Messages April 2006

Date: Sat Apr 29 00:10
Gwyn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Dear Laura, For two weeks I've been trying to fit words together to express to you my sadness at your mom's departure and my sincere wish that the emotional journey you must be on right now isn't too painful. I'm glad that so many others have written so eloquently and I hope that my sentiments are worth the space they take up. Here goes: Your mom has a gift that I'm sure she's still using--the ability to make people feel loved and welcomed and accepted. She passed that on to you and to Josh, and in turn, you both passed that along to the rest of us. I will never forget the first time I met you and your mom at the Knitting Factory and how you made me feel like a part of the family. I will never forget the first time I listened to Spirit Touches Ground and felt the warmth of Josh's lyrics. He got IT and tried to share it with the rest of us. You and Marilyn made sure that happened. This community, this world! is a better place because Marilyn, Josh, and you are in it. We work, strive to live productive lives, deal with the frustrations of the day, and with some luck, add value to the human race. But what life is really about is love and acceptance of others. Where we all try, you, Marilyn, and Josh succeeded. Everyone who has written on this site and I'm sure hundreds of others out there have all felt the love and welcome that I did. So thank you, Laura. Thank you, Marilyn. Thank you, Josh, and thank you to the extended Clayton-Felt-Stahl-Rosenthal-Wahpepah Family, and to all the rest of you passing on peace, love, and acceptance and doing so much for so many. I'm so sorry I couldn't make the benefit last night. I WILL be there next year. The podcast is wonderful! With much love, Gwyn

Date: Thu Apr 27 20:48
Jamie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Sweet Marilyn...I was so tickled when Josh made his presence known to me as I "passed through" town last week. I've never seen a crow before where I live and it grounded me again. Now I know Josh was bringing me the message of your passing. You fought so hard for so long...I am comforted to know that you are with Josh and in peace. Thank you for so much love and advice over the years. I am going to miss our email conversations more than you can possibly imagine. I know your spirit, like Josh's, will remain with me, especially when I am as one with nature during my adventures. Someday I will have the answers for all those questions we raised. George, Laura, and family...my heart and prayers are with you. With much love, Jamie

Date: Thu Apr 27 11:55
Sheri (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Hey all - I've shared this 'vision' with Marilyn's husband and Laura and know that Marilyn touched so many other lives with such positivity and grace that I wanted to share it with each of you as well. Now I hope you all take this as a message and not some girl with illusions. I was born with a gift from God to be able to see people as I dream both those who are preparing to pass on and those who have already passed. I have not heard from Marilyn in months and have felt so guilty over life getting in the way of just even saying 'hello'. Three weeks ago as I slept I saw a vision of Marilyn. She was sitting with her eyes closed. Josh was standing behind her with his arms wrapped tightly around with the most contented and compassionate smile on his face. Immediately I woke and prayed for Marilyn. I knew of these visions before and to pray for the person so I knew that Josh wanted prayers for her. I wanted to contact her that day, but as I said, like had it's busy grip on me. Yesterday I finally grabbed a moment and emailed her with the vision hoping that all was well with her as I could not stop thinking about her with concern in my heart. I was shocked beyond words when her husband emailed me back and told me what had happened - three weeks ago. I share this with you all because this vision was meant to let everyone who loved Marilyn to know that she is very much at peace and that Josh is very much with her. In her time of need he was right there holding onto to her knowing that they were about to be reunited. I feel extremely blessed to not only have gotten the oppourtunity to know Marilyn as I did but to have been a part of being asked to pray for her as her time on earth transpired into the Heaven we will one day share in. *Marilyn - I thank you for all your amazing words to my soul. You were such an inspiration to me in more ways than you were ever able to know, but I know now that you do. I will miss our emails but now that now I can communicate with you as well as Josh through the signs of nature for you may have left the earth but you are still very much around for all to love. Blessings to all - Sheri

Date: Wed Apr 26 18:34
Laura Clayton Baker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I just finished listening to the podcast Renee put together honoring Josh, with information about Descendants of the Earth and the benefit at the Mint this Thursday (April 27th)...it's really beautiful, and documents some wonderful stories about Josh. I feel as though Renee and Jeff and Chad (who speak on this podcast) have taken on some of my mom's effort in keeping Josh alive for everyone. It is very much appreciated. I know this would mean so much to my mom, and it means so much to me. Love to all of you who have been writing in and sharing your experiences about the ways in which Josh has touched and touches your lives. Thank you for helping to keep him present. The link for the podcast is:http:// leftcoastpodcast.com/

Date: Wed Apr 26 02:19
Rob (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Hey Josh. Alot of changes going on in my life. Think of you alot. Looking forward to the dragonfly visits in my back yard. Miss ya dude!

Date: Tue Apr 25 16:52
renee stahl (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    hey hey it's renee we did a special podcast on the left coast podcast this week with jeff and chad to share music and stories about josh ..have a listen leftcoastpodcast.com or go to itunes.. go to podcast and in the search window put in left coast let us know what you think of the interview by sending feedback or by putting a review up on itunes thanks for listening..

