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Re: Random Jewel Musings
« Reply #200 on: February 26, 2018, 04:34:01 PM »
Regarding this:


There's probably a misconception because that was literally the story until pretty recently!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/jewel-19981224

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It was after Nedra had to quit her job because of a temporary heart ailment that she suggested that Jewel cut down on living expenses and "make herself available to her dream" by moving into a van. Nedra moved into a van as well, for solidarity. Mom lasted six months, Jewel a year.

"I feel like a comic book," Jewel says about the whole story.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/cosmic-girl-19970515

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When she arrived in Southern California, Jewel worked in a series of crappy jobs and lived out of her car. The desperate feeling returned. "When you're so poor that you can't find food," she says, "and you're scraping food off of people's plates in restaurants to take home, it's degrading." She pauses for a moment, concentrating on the flickering candle. "And I would let bosses flirt with me, because they would take me out to dinner. I'd say, 'I'm not interested in you.'" She switches tenses again: "But you still played the game."

Money was a constant worry. "Once I let a kidney infection go too long," says Jewel, "and we went to all these doctors' offices, and they'd refuse me. Antibiotics are $60 to $100." Which, needless to say, Jewel and her mother did not have. "I'm in the car, throwing up all over myself, and my mom would get refused by one clinic after another. And seeing my mom walk out of the clinics, it was damaging to my spirit. It just made you angry. Nobody gave a shit." She gives a little shrug: "Nobody had to."

After Jewel was fired from another job, she decided then and there to sing for a living: "I thought, 'This is it. My life's a mess. I have to do what I love or die.'" Borrowing money from a boyfriend, she upgraded her living space (a van!), moved in and began to sing in a coffeehouse.


https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/glittering-girl-1.114306

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So, when did Jewel live without passion? "It all came to a head when I was 18, y'know, that point where you have to decide whether to stay at school, or get a job," says Jewel, admitting that, yes, the impoverished circumstances of her life at that point also added to her state of emotional inertia. "It sucked, for sure," she continues. "But at least I wasn't 40, hadn't a family, was on my own and could live in a car. And, as I said, I learned to believe that things must change for the better.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1996/02/01/the-hottest-thing-out-of-alaska/303d767e-3379-457e-9cb8-750420f25c29/?utm_term=.6ad2c4351f91

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Kilcher graduated from the high school knowing she loved music, but unsure of what to do with herself. She relocated to San Diego to be with her mother, but the two of them struggled to make rent.

"It was one of those things where you get bad job after bad job and you don't know what you want to do with yourself and you have the rest of your life to face consciousness. . . . Finally I just decided to move into my van and try to do something that I liked," she says, her smile giving way to a giggle, "and it worked!" Her 1979 Volkswagen van became her home.

Her mother, Nedra Carroll, says by phone from California, "It was my suggestion that we move into our respective vans and cut all this overhead. We would chose sites, park together, open our doors and have tea."

http://people.com/archive/pieces-by-jewel-vol-54-no-21/

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After graduating from high school, Jewel moved to the warmer clime of San Diego, where her mother had relocated in 1991. Working as a waitress and answering phones, she had little time for her music and songwriting. It was her free-spirited mother who suggested that they move out of the apartment they shared and live in their VW vans in order to save rent money while Jewel tried to launch her music career. In 1993 Jewel, whose mom sometimes parked her van next to her daughter’s, signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records. “When I first got signed,” says Jewel, “I got $100,000. I put it in the bank and did not touch it. My mom was like, ‘Jewel, we need groceries.’ It was hard for me to get a grip on the fact that this wasn’t the only money I would ever make and that I wouldn’t have to go back to my van.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/4716965/Jewel-control.html

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After a brief spell in art school in Michigan, she headed for San Diego. Desperately unhappy, suffering chronic illness due to weak kidneys, working in dead-end waitressing jobs and wondering what she was going to do with her life, Jewel received some rather unusual advice from her mother: why not cut down on living expenses and 'make herself available to her dream' by moving into her car. Jewel duly lived in a VW camper van for a year, washing in public conveniences. Concentrating on songwriting and performing, she had landed herself a record deal by the time she was 18. And the rest was? well, a lot of hard work, actually.

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Re: Random Jewel Musings
« Reply #201 on: March 11, 2018, 02:47:17 PM »
Kase's new puppy looks an awful lot like George, yes?

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Re: Random Jewel Musings
« Reply #202 on: March 12, 2018, 08:12:24 AM »
Same breed, different colors. Shih Tzus are my fave! Our family had two and they were both the best damn dogs we ever had. I've been contemplating getting one through a rescue for the last few months. I think the kitties would be okay with a little pup. But I'm not ready to commit to that just yet.