Do you like Jewel?
Did you know that Jewel’s debut album called simply Pieces of You had three hit singles on it? Did you know that? Jewels voice leaps across so many boundaries and is so versatile – though she’s mostly a folk singer – that it’s hard to take in the album on a first listening.
Its hard to choose a favorite among so many great tracks, but You Were Meant For Me is one of the best, most powerful songs ever written about failed relationships and the inability to move on with your life. Its universal message crosses all boundaries and instills one with the belief, that we are truly meant for someone, and it’s too late for that to happen. Its impossible in this world we live in to be alone with ourselves, and as the listener, we can always empathize with others going through the same heartache as ourselves.
It’s an important message, crucial, really, and it’s beautifully stated on the album.
It reminds of me of when I met a young poet with a Jewel shirt in the park. He was in college and said that he thinks Jewel will bring back acoustic guitar driven songs and the great art of poetry. I told him that I would like him to recite poems to me in the woods. He said just because he likes Jewel doesn’t mean he is gay, but I said I’m not either, and that poetry is meant to be read with nature so we can enjoy the divinity words.
He nodded and followed me into the woods and started reading a poem from memory about the wetlands. I saw a dirty needle hidden in the brown leaves picked up and shoved it into his throat. I hit a vein and the blood danced out of his neck like a ballerina dancer in Russian play. I stabbed his eye out and had it look into his other petrified eye and sang, “Who Will Save Your Soul.”