Jewel perfects live shows thanks to cattle
Pop star Jewel treats her fans like cattle when she's performing for them because cows taught her never to be bound by set lists. The Alaskan singer/songwriter learned how to play to a crowd as a child as she listened to her father playing the guitar in a field full of cows.
She explains, "The stuff I learned about singing live I got from my dad. He'd never write a set list - he would read the crowd. "Reading a crowd is like reading a herd. Do that right, and everyone goes home happy."
Jewel recalls summer nights with her farmer father with great fondness: "We used to push our cattle up to the head of the Kachemak Bay. We'd build a campfire. He'd get out his guitar and sing songs about the local characters. "You could hear the cattle bawling in the background. It was so peaceful."