On Mon Oct 22 19:12:41 BST 2001, David Young (UK, email@example.com) from 188.8.131.52 said:
I am looking for material for the next issue of Waves. The fanzine is available to members of the Friends of Clifford T.Ward. I have read so many letters from all over the world. If anyone would like to put their thoughts onto paper and talk about their love of the great man's music, please send them to me. My new e-mail address is as above
I would love to hear from any fans out there.
hi Cliff fans, try and get to THE GAINSBOROUGH HOUSE HOTEL, BEWDLEY KIDDERMINSTER. SUNDAY THE 25TH 6 TIL 10 FOR THE MERSEYCATS GIG FOR CLIFFORD, THE MERSEYCATS ARE ALL EX MERSEYBEAT PERFORMERS FROM LIVERPOOL, YOU WILL SEE FORMER MEMBERS OF FARONS FLAMINGOS (INC FARON) EARL PRESTON AND THE TTS THE MOJOS, THE UNDERTAKERS, GROUP ONE, LEE CURTIS AND THE ALL STARS, THE VOCALS, THE FOUR JUST MEN, THE BIG 3, THE SENATORS.
I Haven't listened to Cliffs music for a long time until yesterday, and it was like listerning to it for the frist time, again! Oh my mom told me to say that she was the one who introduced me to Cliffs music, and that she has such good taste! she wants me to say i'm 14 also... i'm acttually 13! any way!
Just wanted to say that "Home thoughts from abroad" was the first album I ever bought and I still enjoy listening to it all these years on.
I have just returned from visiting Cliff in hospital. He was admitted yesterday, Thursday 1st November suffering from pneumonia. Whilst he has improved from yesterday he is still quite poorly. I know that any messages posted on the guest page will cheer him up a lot. I will read them to him on a daily basis and this will help with his recovery. You can e-mail me for an up-to-date bulletin. I will keep the guest book updated with his progress. I know that all your good wishes will be directed towards him and that the power of positive thought will aid his rapid retun to a better state of health.
I live in BC Canada where I am a family physician though I did grow up in Leicestershire. Many years ago I bought an instrumental guitar album which featured a song called "Lost Again" credited to a Clifford T Ward. Though I haven't had access to a turn table for over 10 years this hauntingly beautiful melody has been spinning around in my head. I have always been intrigued to hear the original. I have recently had quite a hefty back operation and as such have been surfing around the net a bit more than usual- hence arriving at this site. I was able to listen to an audio clip of the song I have waited so long to hear and found out a bit more about the artist. Thank you.
Though I might have to get them sent over from home I now know to look for Bittersweet and I think also Homethoughts CDs- again thank you.
I would like to send my best wishes to Clifford- I might be a late arrival to your music but I am looking forward to hearing more.
Chris Sladden Clearwater BC Canada
Sorry to hear you are in hospital, just to send you my best wishes and I know I am speaking for all your loyal fans in Ireland when I say " Get well soon" becuase we are looking forward to seeing you in Dublin next summer for your celebration day. At the moment I am busy trying to find a suitable venue in Dublin city so we don't have a repeat of the last Irish show where fans were turned away because so many had turned up. I already have sponsorship for yourself and Pats travel arrangements and accomodation in Dublin so I now have to try and work on a deal for the band. Anyone else reading this message is obviously a fan and I would ask you to please make a note in your diary for a weekend in Dublin next summer to celebrate the music of the finest singer songwriter in the music industry. Dublin is currently the third most popular European destination for a weekend break after Paris and Prague so if you add in the music of Mr Clifford T Ward to the weekend, then like the old add goes "If you are going to miss any weekend next summer, Don't miss this one". Keep visiting this web site and Stephen Bagust will let you know the date of the Dublin weekend as soon as everything is in place. Cliff, keep your spirits up and remember there are tens of thousands of positive thoughts eminating towards you every minute of every day.
