In the summer of ’96 Foolish Games never left my cd player and by ’98 I had memorized all the songs on Spirit. Jewel was the first song writer that I clung too hearing the same longings I had. If we were all just nicer to each other things would suck less. Her love songs were filled with myth and at my age I understood the allegory more than the emotion. I’ve been playing mix cds in my car on my commute that I unearthed in the move. Most of them are not labeled and play more like the 90’s on shuffle than a thoughtful album. After the Bosstones and Foo Fighters came Jupiter from Jewel. I belted out every word from some forgotten corner of my mind and realized I had chased down those promises of romance to make them my own.