On Mon Jan 10 21:35:20 GMT 2000, liam o'connell (firstname.lastname@example.org (ireland)) from 188.8.131.52 said:
Best Wishes from a family that has also borne the cross of MS & which takes comfort from the words of one of the world's greatest ever songsmiths...Best Regards, Liamsgang (Ireland) xxxx
How nice it is to experience the interest and appreciation of Clifford T. Ward, whom I have been a devoted fan of since I first heard »Gaye« i Skagerack - onboard the ferry between Copenhagen and Oslo in 1973. Clifford: Your songs are marvellous - romantic, intelligent, utterly melodic and so delightfully English! I foresee a global revival and recognition of your distinguished catalog in time to come. I have always missed companions to share my pleasure and interest for your music - but now I have this fabulous wet-site. Is a performance in Denmark only wishful thinking? And is reissues of all your records on compact discs out of the question?
Thanks for the all the info. As an American living in the UK I only came across CTW on Top of the Pops 2 over the weekend. His voice and the story of the song immediately appealed to me and I ordered 2 CDs straightaway. Keep up the good work!
I remember growing up through my teens and my dad being a big Clifford T Ward fan. He would play them all the time and and as a real small lad I remember only liking "Mr Bilbo Baggins".
As the years passed (I'm now 33) and I started growing up, I suppose mentally and musically, I began liking people like Mike Scott (Waterboys) and Roger Waters (Pink Floyd but mostly solo). Songwriters who could move you, inspire you and generally make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.
Last year, for my dad's birthday I decided to track down what albums were available on CD by CTW. They were difficult to find but I found "Gaye and other stories". This seemed a good one as it was a compilation, some tracks I remembered the names of and promptly bought it.
I then set off home but decided to put it on in the car. If I said I was shocked by what I was hearing, it would be a gross understatement! I have never enjoyed driving in my car as much in my life. The CD was fantastic!
It's funny. I remembered vaguely most of the tunes. But the clarity of the CD's production complimenting CTW's voice and the words just blew me away. The guy is just phenomenal.
The downside was admitting to my dad I am now a fan and taking the abuse off him for ignoring how good CTW was all these missed years, from my point of view.
One wish would be CTW played in public, that would be something! I'm also impressed just how loyal and how steadfast his fans seem to be and also getting onto the internet recently what a great, in depth web site this is.
Best wishes to Clifford T Ward and his fans. Regards,
fantastic -- finally a good use of the internet. I'm 43, play the piano, and have been a huge fan of ctw since 'gaye'. last year I finally cracked 'home thoughts' and 'a day to myself' on the piano - what chords and arrangements. He is the greatest writer to ever come out of England; this is just a quick note; new to internet etc but this site is a great find.
Clifford T. Ward is one of the best in the standart pop music. I admire all his work. God Bless to him and you for this Beautiful page.
Your Friend Nestor Sanchez Quintero from Caracas.
I had often wondered how ctw was fairing after reading a piece a while ago. Being new to the net I tried CTW on the off chance only to be delighted to find the web site. Please convey my best wishes to CTW. I have Mantle Pieces and am still moved whenever Home Thoughts is played. I will now investigate what else is on offer at HMV or wherever at first chance.
Peace and love from Kerry Miller in East Lyng, Somerset.
I have only today come across your web site dedicated to Clifford T.Ward. May I say a big THANK YOU to you for this wonderful shrine to one of the greatest (and tragic) musicians of the 20th.century. It was while listening this evening to one of my all time favourites - "We could be Talking", that I typed in his name and the search engine threw up your site on screen. Again thank you, and if you ever see the great man himself please convey my thanks to him for all the pleasure his music has given me, and reassure him he is constantly in our thoughts.
It's amazing that one singer/songwriter could still maintain such high standard of songs even in times of illness. I said this as i was listening to the CD "Julia and other new stories" ten minutes ago and selected to jump to my fav. song of the CD, "Marron's Glance". Every time i hear it, i just can't help praising it inside my heart. What a beauty!
Just picked up `Gaye and other stories`, a compilation from 1992 and am now reminding myself of how good these songs are. I had three albums on vinyl but the songs still stand up very well. I think it really is the simplicity of a very good melody line with thoughtful lyrics and arrangements. Best wishes to Cliff and his family for the future.
