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
Happy Birthday Josh! Thinking of you on this beautiful day. Heading out to Malibu for some sun and surf while rockin' out to all of my JCF and SOF mixes. Miss you my friend.
Happy Birthday, Josh... thinking of you, always... enjoyed listening to the KCRW session... it brought back many memories... summoning your spirit today...
Happy Birthday kind soul. I never knew you but your spirit is part of my life. Your words, your music, and your essence touched my wife so. She tells your story. Thank you for the light you brought to her.
Happy Birthday Josh!
It's a cold cold day outside but i'll be sat at my computer working on a website listening to your glorious music so it should be a good one
It touches me that Josh's family and friends are keeping his legacy alive. I loved his music and while i only met him once i knew he was a great spririt. If the music shines bright and more people can hear it, i know he will develop a wider following. It would be a great world if somehow he becomes known as an artist's artist. His songs could find new life when interpreted by others. god know Building Atlantis could be a hit for the right artist.
Glad to see the videos and more to help bring it to life online even better. Can't wait to see more people here and on Facebook. I'd love to have more friends find his art.
Hey everyone. I just wanted to drop in to express whatever I could about Joshua and his amazing music and amazing voice. Saw him once in Boston. Love him. Miss him. Thanks.
13 years of missing you Josh. We made banana pancakes at home this morning, and used your banana mixing in tip. Very delicious. Glad we were able to put out more of your music today, wonderful covers of songs you wrote, as well as songs you recorded. Connie has been amazing in her efforts to let people know about your music, be part of your community. Dene has been so kind to keep updating the site, sharing the news. I'll be taking a long walk with the dogs today and will imagine you walking beside me. Love Laura
Thinking of the last time I spoke to you on the telephone... December 1999... you were in the hospital, but as always, you had an inspiring attitude. You were uplifting to me then, as you are today... 13 years later. I miss you, Josh. We all miss you.
Hey Josh Still working on your funky new website. I'm sure you're gonna love it when I finally get there ;-) Could do with your input....come a long way since those early days... Dene
Hi Josh, I was listening to "Center of Six" just the other day and thinking of you. It has been a long time since I checked in here so I thought I'd say hi. Hard to believe so much time has passed since you left the planet, but you're still here in so many ways.