Thu Dec 27 08:13
dorit davidyan (
I have known Josh less than 15 minutes, up on the ninth floor at the UCLA medical center. he hasn't left my mind for almost two years. I have finished recording a song for him and will send it to his mom and sister. I could send one for you Josh, but are there any postmen in Heaven??? To all- a happy and safe new year.
Thu Dec 27 01:34
Just wanted to wish everyone a most happy new year filled with peace, love, and many pancakes.
Wed Dec 26 20:41
renee stahl (
hey everyone it has been a while since I have been on the site. I am SO excited that the CD is coming out. I play it for people all the time and everyone wants a copy. I miss my sweet dear friend all the time and still I seem to feel him with me everyday. this time of the year will always remind me of Josh. love to everyone. Renee
Wed Dec 26 04:36
eric reed (
MERRY XMAS EVERYONE!!! : )
Mon Dec 17 20:46
Carol Johnson Doroba (
Intuition is a funny thing...I met Josh and the rest of SOF early on and spent many a fun evening talking and laughing. The best was when we happened upon the first Beavis and Butthead episode and nearly laughed ourselves unconscious! I knew from the first time I met Josh that he was an old soul with a lot to give and I am thrilled to have received some of his gifts. And to learn that he lived in or near Topanga, my favorite hiking/meditation spot when I travel to LA. Last night he came screaming into my head for the first time in a year and I remembered today to see what he has been up to on the web. That is when my heart melted to know that such a talented and beautiful soul left us. My intuition told me to find him, look him up in LA and see what he has been up to. Little did I know that in order to look him up I just have to step into my own mind. To his family, I trust you find such joy in knowing how many people connected with Josh. Dominic-if you are out there, thinking of you. Still in Philly.
Mon Dec 17 06:53
It was about this time 2 years ago when Josh finally told me the truth. We had been talking about his back pain, and his stomach pain, and his feeling generally bad for weeks. But the second week of December, when it was cold in Topanga, like it is tonight, he told me the truth about his health. I remember so vividly crouching by his bed after examining him at midnight, and feeling my heart sink deeply into my chest. I knew it was bad. I knew it and I was helpless. The next day I made calls, left my lectures to get consults and arrange appointments, but I knew it was bad. I knew, and there was so little I could do. I still feel sick inside when I look at Josh's photo, his beautiful face happily holding his puppy Kaya, and remember. The oak trees I planted for Josh are thriving, but I wish he was here. Kaya wishes he was here. We all do. Josh, I love you. Kaya loves you. We all love you, still.
Sat Dec 15 15:01
Donny Musto (
Oh My God I just found out about Josh's death and I'm so taken I cried. I had gotten the School Of Fish album when It came out after hearing it from a friend and I absolutly loved it and played it all the time. At times I would go through different albums that I haven't heard in awhile and play them...Of course School Of Fish was always the first one I'd put on. I got married and was real busy for awhile and didn't listen the album for some time...I separated from my wife earlier this year and I was going through my 800 cd's and and there was the School Of Fish cd. I put it on this morning and I started to listen to it and I wondered what ever happened to them because I truely loved this album...I saw Josh solo albums and the next line totally was unexpected "School of Fish called it quits a few years later and Clayton-Felt had a strong solo career that was cut short by his tragic death". I hunted down the web site and here I am...What can I say but I'm so sorry about his death but thank god his music lives forever, he will be deeply missed...Long Live Josh...His voice and music always cheered me up especially the song Euphoria....Happy Holiday and God Bless all of Josh's Family...Donny
Wed Dec 12 17:45
Here is a story that I have kept to myself...I wrote it once to Josh's mother, Marilyn, and copied it here to share it with you... "Right after I found out about Josh's passing, I was in NY with my husband very close to where Josh and I had hung out one time. We were walking down the street when I heard this loud buzzing and something flew right in front of my face and I jerked backwards. My husband and l both practically yelled, "What on earth what that?" Then we looked and to our utter amazement there was the largest dragonfly eye level on the storefront window. It was bigger than I ever imagined existed. The body of this dragonfly was at least 10 inches long and 3/4 - 1 inch thick. We just stood there, transfixed, slack-jawed. We didn't even talk. We just stared and thought and smiled. At the time, I didn't know that a song was titled Dragonfly, I just saw the one on the website. As we slowly walked away, I asked Ernst if he had ever seen one that big and he just shook his head slowly and we on walked in silence." I just found a wildlife photo card today with a dragonfly on it...on the back it says that in tropical regions, the wingspan can reach 8 inches. Dragonflies with wingspans up to 24 inches lived in the Carboniferous period, 268-360 million years ago...this makes my experience even more magical. Truly, the thing was SO big, it was almost comical. Amazing...
Tue Dec 11 16:51
P.S.--Just read Jeff's message (a few down from this one) about asking for a break, and then breaking a bone! I am laughing out loud at that right now! Too frickin' funny!!!! hope you're healing well!
Tue Dec 11 16:49
Scott Roller (
Hey everyone---After hearing a Josh song on our local station (you can get it on the web---www.wyep.org---very cool listener supported, Pittsburgh-based new rock/blues/folk station) just now, i signed online to see if there was any news on a release date---and yahhooooooooooooooo----there is! Very cool. "Dragonfly" has taken on a bit of it's own life already---it has been passed around on mixed CDs now for months among my friends and their families. The soft intro always catches us off guard--we think "what the hell--this is a really long silence at the beginning of this song...did i screw up when i burned this disc?.." And then the guitar strums and we smile and turn up the volume. Had a great night of driving around with my best friend over Thanksgiving--around 1am or so, with the sunroof down. We played David Bowie's "Heros" and then "Dragonfly"--very loud. A very good night. Best of everything to all of you out there---to josh's family, fans---everyone. I hope the holidays bring good memories to all of you. peace, Scott
Sat Dec 8 20:24
its been a long time since i looked at the messages on this site....i used to come here everyday....but nothing else has changed...i still love SOF, and josh's music and to this day i never leave home without a CD of his in my car...i truly CAN'T WAIT until spirit touches ground comes out....i have been looking forward to that for a loooooooooong time.....hi to every one ...especially you, Eric!
