BEHIND THE MUSIC

Good Times, Good People

Where did the idea come from?

The name of this track came from a very good friend of mine when I was in Los Angeles. We would go out for drinks together and every time he toasted, he would clink his glass with mine and say "good times, good people" and then down the drink. The inspiration for this song came from a trip we made from LA to Las Vegas. We were cruising down the highway, surrounded by the vast desert. There was nothing around except chill music, the road ahead, and the wind in your face, gazing at the beautiful scenery passing you by. When did it become so hard to have fun and relax? 

You have permission to laugh. I know sometimes it's hard. Turn on the lights and you still see dark. And you wonder is there a reason to smile anymore. I promise you, you'll find it someday.” - Husam

Good Times, Good People

Heart Grows Ever Cold

Where did the idea come from?

Ah, the longest song on the album. This song was inspired by my ex-girlfriend. It was a long distance relationship. We were together for about 4 months and saw each other every other week. She was amazing up until the last month, where she started acting different. All of a sudden, she stopped contacting me as often. I stopped getting phone calls. I stopped receiving texts. She shut me out of her life.

I tried to reach out in an effort to understand what was going on. She said it was her depression that was affecting her. I told her upfront that I'd support her if she would talk to me. She didn't have anything to say. Well, later I found out that she indeed did have things to say, just not to me. She seemed to have no problem talking to her guy friends online. I found out that she was flirting with said guy friends. I ended it there. In the song I show how this process of heartbreak gradually hardens the heart, so that it no longer invites love, shuts off the world, and builds the walls higher for everyone.

Love came, then died. And I don't understand why. I tried.” - Husam

Heart Grows Ever Cold

Another Level

Where did the idea come from? 

The inspiration for this song came from a couple experiences I had when I was in LA. I was 20 years old and had no live experience. So I thought it would be a good idea to go to a club and observe how a show was organized and run, from beginning to end. I handed the bouncer my fake ID and he didn't believe it was real. He scoffed at me confiscated the ID. He said it was the worst fake ID he'd ever seen. The ironic thing is I didn't come there to underage drink. After many minutes of him belittling me, I told him one day he will be bouncing for my show. He laughed even louder, and got his bouncer friends to laugh along at me. Quite embarrassing, but, also quite motivating.

Another memory that comes to mind is the hours I've spent trying to convince people to join me on this quest. I tried networking events, clubs, even colleges to try and recruit anyone willing to join me and make it happen. It is rare to find a person who is willing to work with you when you don't have clout. It is nonexistent to find that person in LA. I learned that the hard way.

There comes a time in everyone's life. You either fly or tumble to your doom. You either fight or sit quiet in your room. You either grind or dreams never come true.” - Husam

Another Level