Jewel checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@jewel) on Wednesday (July 14), talking about how she channels creativity. The singer songwriter tells readers:
People sometimes ask how I channel creativity – be it writing songs, short stories or poems, painting or drawing. I don’t have to choose what I will do on any given day because it chooses me. It’s hard to describe – kind of like describing the difference between thirst and hunger. They are both strong impulses, but impossible to describe the subtle difference that causes you to reach for a glass instead of a spoon. That’s how it is with my art. One day I feel hungry to write poems. It’s just quiet. There is no melody to distract and I can focus on the distilled emotion that poetry lets me capture. Other times I find my hand reaching for a guitar, and I can feel a song wanting to be born. I just try to keep my mind still and get out of its way – and when I do, they bubble up quicker than I can write them down.