Sat Dec 8 07:52
Seems like not so many people write in anymore...I don't write in much either...and yet Josh is around me and in my head every step of the way, every breath of the day...forever and always...."Someone's been ridin' on my Big Wheel*, Someone's been hidin' all my good days...hidin' them away from me..." Peace and Love....you want music...play ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS at the same time, gorgeous........
Mon Nov 26 20:27
eric reed (
I was just wondering what's going on with the promotion of spirit touches ground. I've not heard anything in a LOOOOOONG time. I'd like to do my part to help make this album as much of a success as possible. if this album is going to be successful, I think we need some support from those in the know. let's do everything we can to get the word out! add more updates to the site! start up the email list again (inarticulate discussion). send postcards! let's spread the love of josh!
Thu Nov 15 08:48
Paul Ednie (
What a shame. I never get tired of the old School of Fish. I especially like the B sides of the single for "Take Me anywhere". It's sad that more of his music is not widely recognized!
Sun Nov 4 21:03
Money Penny (
I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you and I love you very much. xo MP
Sat Oct 20 05:04
Well, I asked Joshy if he could hook me up with some kind of "a break", as things have been tough lately....four hours later I broke my fibula and tibia in my right leg...VERY FUNNY DUDE!! Be careful what you wish for...I miss JOSHY!!!!!!!!
Tue Oct 9 02:11
hi josh...i've been thinking about you so much lately. i can't wait for the new album. it is the first good news i have had in, well, a month. i miss you love, eden
Thu Oct 4 18:10
I just saw Tori Amos again over the weekend and I must say it made me miss Josh...I din't even see the opening act...Josh was my favorite opening act....I thank her for bringing Josh back into my mind...
Sat Sep 29 07:46
Hi Dad, I miss you, but Mom kisses me and tells me that you love me. I play with my friends, bark all the time, and mess up Mom's plants. We hike up the mountain and I sniffed a snake the other day. It rattled and I left it alone after Mom yelled and put me on my leash. I wish I could lick your face again. Love, Kaya
Tue Sep 25 21:44
Julie Tortolani (
I met Josh when I was 12 or 13 at a summer camp in British Columbia. We were pals for a couple years and wrote to each other and stayed in touch til we were about 14-15 I think. We stopped going to that camp and fell out of touch. But I never forgot him. Last night, out of the blue, I thought I would look him up on the web to try to find out if I could get back in touch, email him or something. I was surprised to learn he became this great musician. When I looked at his the web page with his lyrics I saw his handwriting- totally like it was in the letters we wrote at teenagers. I wish I could have known him as an adult. Seems like he continued to become a great guy. It's so cool that there is this web site where I can see how he touched so many people's lives. He's living on through everyone who knew him. Thanks to those who have allowed me to appreciate him today. I'm gonna go get his albums. -Julia Tortolani
Wed Sep 12 19:26
This is a crazy time right now. Josh I know you are looking over and spreading your love and healing powers all over. I have so much to talk to you about. I'm ready if you could pop in a dream. It has been some time now since the last one. I do feel you all around though and I thank you for that. I love you
Sat Sep 8 03:12
Money Penny (
I just saw the video documenting Josh's Totem Pole. It is AMAZING. Thank you Lydia, you are an incredibly talented artist. I look forward to meeting you one day soon. Henry, congratulations, you did a superb job. Marilyn, thank you and I love you. Joshy, I feel your spirit and love with me every day. I can't wait to help bring your beautiful music to all the good people. I miss you sweetie. I love you more every day. Thank you for being such a blessing in my life.
Sun Sep 2 03:54
Well, friend...it has been quite a time, hasn't it. I have been missing you a great deal...driving through Topanga, I could hardly breathe. Transition time again...no job, new apartment, great relationship...talk to me buddy, I'm runnin' low on magic...I have tried to hold strong, but I have fallen out of Joshiness of late. I know I'm a lot of work, but I'm worth it....I love you eternally my wonderful brother...........peace...Jeffy........
Sat Sep 1 00:48
Hey Josh: I've been thinking about you an awful lot lately and I just know I'm due for one of those dreams. My door is open. I am 9 weeks pregnant and somehow feel you already know this, but just wanted to tell you anyway. Miss you so much. Love, Nic
Wed Aug 29 22:01
Joe Walters (
Josh-Dreamt of you today.. smile that shined over..dripping happiness and the knowledge that everything will be alright. It is.. but I miss you too.Joe
Tue Aug 28 03:00
sitting here reminising and listening to old school, school of fish. miss it.
Sat Aug 25 23:48
i want to know when Spirit Touches Ground comes out. could you tell me when. thanks.
Thu Aug 23 15:35
Melissa Mejia (
I saw Josh play at a Tori AMos concert a few years back, in Jacksonville, FLorida. He opened for her and I thought his voice was awesome and went to buy his nature boy cd. I just found out to taday that he has since passed away. Im quite sorry for that and i guess today will be a great day to take his cd out again and liten to it while i light a candle for his rememberance. Thank you for singing JOSH!!love, melissa
Wed Aug 22 17:57
If you're going to be in the Philly area on August 28th, check out the Campaign Bulletin Board in the "Spirit Touches Ground" section, and look at the posting by Greg Riordan (campaign coordinator for Washington/Baltimore). He's doing a show where he'll be playing a short set of Josh's music. You can also get more information on the show from his website at gregriordan.com.
