Minneapolis-born, Los Angeles-based songwriter Abe Grossman shares a heartfelt new song + video “Speed of the Night.” Inspired by iconic storytellers like Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens, Grossman sheds some light on his own journey, addressing his dark past of drug addiction. Now, nine years sober, Grossman sings about a time when he would use drugs to mask his pain in “Speed of the Night.”
“Like many songs, this one just came from inner or outer space,” says Grossman. “I have gone through a lot of darkness to find a light that I could carry in my life. Those experiences have given me the desire and perspective to help other people find their way. This song is about that journey. The video is a snapshot of my life at the end of my using. We shot the video in the same area where I was during that time. I was able to participate in directing it to tell my story.”
Abe Grossman is an American singer-songwriter and alternative acoustic rock musician who was born in Minneapolis, MN, and raised on a diet of punk and new wave, and of course, hometown hero: Prince. After meeting Prince at a young age, he was inspired to take up the guitar as a way to express himself and organize his feelings, good, bad and ugly.
Grossman began writing songs inspired by storytelling legends like Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, and others. His songs echo these early influences. “I think Bob Dylan had the biggest influence on me. I remember walking down the streets of Minneapolis listening to Mr. Tambourine Man and feeling something special and ineffable. That’s a feeling that I’ve worked all of my life to tap into in my own music.”
Having played in bands for years, a great lover of rock and roll, Grossman has found more of his heart and soul in the stripped-down song, the focus on the songwriting craft, and an expression uniquely his own. The new single “Speed of the Night” is Grossman’s most vulnerable, and personal as he reveals elements of his dark past. Grossman plans to follow the single with a full-length album later in 2021.