Messages January 2002

Date: Thu Jan 31 21:41
lindsay (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    My love for Josh is so strong, always. My life has changed so much in the past few months. Thank you Josh for helping me through it all. The picture I have of us by my bed settles my mind and spirit. The universe will be a happier place now that everyone can finally get the new music. It never leaves my cd player at home. i love you and miss you terribly.

Date: Mon Jan 28 15:15
T.A.Manzi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Hello Josh. Well, it is strange but on 19th January, I found myself in London for the third year in a row. I remember initially getting the news and immediately flying to Los Angeles. It is hard to believe so much time has already passed. It's funny how so many of your songs bring back memories of what we experienced over the course of "Inarticulate Nature Boy" and what used to titled "Center of Six". A bit like looking through a photo album. I even pulled out "Alone" recently and, as usual, it never fails to bring on the tears. I miss you Josh. I miss your magic and how when you had a guitar in your hands you connected with something most of us can only dream about. Be well, know that we're all thinking of you regularly and send a little more magic sometime soon, ok? x.TM

Date: Sun Jan 27 03:38
renee faia (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    thinking of you josh. just sitting around talking with friends-telling them all about you. i'm so happy to hear that your record is coming out next month. i've been singing "dragonfly" for days now. hummingbirds, black crows, dragonflies...make me think of you...i see them everywhere...

Date: Wed Jan 23 16:44
mark polansky (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I just sampled a minute or two off SPG and shall be happy the for rest of this day! thanks brother.

Date: Wed Jan 23 07:47
Brian Welborn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I just wanted to say to the friends of Josh and family that I only recently dicovered the news of his death for I have been out of the music seen for quite sometime, until I got on the internet and looked for info on the band. I was a big fan of the School of Fish's two albums. I can't express how much Josh's music has had impact on my life. I play those cd's often to this day since i first discovered them in 1992. It was tragic to discover the loss of such a talented man. Josh was a symbol of the college music era which sadly has been lost. I wll always see SOF as that two album group that I can put in the disc player and forget about things. As a fan of his music I will miss him, but josh will never be forgotten. For every bit of credit that mainstream top 40 groups get-josh should have been given twice that. I just wish that I would have been able to see him perform. Thanks Josh-prayers for the family. "In the music they he lives on!"

Date: Wed Jan 23 00:58
Scott (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I haven't been to this site in almost 2 years now. I figured maybe i should check out whats going on here and i see his album will be released soon. I am so excited! Well i stuck in the Human Cannonball Cd today and left it on repeat....What amazing memories i have to all those great tunes. I saw SOF and Josh on his own approx 8 times traveling up and down the east coast to see him starting in 91' when i went to college. I made a cross country trip in 95' and that album didn't leave the cd player the whole trip! The other day the movie Kingpin came on and i forgot that 2 of Josh's songs are in that movie, I almost broke a tear. Is there anything happening in NYC for his record release, i would love to help out.

Date: Wed Jan 23 00:33
brian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Remember this Josh.... You're still moving forward and congratulations on the release of your record.... Much Love....... --------------------------------- The road of life winds through many curves Mine keeps on turning, does it ever straighten out In circles and circles, it’s circles for now Can I keep spinning, is there any way out I dream of the days where my road rides so smooth The wind keeps me cool and the sun warms my soul My days are ahead though I’ll face them right now Take a hold of the wheel, cause I’m driving through Starting to speed, feels like I’m slippin’ Grasp my desire, feels like I’m trippin’ Wait, my wheels are still on the ground What I have lost, I now have found Open my eyes and what do I see My life will straighten in front of me I always go forward, my path is so straight Don’t worry my friend, your life will be great!