Wed Aug 22 01:40
hello...thanks so much for the josh documentary. it is so inspiring to see him again. i think about him every day, every time i see something beautiful and funny. like today i saw a little boy at "candy world" (a really astonishingly huge candy/ice cream store), with chocolate all over his face, who told me very earnestly that, in fact, he did NOT love "candy world". i miss you so much joshlove, eden
Mon Aug 20 23:42
hey everyone,i just found out that the discography page doesnt come up on my computer.this message is for Dene Wilby.
Sun Aug 19 22:17
Last night, Josh, I looked back through all the messages here and I saw my first one. How far I've come since then. I'm sure you know.
Tue Aug 14 06:57
Peter Bos (
Hi Josh, my legs still wanna go all the time. Thanks for the DragonFly tonight. Your gifts are precious indeed. Thinking of you. Peter.
Fri Aug 10 20:54
Tim Bolesta (
Hello eveyone! I just wanted to give my best to Josh, his family and all of you wonderful people. I remember the first time I ever heard School of Fish. They performed "Three Strange Days" on some late night show. I think it was on ABC.It was incredible! They were the essence of cool, absolute perfection! I mourn Josh's passing everyday. I never thought that the death of someone I never knew personally, could effect me the way that it does. When I found out that he passed on, I was devastated. I'm so glad that this web site exists to allow Josh's memory, music, and love to live on!
Thu Aug 2 21:03
George Lukas (
The video clip which has just been made available in the 'videos'section of this site needs QuickTime 5. QuickTime 4 will give youthe audio but no video and (for many windows users the default)Media Player won't work at all. A link is provided in the 'videos'section to download QT5.George Lukas
Tue Jul 31 10:47
eric reed (
I just downloaded the 14mb version of the INB video thingy. after the download, I got an error message regarding something about compression. anyway, I have audio, but no video. is this happening to anyone else? I don't want to waste another hour and a half trying again if it will just do the same thing.
Tue Jul 31 09:07
it's been almost 5 years since the 1st time i fell inlove with school of fish and after the local rock station here stopped playing their songs, i never heard from them again. i'm from the philippines and can't get so much of josh and the likes. anyway, earlier today i discover the mix tape i made 4 years ago and heard the recorded (scratchy one) song of school of fish so i decided to check sites of josh. i just found out -- wait, lemme clear that up -- that he is DEAD?! goner and all?! i almost cried in front of my PC while i was reading through the notes here. i still am a bit shaken and still can't believe what i read. it depressess me. his songs helped me survived the last parts of my high school and...god. i still really can't believe it.
Mon Jul 30 22:06
hi ya sweets,You are missed deeply. Been having you on my mind. I can't get enoughof your music and that beautiful voice of yours! Thank you to Josh's familyfor keeping his spirit alive with us fans. I'll always be here loving Josh.Hope all is well with everyone. Josh, stay close to us.. we love you! XXX, elsa
Mon Jul 30 06:40
I'm having a bad day. Missing Josh a lot right now. I have been listening to his music and feeling him very close. Miss you Josh!
Sun Jul 29 18:53
A video is up! Have a look!Marilyn
Thu Jul 26 00:18
Henry Felt (
Josh's stepdad Henry here. In Royalston, MA where I live, a woman named Lydia Musco has carved several totem poles in the past. It occurred to me that a totem pole was a wonderful symbol to present in Josh's memory. The pole is 20 feet in length (six go in the ground) and 20 inches in diameter. This leaves 14 feet to carve animals that meant much to Josh: crow, wolf, bear, hummingbird and dragonfly.I was amazed when I saw the finished product, and made a short video to let Josh's mom and sister see what was happening. I'll try to have the video up on the web soon so you can all enjoy.And Lydia, thanks for a wonderful job.Henry
Wed Jul 25 23:23
It's a hard time now, waiting for Spirit Touches Ground to be released and for all the connections between us to come alive. Laura encourages me to think of this time as Hibernating bears storing up their energy for the spring…Seeds in the earth gathering nourishment to emerge, grow, and bloom…The quiet of the hour before dawn and the rising of the sun…Apparently we're waiting for the last element of the design to be completed, and then a release date will be set, and we'll go into high gear.In the meantime… one of the videos is at last ready to put up on the site, thanks to the technical expertise of Jon Lukas. It's the biography video, the one made for the release of Inarticulate Nature Boy. Any day, or moment, now. The "Window " video will come shortly after.And an important event-- Josh's stepdad Henry has had a totem pole carved to honor Josh and his love of Native American culture. It is beautiful and powerful and incorporates many of the animal spirits dear to Josh. On August 7, the totem pole will be mounted at a place Josh returned to many summers. Henry videotaped a rising of the totem pole, done as a test before the totem pole is transported and installed. The tape turned out to be so moving that we want to share it with you. So, within several weeks, this video also should be viewable on the site.Keep the faith.MarilynJosh's Mom
Tue Jul 24 18:24
Paul Becker (
Still here, Eric. Just waiting for the new album!I mentioned it twice already to the webmaster, but it still hasn't been fixed: The link to the high-quality version of "Dragonfly" is broken. It should be http://www.joshclayton.com/sounds/Dragonfly1.MP3Paul
Mon Jul 23 21:57
eric reed (
hello?!?!?! where is everyone?roll call!