Saw an old clip of you on TOP of The Pops recently, which in turn led me to this web site. Reading about you and listening to your songs again brought back so many thoughts and feelings from my youth, oh those carefree days back in the seventies..... Its lovely to have some kind of contact with you. I listen to my 'Homethoughts' and 'Mantlepieces' albums still quite often and look forward to adding more of your music to my collection. Thank you so much for giving so many people so much pleasure, Take Care.
Has Cliff tried Magnetic Healing? Someone I know has MS and swears by this treatment. May not work for everyone of course but may alleviate some symptoms. Just decided to play Gaye and Other Stories and was transported back to 1980 when I was desparately trying to find a copy of Escalator - which I succeeded in eventually. A Day to Myself is just one of my many favourites but Home Thoughts was the very first!! Where's it going to end? Don't worry Cliff - The Best is Yet to Come!! God Bless.
YOU MAY REMEMBER ME, MY MOM AND DAD KEPT THE BRIDGE INN STOURPORT MANY YEARS AGO. MY SISTERS, DEIRDRE, STEPHANIE, AND MARYLIN ALL KNEW YOUR MOM AND DAD, YOUR BROTHER AND SISTERS. WE USED TO LIVE IN ST. JOHNS ROAD STOURPORT, AND YOUR FAMILY IN MANOR ROAD, BEFORE GOING TO LIVE IN ERNELY CLOSE, WHEN YOU WERE OUR PAPER BOY. I WENT TO LIVE IN IRELEND FOR SOME YEARS, BUT NOW BACK IN DEAR OLD STOURPORT, AND ONLY TWO BUMPED INTO YOUR SISTER KATH, WE STOOD LOOKING AT EACH OTHER FOR WHAT SEEMED A FEW MINUTES, THEN KATH SAID, HADN'T YOU USED TO BE RAY BARBER, WE HAD A GOOD LAUGH OVER THAT.
BUT MY MAIN REASON FOR WRITING THIS SHORT NOTE WAS TO SAY HOW MUCH I ENJOYED HEARING YOU ON RADIO HEREFORD AND WORCESTER THE OTHER AFTERNOON, WHAT A NICE SURPRISE, MAY GOD GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH AND DETERMINATION TO CONTINUE WITH YOUR GREAT GIFT OF CREATIVITY.
WITH LOVE AND BEST WISHES FROM RAY BARBER,
THE SONG WHICH HAS HAUNTED ME FOR MANY YEARS, AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE IS 'GONE UP IN THE WORLD ' - ABSOLUTELY GREAT! BYE FOR NOW.
Always loved Gaye and Wherewithal from the early days but only managed to get hold of some CDs last year which were Gaye and Other Stories, Hidden Treasures and Julia and Other New Stories. I just can't stop playing them, they are beautiful and I realise just what I have been missing.
I only found out about Cliff's MS after reading the CD cover, life is so cruel and I can only hope that he is as comfortable as he can be. Anyway he now has another devoted fan who has joined his fan club Friends of Clifford T Ward.
Its good to see that many others feel the same way as I do about Cliff's music and in awe of his talent. Thank you for the great pleasure you have given me with your beautiful melodys and lyrics.
God bless, Paul Allen Derby.
Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your music, especially Home Thoughts and Escalator. I'm a musician working with singer/song-writer Charlie Landsborough who is also a big fan. Good luck and thanks.
thank you clifford for so many years of musical pleasure
I wish I had the wherewithal to attract your attention and time being the magician that it is, could have the effect that I am not waving but drowning why don't you save me because your the only one that can, by the way "I miss you" I really do.... Regards Suzanne
Have just found this site, and read with great pleasure the many wonderful comments about Cliff and his music. I became a fan in the early 80's when CTW's former bass player, Terry Edwards, joined my band. I was to be a fan from that moment! My all-time favourite album is "Mantlepieces"...I'm desperate to get another copy, as mine was borrowed and "lost" some years ago. Thanks for all the great music, Cliff...all the best to you and yours.
