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Jewel Quotes
« on: December 23, 2015, 07:29:49 AM »

“I consider myself a product of Alaska. The love and the debt that I feel to my home state, you always want your hometown to be the proudest of you.” 

“I'm somebody who, as a child, had a lot of insecurity about stable housing, where I was going to be living, if I was going to have a roof over my head, all those types of things. And I know the impact it can have on you psychologically and emotionally.” 

“It's like a garden: Whatever you water the most will do the best. At some point, you decide whether you'll water your career or your relationship more.” 

“Without a band, I'm much more free to improvise.” 

“I'm a Gemini and I have a lot of different moods. Sometimes I'm very serious and introspective and pensive, but other times I'm completely goofy and girlie. So, I like my songs to cover all my moods.” 

“I've had mentors who were kind of the troubadour singer-songwriters, like Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, and that's just what I've always liked - people who would talk real honestly about their lives and their circumstance.” 

“I think being raised spending so much time outdoors was really important - while you're in it, you might not know, but now I think of the things I was thankful for.” 

“For now I'm just enjoying being a mom. I don't want to be more famous and more rich. I want to be a good mom.” 

“My fans get passionate about certain songs.” 

“I would always encourage people of any age not to be so quick to follow other people's truths but to search and follow your own moral code and live by your own integrity, and mostly just be brave.” 

“I developed a loyal following. No one knew I was homeless.” 

“I have this theory- that if we're told we're bad, then that's the only ideal we'll ever have.” 

“I've been writing lullabies since the beginning. I kind of did it for myself to help myself fall asleep when I really worried, like when I was homeless and I'd fall asleep in my car.” 

“I never found much comfort in overly organized religion of any sort.” 

“I want my whole life to be a great work of art, not just my art. And that means paying attention to my entire life and trying to make sure my whole life is balanced.” 

“Like every girl, I felt amazing pressure to look like the popular girls, but no one told me the popular girls were all air brushed in magazines.” 
“Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous, there's really nothing to lose. There's no wrong you can't make right again, so be kinder to yourself, you know, have fun, take chances. There's no bounds.” 

“I would love to write more children's books. There is such a high standard out there for children's books; there are really amazing writers. It is a fantastic creative outlet and such an amazing teaching tool. The thing I love about kids, too, is it is so imaginative and poetic.” 

“Writing is a really good first step toward that goal of knowing yourself.” 

“The things you fear are undefeatable, not by their nature, but by your approach.” 

“On my own I generally have very messy hair, wear jeans and sneakers.” 

“Love bravely, live bravely, be courageous; there's really nothing to lose.” 

“If you write a hit song for Britney Spears, it's worth several million dollars. Just one song! And it might have taken you two hours to do it. It's like mining for gold. It takes a lot of skill and a lot of technique.” 

“The writers I respect the most had an undying commitment to a vision.” 

“If someone is willing to help you understand your own worth when you're vulnerable, that's a very touching thing. It makes you want to help other people.” 

“When we're children we're told love is going to be great: Just fall in love, the rest will take care of itself - and then we fall in love and we realize, Okay, this is actually really, really hard work. This guy doesn't just tell me I'm great every day, you know?” 

“My whole goal is to keep my spirit intact. If that doesn't happen, none of this is worth it.” 

“I love touring - I don't do it as often as I should.” 

“Once you are successful, there's a very seductive rhythm at work that keeps you wanting to outdo yourself. By the end of 'Spirit' I felt like I didn't want to get into that trap. It almost makes you cartoon-like.” 

“I was really inspired while I was pregnant and I wrote a whole album for my baby. I wanted to write a kids album that didn't annoy parents. I used The Beatles 'Rocky Raccoon' as sort of a starting place for my writing.” 

“What's great about music is it takes so many kinds of people, including me. Everybody is in a different place.” 

“I moved out of home when I was 15.” 

“There are a lot of things about fame that are not conducive to being curious. It's been important for me to cloister myself off.” 

“I have hundreds and hundreds of songs waiting to get on albums, but I don't know about the three-month radio tours and if I'll be interested in that. I haven't figured it out, but I will definitely be doing music, whether it is independent or with a major record label.” 

“The show is different every night, because I never write a setlist.” 