Sat Jul 21 09:47
Dene Wilby (
Apologies for this message board being down. We had a problem which has now hopefully been fixed for good. If you are unable to post in the future, please e-mail me at
Mon Jun 11 00:16
Laura Clayton Baker (
Hi everyone! For those of you who are wondering how things are coming along with the CD release, I wanted to let you know that the artwork is just about complete and looking wonderful....I know Josh would be delighted with it. So now it won't be long till we can schedule the release. I'll let you know as soon as possible. Best wishes to all of you, Laura
Thu Jun 7 03:20
Money Penny (
Hi honey, I've been feeling your presence so vividly for several days now. I went to our favorite market by your nana's apartment on my way home from ballet last night. It was very strange to be there again. Don't worry, I didn't get the carrot juice. I think the 'Omlette Factory' has changed to a noir sort of restaurant. It was dark when I walked by though so I'll have to check tomorrow while it's still daylight. I saw the most amazing dragonfly lantern in the window of that beautiful shop up on Lex. I miss you so much yet I know you are with me. Thank you for keeping your light in my soul. I love you. Money Penny xo
Wed Jun 6 16:28
victoria meeks (
To whom it may concern:Is there anything we can do to stop President Bush from destroying the beauty of Alaska? I call that immoral, but what do I know - I'm certainly not part of the "Moral Majority!"Victoria Meeks437 "N" StreetRio Linda Ca 95673
Tue Jun 5 07:22
matt wallace (
hello to my 'brother from another mother'. i think about you often and now realize that you tried to show us the uncynical, accepting, connected, beautiful, gracious, loving way of this world... ah, if only i were listening a little better.oh, i still agree with you that mangoes are the best fruit in the whole world and i still cut them and eat them the way you, the 'mango master' taught me.be well my friend.love always,matt
Sat Jun 2 19:58
Any word on when "spirit touches ground" is goin gto be released? I've been waiting so long to listen to "kid on a train" again. Any info will be appreciated. Thanks. We miss you josh.
Sat Jun 2 01:55
Tommy Manzi (
Hello Joshua. I'm in London at neary 2am thinking about you. I had another dream about you which reminded me how much I missed you. It also reminded me of the exact place (Heathrow Airport) and time (9:50pm) when I found out about your passing. I'm trying hard to focuss on all the wonderful things you brought into our lives... to push the sadness and melancholy away -- to let it go... but sometimes, on nights likes these, it's not so easy (and I think you all know what I mean). I miss you JCF.
Mon May 28 20:52
Nana Daou (
This is for Marilyn: Nana is thinking of you and the nights of long ago when Laura was a baby and we played Sinatra and told stories and dreamed of the future. Perhaps Arthur will recognize Josh wherever they are. How painful to have lost them but what pleasure they brought us.
Sat May 19 05:19
Tommy Manzi (
Happy Birthday JCF. I miss you. I think of you all the time. I pray that you receive my vibes of love and friendship. Remember that key chain I gave you for one birthday? Or the handmade wooden yo-yo for another birthday? I recently found a very special Christmas card from you while sorting through some boxes in storage... I miss you Josh. x. TM
Sat May 19 03:50
Happy Birthday, dear Josh!! Today was such an amazing day...we found out our little boy doesn't have autism or anything else terribly serious...and somehow it was made even more special by the fact that we found out on your birthday...
Sat May 19 03:28
Thirty-four years ago today you came into my life, and what a gift you were. And are. I feel your presence all the time. I made blueberry pancakes today without even burning the blueberries. Love you, Josh.Your Mom
Fri May 18 22:50
This morning I was coming out of a bakery with my cup of coffee, and thinking about your birthday and feeling kinda down, and there was this little boy probably less than two years old in a stroller sitting out on the sidewalk with his mom, and I don't know how he knew, but he looked right at me and was smiling so big like he knew I needed it. I don't know if this makes any sense, but I really felt like you were with us again at that moment. have a happy happy birthday josh. love, eden
Fri May 18 21:01
Happy birthday, Josh! I wish I could have taken the morning off work to have pancakes in LA. But, I'll have some tonight down here at the beach (No! I STILL can't stomach the banana ones!). Peace and love, kiddo!
Fri May 18 20:26
hey birthday boy...exactly a year ago i went to the farmers market in la and had pancakes in your honor...today i am living in florida...so i will have to make do with my own pancakes...which i will go make now...even though it is 3:30 in the afternoon! happy bershday josh!
Fri May 18 18:19
HAPPY BIRTHDAY My BROTHER!! Josh -- it is so, let's say, "trying" to walk this Earth without you here...but your presence is felt everyday. More magic than I can tell you....for now, just know that I love you so much and miss you so much. I have more to tell you, but I think you know it all and played a hand in it....I love you....Jeff.....Happy Birthday.......
Fri May 18 18:03
Money Penny (
Happy Birthday Sweetie! Love you, love you, love you so very much. Money Penny xoxo
Fri May 18 17:56
JOSH, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL BOY!!! i'm listening to "inarticulate nature boy" at this very moment! i will be thinking of you all day, and my heart is already overflowing with love! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! EVERYONE, ENJOY THIS GLORIOUS DAY! with love, jamie. xxx
Fri May 18 16:29
Happy Birthday Josh! I love you and feel you with me always, helping me to see all the beauty and magic in the world. You are very present in our lives, inspiring and joyful, as well as truly missed. With love, your sister Laura
Fri May 18 15:03
Irene Buckley (
I'm thinking of you today Josh - Happy Birthday! It's my fathers birthday today too...Your music still brings us happiness to me and my friends here in Ireland.Love Irene
Fri May 18 07:47
Dene Wilby (
A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU JOSH. It's been hard holding back but i'm finally going to get to try your banana pancakes tonight. Hope you all enjoy yours too. Dene X
Thu May 17 13:02
I wanted to write a message for Josh's family and friends, to let you know that you are all in our thoughts here in Ireland,(my sister Irene and myself) and we will be especially thinking of you tommorrow for Josh's birthday.I have been thinking about Josh so much lately, and the other night i could almost hear him say "turn on the radio". I flicked the radio on to a station I had never heard before, and a Chet Baker song was playing. Josh made me a tape years ago, full of Chet Baker songs, and everytime I hear it I think of Josh.The next song played was the Blue Nile 'Happiness' from the album 'Peace at Last', with the lyrics 'Now that I've found peace at last...birds will laugh in the trees...it's only love...soon we'll be alright...now that i've found peace of mind, happiness'. I remember listening to that album with Josh in Cork, and he told us that he was really excited to meet the lead singer of the Blue Nile at a radio show once, as he loved their music.I miss you Josh, m'anam cara, love Linda.
