I started listening to Josh's music about a year ago. I love it. How I never heard it before is beyond me. I started with the School Of Fish stuff and moved on from there to his solo work. I hope he would know that his music touched a lot people and was a lot more then just "Three Strange Days" and that he was an amazing artist. It makes me sad to think that I can never see him perform, but I know that through his music, video and live recordings I can see what was amazing about his work. I picture him a nice, relaxed, easy going guy. I hope that someday I can take his advice and just relax and find happiness in my self (not that I'm depressed or anything). Anyway I just wanted to post on here that I'm sorry for your loss and that you should know you son is still touching new people with his music 14 years after his passing. He was very talented. Thank you.
I wish to contact the person or persons in control of Josh's estate.
I had the pleasure of photographing Josh for A&M records in 1996 and I wish to pass the session along.
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Josh - Hi. I went to the woods. It was harder than I thought. My battery is low, yet I hang on to hope and love. You are the guide of my life and I need your help this day more than most others, these hours more than most others. I love you, Josh. You are always my brother. Always and forever my brother. Help.
I picked up my Josh ring today, and as I held it, his essence of sweetness and warmth passed over me, and through me. To those others who hold a ring, and to everyone who passes through this place, keep Josh's warmth in your hearts as I do.
Hey Josh...Domino has just left our world for yours...it's been a hard week here.
Lots of love is headed towards you today on your birthday. I love you...Laura
Hi Josh~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I miss you. I always think of you when I see a crow, and luckily I see crows all the time! You will always be a part of my heart, and a part of my story. I love you!
"I search through the crowd... and I keep looking back... because I miss you so much... and now, I just keep you inside..."
I think of your kind spirit often -- you made so many lives better during your brief stay… always looking to find hope, to do something positive in the world. We all miss you... immensely.
just went outside to mediate and saw a dragonfly. i know it's josh saying hi.
i miss you.
Dear Josh, Here comes your birthday in two days. I think about you a lot. When driving, I have a CD of songs I love, and listen to them over and over. You have two songs which I particularly listen to. It is as if you are having a conversation with me, giving me advice, sharing your thoughts. I value these conversations immensely. You are very much on my mind and I am glad to have you with me.
I was a huge SOF fan in high school. I wanted to listen to them the other day and couldn't find my CDs, so I went online to purchase them on iTunes. While I was online, I did some research about Josh. I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing at such a young age. Thank you for the awesome music. It meant a lot to me and still does.
If you happen to read this, and have the time, I would love to get a run down of the gear you and Josh used when you recorded together. Especially in the transition between "Intro" and "3 Strange Days". The way the guitars feedback sounds so cool. I've been trying to recreate that tone for 2 decades. And the outtro to "Kerosine" that stats at 4mins 20 secs where you allude to the main theme of "Lament". Amazing contrapuntalism.
I remember seeing Josh and School of Fish at a WMMS/Cleveland Coffeebreak Concert in the early 90's. Great show. One of the highlights was the group's version of the George Michael song "Father Figure". Does a copy of this exist anywhere? Please let me know. Josh was, and is, timeless...
I love you Josh. And it means so much to me to read all the kind words being left here. There are many of us here in this world still talking to you and hearing your voice in our heads. I had a lovely pancake breakfast in your honor today. Fourteen years of missing you. Love Laura
Just finished some pancakes and listening to your live version of "Doubt." You are truly the most amazing man and I look forward to many conversations in the spirit world. Thank you for all you have done for me. Much love to you and your family today.
Thinking of you of Josh -- always on our minds; forever treasured in our hearts.
Thinking of Josh and his wonderful family and extended family today.
Just need to wake up a little then it will be time to start thinking about making some pancakes.
14 years is far too long. Love you from the center of all six directions, brother.
I miss Josh -saw him last on Inarticulate Nature Boy tour w/Del Amitri @Saratoga Winners early 90's -can't thank him enough and still fell him. :-)
Just want to say that I'm thinking of Josh this morning, listening to Spirit Touches Ground.
I had the pleasure of seeing him perform many times at Largo in LA in the late 90s. Sweet, extraordinary, talented man.
