I was watching a tv promo yesterday for a summer show that puts celebrities in stock cars and has them race NASCAR drivers. Jewel, multi-platinum singer/songwriter, looks up at one point and says, “I bet you never thought you’d get beat by a folksinger” (or maybe something more grammatically correct – that’s how we would say it in Indiana). It was interesting that after all of her success as a pop star, she still considers herself a folkie, as if singing in stadiums diminishes her credibility as an artist. I appreciate that (she started out on solo guitar and did an acoustic tour after Who Will Save Your Soul became so huge, so she has our kind of street cred). You go Jewel!