Date: Tue Apr 25 00:47
Eric Reed (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I'm saddened to read about marilyn's passing. I wish I would have done a better job of keeping in touch with her. marilyn first contacted me many years ago after seeing me post on this message board because she wanted to thank me for being a fan of josh's music. I shared with her little antecdotes of my encounters and conversations with josh. she remained in touch, and there were several occasions when I would receive surprise packages in the mail from her. sometimes it would be several copies of his CDs (with a note asking me to promise to give them out to friends and spread the word of josh). sometimes it would be a press kit or other materials and collectibles. I never asked for these things. she was just such a very sweet woman with a kind heart and great sense of humor. in her last email to me, she asked how I came up with my email address. I regret that I never gave her an explanation. I'll explain now, as perhaps my words will still reach her. many years ago, while working at a cafe, a friend of mine, who happened to be hosting open mic night, informed me that he had forgotten his notebook. he always opened open mic night with a reading of something he wrote. so as to not spoil tradition, he asked me if I had anything he could read. I didn't, but told him to give me ten minutes and I would write something for him. ten minutes later, without knowing what he was about to recite, he stood in front of the audience, and read the following aloud in a british accent: "There was once a frog (with dreadlocks). He was blind and he wore dark sunglasses. He didn't talk, either (but then, most frogs don't). His name was Skippy, but he was no hippy (because most Skippies are hippies). He lived in Bob's throat. He liked to embarrass Bob. Although Skippy couldn't talk, he was a very noisy frog. He would ribbit a lot. But his ribbits didn't sound like most frogs' ribbits. After all, Skippy was from Jamaica (hence the dreadlocks), and what most people don't know about Jaimacan frogs is that their ribbits very much resemble a human belch. And since the human throat is very much like a tunnel (we've all yelled in tunnels when we travel through them on freeways), his "ribbit" became very loud. Well, you can imagine how embarrassed Bob would get, especially when most people wouldn't believe he had a frog in his throat (literally, not meaning he had a sore throat, which is usually what the term is used to mean). Well, there isn't much point in this story. There's no plot. It's just a matter-of-fact. However, there is the story of how Skippy became blind, fled from Jamaica, and ended up in Bob's throat, but as you can see, there is no room left for that." *the page ended here* hilarity ensued, and that frog has haunted me ever since. I hope you enjoyed, marilyn!

Date: Tue Apr 18 20:21
Michael Roybal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I just want to say that I can`t believe that Josh passed away! I didn`t even have any idea.I came to the website to see if they may possibly touring.I am 40 years old,and was and am still a fan.I will NEVER forget a time in Las Vegas Nevada(where I have always lived),School of fish were playing at a place called The Huntridge theater.This used to be an actual movie theater,and was pretty small.This was durring the tour for thier first album, and three srange days was on fire.I couldn`t believe that they were playing at such an itimate venue.I was standing in the lobby with my gilfreind at the time and I couldn`t believe my eyes when I looked over, and standing by the bathroom was Josh! I couldn`t believe how he would just be right there in with all of the people who were fans.Anyway, not one person seemed to notice who he was.Well I went up to him and I told him that I thought that School of fish was fantastic and that I loved his singing.Well, just about this time, two very good looking girls( who clearly were fans and had just then noticed him) came up and started talking to him.I couldn`t blame them but they did interrrupt me while I was talking to Josh.I understood because hey,he is the star.I COULD NOT believe what happened next.All of a sudden ,Josh put his hand up tward the girls to silence them, and said to me"Thank you for being here it means allot.Is there anything else you want to talk about?)I was BLOWN AWAY at the attention that he paid to me.He could have easily ignored me to talk to those girls, but he made it clear to me and to them that I was important.That was MANY years ago, but I have never forgotten his kindness.He clearly was a man who had an apprieciation for others.I am very sad to here of his passing.I just found out today(April18th,2006.

Date: Sun Apr 16 01:46
Yo Soc (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I've read so many comments from others, I have finally decided to write my own. I was a huge School of Fish fan. I saw them at Missippi Nights both times they were in St. Louis. I remember how disappointed I was when Josh and Michael went their seperate ways. When Inarticulate Nature Boy came out, I felt something was missing....Michael Ward. Years went by, and times with me changed (your own kids will do that to you). I've been listening to School of Fish, and it has brought back many great memories. Many of the songs are timeless. I've searched on the web and found this website. My wife can't believe the hours spent just looking over everything. All that I read and the bits of music from Spirit Touches Ground I listened to has caused many reflections of my own. Needless to say, I am waiting on my CD to arrive soon. Yes, I will always be a die hard School of Fish fan. Now, I want to be a fan of Josh. If anyone is interested, I'll update when I get a chance to listen to all of the songs.

Date: Tue Apr 11 22:43
Lindsay (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I was taken off guard as I went to the website and saw the news about Marilyn. This is a shock. I last spoke to her about a year ago. I did not know she was sick. My regards go to her family and friends. She was such a sweet woman and has such an incredibly beatiful soul. Much love to Josh and Marilyn Lindsay

Date: Mon Apr 10 21:24
Scott (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Love and comfort to Josh, George, Laura, Henry, Josh's Dad, and everyone who was lucky enough to be part of Marilyn's world. I wasn't sure what to do. Then I played "Center of Six", which made sense. And thought "Marilyn's with her baby." I hope they're flying around and having a blast. It was truly my pleasure to know this beautiful women. Everyone take care...

