TOTD: Jewel – “Stand (Markus Schulz Club Mix)”
Jewel, we meet again. The famed folk singer has long been a favorite of mine, from her earliest work to her 2013 Christmas album. I occasionally find myself putting her on for a tame day solely for her observational and lyrical approach to life that leaves me fascinated. Cut to 2003, Jewel teased listeners with “Intuition,” a song that strayed from her usual folk music into pop territory. The song itself was brilliant, providing a satirical look on pop culture, even if people didn’t understand. In early June of 2003, 0304 was released with songs that dealt with romance (“Fragile Heart,” “Run 2 U”) and one of my favorites that resonates with events today (“Stand”).
“Stand,” written by Jewel and Lester Mendez, focuses on the injustices felt around the world. Over ten years later, the singer managed to capture events that never seem to stop. From corrupt authorities to violence in the streets, Jewel’s lyrics resonate perfectly. She even manages to become familiar with the pain parents feel while children sleep, not knowing the current state of the world. Though at the end, hope is guaranteed with the promise of unity.
Markus Schulz and a handful of others remixed the track, mostly transforming the pop song into house music. Schulz’s take is a personal favorite, with the music washing over and enlightening you with plights of the world.
“Stand (Markus Schulz Club Mix)” is available to purchase via iTunes and other online retailers.