Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Jewels beautifully written book "Chasing down the Dawn....

I was unpacking some of my books last week and found this beautiful book written by Jewel I had bought years ago. At that time I had only read just a few tidbits from the book...but in the last week, every night at bedtime I get comfy and have found myself reading it from the very beginning of the first page. I discovered Jewels first cd "Pieces of you" way before it got any airplay, I saw her on some local PBS show singing with Melissa Etheridge and Melissa introduced Jewel to do one of her "own songs" and Melissa said "you'll be hearing from this great artist soon she is making a cd now a great talent with a beautiful voice" I listened to Jewel singing this beautiful song in her beautiful voice titled "Foolish Games" and I was blown away! I thought "okay I've got to find where I can get her cd"!.. and it took weeks of calling around and then ordering the cd and I played it all the time. Then about a year later "wham" she's all over the radio. I love her song "Foolish Games" it's so incredibly heartfelt and honest.
Jewel's writing in "Chasing down the Dawn" is incredibly honest, pure, beautifully poetic and descriptive of her life as a child in Alaska, no electricity, no tv, no bathroom, a very rough life, yet you can tell it made her who she is today. She writes of living in her van, being so poor she could not get any medical help for her chronic kidney problems. Her mother traveled some with her and would encourage her and support what Jewel wanted to do in her writing and singing. She writes of life on the road doing concerts all over the world, she writes so "Flowing" of her experiences meeting people from all walks of life, her very difficult relationship with her father and how he finally was willing to acknowledge and open up to her in his own way and to learn from his mistakes and improve his ways. This is wonderful when a parent can and is "willing" to do this when the child becomes an's so much easier to heal when you know your wounds and "hurt" are not only being acknowlegled but that person who hurt you changes and heals also.
Jewel is also a very good artist, her drawings in this book fit what she is expressing in her writing about.. and I just love the way she shares so much of her heart and so connected with nature "as God" and how she is most definitely her own "person" and follows her own heart and instinct and has known who she is since a very young child. Her mother taught her these things as a child, that it is not only "okay" to be who she is but also to listen to her own "inner voice".
I highly recommend this book. It is something very different not something you would find usual or's very very much like a poetic diary journal. If you end up reading this book and like it, I highly recommend her first book, "A night without armor", it's full of beautiful poems she wrote. I like that Jewel is so feminine and there is this essence and grace about her the way she carries herself...and her great spirit is so strong and so don't have to look or act "tough" or bitchy or "macho" in order to have strength of character. and speak "Your truth"....never judge a book by it's cover...but judge by the grace of inner strength and beauty from the "inside"....Jewel never sold out I don't care what anyone says...she's decided to keep her tooth crooked that some people make fun of or think now that she has lots of money she should "fix it"..well I think she is keeping what the divine blessed her with, she is staying true to herself. She lives on a ranch with her "rodeo" husband "Ty" and she doesn't really get into the hollywood deal and likes ranching and being out in the country...
From Jewels book "Chasing down the dawn" and finding her "inner voice" at a very young age.
"I learned to keep an ear turned always inward, to track and dialogue with that inner voice. I often found the voice within me possessed a wisdom or peace beyond my years or experience. During stressful times I would take great solace retreating inside. I felt things would be "okay". My mother encouraged me to turn my ear to the subtle voice that was inside me. Without her encouragement I'm sure I would have become numb to it."
"There were times when I lost touch with the voice. It felt like losing the compass by which I have always navigated . There have been times when I have lost trust and faith in my own intuition and tumbled around aimlessly, like a ship tossed against the rocks of other people's opinions and criticisms. Writing has helped me immeasurably. What I feel most deeply surfaces when I write. It is a very tangible way to see what inwardly has no form"
"I sit in silence each day for one to two hours, not to pray or meditate, though it may be like that. It is to sit in communion with myself. A dialogue inwardly, to dream new dreams, to redream old ones. To update old habits or thought processes that no longer serve me, to contemplate the source and the wonder of all things."
"I'm getting better at hearing my voice. I'm learning that the more I make decisions from my gut, regardless of statistics or popular opinion, the happier I am with the outcome...the more the outcome looks like who I am, not what I feel obligated to be".
Written by Jewel in 2000-2001


monkey bear said...