Dear The Cosmos, et al,
In 1996 I was 21, my second-to-last semester at Boulder, and I was lucky enough to have the good sense and funds to procure incredible seats to Tori Amos' Dew Drop Inn Tour on 11/11 (a date I did not consider significant at the time). Not especially interested in any opening act who wasn't my favorite performer at the time, my introduction to your prodigy Josh Clayton-Felt and the music he shared from Inarticulate Nature Boy has stuck with me some 17 years later - as had the CD I ran out during intermission to buy. No! It wasn't just his magnetic, handsome presence that compelled me to have a crush on his craft. The music moved me. The lyrics tickled and teased my spirit. The messages embedded therein told me that I'll know soon enough, I'm skin and bones and sand, that I can convince myself I'm anything I want to be until the lights come on, and most importantly,
When the tide comes in my boat will fly; When I leave the ground I'll wave good-bye.
I don't know that I've ever been so moved by any new-to-me music as much as Josh's work has influenced my life since the day I laid ears and eyes on his beauty, and his medicine reached my heart so long ago.
Not sure why, buy yesterday's events - which involved tongue-kissing a locally recognized musician whose work undeniably and uncannily reminds me of the sounds, sensations, and sentiments of that which you sent through Josh so long ago - although I hadn't heard any of my kissmate's music until I thought about whether I could date a practicing, dedicated, talented, touring musician. And in the midst of my waking thought, Josh reminded me, "You'll know soon enough, What's the use to try and chase it, Tell me what's the rush, When it comes then you can face it."
I couldn't put my hands on the CD quickly enough to satisfy my need for instant Clayton-Felt-cation, so I consulted the intertubes and learned that he "dropped his robe" 13 years ago. My initial inclination was to cry as I remembered him on stage that night so long ago that impacted me so much, and then I clicked on the letter he wrote about his connection to Native American Spirituality (which is hauntingly and reassuringly similar to what I have experienced) and instantly felt warmed.
The legacy of the medicine he left behind for those who were magnetized to his music is a beautiful monument to the messages and motivation required by my "demographic" at the time, and has led me to a feel-good-right-now relationship with his work that has outlived many before and since. It is my hope that Josh's bright light has long since found a new, shiny bulb of a body from which to sing the songs and deliver musical messages of The Cosmos for the next seven generations or as long as the planet will allow us to borrow her. I have two small children, and Josh's prescient and powerful messages apply to them today as much as they did when I first shook my money maker to the muse(ic).
In the meantime, please extend my thanks to those responsible for making this opportunity to express my gratitude possible. The machinations of life are no mystery to me. The machinations of music are what make it worth living much of the time.
Dear Josh, wherever you might be. Thank you.
"Everything in this world had to come form somewhere"
I just wanted to thank you for sharing your love and talent of singing and song writing. Even though you were already 28 when I was born, I am truly glad to have stumbled upon your music on the oh so great youtube. Though I am of course a younger listener, the message of your music is still able to transcend to new generations. I surprisingly feel like I know you through your songs. Thanks again for gracing us (young people) with your music.
Sincerely your new listener,
Hello Josh and family,
I always loved Josh's voice and music. I first watched him in Baltimore with a friend when School of Fish was opening for the divinyls and then watched the School of Fish when they had their show in DC. When the show ended Josh jumped off the stage and I was standing right there and I told him how good the music was and he shook my hand and said thanks. That was pretty cool. The reason I am leaving this message is because today I watched the inductions for the rock and roll hall of fame on HBO (repeat) and in the In Memorian part of the show they showed the picture of Chrissy Amphlett the lead singer of the Divinyls. It was quite a shock to find out that way. She died of breast of cancer in april. I went online and typed School of Fish and Divinyls and found this. Regards.
Happy Birthday Josh...I'm wondering what sort of celebrations you may be having in that other place. Wish we could be having every day kind of visits here..meeting for coffee, talking about family, taking a hike. We talk a lot, but it's kind of one sided...I have to imagine your encouraging optimistic understanding side of the conversation. I'm so glad Dene has modernized the web site...I tend to hold on to things as they are, but as soon as I saw this I understood how much better this is the way he's made it! And so fun to read your old conversations in the inarticulate discussion section, and the newsletter. I loved going through your old pictures and finding my favorites to upload here. And hearing your talking voice on the live recording.
I love you very much, and miss you always. Laura