying his music everyday. Thank you.

Date: Wed Apr 24 18:51
melinda (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    For many years I have been a fan of Josh's music and didn't even know it. Many years ago, before my husband and I were married, we went to see Crowded House in concert at Lisner Auditorium in Baltimore. I had listened to and enjoyed Crowded House throughout college, when School of Fish opened I felt as though the concert would never start. To my surprise, I became so engrossed in School of Fish's music that I was actually disappointed when their jig was up. We bought our first tape that evening. Later, 3 Strange Days became a big hit, and I am embarrassed to say - I didn’t even know I had the tape. It sounds ridiculous to think I was so clueless, but all I remember when listening to the song was that it reminded me of School of Fish from the concert. Although I have never been a big music buff - Josh's voice and sound stayed with me through the years. Last week I was at Virgin Records with my husband (we've now been married ten years), they were playing Spirit Touches Ground. Once again I was drawn into the music, reminiscent of the sounds of School of Fish. I bought the CD on a whim, brought it home and became fascinated with Josh's voice and his story. After reading the dedication on the inside of the CD, I felt compelled to check out his website. I feel a true since of loss. We bought our first tape ten years ago, and our second last week. I feel saddened that we didn't support Josh while he was living. To his family, know we support him now and are enjoying his music everyday. Thank you.

Date: Wed Apr 24 18:26
Julianne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    "Spirit Touches Ground" has filled a very special need in my life; I don't know whether any of y'all have discovered the same thing: When I'm too stressed or otherwise find myself having a "grasshopper mind" that keeps me from getting into meditating or chanting mantras with malas, I find that listening to "STG" gets me very close to the same place. Sometimes it actually leads to successful meditation; others, it at least gives me the same clear focus. Thanks, Josh, and all who worked so hard to get the music to us. -- Namasté! JSW

Date: Tue Apr 23 06:32
Dene Wilby (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Hi, just to let you know that Michael Ward will now be appearing at Josh's Memorial Earth Day Concert on Thursday and will be playing a few School Of Fish songs with Chad Fischer. http://www.wardworldwide.com/

Date: Tue Apr 23 02:46
Ian Bagley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Hi, this is my first time posting. Just to introduce myself, The first Josh Album I heard was SOF and then INB then STG, They're all very good, my favorite songs are, Kid on the Train and Paint the Tree Green. I'm 13 been listening to his stuff for a couple of years, It's sad he's gone, but his music still lives. I applaude his incredibly high in-tune voice, and expertease of the guitar and many other instruments.

Date: Tue Apr 23 00:34
Jon Gray Ginsberg (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I hung out with Josh when he first signed in the early 90's, and Josh was with the School of Fish. I was friends with Dan Shaheen and he hooked me up with the band. Come to think of it, I did computer work for Dan when he was the School of Fish tour manager. I always thought that Josh was a well together artist and a good person. You could tell he was very very talented and I am saddened to hear of his passing. I hope his soul rests peacefully, cause Josh really was a decent guy.

Date: Mon Apr 22 22:57
renee stahl (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I am going to the sweat tonight and just had this overwhelming sense of gratitude to Josh for introducing me to descendants of the earth. they are an organization filled with love and respect for this world and reminds me to do the same. thank you shwa. I love and miss you nay nay P.S. we will rock with you on thursday!!!

Date: Sun Apr 21 04:58
teresa (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    The strangest thing just happened to me.... I heard Joshs music on a flight from dallas and i was so inspired and filled by his music i got his cd-- i listened to it and was so moved by him i wanted to write to him.. i felt this iincredible feeling of love when i heard his voice.. what a freak out to look for him online and hear that he is dead.. i wish i could have been his number one fan.. i will send his cd to every friend i have.. it filled me that much........... teresa

Date: Sun Apr 21 04:41
Julie ():
    I just wanted to say thanks (to the powers at be)for the great Spirit Touches Ground sticker that arrived last week. One thing I have always loved about being a Josh and SOF fan is how great it is to get a postcard or some other treat in the mail. It really makes you feel connected as a fan.

Date: Wed Apr 17 12:04
pete (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    im living in australia an wundrin if anyone knows where i can get me hands on a Josh Clayton Felt CD in aus also music for guitar?

Date: Wed Apr 17 00:42
Jr. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh, I was sitting at work and I thought I would write and say hi. Hope all is well and I know you will read this from wherever you are. My wife and I were listening to your CD this weekend and thought we would let you know we are thinking about you. Hope you are ok...

