On Fri May 18 09:11:48 BST 2001, MIKE ROSS (ELLESMERE PORT CHESHIRE) from 126.96.36.199 said:
I HAVE JUST READ JAMES NOTE. WHAT FANTASTIC NEWS ANOTHER CD FROM CLIFF, I CANT WAIT [ BUT I WILL HAVE TO]
What a rollercoaster of emotions! I had no idea this site - or indeed this level of support - for Cliff existed. It is fabulously gratifying. My first CTW album cost just over 2 quid - on 8-track!!! Cliff, I once wrote to you to ask if there were any copies of "Singer" left. In about 1973. I've still got your letter of reply offering to tape it for me - with a 10p stamp on it. My love of your writing and music has never left, and I ALWAYS have a CD in my car stack... and I've been listening to "Home" for 29 years. Still love it. The site is great and I'll be availing myself of all the CTW things I've missed. The news that you intend to continue writing, couldn't be more welcome. I sincerely hope its undoubted success helps you to keep your chin up. No-one deserves it more. With very best wishes... Myke
Hi Mick! Hi Cliff!
I also found this website a rollercoaster of emotions. It is superb. Also fantastic news that Cliff is writing again. My heart lept when I read that. I, too, cannot wait! My sister, and an old school friend and I got hooked on CTW when Gaye, Wherewithal & Scullery were first released in the early 70s. I fell in love with the track Home Thoughts from Abroad back in 1975 and still get goosebumps to this day whenever I hear it. I think it was after watching "I Love the 70s" recently on Tv that inspired me to buy his music and I now have Gaye and other Stories. Brilliant. My only regret is that I didn't buy any of this years ago. My sister also bought it after listeneing to it (twice on Christmas day). It was whilst searching the web to buy it for her that I found your website. It is my ambition to get another of my friends hooked as well (she's from Australia). I'll let you know if I succeed! Somehow I don't doubt it. I was amazed to read a message from someone who said that 2 of his college classmates had been taught by CTW at secondary school. I also used to know someone who had been a prefect at the school where he taught and they said he was always late and blamed it on the bus! There's no justice in this world in that CTW didn't even feature in the Voices of the Century poll on Paul Gambaccini, BBC Radio 2. I voted for him, as I'm sure many others did, however he did say it was based on record sales as well. I wish you well, Cliff & James, with the songwriting and hope you do produce an album this year. I received an email from my ex-husband yesterday (with whom I've remained good friends) - I'd e-mailed him about this site and about you, Cliff, and his parting words were: "Please give CTW my regards" which I'm more than happy to do, and also add my own, my sister's and my friends'. Thank you for your wonderful music, and for enriching so many people's lives. Say hi to Pat.
The man's music has lived better than most and has helped me live mine better.
You cannot imagine how happy the news that you are composing makes me. It is the answer to a prayer!
I am a very new fan...The first song I heard of yours was "The Best Is Yet To Come" as sung by Justin Hayward in the '80's...it was a wonderful song and a lovely rendition. Although I made a note of the name of the songwriter; I never found any other information on you and your work until I purchased my computer last year...I was online chatting with a fellow Moody Blues fan who assured me that Clifford T Ward was a pseudonym that Justin Hayward used...I knew that could not be! I did a search and found this wonderful site dedicated to you and your music! I quickly purchased "Gaye And Other Stories"...It was a joy to listen to the first time and has become very special in my life. Your music is a treasure!I am now an avid collector of Clifford T Ward Lp's, Cd's, singles...anything I can find!
I thank you for the gift you have given us though your compositions. I am filled with regret that I did not discover your glorious music when so many others did in the 70's...then again, I am so enjoying "discovering" your extraordinary work now...every one of your songs is new to me!!! They should all be hits! They are all classics by any standards.
God bless you and your family. You are in my prayers. I believe in miracles and the news that you are writing again increases my faith that indeed ..."the best is yet to come"...
I love your songwritting, I think, rather than the Beatles, you are the British Brian Wilson. Good luck with your new songs.
Only recently into p.c.s and web sites i can only add that since i came across ctw's site i realised i should have come in from the cold years ago. I wish you well Cliff and thanks for the music.
Great site, great cause (CTW), great idea. If you're lucky you might still get the late, great Gerard Hoffnung's speeches to the Cambridge Students Union, where he tells the "barrel" story absolutely brilliantly, amongst others. (I'll look up the CD ref. number if you like.) Did you get the Clifford T letter I sent? Quite a coup to have Sir Tim on board - fantastic!
Best regards Myke
Wonderful always - never dates
I AM A SINGER SONGWRITER AND IT IS AN AMBITION OF MINE TO MEET CLIFFORD, HIS MUSIC JUST TEARS THROUGH MY SOUL AND AWAKENS EMOTIONS THAT I OTHERWISE HAVE NO ACCESS TO. IF JUST ONE OF MY SONGS GIVES JUST ONE PERSON THE FEELINGS I GET WHEN I HEAR ANY OF CLIFFORD'S SONGS THEN I WILL CONSIDER MYSELF A SUCCES. FORGET FAME AND FORTUNE, THIS, TO ME WOULD BE MORE FORTUNE THAN ANY MONEY COULD EVER BUY. CLIFFORD, I LOVE YOU FROM THE VERY DEPTH OF MY SOUL AND THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT CONVEY THE FEELINGS I HAVE FOR YOU AND WHAT YOU DO. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND THANKYOU TO MY FATHER FOR GIVING ME THE GIFT OF YOU. MY FATHER, PETER NORTH, LOST HIS BATTLE AGAINST PROSTATE CANCER LAST YEAR. EVERYTHING I DO IN MY CAREER FROM NOW I DEDICATE TO MY DAD AND THE PURE GENIUS THAT IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE CLIFFORD T WARD, YOUR LEGEND WILL GROW AND GROW AND GROW. THANK YOU CLIFF AND PAT.