Tue May 15 19:41
Who wants to have a pancake breakfast on Josh's birthday this Friday? I have to be at work by 10 am...so, early...at Hugo's or Cafe Latte or Victor's...just a thought...everyone have breakfast, think of Josh...smile and laugh and be kind....love love love...Jeff.......
Fri May 11 18:20
Marmi...thank you so much for sharing Josh's pancake recipe with all of us. I can't imagine a better way to remember him on his birthday. love, eden
Mon May 7 20:53
Thanks, Chad for giving a follow-up blurb on the DOE benefit. Your Superman songs rocked, as did the ENTIRE line-up and the evening. Where else can you get 5 hours of incredible Josh-inspired music? So powerful, so reminiscent of Josh-jams. Don't forget to make your pancake plans - Josh's birthday is just around the corner! Josh - your letter -wow - is forever etched in my heart - thanks for opening my eyes to DOE.
Fri May 4 22:04
Chris Richards (
All I can say is the Benefit left me wanting more. What an incredibly talentedlineup. Can't wait to hear more! I never slept that night, I was so up.Josh, we miss you man!
Wed May 2 18:30
In keeping with the spirit of Earth Day and the Descendents of the Earth Concert, please read through this letter about Bush's plan to drill the Arctic Refuge, the environmental ramifications it may have...AND what you can do about it. Don't be put off because it was written by Robert Redford. Unfortunately, it takes a celebrity to call attention to such obvious issues and nudge more people to buck up and think a bit about their actions and non-actions.Hum, the thing won't paste, so skip the letter...the point is,to quote the letter then, "that the Arctic Refuge represents everthing spectacular and everything endangered about America's natural heritage: a million years of ecological serenity, vast expanses of untouched wilderness, an irreplaceable sanctuary for polar bear, white wolves and 130,000 caribou that return there each year to give birth and rear their young. For 20,000 years--literally hundreds of generations--the native Gwich'in people have inhabited this sacred place, following the caribou herd and leaving the awe-inspiring landscape just as they found it. Our own presidents going back to Eisenhower have kept a bipartisan promise to safeguard this natural treasure...But not this president. Our congressional leaders and president would sacrifice America's largest wildlife refuge for the sake of a possible SIX-MONTH supply of oil!!!"Please click on the link below, it is easy. You can instantly send a prewritten protest letter to your senators and representatives...there are also lots of other sacred sites you can help protect...http://www.savebiogems.org/arctic
Tue May 1 01:17
Sharron Turner (
I feel like such an idiot. Really I do. I'm sitting here sobbing because I JUST NOW learned that Josh is no longer with us. I saw Josh when he was in A School of Fish. They were in a record store and I was struck by how pure and strong his voice was, even without a microphone. I was there with a boyfriend. When that boyfriend and I broke up, I kind of put the music that reminded me of him away for a while. Today I was listening to the CD again, and was wondering what had happened to Josh. I was thinking maybe he was with another band or something, so I turned to the internet and looked for him. That's when I found out and it's really upsetting to think that I could have been praying for him. I know it's a little late, and he and I didn't know each other, but I was moved by his voice and the impression I got when I saw them in that record store. It's just a blow to me that he's gone. I feel such disappointment at having never been given a chance to know him, and I'm not talking about a physical attraction or anything like that. It's hard to explain. I still feel like an idiot.
Mon Apr 30 10:40
Chad Fischer (
Last night was the 2nd annual JCF Earth Day Benefit for the Descendants of the Earth. 15 friends of Josh performed songs by or inspired by the man to a sold out crowd that stuck it out for the entire 5 hours of music. IT WAS AWESOME. Awe yeah. To all of those who played and to those who listened, thank you. Josh continues to inspire love, kindness, warmth, and a whole lotta soul. Thank you,Josh. I love you, Brother - Chad
Sun Apr 29 04:25
Marilyn Richardson (
To Marilyn, John, Laura, Henry, George and all of Josh's dear family, my heart is with you on this concert day in celebration of Josh's spirit, his gifts and the continuing power of his loving compassion. I continue to return in mourning and in praise to the embrace of this extraordinary web sanctuary.
Fri Apr 27 23:07
Miss you Josh!
Tue Apr 24 07:39
Leisa Criswell (
I first saw Josh Clayton-Felt as an opening act for a Tori Amos concert in Rockford Illinois in 1996, I think. I remember everyone in the audience talking about how great he sounded. I agreed. His voice was like nothing I'd ever heard before. After Tori Amos came out and did a few songs, they took a break. It was mentioned that out in the lobby they were selling both Tori Amos Tshirts and cd's as well as stuff from Josh Clayton-Felt. I wanted to buy one of his CD's, so I went out to the lobby. To my amazement, his both was completely filled with people buying his cds and other things while the both with Tori Amos items was nearly empty. Needless to say, the concert started back up before I could buy a cd because of the lines, so I just went ahead and bought it at a CD store the following weekend. I always wondered since then if Tori Amos saw the loads of people in his line and the lack of people in hers. I thought it was funny!
Fri Apr 20 20:52
i just wanted to share a short story about how josh and his music has touched my life...back in 1991 me and a friend forged a bond that was held together tightly by our shared love for school of fish music....we prided ourselves on discovering this band when no one else had heard of them...for four years we worshipped SOF but after high school and the band breaking up...we kind of lost that special thing that was such a big part of our relationship....ten years later my friend is back in my life and once again josh is there...i sent her a copy of a three strange days single that i found on ebay and it sparked so many memories for us...like traveling all the way to the hard rock cafe in los angeles from orange county by ourselves at the tender age of 16...we were scared to death to drive down there...but sitting behind the stage and having josh smile at us..stuck with us forever......recently i sent her josh's live album so that she could experience josh's new music...i know she will love it as much as i do........i recently checked out school of fish website and the six degrees of josh ...there really is so much more to it than that...he touched more people than any of us could ever realize...thanks josh....
