But it took Jewel a long time to be able to, as she puts it, "speak from the heart." At 14, she was befriended by a Native American family, who, she says, "took me out to a meadow and said, 'Your life in the future will call for you to speak honestly to people. You don't know how to speak from your heart, and you need to learn how.' I remember going on top of a mountain and trying to say anything honest--just to the wind. I was crying because I couldn't say anything sincere."