Exclusively Jethro Tull is playing tracks from the band’s first album in over 20 years, The Zealot Genie.
When Ian Anderson began work on the album, he started by writing a list of words that corresponded to strong human emotions. On the positive side he listed love, compassion and loyalty, among others. On the negative side, anger, rage jealousy, etc. He said, “I had 12 word for 12 songs and it occurred to me that those words feature heavily in my memory of reading the bible.”
Ian continued, “So I reviewed some biblical text as a little reminder of where those words would’ve first appeared when the printing presses began to roll in Europe. It served as a useful reference point in writing the lyrics, but I never set out to illustrate the bible as such. It’s really just taking those words and relating them to the present day.
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