Fri Apr 20 04:23
Brian L. Carter (
I am an e-Bay seller, and my favorite things to sell are books. I happened to come across Josh's 1987 book "TO BE SEVENTEEN IN ISRAEL". It is by no means my habit to read a book after I sell it, but something intangible pulled me to read it. I was simply astounded at the sincere, simple style of writing that Josh possessed. He almost had me persuaded that I needed to be in Israel more than the US. I read the entire book in one sitting. I intended to write Josh and tell hi how much I enjoyed his book.I apologized to the buyer for holding her book one more day, and naturally she said she didn't mind. She told me that she had been looking for the book for over a year, for she had met Josh, and very intrigued by his manner. SHe told me he was a musicican and that I should check out his Web Site.After reading the book and feeling close to the seventeen year old kid who wrote it, imagine my shock and despair upon discovering in the site that my new favorite author had died. I simply wept. A very huge shock. I didn't Josh, aside from his book, but I can tell that he felt things deeply and was a poet at heart. I am sorry for his passing, and I feel very sorry for his family. I lost my baby brother 15 years ago at the age of 20. Sadness seems to touch every family in some way. If you read this, family of Josh, please know that I am grieving with you, and that I will never forget Josh's words of the importance of family and how much more he appreciated you from his travels to Israel.Thank you for such a wonderful gift to our world. It is rare that one would care so deeply and feel so completely. A word to Josh: "I love you. Thank you for your many gifts, and for touching my life with your words. They make me appreciate what I have so much more. Not my car, or my apartment, or my business but my family and my friends and my faith. You have opened my eyes up a little wider, and I shall never forget that lesson.You left before I was able to talk to you or get to know you. But I will never forget you."Your friend,Brian
Thu Apr 12 07:51
In tribute to Josh, I have brought the unofficial School of Fish homepageback online, with a new look and additional features, including links to SOF videos on Launch. Please visit it at http://www.twintownjunk.com/schooloffish, thanks!
Sat Apr 7 18:26
Shay-- (and everyone)Good you asked. A video will be on the site soon, so stay tuned. And, of course, if others have videos, we'd love to see them.Marilyn, Josh's Mom
Fri Apr 6 18:57
Everyone - check out the "news" section of this site for info on the JCF Memorial Earth Day Concert to Benefit the Descendents of the Earth, April 28th at the Mint.....and as always, smile more, try harder, 'be' love, embrace inspiration, nature and friendship...Josh is watching, laughing, supporting, hugging.....peace out...jeff...................
Thu Apr 5 10:56
Shay Giambastiani (
I am looking for any video of Josh performing live. Unfortunately, my wife never got a chance to see Josh play live. I would like to give her the joy of seeing a pure genius at work. If anyone has any videos, please let me know.Thanks,Shay
Mon Apr 2 22:32
Josh - it's been a while. Thank you for bringing the sunshine and spark back to me after my unexpected post-surgical challenges. It is a feeling beyond words, but, somehow I have no doubt it was you who brought the sunny day for me, after so many days of rain, knowing I was finally off the machine and was longing to go outside and sit on my balcony. As I felt the warmth of the sun, I realized that you were there, smiling down at me...thank you for rekindling my spark and my drive. I am utterly grateful for your spirit and all of the great life lessons you continue to teach. You are so missed here, Josh.
Sun Apr 1 01:37
Jon Paslov (
I met Josh at a party near Santa Rosa California in 1997. he was friends with some of my friends from Carson City Nevada.I immediately liked him, he had a very easygoing, relaxed way about him.with some coaxing, he pulled out his Taylor steel string acoustic and played a few songs. I was immensely impressed.sometime after that I was living in Italy and stumbled into some kind of thrift store near Compo Fiori in the heart of Rome. it was well past midnight and I was stuffed with pasta and somewhat drunk on red wine. I was relaxed and happy as I meandered through this crowded, funky little shop. I came across a stack of dusty vinyl hidden behind a flower sifter and a few plastic alarm clocks. I thumbed through this collection of obscure Italian pop records and was absolutely amazed when I came across a name I knew. it was one of Josh's solo recordings. I studied it carefully, told my friend the story and couldn't help but reflect on the immortality of this peaceful person I'd met some time before. regrettably, I didn't buy it. six months later, back in Carson City, I ran into my friend Dan who told me Josh had passed away. I couldn't believe it. I still can't. such a good, talented person leaving so soon makes no sense. none. but I'll always remember Josh, that party, and the Italian thrift store that for me has come to symbolize the infectious harmony of Josh Clayton-Felt.
Sat Mar 31 17:28
Bryce Hayworth (
i heard that song and i think its pretty good. i want that cd. i wanna know when it will come out.
Sat Mar 31 17:27
Bryce Hayworth (
i heard that song and i think its pretty good. i want that cd. i wanna know when it will come out.
Tue Mar 27 23:13
Keith Gerdes (ldaconstr@ao@.com):
Any New News?????
Mon Mar 26 00:16
Hi Josh...every time I listen to "Dragonfly" it grows more and more beautiful. I wish it would never end. Thank you so much for that. love, eden
Sat Mar 24 14:58
Charity Bratchier (2468f):
Are you that dj from 106.1 because you sound pretty cute on the phone.So who is that dog you have with you. you are the man in Evansville In.
Sat Mar 24 01:32
Matthew Rosenfeld (
My brother and I went to high school in Brookline with Josh, and I even took drama class with him. What a good dude, and really funny to rap with. I often hear "3 Strange Days", and I'm convinced it contains the best guitar riff ever. I have it on Napster, and it gets downloaded a ridiculous amount. My friend Mia says she took a picture of him at BHS, and she knew from that picture he was a star. When she told me Josh had left this planet I tripped. My heart goes out to all his close family and friends. I feel fortunate to have known him. Peace--Matt
Thu Mar 22 01:26
Let the Dragon Fly.... "Every Day you're born and every night you die!" - Josh, you get it! Keep on flying......