my name is LEN I live on the Island of GUERNSEY. 3 years ago I was surfing the net for songwriters and found your web site. After listening to your samples I went out and surched the record shops and found your C.D. Gaye and Other Stories. My wife and I just 'swooned' over your great songs, I am 61 she is 54. We have filled our lives with your music, we have copied tapes in the car so we are never far from your wonderful melodies, it is so relaxing after a hard days work, to come home and pop on a Clifford T Ward composition. I have collected all the seven C.Ds and also the book 'BITTERSWEET' by Dave Cartwright, a good read! We are members of the Friends OF Clifford T Ward fan club and look forward to receiving are copies of Waves. I hope you have recovered from your recent hostpital spell, we send you all good wishes and positive thoughts, and pray for you and yours, Len & Sheila Bretel
Dear Cliff, Sorry I could not get to the Celebration this year, I had no car. I am dismayed to hear that you are in hospital, I just hope that you will be OK and that you will find as I did a few years ago, that life in hospital can be surprisingly pleasant. My news is that Janet and I tried to sell the colt Clifford T. Ward into flat racing last month but had to bring him and two others back home. There weren't enough buyers and besides it was a sale of flat-race bred horses and strictly speaking he is for jumpracing. Now we intend to revert to the original plan which is to keep him for another two years then form a syndicate and train him for hurdling. He is ideal for it, big and strong and as someone at the sales remarked, very like the legendary Sea Pigeon. Meantime, Janet and I have bought a 1/20th share in a jumper called Mickthecutaway who is thought likely to win on heavy going this winter. He has already won races and they may put him in the Grand National if he does well enough. Good fun for us at only £60 per month! I am still playing your songs and can perform several of them on the guitar. Today I will be playing your beautiful Christmas song "Home" which should have been a big hit for you. Maybe it will be, this Christmas, and I hope you will be able to sing it to yourself soon. "Don't be downhearted, do not cry", Cliff, all your friends love you and this week we will be playing your music even more than usual while we think about you. Have you heard that lovely song by Jeff Buckley, "Lover you should have come over"? If not, tell Stephen and I will send you a tape of four performances of it by him, all different, so good they are sure to take your mind off your predicament. It's a song I wish I could have heard you sing.... Alan Kenworthy
Please give CTW my best wishes and hope
" THE BEST IS YET TO COME"
I have visited Cliff tonight (Wednesday)and am pleased to report that there is some improvement in his condition. He is still being fed intraveneously but is h oping to be tube fed starting tomorrow. His breathing is still laboured but much better than the last few days. The good news is that he hasn't smoked for over a week and is now being treated with nicotine patches which have removed his craving for tobacco. He doesn't think that he will smoke again!
He is beginning to tell jokes again and I'm sure that he has turned the corner now. He has had a steady stream of visitors and is so grateful to see them and also receive your messages of goodwill.
I will update you on his progress in a day or two.
Keep your thoughts with him and he will recover so much quicker.
All the best Clifford !
What a delight to find a Clifford T. Ward website. I have been a fan of his music for years and, until recently, had no idea of what happened to Clifford and his music. Mention the name here in Canada---even amongst my musically knowledgeable friends---and you will usually get blank stares. Keep up the good work. Every time I think the Internet is over-hyped, websites like this prove me wrong in that people worldwide can share an appreciation of an individual's unique talent. Michael Rai-Lewis Toronto, Canada
Sorry to here you are in Hospital.
When I first met my future wife Rose we played Mantlepieces non-stop in the Car. So much so that it unravalled and I had to buy a new copy. Still love you after all these years. Looking forward to seeing you in Dubin next year (let us know in plenty of time Ted)
P.S. Love the site, one of the best on the WWW.
From more of your Irish Fans.
Oliver, Rose, Kerri, Aoife and Rosanna.
Dear Mr. Ward,
Your beautiful music remains a constant source of joy in my household...we can play your albums over and over and never ever grow tired of them. I pray that you will have a speedy and full recovery from pneumonia...as I am very much looking forward to the new songs you have been working on...Hopefully a new album soon?! You are in my thoughts and prayers as always. God bless. Shameena.
