Mom and Ross
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I have been writing about Ross a lot, but don't know how to share it. I have also been compiling a collection of his songs--by him, performed by him, including some with me & noah--& have a set of tracks that covers most of what I have. I want to make it available to anyone who wants it. I can upload the tracks to the website, link to them in a blog, etc.
I want to just ask anyone who may have a track or tape or anything with Ross performing, if they could kindly send me a copy, or email me a copy, or something, I can add it to the compilation. I would love to hear anything I haven't heard already, & I'm making these tracks available because I'm sure anyone who has had the privilege of hearing songs of Ross would like to hear more. It's kink of like one of those boxsets, with outtakes, alternative takes, jams, informal stuff, etc.
I will post what I have in the next couple of days. I will be working on it in different formats, in case anyone might need it mailed to them? I'm open to suggestions and ideas, so if anyone has any, please let me know!
Long live Ross!
Please feel free to post any of this on the Ross blog, or wherever.
Thanks so much,
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Old friend, you are much loved and will be dearly missed. Your music and the serenades always made me smile! I miss our antics at Houghton. You showed me James Taylor (which I still listen to) and enriched my life in so many ways that first year at Houghton. I know you are in good hands now and when I see you in heaven we will certainly share smiles again.
I am so sad to hear about this. I was just reading Joanna's comment about him stopping Dialysis and I was actually planning a trip down to visit this coming week. I guess it was just not soon enough. It really makes you think about the times when you put things off. Life really can be too short! So make time for th...ose who are important to you and don't hesitate. I am so upset at myself for missing the chance to see him this past summer, he was in town and I had once again not planned ahead in order to make it to see him.... and now it saddens me so very much that I was so selfish.
I have Ross's CD in my car and I hear him EVERYDAY! I think about him EVERYDAY! He was a special person and always will have a special place in my heart even though I know I didn't let him know enough.... I still think he knew how much I deeply cared for him! To all his family members - you are in my thoughts and prayers!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I will always remember the times I spent with Ross! We were in a lot of the same clubs & activities. He had such a great attitude!! AND SO FUNNY!!! I have some very interesting pictures of him!!! One is of him wearing Amy Brown's bathing suit (over his clothes) on a Vocal Jazz retreat in Horseheads (We ALL thought, whe...re the hell is that!!!) Rest in peace. Please know you are thought of with joy & laughter!
Ross I will miss you dearly Hun you are in gods hands now no more pain and suffering i was sad to hear you were ill we kept in contact by emails i was glad we did i havenmt seen you since graduation. Your voice was so phenominal!!! I will think of you always when i listen to your music. I will never forget those beauti...ful blue eyes of yours you are very handsome Ross I will always love you , always have always will!!!!!! You were nice to everyone!!!!!!!! I will see you again someday Ross I LOVE YOU!!!! Love your good friend Tracy Condolences to Jerri and Joanna and family at this sad time
It's been years since I've seen Ross, but I have so many fond memories of listening to music with him, jamming with him and singing with him...passions we both shared. What a great person he was...so caring and compassionate, hilarious and a beautiful soul. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
In another lifetime there was a girl who heard a golden-haired boy sing and she swooned, as most people did when he sang and played his guitar.
I loved it when I was able to get you for “Stairway to Heaven” at dances.
I loved it when you’d stop picking at the guitar strings and listen to what I was saying.
I loved discovering Eric Clapton.
I loved when you sang the solo in “That Lonesome Road,” a song that we listen to all the time in our home.
I loved covering the tenor line so you could sing lead in “Naturally.”
I loved your smiles, both the quick grin and the slow spreader.
With years and perspective, I loved that you treated my feelings as tenderly as you could. I was very young and innocent; thank you for honoring that.
My dad, in a moment of incredible sensitivity and clarity for him, once said music is what keeps my soul alive. You are part of music to me, Ross, and enmeshed in my very soul forever.
I love you. Be at peace, my friend.
Cylinda (Rickert) Areno
Monday, December 21, 2009
W. Ross Clark II went to join God's choir of Heavenly Angels on the evening of Saturday, December 19, 2009. (Actually, we're pretty sure he's leading the choir by now). Ross was born on March 17, 1974 and spent the majority of his 35 years making beautiful music and bringing joy to those around him. He also fought a nearly life-long battle with Type 1 diabetes with a strength and grace that serves as an inspiration to all who knew him.
Ross finally decided it was time to move on to a bigger and better life in the spirit. He leaves behind a loving circle of family and friends and a legacy of music that will live on forever. Those who wish to honor Ross' memory can do so by enjoying his music and making music in their own lives. Donations can be made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association.
A celebration of Ross' life, music, and spirit is being planned for Saturday March 20, 2010 in the Oneida, NY area. More details will be posted on this blog.
Forever at Home in Our Hearts...
