Jewel’s Spirit by Laura Gill
“All people want is to be touched. They don’t care if it’s Celine Dion or Meat Loaf or me.” — Jewel, Rolling Stone
The year Jewel’s album, Spirit, came out, I was in ninth grade, and transitioning into life at boarding school. I was learning to blow-dry my hair and put on makeup, and Jewel was twenty-one, navigating the life of a famous musician. What she lacked in being edgy, hip, or cool, she gained in being earnest and sincere. She kept her crooked tooth; she wrote her own lyrics; she lived with her mother.
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