Alicia Keys digs in her archives to share her unreleased track called “Zebras and Airplanes.” The song was recorded five years ago for her “Element of Freedom” album.
Keys this song was inspired by a painting by Chloe Early. “I saw this gorgeous painting by Chloe Early, one of my favorite artists. It was a woman in a pool with her head back, as if in deep comfort and bliss. Behind her the colors of the painting turned from galloping zebras to flying airplanes. I had never been overcome to write a song after seeing a painting before, but this one sent me to another place.I felt it! The power, the freedom, the strength to gallop and fly. And I knew right at that moment I would write a song called ‘Zebras and Airplanes’ to describe that kind of love. The whole of you— body and soul— can gallop and fly!”
Listen to “Zebras and Airplanes” below.