“You have a different crowd every night, so you should do a different show to suit them. I tailor the show to their mood.” 

“I think family mealtime is really important. There's a lot of research that shows kids are going to do better in school and have more self-esteem if you can all sit down and eat together.” 

“I was raised really poor and so was my husband.” 

“I guess I'm a Gemini through and through, but I'm mercurial. I get bored doing the same things.” 

“I love playing big rooms. There's nothing like it. It's a power trip.” 

“I'm not a wild and crazy person.” 

“I'm fairly specific about what I like to wear and looks are important to me, just like they are to everybody.” 

“I love shows about creating and cooking. Sometimes they're so extraordinary, you end up setting yourself to fail.” 

“I wrote the song 'Angels Standing By'... to try and soothe myself - rock myself to sleep, basically - because I was so scared and stressed.” 
“I'm not a partygoer.” 

“I find you get out of people what you put into them.” 

“I'm the classic absent-minded professor: I'm very focused on something, and meanwhile, I've left the refrigerator door open for hours.” 
“Most of us don't spend any time knowing ourselves. We just keep reacting.” 

“I tend to eat what I want, which probably isn't good.” 

“Lots of people have gone from public housing to do great things in the world and have a tremendous sense of duty to their fellow man because of it.” 

“I was homeless and I was in San Diego and I started singing in a local coffee shop and people started coming to hear me sing.” 

“Being part of the natural world reminds me that innocence isn't ever lost completely; we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.” 

“Forgiveness is the needle that knows how to mend.” 

“I've always toured solo acoustic.” 

“I don't see the world unless I see it in ink.” 

“Hard times make you bitter or make you more compassionate.” 

“I've always been a workhorse, and I've been supporting myself since I was 15.” 

“I have a life that I enjoy; I try and value the things that I think are worth valuing and everything else is icing. You know, it is a kick to go down the red carpet in that dress and then you go back home.” 

“I think when kids just see well-crafted poetry, it's just obtuse to them. It's hard to relate to.” 

“My second record I used a producer, which was frustrating in a way, because I think a lot of the punky spirit and provocative nature of the lyrics didn't come across - the music was pretty.” 

“Amazingly, I've been sort of an anomaly in the music industry. I feel like I've been able to exist as kind of a throwback artist.” 
“I have always been a workaholic.” 

“I don't feel like I've changed as much as radio formats have changed.” 

“I have a sneaking suspicion that all religions lead to the same place, a very unified place.” 

“I enjoy hard work; I love setting goals and achieving them.” 

“I'm becoming more and more myself with time. I guess that's what grace is. The refinement of your soul through time.” 

“Some people want fame, popularity and huge sales. I've always hoped to have a really long career. So I've tried to make each of my creative decisions and business decisions to allow for longevity. As a side effect I got really famous and really big. I didn't realize the two could go together.” 

“I was turning 20 during my first record. Those decade birthdays always kind of cause me, it seems, to reflect, look back, and then look forward. I just was closing this period of my life where I was living in a car and scrambling my whole life to then signing a six-record deal with Atlantic.” 

“I don't exist without writing.” 

“I hope that my life ends up being my greatest work of art, not just my music.” 

“Some of my favorite poets had a tremendous sense of whimsy, so it's a writing style I guess I admire.” 

“My husband and I have kept a good balance between the work and the rest. I feel so lucky having a job, and I know so may people who focus too much on work, and their home lives suffer.” 

“I'm a happy mum. I didn't think it was in the cards for me, so I feel very blessed.” 

“We must all work together to end youth homelessness in America.” 

“I grew up doing live tours and playing in bars, so it was what I love to do.” 

“I didn't mean to be a songwriter; I just was writing for fun, you have all day to do it. I was homeless so that's all I had to do.” 

“I've been performing on stage since I was six years old.” 

“I've always had a love for poetry and when I got signed to a record label I thought, 'How odd that I'm doing a record before a book of poetry,'” 
“I'm half alive but I feel mostly dead.” 

“I sort of came out at the dawn of the Internet in the mid-90s and I think it helped break my career. I think I was one of the first artists to really benefit from the grassroots swell that can happen online. I don't know if I would have broken out without it.” 