Date: Tue Jan 22 02:01
eden (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    hi josh...we were blessed (I'll say that because I didn't need to go anywhere that day) :) with a beautiful snowstorm on Saturday. I love how it makes the city clean and sparkly in the brief moment before it gets all brown and slushy. kinda magical. your spirit still makes the city more beautiful every day, and unlike snow, does not get brown and slushy at all. miss you so much and can't wait to hear your voice again...love, eden

Date: Tue Jan 22 01:52
Elsa (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Hi Marilyn, Just wanted you to know that you are always in my thoughts. I will be forever thankful to you for being there when I needed someone. My heart and prayers are with you during this time as well as to the rest of Josh's family and friends. Josh, I miss you tons. Looking forward to hearing "Spirit Touches Ground". XXX, Elsa

Date: Sun Jan 20 10:27
Sarah Pliska (stuff@ pliska.com):
    Hi Josh, I was thinking about you all day, so Ben and I headed for a 24-hour Pancake place around midnight! Thank you for all the sunshine you brought to our tour-of-duty in LA. I remember you trying to positively and creatively get this music out from the legal morass that is the current recording industry. I am so happy that I will soon have a hard copy of those songs that scamper around in my head. Thank you to all that made this happen! -Sarah-

Date: Sun Jan 20 00:47
Jamie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh- Less than one month to the much anticipated (and long-awaited) release of your most beautiful album. I celebrated last night with many lit candles and STG in the background. Each memory brings back so many good and painful memories. The album is such a reflection of your growth in music and in life. We all so sorely miss you and wish it was your live voice out there as the album's launch rolls into its final stages. I went out for a long run today and thought of how much you impacted my life - even just becoming engulfed with life while taking in the untapped natural mountainside (down in OC) in January and the fact that I am finally back doing what I know is want my life is meant to be doing. I am forever thankful for all that you brought, and continue to bring to my life. I am the "contact" in the Orange County (and Big Bear) area and am finally back rolling with things down here. If anyone is interested in helping with the campaign, please feel free to contact me. Lots of love and peace to you, Josh. My thoughts are with you and your family and friends today.

Date: Sat Jan 19 16:38
jamie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    i've been fortunate enough to have an advance copy of "spirit touches ground" for a few weeks now...and i love it! it becomes more beautiful with each listen! so many fond memories come rushing in...my first school of fish show in '91(in the music plus parking lot in redondo beach), when they played on the tennis court at cal poly pomona, new years eve at the hard rock cafe in newport, the last time they performed on gia's request video show in anaheim, seeing josh up there all on his own doing it solo...in portland, oregon. and how after not seeing him for so many years, he was as warm, kind and sincere as ever before, as if no time had past at all. he just was just surprised to me in oregon! well, i love you josh & miss you...and my thoughts are with you always. for all of you that haven't heard "spirit touches ground," you are in for quite a treat! i am partial to the ballads as well, simply because i'm me, but everyone will enjoy it! if anyone out there would like to help with promoting the new album in the sacramento, california area (& surrounding areas)...i'm the girl you should contact! please send me an email, i'd love to hear from you! celebrate your loved ones each day, and cheers to you all! with love, jamie.

Date: Sat Jan 19 08:56
Bob W. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Joshie: My body will be in Studio City this morning, but my heart will be in that teepee with so many of your loved ones. I've got a candle burning in the next room, next to that picture of you with the guitar. My thoughts will be with you today, as they are so often. Linda sends her love too. Miss you, amigo. Love, Bobby .

Date: Sat Jan 19 06:21
Susan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I was lucky enough to get a promo copy of STG. It's really wonderful. And I'm just not saying that because I'm a longtime fan. The album feels familiar and classic all the same. My favorite songs just on a few listens are "Too Cool For This World," "Half Life," and "Deer In the Headlights" -- pretty obvious I like the ballads :)

Date: Sat Jan 19 02:14
Money Penny (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    As I sit here listening to the final master of what is now 'Spirit Touches Ground', the memories are flowing. Our talks about the first demo, listening to it while walking in the park and telling you my favorites. Our plans for Money Penny Management. How proud I felt at 'Fez' as you played your new music to all the good people. This is such a tough time, but I am trying ever so hard to be strong, just as you were. I hold onto the memories - our long talks, endless laughs, your wisdom & advice. Because of you, I know what a true friend is. I look so forward to seeing you again. Hey, do they have rollerblades in heaven? If so, be sure to clear everyone out of the way before I get there. If not, will you teach my how to fly?