Just a brief note to bring you all up to date on the new songs.
At present we have completed four new songs and things are moving forward at a steady pace.Cliff is really enjoying working on this project and its great to see him being so creative after such a long period of inactivity. I have been overwhelmed by all the E. mails I have recieved from around the world, thankyou all so much. It lifts Cliffs spirits to know people care about him and still love his music. To set matters straight with regard to the new songs, not wishing to mislead anyone, Cliff is too poorly to sing or play keyboards on any of the new songs, he leaves that side to me, however his input into the writing, production and general direction of things is very much at the forefront and his influence is invaluable. The songs are all new tunes and lyrics which we began to write in march this year, Cliff gets me to play guitar or keyboard over and over then raising his hand says- right the line is..... and thats the way we get through it (SORRY NO SPEECH MARKS!). I hope I have given you a little insight into how things are moving forward and I promise to keep you informed regularly. Many thanks to you all for your support,
I hope to complete the lyrics for you in the next few days, Cliff is racking his brains trying to remember them, its been a long time! Cheers mate.
I wanted to say how much I have enjoyed listening to Cliff's music over the years, especially the clever lyrics and moving emotions contained in the songs. He has a gift and has used it well. I always wondered what had happend to Cliff and why we never heard new stuff or concerts. Through this site I now realise Cliff's situation with poor health and want to send him my thanks for the enjoyment I get in playing his music and wish him the best for the future.
I'VE BEEN A FAN FOR MANY YEARS, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
never thought to check for a site on the web. great now to have found it
Infelizmente não conhece uma boa quantidade das músicas do excelente Clifford T. Ward, mas dou os meus parabéns pelo que já conheço e parabéns por "GAYE". Uma saudação de um escondido fã seu. Nasci em 1979 e só curto músicas antigas, pois, hoje em dia não se faz mais músicas como antigamente. Congratulations God bless you - Não sei se escrevi certo, mas é: Deus te abençoe
I remember Clifford's only appearance on the Belgian Television, promoting his only minor hit here: Jigsaw Girl/Cellophane. I never heard a more British sound, than these. (I'm not a tea drinker but sometimes...) I never could purchase all his records 'cause the later CTW records were never released here (New England Days was the last-one). Due to this website I can complete the story. Thanks to all. Especially thanks and a wish of hope to Clifford and his family.
i have been a great admirer of your work for 20 years plus, and have spread the word whenever possible.
Finally i've got this interesting and wonderful web. Unfortunatelly i have no found a The Way of Love's lyrics from Escallator album. May you could gimme a favour of it, I would say thanx much in advance.
Thanks for your message, Ruby - the complete set of Cliff's lyrics are now on the site - you'll see a link to them on the 'main page'. In fact, just for you, here's a link that will take you directly to the lyrics of 'The Way of Love'. Regards, . . . Mick.
I have returned to Cliff's music after, I am ashamed to say, a large number of years of not really listening to the albums. I bought a copy of 'Gaye and Other Stories' and the memories just came flooding back. The music is so beautiful and the lyrics have lost none of their power and sentiment.
I was so sorry to hear of your poor health Cliff, I hope you continue to find the inner strength to carry on working, and I very much look forward to hearing the new songs performed.
Very best wishes
So very sorry to hear of CTW's illness. His songs were a soundtrack to my teenage years, especially Gaye, Wherewithall and, most of all, Time the Magician.
As a songwriter I have recently been surfing the net for up-to-date news of various successes I have recently been enjoying around the world - but none of it has raised my spirits as much as coming across this website and seeing the love & goodwill inspired by Cliff's music and the genuine esteem and affection in which it is, quite rightly, held by the few capable of listening without prejudice - i.e. with their ears, brain, heart & soul - the way he wrote & sang it.What an incredibly under-rated national treasure.
Having only recently had access to the internet I now have the opportunity to add my thanks for all the pleasure your music has given me over the years.
I became a "fan" after hearing Gaye on its release and have bought every LP/CD since. In fact, due to the scratching/warping of my copies of some of your earlier LPs I bought second copies of several albums, some of which still have their polythene seal unbroken! When I am asked which is my favourite song of all time the answer has not changed for over 25 years - A Day to Myself by Clifford T Ward. The response is mostly "who?" but I see from this and other web sites that there are lots of people who know who (and why).
You should be proud of what you have achieved.
I can't seem to see "Music was my first love", I think that is the name,,,,,anyway when we hear it on the radio we all stop what we are doing and stand in awe until this nice song is finished.
Clifford T. Ward was always on my list of singer/songwriters since 1973 when I first heard his music. I now live in the U.S and am converting others in some small way to listen and enjoy his wonderful melodies. You are the best Clifford!!!!! P.S. I'm playing "The Open University" song as I write this!!!!
Hi just discovered this site and was shocked to here of Cliff's illness, although a electronic music fan especially Tangerine Dream I have always loved Cliff's songs I did have Home Thoughts, Escalator and Both of Us on cassettes which have been worn out long ago. Finding this as inspired me to order Gaye and Other Stories and cannot wait to listen to these classic songs again. All the best to Cliff and his family. Cheers Gary.
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