“I get bored very easily. I have a voracious appetite and I do not feel alive if I'm repeating something I'm good at. So I'm always looking for new challenges.” 

“There's no wrong you can't make right again, so be kinder to yourself; you know, have fun, take chances. Those bounds.” 

“It's really fun to see young kids trying to find excellence in themselves.” 

“I was Renee Zellweger's fat doppelganger. If she ever played in a movie where she needed to be fat, apparently I could be her stunt double.” 
“If I'm a phenomenon, it makes me feel like I have no purpose.” 

“I'm trying to be in the moment and really enjoy my pregnancy. I feel really lucky.” 

“I consider myself a product of Alaska. The love and the debt that I feel to my home state - you always want your hometown to be the proudest of you, and so it's heartbreaking to hear people say snarky things.” 

“Records have never really been my strong suit. I've always been a much better live act. I didn't understand the language of the studio. You sing differently in a studio. The language, the craft - it's just a whole different deal. I avoided the problem on my first record by doing a live album.” 

“So what are we given? We're also given, my generation, the disillusionment of our parents.” 

“I love being in a band.” 


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Re: Jewel Quotes
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2015, 07:31:37 AM »
From Ye Olde Board:

Quote from: Jessica
Spotlight On Jewel Musician Pieces Together A Career Free Of Cynicism
January 20, 1996|by MISTY GLODFELTER, The Morning Call

"Reason doesn't know how to live in this world, and any truth derived solely from reason is only a half-truth. Life becomes what you think; physical things are only a representation of our ideas.

"Why not start to be optimistic and have that reflect in your physical surroundings?" [Jewel] asks, sounding every bit the daughter of two '60s singer-songwriters.

"Make your life your own artwork and get every color you can in it."

 "A lot of people my age are raised with the idea that we have to save the world. I know I can't ignore my own needs to make everyone else happy, and it's important not to feel selfish for that. The future depends on believing in ourselves, not so much in others."

"There isn't anything about myself I want to forget. I prefer to face who I am boldly, rather than become a stranger to myself in convenient ways."

D'aww, hippie Jewel.


Quote from: Jessica
"Music is one of the last arts that is going to affect and touch people," Jewel explains. "We have to move each other. It's not a choice. We have the ability to make people's lives worth living. We do. We're not as separate as we believe. We're not as independent as a lot of us believe. Our happiness and our futures and our wellbeing [sic] is dependant [sic] on one another. From money to food to just generosity of spirit.

"You are really aware of that when you live in a car and are pleading for five bucks to eat. Also, just to see that when you make fun of people, the little cruelties, how much it really affects people. People kill themselves. They kill their lives. That's sad. That's not right. Music is one of the last things that kids will love with their hearts without overintellectuallizing [sic.] I think cleverness is kind of a disease. It's not smart, it's just safe.

"I think we really have to urge ourselves to be more hopeful and more thoughtful. Enhance manifest thought. We should really live consciously and see what we bring into the world. I see that as a gift. We can create ourselves. We should spend a lot of time in silence, hearing who we are and what we want to do and be encouraged for that. I really took music on very consciously, because, I guess, at that time of my life, I didn't want to live anymore unless I was doing something to fill me with passion and purpose. I know that passion breeds passion."

"I was studying a lot of philosophy and thought inconsistency was the root of all evil. I believed in Socrates, he was my hero. I believed in Plato and calls for pure reason. There is no such thing. Pure reason knows nothing of your heart; it knows nothing of the world. So, pure truth deducted from pure reason is just an abstract idea; it's separate of your body. We live in the world, you know, so we can be naive and wise at the same time, flirtatious and innocent at the same time. All of these things, that is very human. We live in a world of polar opposites. We live in north and south. We live in light and dark. That's not bad. We shouldn't try to take the mystery out of things through science. That's what's magical about people. About writing. About being human."


Quote from: Jessica
    It must be weird for you; so many people have bought your record and probably think they know who Jewel is. How do you think people perceive of you?
    I don't know. I'm always portrayed in the media as a naive 22-year-old trying to impress adults. What can I say?

:lol: :(

Quote from: Jessica
This is a nice one.

 "Every time beauty is failed to be noticed, a little light goes out somewhere. And that could be you someday. So, at all costs get perfect moments stuck between your teeth and never lose hope."