Thanks for your message, Jean. It's nice to hear from a contact of Terry's - I tried to e-mail you, but the address you give (above) does not work! A CD copy of 'Mantle Pieces' can be obtained from Liz Williams: for full details return to this site's 'main page' then follow the link 'Available Merchandise (and how to get it!)'. . . . Best Regards, Mick.
Happy Birthday and thank-you for such great music.
I am so pleased I have found this fantatstic site, Clifford you have given my family and I so much pleasure over the years with your lovely songs. For me "The Best is Yet To Come" is still my favorite track. Could anyone tell me please if I can purchase the C.D. I am 43 now, and have played the guitar and sing in a rock band now for 20 yrs, when I am at home one of my first c.d.s I put on is "Gaye and other stories", it really helps me unwind and it is so well written and arranged. Love to you and your family.
clifford i bought a copy of your cd today gaye and other stories it was so refreshing to hear these songs again my favourite being home thoughts the way you have crafted these songs listening to them is a real pleasure. as a singer songwriter myself for many years i know how difficult it is to get on in this buisness you truly have the gift .. best wishes to you and your family.. take care.. darryl....
Hi there Mick. I signed the visitor's book on the 10th Feb. regarding Terry Edwards, and how he was the bass player in my band in the early eighties. So sorry to discover you'd tried to e-mail me, to no avail...I was using my niece's p.c. and she's since moved away, which means no access to brilliant sites like this! Anyway, I am sending this via my friends' computer, so if you'd like to try again, please use this address, and they will forward it to me. I'll try to update you on the whereabouts of Terry; I had a lot of contact with him and wife Jo 'til a few years ago, when he was still in Harrogate. Hope to hear from you soon, Regards, Jean.
I recently became a fan after buying Gaye and Other Stories without ever having heard a note of your music. Something told me I would love it and I was right. I've since turned into CTW obsessive (well, almost). Just bought the book but not read it yet. Saving that pleasure for another time. The songs are fantastic - very uplifting. But isn't Scullery just that little bit sexist or am I missing the point? My wife thinks so, so it's back in the kitchen with her. Whatever, it's a classic love song. Now seeking out other albums. Thanks for giving so much pleasure.
Have followed Cliffs music for many years, there's no one comes near as a musician or a poet. My claim to fame?? Iwas married 29 years ago in the church pictured on the back of Bittersweet. My sister in law Sheila Wood is Terry Edwards' sister. That's about as close as I get to the great man. (although we did shake hands at an auction in the Gainsborough). Regards Pam and Ron.
I have just emailed Dave Cartright to congratulate him on Bittersweet and in keeping with my new 'sharing' regime (see below), I'm sharing it with your Guest Book.
Well thank you very much. For want of a better expression 'You've just done my head in!' I've just finished reading Bittersweet and I am completely emotionally drained.
I first came across Cliff on the Dandelion sampler record all those years ago, but it was the window display of Harlequin records in Watford High Street, made up entirely of Home Thoughts sleeves, which lured me in to make that all important first purchase. I was hooked - I've followed Cliff's ups and downs ever since. His songs have been so important to me over the years and helped see me through the various traumas that life tends to throw up now and again. How is it that when your feeling really down, listening to a sad CTW song can cheer you up?
I remember too, that Gloria Hunniford interview. I hadn't heard anything about Cliff for some time and there he was on the radio.The interview was emotional enough but hearing 'The Best Is Yet to Come' for the first time, I had to stop the car for fear of doing something silly.
It was Jeff Amor (Laugh it Off album) who let me know that Roy Noble was organising the first CTW convention so off I went. It was brilliant meeting Cliff in ther flesh - I wouldn't have missed it for the world, but selfishly, Cliff's songs and me had a special relationship and I was rather put out that these songs affected other people in the same way. (I must learn to share).
Anyway, these ramblings bring me back to your book. It is one of the best biographies I have ever read (and yes I do own more than one book!). Cliff's story is such a sad story of unfulfilled promise and of what might have been. Especially as the songs were actually getting even better - April, Logic and Marron's Glance are all classics in my eyes.
I can't imagine what state your emotions were in while writing this book. Its one hell of a story and you've told it so well.
Thank you again.
PS. And thank you for the songs Cliff. You are always gnawing at my heartstrings.
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