Hello Cliff, sad to hear about your illness and are hoping and praying you get well. What beautiful, beautiful music you write and sing. As someone that had heard of your big hits Gaye and Scullery but not in any more depth until recently (and i am now 44)i cannot believe what i have been missing.
I live `up the road` in Kingswinford and new you were a Kiddy lad but never previously delved any further, until now. I love `Home thoughts from abroad` this has to be my favourite at the moment, but reckon this will keep changing as i listen more.
Please get well soon.
DEAR CLIFF, SO GLAD YOUR FEELING A LITTLE BETTER. TRY AND GIVE UP THE FAGS , IM SURE YOU WILL FEEL BETTER IF YOU DO. DONT GIVE UP WOMEN OR BEER [ A MANS GOT TO HAVE SOME VICES ]I HAVE COPIED THE VIDEO I TOOK AT THE MERSEYCATS CONCERT ON 28/10/01 AND WILL SEND THE COPY TO ROY IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS . IF YOU GET A BIT LOW I WILL SEND FARON DOWN TO CHEER YOU UP !!!!!!!! IF YOU CAN FIND A TABLE FOR HIM TO " PERFORM ON " KEEP ON GETTING BETTER THANKS MIKE
I have listened to your music on cassette for some years and having found the Web site a few months ago am building up a collection of CD's. I find it hard to express how much I love your music but words like 'beautiful', 'melodic', 'haunting' come to mind. They are a great aid for relaxing after a stressed-out day! I hope you will be back to better health soon after your period in hospital. The world is waiting for more of your songs..come on Cliff get that music rolling again!
I bought "Gaye & Other Stories" earlier this year. I'd always liked the songs of yours I had heard on the radio over the years and it seemed about time! My wife is now being driven mad by the regular, frequent and loud playings of the CD. To give her a break I have now bought "Singer - Songwriter...Plus" and "The Ways of Love". "Bittersweet" next perhaps? Many thanks for your music - so many of your songs express my own feelings far better than I could. Hope you are soon out of hospital. Thanks also to Mick for the fine website.
I am saddened to here you dont feel well but keep your pecker up mate i'll be thinking about you . i've always liked your music and just orderd homethourghts from my record shop on CD. I think its a good idea to stop smoking I did it and the cravings go away after about three weeks [can you last another week?!!] TAKE CARE DUDE love Andy.
I've enjoyed all his albums immensely, being figurative in my early "corting" years. My favourite song is as everyone's "Homethoughts from Abroad", closely followed by "A day to myself" - why is this song never picked up at Rememberance ?
I first discovered his music in 1993 at the tender age of 19. His finest piece in my opinion is "Wayward". I do try and educate my friends to his music. When ever i am feeling low or sad a quick fix of "Mantlepieces" is all I need. This is my first day of internet access at home and this was my first port of call. Am i the youngest fan out there?
DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I COULD PURCHASE A COPY OF THE CTW AUTOBIOGRAPHY, BY DAVE CARTWRIGHT.
I WOULD APPRECIATE ALL THOUGHTS AND IDEAS.
THANKS VERY MUCH.
My Dear Cliff...Please get well soon...Will be over (hopefully)sometime next year to see you. Till then "Breath in the love of hope from your Fans all over the World".
Love to you all...Glyn
Latest bulletin direct from Hospital in Worcester. Wednesday 21st November 2001.
Cliff is improving slowly. He is still suffering from poor breathing due to the pneumonia. Cliff is unable to take any food or drink by mouth. He is being fed by tube direct into the stomach.
A constant stream of visitors helps to pass the time for him and he is really pleased to receive them. His music is being played in the wards and this has given him a boost. Your messages and e-mails really do give him a lift. Please continue to send your messages either to myself or Roy Smith. We also read the contents of this great guest pages to him.
We do not know when he may be released from hospital but until he is able to breathe normally and eat and drink by mouth then he is in for a longer stay yet.
Thanks for your support.
Secretary friends of Clifford T. Ward.
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