Instead of Learning to Cook, Keith Urban Created “The Speed of Now: Part 1”

Instead of Learning to Cook, Keith Urban Created “The Speed of Now: Part 1”

Keith Urban released his new studio album, The Speed of Now: Part 1, on Sept. 18.

While the idea for the album’s title came to Keith in October 2019, many of the tunes on the 16-song project were created in 2020 when Keith immersed himself in music during his self-quarantine. Keith’s time at home—where he has a studio—allowed him to create new songs such as “Out the Cage,” “Say Something,” “Soul Food,” “Live With” and more.

As Keith told Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown, there were “so many skills” like cooking or a new langue he could have learned during his time at home, but he was focused on making a record.

“I look back to like February, March, and I’m like there are so many things I could have done, so many skills I could have learned in [laughing] that time, and I didn’t do any of them,” says Keith to Kix. “You know, I was like, ‘I could have learned a language or something. What the heck?’ You know? I really wish I was a better cook. Like, I can’t cook, and I could have taken cooking classes or something in that period, just something, you know, but was I was too busy making a record [laughing], which was a fine use of my time in the end anyway. But, yeah, I just sort of dove into the studio. Luckily, I’ve got a studio at the house, and I just hunkered down in there and got to finishing out the record. And, because of that time, songs like ‘Out the Cage,’ and ‘Say Something,’ ‘Soul Food,’ ‘Live With’—all these songs came through that period.”

Keith still has plenty of time to learn to cook…we think he made the right decision.

The Speed of Now: Part I Track List
  1. “Out of the Cage” feat. Breland and Nile Rodgers
  2. “One Two Many” duet with Pink
  3. “Live With”
  4. “Superman”
  5. “Change Your Mind”
  6. “Forever”
  7. “Say Something”
  8. “Soul Food”
  9. “Ain’t It Like a Woman”
  10. “With You”
  11. “Tumbleweed”
  12. “God Whispered Your Name”
  13. “Polaroid”
  14. “Better Than I Am”
  15. “We Were”
  16. “We Were” feat. Eric Church

photo by Tammie Arroyo,


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