Jewel, Kurt Loder Square Off On Poetic License

Jewel's sophomore album, "Spirit," is expected to chart somewhere in the Top 5 when SoundScan sales figures for last week are released today, but the album's success hasn't stopped some critics from continuing to dissect the lyrics from her 1995 debut, "Pieces of You," or her recent collection of poems, "A Night Without Armor.

One such literary analyst is MTV's own Kurt Loder, who in an interview with Jewel last week scolded her for misusing one word in particular -- and received an appropriate, though playful, tongue-lashing from the singer-songwriter.

[article id="1446274"]"There's a line you have,"[/article] Loder said, [article id="1446274"]"'There are nightmares on the sidewalks/there are jokes on TV/ there are people selling thoughtlessness with such casualty.' Casualty doesn't mean that, does it? Casualty's like a guy gets his arm blown off. I mean isn't that..."[/article]

[article id="1446274"]"That's a type

of casualty,"[/article] Jewel said.

[article id="1446274"]"What?"[/article] Loder asked.

[article id="1446274"]"It's a type of casualty that ..."[/article] she responded.

[article id="1446274"]"No, really. I thought you were trying to say casualness,"[/article] he said.

[article id="1446274"]"No, casualty,"[/article] Jewel affirmed.

[article id="1446274"]"Oh, OK,"[/article] Loder said, [article id="1446274"]"All right. Are you a tech person? Do you take computers on the road, do you log on, e-mail?"[/article]

[article id="1446274"]"No, I'm a bit archaic,"[/article] Jewel confessed, [article id="1446274"]"I mean, I still write everything by hand. It's quite archaic."[/article]

[article id="1446274"]"Wow,"[/article] Loder replied.

[article id="1446274"]"It is wow,"[/article]

she said, [article id="1446274"]"I'm dyslexic as heck. I mean, I just can't type well."[/article]

[article id="1446274"]"Really?"[/article] Loder said, [article id="1446274"]"that'd be a problem for a writer."[/article]

[article id="1446274"]"It is a bit of problem,"[/article] Jewel said, [article id="1446274"]"I mean, putting the book together. Everything was done by hand. I had to recopy it legibly to get it..."[/article]

[article id="1446274"]"That explains casualty probably,"[/article] he said.

[article id="1446274"]"That probably does,"[/article] Jewel said, [article id="1446274"]"[you're a] smart-ass for pointing that out. Next topic." [/article]

[article id="1446274"]"I don't know,"[/article] Loder answered, [article id="1446274"]"I just want to help."[/article]

[article id="1446274"]"Publicly,"[/article]

she said, laughing. [article id="1446274"]"If you wanted to help, you could have taken me aside, in a little corner."[/article]

[article id="1446274"]"Oh, later," [28.8 RealVideo][/article] he said.

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