I am so very sad to hear that you are considering leaving us. It is my hope that you change your mind, but if you don't I will always look forward to seeing you in heaven. I take comfort in knowing that that is exactly were you will go. It has been a very long time, but I am sure that I am not alone in feeling that you are just one of those people that you couldn't possibly forget. I remember (and always will remember) our adventures at Houghton fondly. You were always a laugh a minute, with the most contagious smile in the world. You were the life of the party and had a way of bringing out the best in all of us - I am sure that this is still true. I have spoken to Jon McCarthy on a few occasions and he has shared stories with me about the kind of man that you grew up to be - and how you have struggled with your disease. I am proud of you for the person that I grew to know and love when I was young and the person that I am told you have become and been to others through your life along the way. I have been enjoying listening to your music on ROSSONGS. Wow Ross, what a talent! Haha and I knew you when :)
You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith. Now there is in store for you the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award you on that day - and not only to you, but to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4 7-8
Sending love and prayers to you my friend. I will see you on the streets of Gold.
Kristy Arthur Keesler
Sunday, December 20, 2009
ross- you are , as always, in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you the best during these times - and just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful gift of song and music you have shared with everyone. You are truly an inspiration to us all! love and miss you!
I remember falling head over heals for you as a little tenage girl. Singing and writing music together at my house on Washington Avenue (how many nights did you spend the night and you only lived a few houses down!). My mother loved you like her own son. I remember singing together in vocal jazz (Iwanted to kiss mr welcher for pairing us together!)and I remember playing together in the snow. I also loved how you would just reappear in my life. Like when we saw each other at the Grand Old Opry. I remember you telling me that you thought we might get married one day..ha, ha...I bet you said that to all the girls. It saddens me that you are sick but I am glad to have this chance to say good bye. You and your music will live on in the hearts of all the heart's that you have touched- which includes mine! Peace be with you. By the way, I sing Moon Goddess Mary almost everyday to Sally's girls. It is the best lullaby. Thank you for the time we have shared. Thank you for your beautiful music. You have touched my life. Good night, my friend. Sleep tight.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I just wanted to let you know how saddened I am to hear about what you’re going through. I’ve always looked up to the way that you can make people feel, and the impact that you have on the lives of others. We all know about the musical talent that you possess, but to me the most outstanding quality of yours is the magical kind of impact that you have on people. You just seem to know how to make others feel good about themselves and have a good time. We all need a little Ross Clark in our lives to remind us of what is important.
You’ve given me a lot of good memories, from hanging around your house in Oneida as a teenager to sharing an apartment in Nashville in ’95. I’ll always remember the smile that you can put on anybody’s face. God Bless you Ross.
It's been a long time. Lots of great memories at the Buda house, My Fair Lady, and chorus. It seems you've put your many talents to good use since those days. I'm so sorry to hear, and my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Thanks for the great memories and God Bless.
Thanks to Kevin and the many other musician friends who have been such an important part of Ross' life.
It has been far too long. I have always been a horrible correspondent and I wholeheartedly regret not making the time to catch up with you, especially given the ease of Facebook. Whenever I think of highschool, I think fondly of drama club since it was so instrumental in helping me overcome my shyness. You are in so many of my memories of drama rehearsals/performances. I remember you having incredible talent and such a warm personality.
'I Can See Clearly Now' has long been a favorite of mine for its inspirational lyrics, and your version is truly one of the most beautiful I’ve heard. I will always think of you when I hear that song. As your journey in this lifetime ends, may you go in peace. And, as you go into the sunshine, know that your life, and music, has touched so many.
Love, Sarah Babcock
Ross, although I never sang with you, I had the pleasure of listening to you. You have blessed with an amazing talent. My memories of you are always with a smile and you and Kelly going to the prom ;o was awesome! I pray for you and your family, peace and no pain. Your work, albums, are amazing. Thank you for adding to my life. God's Blessings. Beth
I had no idea. It saddens me to think that through all these years you were suffering. So many years passed by without a trace. I always wondered how you were/are. You always had a special place in my heart. I am so happy to have been able to touch base with you through Facebook. I don't know if you remember but I still have the heart shaped locket necklace you gave me with "love, Ross" engraved on it. I will always treasure it and keep it close. You are in my prayers ! Sweet kisses to you darling.
One Step at a Time
by Joseph Morris
In the morning with the journey all before us on the road,
It takes courage to begin, that is sure;
For the first step is the hardest, and we always think the load
May be greater than we've power to endure.
When the first mile lies behind us we can say, "Now that is done,
And the second and the third will soon be past."
So we trudge on through the noontime, and the setting of the sun
Finds us coming to our stopping-place at last.
When a man would climb a mountain he's appalled to see the length
Of the slope that reaches up into the sky;
But he starts, and with the climbing he will find he's gained the strength
To attain the very top, however high.
For the climbing of a mountain takes but one step at a time--
Who has courage to do that will reach the goal;
He will stand upon Life's summit and will know that joy sublime
Which is his alone who dares to prove his soul.
PS. Thank you for sharing a part of you through your music.
I always enjoyed hanging out with you and listening to you jam to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Van Halen's "Ice Cream Man."