Date: Mon Apr 10 17:18
jeff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Marilyn, Graceful, kind and loving, Marilyn - You sweet sweet friend. I will miss you here on Earth soooo very much. Yesterday was sooo very sad and beautiful and joyful. The two crows that you and Josh sent to meet Chad and I mde me feel safe and connected again. I love you both so uch and miss you to the core of my being. There is a lost seventeen year old boy up there named Kyle William Shapiro. He arrived by mistake the day before you did. Please take care of him. He loves the Red Sox and his little brothers and the Cape and music and he needs guidance. He left his family in a lot of pain. Thank you for your gifts of love to me you are beautiful people. Jeff

Date: Mon Apr 10 17:17
Jeff (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Marilyn, Graceful, kind and loving, Marilyn - You sweet sweet friend. I will miss you here on Earth soooo very much. Yesterday was sooo very sad and beautiful and joyful. The two crows that you and Josh sent to meet Chad and I mde me feel safe and connected again. I love you both so uch and miss you to the core of my being. There is a lost seventeen year old boy up there named Kyle William Shapiro. He arrived by mistake the day befolease take care of him. re you did. He loves the Red Sox and his little brothers and the Cape and music and he needs guidance. He left his family in a lot of pain. Thank you for your gifts of love to me you are beautiful people. Jeff

Date: Mon Apr 10 11:05
BobW (wyaduck@aol):
    Got the news about Marilyn Saturday night, then heard of the memorial service on Sunday, once it was too late to attend. My heartfelt condolences to family and friends. I've been thinking of Josh and Marilyn all day, as well as their loved ones. It's interesting how large a part Marilyn played in helping us all get through Josh's passing, and now Josh will make her transition an easy one. Like the rest of you, I have that image of the Great Reunion. Peace and strength to the family. She wasn't here long enough, but she sure made her time here count. Love, -Bob.

Date: Mon Apr 10 08:07
renee stahl (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    hi josh your prayers came true.. as your mom was peaceful on her way to be with you in the spirit world love you naynay

Date: Sun Apr 9 02:39
Marilyn R. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    It all seems like just yesterday; all of it. Tears, smiles and love, Marilyn and Charlie

Date: Sat Apr 8 16:11
kristen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Josh: So sad to hear about your mom's passing. What a lovely, sweet and incredibly strong woman. My deepest condolences to your family. Alas, you guys are together again, somewhere. Much love, Kristen

Date: Fri Apr 7 12:05
dominic (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Mar, just so you know the fourth of April is my mothers' birthday, for whatever that's worth now. She will be very saddened to hear of your departure . . . don't worry I'll show her how not to be. Thank you for everything you brought into my existence! LUVD

Date: Fri Apr 7 11:58
dominic (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Aww Mar . . . You put up such a grand facade when last we spoke. I had no idea! Guess that last visit was a li'l more than just a few tests. I always wanted that leading role in any of your plays. . . Josh is gonna have to fill in for me again. I am very sad, but I know you wouldn't want me to be, so I'M NOT!!! WOW! Please give your boy a slug 4 me, after you mother him like cuhrazey!!!! Will continue with the Olympic long jump music violation investigation as per last we spoke, even more so now!!! (Am I the only one who saw it)???? Sorry I didn't get on that Green Line sooner! Yankees fan after all! LOL LOVE U MUCH! dOm

Date: Fri Apr 7 05:49
Lisa Gregorian Glassman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Dear Josh and Marilyn, Two beautiful beings together again in spirit. With love, Lisa

Date: Thu Apr 6 23:28
melissa - pixiesparkles13 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    My heart goes out to all of you - beloved ones... http://www.mayyoubeblessedmovie.com/ namaste

Date: Thu Apr 6 21:39
George Lukas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I am beyond sadness in telling you that Josh's mother Marilyn Felt passed away on Tuesday. She died peacefully after a long bout with cancer during which she maintained as nearly a normal lifestyle as possible. Few people were told or suspected that she was ill. Marilyn died in her sleep with her family around her and Josh's music playing.

Date: Thu Apr 6 20:24
Dene Wilby (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    I always struggle to express what I need to say on this board but Marilyn, you truly were one of the nicest people I have ever met. A truly wonderful lady who I will always remember and be grateful for having the opportunity to get to know. Please say a big HELLO to Josh for me. My little Joshy says hello too. Dene x

Date: Thu Apr 6 19:41
Julianne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    My heart's with all of you, everywhere. Yes, there *are* two who are very happy now.

Date: Thu Apr 6 19:18
Paul (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    We are all so saddened at this latest tragedy. Our hearts are with both Marilyn and Josh.

Date: Thu Apr 6 04:47
Chad Fischer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Hey buddy - we're all here together thinking of you and your family with heaps of love in our hearts. Chad

Date: Wed Apr 5 16:42
Henry Felt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):
    Dear, Dear Josh, It's time to sing duets. Enjoy. Henry