Sat Mar 17 06:13
eric reed (
so when do we get a new josh song to download? I get so anxious that I'm tempted to download dragonfly again! hahahaand also...any news on the release of spirit touches ground? I'll be the 1st in line!
Tue Mar 13 01:51
Jami Lula (
I've stopped and started 3x now.What to say? Josh I miss you, and I'm always waving @ you wherever I go.I know that you're here, in me. The indelible imprint you left on those you came in contact with directly or indirectly. Life is good I'm stepping out on my life and it feels huge and I am grateful you encouraged me to follow my heart and be heard. I can feel myself wanting to back into the corners I've created for myself, because they're familiar. Going to the edge of my Spirit and leaping. I know I will Fly. I always have. Peace and Blessings to all who share in this indelible mark of Love from Josh Clayton-Felt. Jami
Mon Mar 12 21:32
Did anyone else in L.A. hear "3 Strange Days" on KROQ today at around 12:40pm!? It was a great surprise!
Mon Mar 12 18:44
Brian Tremain (
Just recently downloaded "Dragonfly" and I am caught up all over again. Simply beautiful. "And if the moments seem to miss you...." There is a definite sense of humility in a lot of Josh's music "Now I'm putting down my guard, cause' I've been here before". I really wish I could have known him when he was here, I'm sure I could've learned some things. Much thanks to all who are helping to make "Spirit Touches Ground" available to everyone. It still saddens me to think of his passing and it still lifts me to listen to his music. My wife and I just had our first child (she's just 10 days old) and I'm already introducing her to my music collection, of which Josh's music reigns supreme. Can't wait to hear all of STG. God Bless, Brian
Mon Mar 5 01:08
Money Penny (
I miss you and I love you. xo
Sat Mar 3 09:10
Hey, Joshy...I need to talk to you about stuff...almost called your old number...I've got questions for you...do you know how much I miss you? Silly me, I miss you, and you aren't really gone--------you are my BEST friend......
Thu Mar 1 20:56
Dragonfly is beautiful, amazing, lilting, haunting and just plain brilliant. I can't wait to hear it blaring loudly out of my stereo instead of my computer.
Thu Mar 1 01:42
Dragonfly is amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us!!!I can't wait for 'Spirit Touches Ground.'Love to the fam and Josh!!- Caroline
Tue Feb 27 21:40
of course I meant FEBRUARY 27 is PANCAKE DAY! :)http://www.rosebriar.uk.com/holidays/pancakeday.html
Tue Feb 27 21:39
January 27 is PANCAKE DAY!Enjoy...http://www.rosebriar.uk.com/holidays/pancakeday.html
Sat Feb 24 22:02
It is so good to be connected again! Looking back over the messages, I saw a question about the song "Heaven". "Heaven"-- a great song that Josh co-wrote with Larry Goldings was released several years ago as the B-side of a promo. It won't be part of the new album, but we're hoping to re-release it sometime in the future. Kudos to Dene Wilby, for his work on moving the site to its new host, and having it up and running and looking finer than ever. Marilyn, Josh's Mom
Tue Feb 20 13:19
eric reed (
yayayayayayayay! glad to see this back up!
Tue Feb 20 07:25
Dene Wilby (
Hi everyone. It seems about 6 messages were lost when the server went down. If anyone could send me those messages, I will gladly add them to this page. Thanks, Dene
Thu Jan 18 17:35
Hey, buddy...wow...one year...miss you, and I'll see you in the sweat lodge...I love you sooo much...aww, yeah....
Thu Jan 18 02:57
renee faia (
caught a beautiful dream the other night. i looked up to the sky and high, high above josh was flying. he had ribbons hanging from each of his wrists-they had little square pieces of reflective papers laced through them that shimmered with light. it was such a serene and powerful image. soon it will be a year since josh's passing. it's hard to believe. this year in my mind, i wish to truly celebrate his life. last year so much confusion and anger and sadness made it difficult to truly celebrate his life. because the thing is, i really feel in my heart that he is free and at peace and completely taken care of. he always had a beautiful smile on his face, and i'm sure that has not changed...lots of love to you sweet angel...
Wed Jan 17 17:26
okay, tomorrow is a year since Josh passed away. for so many reasons I can not stop tearing. Josh came to me in my dreams a couple nights ago. He was still alive and was just gone for a while. He was going to be able to join us for the one year mark of his passing. It seemed normal in my dream. Everytime I dream of him he is still alive. I think he is trying to tell me something. I hope he is at least. So a year is supposed to be a long time, right? It feels like there hasn't been enough time to grieve yet though. This is a hard one. I love that kid so much and miss him even more, which is BIG to say since I have so much love for him. But I listen to "Euphoria" many mornings and pray for him and love him. That's all I got.LOVE YOU JOSH
Wed Jan 17 12:19
Keith Gerdes (kgerdes@titan):
Can anyone please give us some more info. on the release of what I beleive will be the greatest album ever!!!!! I truly mean it! I had a chance to hear it at the the listener gathering after Josh had passed on, and it is truly unbelievable!Pleaase let us know about any info. you have, ThanksP.S. Like we always used to tell you when we would see you play, Your bad as hell my friend!!
Tue Jan 9 23:56
I had just spent the morning in Boston making pancakes for my nephew and not telling him how they reminded me of Josh. I didn't say how much he was on my mind. How I used to smell the warm odors coming up from his place, how I could see him sitting on the boulder outside his door, eating pancakes in the sun. And there I was at the end of an overdue vacation, after being bumped from 2 flights, longing for Topanga and my dogs Zara and Kaya, there was Jeff. He was sitting in the asile of a plane I wasn't supposed to be on, as if he was waiting for me. We looked at each other, shocked but not really surprised. Not really surprised that someone had arranged for this New Year's Eve, a year after Josh got really sick, for us to spend 6 smooth hours flying toward home and talking about Josh. I could tell Jeff some of the painful memories etched in my brain, memories that I hadn't been able to share with anyone. And we laughed and talked about Josh and his spirit and how in some remarkable way he is alive in all of us. And when I got home, after kissing my dog, and Josh's dog frantically, I listened to my messages and there was one from John, Josh's father. It didn't seem surprising at all. And a year after Josh spoke his last words in my presence, I still miss him. And I know what I feel is nothing compared to his family and true friends. But he's still speaking to me today through his music, and his dog, and the oak tree happily growing for him here in Topanga.