Your voice and music is beautiful.
I know it's been forever since we've talked. In some ways a whole life time ago. It may seem strange to you that I am writing now, but I wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Once upon a time I was not really able to tell people how much they meant to me, but back in that time you really touched me and I wanted you to know that. I especially remember celebrating our birthdays together during musical rehearsals. Although I think it was more like you sharing your birthday celebration with me. There was also a time when my closest friends called me "Step-on-me" and thought it was a funny play on my name, but you never did that. Instead you started calling me "The Stuff." So many little things that you did just because it was who you were that meant the world to a lonely, hurting girl who didn't think very much of herself. I've changed a lot since then, as I imagine we all have, figured some things out, learned how to like myself, and these day I'm actually a counselor (I know, the counselor part doesn't usually surprise people all that much). But when I think of you, I still very fondly remember the funny, talented, tender hearted boy who was so kind to me and made me laugh so often. I know there probably isn't much, but if I can do anything... Just know that you are in my prayers and that once upon a time you made a real difference in my life. Sending you my love.
I wanted you to know that I am so honored that we have met in our life, you are such a wonderful and gifted person. One of my fondest memories of you is at graduation, I know that I have told you this many times but when you sang your solo I always got goose bumps! What an amazing voice you have. I want you to know that I will listen to your music and share with others so they can be just as blessed to hear you. Just know that I am thinking of you at this hard time and I know you will end up in a much better place with no suffering, and where you can continue to sing.
Your friend, Jill Romano
My love, thoughts and prayers to you, your family, and my friend Ross.
Ross we love you and are praying for you. You have fought a good fight and may you be in peace. Your memory will live on through your music and many good memories of great friendship and I will miss you greatly. Peace be with you and your family at this sad time. We love you.
Ross, it's OK. All is OK. I hear you have chosen to stop fighting. I want to scream DON'T STOP FIGHTING. But either way, you are in God's hands. YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN ALONE. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. You have ALWAYS been in God's hands. The next time I see you, albeit on the other side, it will be beautiful. It will be beautifu...l. Do not be afraid. There is nothing to fear. You are in God's hands. They are good hands, kind hands, loving hands, strong hands. These hands will carry you from here to there, and will not let you go. All my love. All of it.
I try not to spend a lot of time thinking about high school -- it
wasn't my favorite time of my life (though it beat junior high). It
had its highlights, though, and today when I was thinking about them,
I remembered how many of them included you.
Most days I was mainly just looking forward to choir practice or drama
club rehearsal, and yep, there you were, making everything look easy.
I learned a lot from you, man...fact is, most of us really didn't have
any kind of a feel for jazz except you, but that's your element and we
all paid attention. Not trying to inflate your ego or anything but I
really don't know if those freaking horrible blue cardigans and the
mall concerts would have meant much of anything without you buoying it
all up and keeping the rest of us from looking like total clods.
Somewhere I still have that little tiny photo they took of us at
All-State at that resort hotel, when we were going to sing all that
amazing music and an ice storm knocked out the power and sent us all
home. Good times.
I'm not shocked in the least to see how much music you've been making
since then. Dude, I was listening to it today and I'm still a little
amazed that I know someone with that kind of talent. I mean, I did
some singing in college, and I do it now with our improv comedy group
(and karaoke of course), but you're not messing around. I keep telling
myself that someday I'm gonna pick up the guitar and start writing
songs and I keep not doing it. Someday I will, and it won't be a patch
on what you do, but you'll have inspired it.
I'm not just blowing smoke here...you were a pretty bright light for
me in high school, but I never really thought I could tell you that. I
really hope the past 17 years since graduation, even through the ice
storms, have been full of bright lights for you too.
I love you man.
I heard the news from JoAnna that you're taking a big step. Man,
you've got balls! (by definition, partly what makes you a man...you
know, in the strictest sense). I've always admired you, and the
strength you're showing now...is off. the. freaking. CHARTS!
I think of you often. You were there for many of my highlights and
happy memories from high school years: Concert and Jazz Choir, DC
trip, Harry Jr. stylings at an Amy Green party (and most other
places), Mr. Big, Happy Birthday crooning to Vicki Buda, My Fair Lady
(the Flow!)...and of course Wayne's World. Magnificoooooo-o-o!
You helped me tap into new levels of creativity, and gave me guidance
and confidence to actually stand up and perform in front of people,
and I thank you for that. It helped me grow up in many ways. Plus,
it was always fun to hang out with someone who was an even bigger
wiseass than I was back then!
I call you the Solo-man, but you know you're never alone. I am lucky
to have had such a wonderful mentor and friend at a time in life when
everyone can sorely use one. You are a beautiful human being Ross,
and I thank you for all of the beautiful music you've made -- in both
the literal sense, and in simply improving this thing we call life. I
am honored to be a member of the Three White Boyz, and look forward to
recording that reunion tour album we always said we were going to make
White Boyz 4 Life!!!