Date: Mon Apr 15 17:25
TJ (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    As a longtime fan, I have a question to pose to the audience here. Does anyone know what the song "Fountain" is about (School of Fish, Human Cannonball CD, track 4). I have always been curious and would love to know. That aside, I was shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Josh's passing. I feel lucky to be able to listen to his wonderful music to keep his hard work and creativity alive.

Date: Tue Apr 9 07:03
chaz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I saw the Fish in Orlando during the late 80's opening for Crowded House. They're bassist had suddenly left in the middle of the tour, yet with the help from Crowded House went on stage and played a memorable set of music! Ran into Josh after the show and congratulated him for a job well done! You are missed, buddy!

Date: Tue Apr 9 04:04
Paul Becker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I bought Josh's new album the week of its release, and it has only left a CD player long enough to take it from the car to the house. This CD really speaks to me. I remember a long time ago when Josh had a small snippet of "Building Atlantis" posted on his site. I listened to the brief clip over and over and thought, "This is a hit", no kidding. I was going to write Josh about it and beg him to release it, but you know how time flies... I never got around to it. I was really pleased to hear Raina say that Josh said, "This is gonna be my hit single." Josh, you were right on, brother, and you'd be pleased to know that the *whole album* is a hit... A pure masterpiece. Paul

Date: Mon Apr 8 16:44
Courtney (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Hi everyone. I hope you saw the notice about the 3rd Annual Josh Clayton-Felt Memorial Earth Day Concert to Benefit Descendants of the Earth. If you are in LA and can come out that would be great and I wanted to let everyone know we are auctioning of some amazing artwork this year. Hope to see you there!

Date: Mon Apr 8 07:31
Linda (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I left a message a while back, the morning I saw on GMA the Josh had died. What a shock! I thank GMA for airing that. Or I may have never been reintroduced to Josh's music. I meet Josh for a brief moment before a concert when he was with, School of Fish. Josh and his band were just standing in front of the concert hall. That was so awesome that they were such a personable band and meeting their fans. He took the time to talk with me and shake my hand. ( I remember thinking at the time, I will never wash my hand again...lol ) I looked into those eyes and I just knew he was a very special person. That was when I was 21, I am now 32. As School of Fish stepped out of the spot light and I started having a family, I forgot about the band. A yr. or two ago, I thought about Josh and his voice, a voice that speaks to your soul when you listen to it. I wondered what ever became of him. Then one morning I see Josh's face on my TV. I jumped out of my chair, my husband thought I was crazy... Then my excitement turned to sadness as I found out he had passed on. Because of GMA, I was able to find this web sight and purchase more of his music. I must say OMG! I am in love with him all over again! His voice is so powerful, so beautiful. I thank God he shared this man's voice with all of us before taking him away. You know some one can sing when he plays acoustic, ( with no drums, back up singers, electronics ) and sounds awesome. I think if I had to pick, Dragon Fly, Waiting to be and To cool for this world, are my favorite songs. But it changes weekly since all of them are so good. To Josh's family and friends: I am so sorry for your loss. I am hugging my little 6 month old son very closely right now, I don't want to miss any thing from my beautiful kids. Because life can be very short.. PS Thank you for making sure his music still made it out to all of his fans! Linda

Date: Sun Apr 7 15:13
james S. Wolf (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I special ordered Spirit Touches Ground after hearing Josh's story on Good Morning America. I just knew I had to have it. I feel a true connection to Josh through his music. His words and melodies are haunting me. I hear them when I work, when I wake in the morning and during those time I lay awake at night. These are some of the most soothing and grounding songs I have ever heard. This is truly a masterpiece. Everone should be very proud. And to Josh: I hear you man! your words have effected my life. Thanks.

Date: Sun Apr 7 09:16
Max P. Huang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    It was January 18th when the radio jock on 106.7 KROQ announced that a lead singer of a band called School Fish had died of testicular cancer. The news was followed by a song called "Three-Strange-Days," aired in the early 90's. After hearing it for the first time, I wanted to buy the album that came with that song. I was so moved by such an intricate, unique, and innovative voice and rift, I knew that the singer was very talented.(Fortunately, napster was still alive back then)Along the way, I found that "Rose colored glasses" was on the Point-Break soundtrack, and finally when I had the album "School of Fish," I listened to it almost religiously. Every song had a definition and a part to play in my life. Joshua's voice was like a calling, a brotherly comiseration of all the problems and issues I faced, most likely because he faced the very same problems like I did. Although he's gone,as long as there is music, emotion, and life, he will live forever. -Max