Tue Jan 9 12:48
mark polansky (
its been a while jcf. i truly miss your words and your face. just listening to "soon enough" such a tune! much peace my friend.
Mon Jan 8 17:56
Brian Maser (
I wrote this poem for Josh a few weeks before he passed on! It will be a year since he left us physically, but he has never actually gone. Josh, thanks for looking after and taking care of my precious present... Your spririt lives within us all forever. Your path was so straight!------------------------My friend Josh,The road of life winds through many curvesMine keeps on turning, does it ever straighten outIn circles and circles, it’s circles for nowCan I keep spinning, is there any way outI dream of the days where my road rides so smoothThe wind keeps me cool and the sun warms my soulMy days are ahead though I’ll face them right nowTake 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 groundWhat I have lost, I now have foundOpen my eyes and what do I seeMy life will straighten in front of meI always go forward, my path is so straightDon’t worry my friend, your life will be great! Your friend Brian …….
Wed Jan 3 14:48
I feel terrible that I have been out of the loop for so long, and have not been keeping up with the latest news. I found out about Josh's passing from, of all places, the liner notes for Poe's new album. I was reading them at a stop light about an hour ago and nearly hit the car in front of me.My belated condolences to his family, friends, bandmates, and fellow fans. I saw Josh 2 or 3 times after the release of "Inarticulate Nature Boy"; by far, he was the most personable and down-to-earth musician I'd ever met. I stayed and chatte with him and his band members after both St. Louis shows for nearly an hour each time. One of my favorite "Josh pieces" was a promo interview on St. Louis' "alternative" station, the Point. Among other things, he and the band played a Stevie Wonder tune on kazoos! Hilarious. Josh's first album was also a staple on my own radio show on the Washington U campus (at 6 in the morning).For some time, I'd been wondering when the new album would be released. Now that (and many other questions about Josh) have been answered. This is an understatement, but he will be dearly missed!Megan.
Wed Jan 3 12:14
I’ve been thinking of Josh a lot through this holiday season. Today I decided to go to the web site to see my friend. Read through Jeff, Sam, Renee and Marilyn’s comments and had to go outside and catch my breath. Standing there thinking of Josh and how many lives he’s touched and how much joy he brought into peoples lives. Remembering the precious moments that I got to share with him. Thinking how grateful I am to have known him. I turn around to go back inside and sitting there on the window ledge was a freshly picked wild flower that had no business being there. I would like to believe that moments like that belong to Josh. Today also happens to be my birthday. Thanks for the flower Josh. Love you.
Tue Jan 2 17:14
oops...I forgot to say that it was CELIA..wonderful Celia Brown, keeper of Kaya...wonderful, wonderful Dr. Celia Brown..
Tue Jan 2 17:09
Well, I was probably not supposed to ask Josh for that favor on New Year's Eve, but his spirit came through in the most magical way...Despite all the cancelations, my flight remained intact, as scheduled and arrived early, but not without incident...undeniably magical incident...On the plane two rows ahead of me was my friend Bob Koherr, a very tall, muscle bound guy...we talked as we were getting into our seats...as I was putting my backpack under my seat, I heard him laughing with another passenger who was making her way to the back of the plane...she had commented on how she had always wanted to be so tall, and he on how on a plane he wished he were her size..."the grass is always greener," he said...I heard them laugh and i looked up...she looked familiar...as well she should have...she was Josh's landlord in Topanga, the person who drove him to the hospital, the person who has inherited Josh's dog, Kaya, the person who helped me accept that josh was dying...a true friend...and like me one of eleven people with gold bands with the inscription "Circle of Josh"...She had been in Morocco, was headed back to LA and was bumped from two other flights to miraculously appear on my flight and randomly joke with my friend Bob...Wow...the number of events that had to happen to place us in that moment...I had asked Josh to give me a smooth flight and suddenly, I had six hours to share memories...on the anniversary of the last time that Josh was able to speak to me, with the friend and doctor who was in the room with him the next morning when he was intubated - time flew while we did the same, smoothly, in very comfortable seats...amazing...love him
Mon Jan 1 17:40
renee faia (
january 1, 1997:"we then walked out & met fernando-who liked me alot. he walked right up to me, tilted his head and grabbed my shoe lace with his mouth and pulled it. it was so sweet. we took a few picures. i remember this image of josh holding his arms open wide with his head up to the beautiful treewhere fernando now was, the irish sky surrounding them. i like this boy. i like this bird. josh loved how fernando would jump over this little wire in front of the house-he showed me how he does it- jump! we got in the car to head into town and fernando jumped on top-we laughed. i couldn't believe this bird. he was sad to see us go and for a minute we thought he was going to come with us. but he flew up in the beautiful tree."...4 years ago today. one of my most cherished memories is the time i spent with josh in ireland. we celebrated new years eve & day together. at the time, we both acknowledged how grateful we were to be in such a beautiful place. as the clock reached midnight the band kept playing. we looked out the window of the pub we were in, "the spainard" and watched the snow falling. we both commented on how surreal it was to be there. the day that followed and the days before were filled with joy and wonderment and could not have been more magical. i feel truly blessed to have shared that time with josh, he made me see everything as a gift...and a gift it truly was. thank you my friend for your beautiful spirit, it continues to enrich my life...you will always be in my heart. may the love and beauty you so generously gave to this world live on forever...