Date: Fri Jan 11 17:13
jeff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Well, well...I will be going to Oxnard for the 2nd of four annual sweats in Josh's memory...Sunrise on the 19th...I am also going to ask my physical therapist to let me abandon my crutches as I enter the lodge, as my broken leg is almost healed...Perhaps people will want to gather at the grave site on Sunday the 20th...let me know...oh, and, Josh? Can you help the Pats through the playoffs...thanks, you rock...24/7 my brother...

Date: Thu Jan 10 03:52
Carolyn Powell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    As the release of 'Spirit Touches Ground' approaches, I am hoping to connect with some of Josh's friends and/or fans in New York City. If you are interested in helping with the campaign, please contact me via e-mail. Thanks so much.

Date: Thu Jan 10 03:50
Money Penny (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I miss you baby. Thank you for being with me. I love you. xo

Date: Tue Jan 8 00:23
Chris Richards (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh, Just listened to the final master of the CD. I'll be thinking of you on January 19th. Robin sends her love. We both think the cuts are all brilliant.

Date: Mon Jan 7 16:54
mark polansky (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I too cannot believe that on February 17 we shall all hear new words, thoughts, and tunes from our dear friend. This album shall be a true emotional release. Here in NYC I walk through Central Park often and am continually moved as I pass by a particular oak tree that Josh and I hung out beneath one great Summer hour after visiting his Grandmother around the block on Park Avenue. Happy New Year to us all!

Date: Mon Jan 7 10:54
THOMAS ROUE (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    DEAR FRIENDS OF JOSH. A FEW YEARS AGO I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO SEE JOSH PERFORM, OPENING UP FOR TORI AMOS. I HAD NO IDEA HE WOULD BE PERFORMING UNTIL I ARRIVED AT THE SHOW. THIS WAS A GREAT SURPRISE BECAUSE I REALLY ENJOYED THE SCHOOL OF FISH ALBUMS. IT WAS AN EVEN BIGGER SURPRISE WHEN HE TOOK THE STAGE SOLO. SEEING THAT PERFORMANCE HAD A BIG IMPACT ON ME. I RECENTLY BEGAN PLAYING ON MY OWN WITHOUT A BAND AND HAVING SEEN JOSH DO THE SAME WAS AN INSPIRATION. I WAS ALSO IMPRESSED BY HOW OPEN AND CARING JOSH SEEMED TO BE WITH THE CROWD. MY SYMPATHY IS WITH THOSE WHO LOST SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PERSON. SINCERELY, THOMAS ROUE

Date: Thu Jan 3 00:57
Mat Rosenfeld (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh was a BHS friend of mine - we were in different bands. I think he would like to see us Brookline rockers still pumping out some loud jams. Well, take a look at www.samuelroach.com and see. Brookline isn't finished, by a long shot. Peace in the New Year, everyone.

Date: Wed Jan 2 03:57
marilyn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    January 19th is coming and I've been feeling the need for a special way to remember Josh on the day of his passing-- then I thought that others might also feel this need. Something we can share, wherever we are-- like having pancakes on Josh's birthday. Something that can bind us as a spiritual community for the moment of remembrance. Thinking about this I remembered what Josh would do when he was on tour, to make a motel room feel like home for the night. He would light a candle and burn a small sprig of sage. I know now that sage is burned at the beginning of many native American ceremonies, and I experienced that at the sunrise memorial ceremony held for Josh by his beloved Descendants of the Earth. (See "Words of Josh" to learn more about them.) Josh's dear friend Saverio tells me that going and picking sage with Josh had become a very special moment. "I remember in particular one time… picking the plants when a sweet song was getting sung and hummed as we knew the tradition wanted and somehow, even without knowing the native American traditional sage picking songs, melodies were filling the air of that valley in a perfect balance of light, colors, warmth, and sound." So, I think what I'll do at daybreak on the 19th is light a candle and burn a bit of dried sage. (Hold a small tray under it, I'm told, in case some burning bits drop off.) For those who want to join in, Saverio suggests, "around the same time every one would take a couple of leaves of sage and burn them, keeping silence inside and letting the smell of the sage bring us back to a simple image of a moment shared with Josh, or just letting quietness be the connecting vehicle." A blessed new year to all of you, full of grace, love, and music. Marilyn Josh's Mom