Date: Fri Apr 5 01:28
KIA DOSSEY (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    This is really weird. I haven't ever written a letter on a website before, but feel compelled to share now. I just happened upon the fact that Josh is no longer with us and was shocked. He has had a strange impact on my life such that I have to tell the story. I worked in the music industry for quite a while and ended up receiving Josh's Inarticulate Nature Boy album as a promo from a record label rep. I didn't know who he was and filed the CD away. By chance I listened to it one day and fell in love with it. I copied it to tape since I didn't have a CD player in my car at the time. I later moved to LA and was interviewing for a job at a music management company. During the interview, I was asked what music I liked. I replied that my tastes were VERY eclectic. They asked me what was in my car sterio at that time. I told them it was a tape I had made with Subdudes on one side and guy they probably hadn't heard of names Josh Clayton-Felt. Well, they all looked at eachother rather strangely and then asked if I knew that he was one of their clients. I had no idea!! needless to say, I got the job! anyway, had to share my connection with Josh. Never actually met him, but did speak with him on the phone a couple of times. What a loss... Thanks for listening Kia

Date: Thu Apr 4 21:09
Elise (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I just read about Josh in local Portland paper. Touched me because we lost our grandson, Bryan at age 25. I plan on checking his music again because Josh's music is what he listened to. Music touches me as I hope Bryan had an opportunity to to hear. Maybe he will hear it in Heaven! Love and Prayers to his Family from our Family.

Date: Thu Apr 4 16:41
Glen Warner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I read about this young artist in our local paper here in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this morning. The story touched my heart, I wish success to this disk!

Date: Thu Apr 4 16:10
eden (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    hi josh..."spirit" has not left my cd player since i bought it. as much as i loved it the first time, i feel like it keeps growing and growing on me. today, i think "deer in the headlights" is just so beautiful i can't stop listening to it. yesterday i was totally enamored of your vocals at the end of "spirit". i think maybe every song is my favorite? :) missing you every day, eden

Date: Thu Apr 4 16:10
Rose M.Fromenthal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I have just read an article in our local newspapaper on josh.It touched me so as I also suffer from illness and many spinal surgeries so far.His dedication and his finally getting his music back and you all making sure his music lives on has made me very grateful for giving me hope that anything is possible in this world.thanks very much.I downloaded two songs on my computer and plan on listening to his spirit touches ground soon as my health allows.with warm regards.good luck.rose marie fromenthal 217 florida street morgan city,louisiana 70380

Date: Tue Apr 2 00:46
John Tobin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh..... the first school of fish album ranks second to none.... we all miss you ... John

Date: Tue Apr 2 00:36
Jen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    So where was I eight weeks ago? Living my life, raising my children, trying to write a book when I leafed through the Sunday Calendar section of the LA Times and saw the article on Josh. It wasn't much, just a single column with a picture of him and his dog, but something about it grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go. Maybe it was the School of Fish songs that I vaguely remembered, maybe it was the shared interest in Native American culture, or maybe it was his eyes that resonated such warmth, but I tore the article out and stuck it with my book research. A few weeks later I came across it and picked up Spirit Touches Ground at my local Wherehouse. Needless to say I was amazed. Josh's voice was perfect to my ear, edgy and full-bodied without being overly sweet. I was immediately hooked. I have since found two School of Fish CD's used (the music is still so fresh 10+ years later), and I bought Felt Like Making A Live Record (a close 2nd favorite to STG) and Beautiful Nowhere on-line ($10 each from CD Baby - what a deal!) Both are great! I sent e-mails to many friends trying to promote STG and reconnected with a friend who had Inarticulate Nature Boy. I am now musically set if I ever find myself on a desert island. - Josh's music has been a huge influence on me, and I can tell from the other messages here that I am not alone. His songs have become the score to my writing. It is hard to remember what music I was even listening to eight weeks ago. Thank you to Josh's family and friends and to Dreamworks for doing so much to get his songs to us and for supporting this site. Thank you, Josh, for making the music.

Date: Mon Apr 1 04:55
Howard @ Radio Wazee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Just got some new Josh and added it to our playlist this evening! Since 1998 we've been streaming the best modern alternative rock on the net -- as always - no commercials, no pop-ups... just great tunes! www.wazee.org --- 128k and 24k MP3 streams. Cheers, Howard @ radio.wazee