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Jewel dreams on

Thursday, July 16, 2009 – Jewel is into beauty rest. So much so that the singer joined an initiative to encourage Americans to hold on to their dreams, especially during tough economic times.

Sponsored by www.sleepbetter.org, an online resource for health information and sleep advice, the "Sleep Better. Dream Bigger" project will employ a range of consumer education initiatives, media appearances, blogging, events, advertising, philanthropy and specially commissioned research that will raise awareness about the importance of a good night's sleep.

Jewel was approached by Carpenter Co., creator of www.sleepbetter.org, to support the project. "Jewel will help us get that message across," said Dan Schecter, vice president of consumer products. "Her life and her career is about going after a dream. She's an encouragement for others to achieve her dreams."

"I know that times are tough, and it's easy to lose sight of your dreams" said Jewel. "I hope that through this project, I will be able to encourage people to keep reaching for their dreams. "

While much of the campaign's spotlight will be on Jewel, who will be appearing on television programs throughout the country, the focus also will be on her hometown of Stephenville, Texas. Located 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth, the nearly 17,000-resident community will serve as home base for the project.

Journalist and novelist Dan Gearino will take up residence there, writing regular blogs about local citizens' hopes and dreams.

The "Sleep Better. Dream Bigger" project will kick off on July 15 and conclude a month later with a special picnic performance in Stephenville hosted by Jewel.

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Sweet and Wild CD review - Sweet and Wild
Jewel's latest offering sounds pretty good (it comes with both acoustic and electric versions), but it's certainly more pop than country - most of the songs are fast-paced, and there's nary a dulcimer, fiddle or steel guitar to be found. But that fact notwithstanding, there are still a couple of tear-jerker songs here that would make even Hank Williams himself cry. Take, for example, the deeply melancholy Bad As It Gets, the enigmatic and powerful Fading or What You Are, a song »»»
Perfectly Clear CD review - Perfectly Clear
The charge of opportunism could be laid at Jewel's door. "Perfectly Clear" comes after the disappointing sales of her previous CD, "Goodbye Alice in Wonderland" (her first album not to go gold.) And she's flirted with different genres in the past, as on the "modern big band" sound of "0304." On the other hand, it may be that Jewel's always been at least - like another famous Utah-born singer - a little bit country. And it may not matter »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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