I don't believe it Rhi I am joining you today and what was your first post ...oh my gosh I love this woman she is really the best I saw her entire concert and watched it everytime it was on I want that book for sure thanks for the post.. I wonder where she is today I'll finish your post I got to excieted...Thankyou and have a rest this weekend... send your new address so I can send you any snail mail thanks maybe a house warming something... heard from anyone in your fam send me an e-mail about P.....thanks someone must know something?

Muhd Imran said...

Awesome writings from the excerpt alone.

I like her songs, but only realized she has other talents such as writings. Her songs have powerful meanings and poetic yet very commercial and listenable.

Awesome lady.

Thank you for sharing. Have a great weekend!

Kylita said...

Great words from and about a Jewel from a true Gem of a friend...Rhi!
p.s. Did you love the tablecloth? I just had to ask...and I'm so happy you were pleased with your housewarming pkg. It made my heart feel so good to put it together for you.
I don't know much about Jewel...I will check her out at Borders this wkend (I have a coupon ;o)
Love you!
KLH-Keep Laughin' Honey! xo
give Lizzie a scratch

Kylita said...

Thanks, Rhi, for the phone call! I was so surprised. We had been sitting outside with Tuffy reading and listening to so MANY! baby starlings screeching as they demanded their moms feed them ... it was enough to drive you nuts, except also cute. I am so glad you liked your stuff. I will reply here instead of your email for now. Man! I found the most PERFECT comforter, shams and 3 decorative pillows ... very lightweight silky soft burgundy with gold embroidery at my "favorite shopping place" ;oD but unfortunately it was $45 for the comforter and another $4 ea for the pillows...but a steal nonetheless! I just KNEW there'd be something if I hung in there, but alas, I already picked out your stuff ;o( I wish I could afford it I'd send you another box. I'm sure they all would've been somewhere around $200 or more. It was good to hear your voice ... and by the way! I LOVE your new photo on this blog! We'll see each other one day, I do believe!
Love, Kyle xo

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Lydia said...

I, too, just love Jewel. Discovered her early on and told friends she would be a huge star. But then she did stick to her own dreams and never went the star route, and won my respect all the more. PBS has had several Jewel specials and I've recorded them. I have not read either of her books and will keep them in mind.
I didn't much care for the whole Dancing With the Stars junk that she and her husband got themselves into recently. He didn't impress me at all.

Lisa Allender said...

Hi there, Rhi.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. I love what you posted here, but frankly, I would not buy "A Night Without Armor".When it first came out, I wondered how it was she could get a $5 Million Dollar "advance". So I read the entire book at the bookstore, and was very disappointed.
Although I LOVE her singing, her style, and her HEART, I felt that book(A Night Without Armor) was overwrought and the "poetry" was cliche'--which if you're trying to write poetry, and you rely on cliches', well, you're not wriing poetry.
There are so many great deserving female poets out there, it is upsetting to see that much money thrown at someone just because they are a rock/pop idol.
Contemporary Woman poets who speak of love, and angst, and relationships, who you may enjoy reading:
Cecilia Woloch
Karen Head
Beth Gylys
Maureen Seaton
Denise Duhamel
Melissa Fondakowski(has a blog called "Poet With A Day Job")
Anne Haines(has a blog called "Land Mammal")
Contemporary male poets you may enjoy:
Collin Kelley(his blog, Modern Confessional, has lots of what he calls "po-biz" updates in it)
Mark Doty
I DO think Jewel is a great singer, a strong woman, a great role model(she definitely worked hard to get where she is, and sacrificed much, delayed gratification, etc. in order to fulfill her dream of becoming a singer).
I also think she'll be much better at writing poetry, in a few years, when she has more life experience to inform it.
Just my thoughts.