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Storytelling Piano Playing Fräulein
Alev Lenz

Alev’s Story - Re-Told

Imagine a parallel universe where everything is different yet the same. Where roots rise high into the sky, where “people go where they wanna go”, where singers tell their life stories in verses, and where far, far away cities become new homes.

Imagine a tiny bar in the East Village where smoking is still allowed and where lonesome people “drenched in red wine” who “need warmth to bloom” huddle around the stage of Lach’s open mike session every Monday night to have their hearts eaten out by singer-songwriter Alev Lenz and her piano: a movie scene in black and white -- key tone colors.

Alev, a 26-years young, blonde lady with an oriental soul, an occidental mind and a cosmopolitan vision, is taking over. In a truly captivating way, her mere presence demands attention while she devotedly fills the air with sweet-sounding emotions and sensations. Vividly painting colorful images with her clear and beautiful voice, she sings 1000 and one stories into life - the stories of a caring human, hoping to “find in each other’s eyes” what we are all looking for: love.

It all starts with boarding a plane - “Flight 1701” - taking off into the unknown. A metaphoric experience, as “1701” is actually her birth date and the plane Alev herself. Stories about new possibilities and lost opportunities swirl through the air, the “silence filled with thoughts”, the “soul afraid of dying”. Jumping into the unknown, the music accompanying Alev as “words could not touch anymore”, everything starts to take shape.

Alev recalls: “Inspired by a German comedian who went to New York to partake in open mike sessions, I decided I wanted to do the same. I got myself on a plane and ended up staying for six weeks. I sang, I played, I loved, and I lived. It was great. Since then I keep returning to New York whenever I can."

A new chapter in Alev’s life began: thrown left, right and centre, she who had left her old rock band Alev (which carries on as Alev although she’s no longer part of the story), started to discover who she really wanted to be right now: a “Storytelling, Piano Playing Fräulein”. The metamorphosis of a front singer girl into a grown woman with many stories to tell, lavishly playing her favorite instrument, the piano, was on full throttle.

“While travelling back and forth between Germany and my beloved New York, I ended up finding a producer in Berlin and then a co-producer in New York who I started to work with, simultaneously writing and trying out my new song material in front of an audience. I saw others while they saw me, and I saw them seeing me, and it taught me a lot. I went to concerts of artists like Regina Spektor and Randy Newman -- people who, like me, tell stories with a piano. Upon seeing Randy Newman, I knew: ‘It’s possible. I can sing and play and entertain people. I can just sit on the piano and do it there and then. There are all kinds of people who do that kind of thing, and even more who really like it.’ This is how I started to play concerts, to get feedback, to improve my song-writing, and to write entirely new songs.”

Soaking up impressions like a sponge and at the same time being the water that was being absorbed by others, Alev embraced her newly chosen environment with the verve of somebody who has found their place in space and time. Playing and writing and travelling, Alev’s heart and soul opened more than ever, and while she adapted to the changes, or the changes adapted to Alev, what she most longed for was starting to happen: Stories that turned into songs and songs that turned into stories poured out of her; her solo album took shape.

One Thursday night, when Alev came back to play her weekly gig in a tiny bar in Greenwich Village, the owner came over to ask her: “So, what is it really that you do?” Alev replied: “I tell stories.” - “Well, and you play the piano... So you are a storytelling, piano playing... what??? German?” - “Yes,” retorted Alev, and the woman touted: “So you are a Fräulein! A Storytelling, Piano Playing Fräulein”, and this is how Alev found her identity and what later would become the title of her album. The circle closed. It all made sense now.

“I started to play the piano at a very early age”, recounts Alev (whose Turkish name translates to ‘flame’): “My first piano teacher always allowed me to ‘tell stories’ on the piano by letting me improvise. He taught me how to translate emotions into sounds which I really enjoyed. Later, I just wanted to express myself freely, make some noise and strum, but at some stage, I tried to incorporate piano songs into my rock band repertoire.” This is when she started to sense that she had to say good-bye to her rock-star life and find a new beginning. With her piano.

Alev’s bright spirit gleaming and her lyrics and her arrangements sparkling, her music flows with little classical twirls and a New York songwriter twist. Dressed in ebony and ivory, Alev and her piano resonate in perfect harmony; together, they sound powerfully innocent whilst being incredibly karmic. Her shimmering voice is very versatile and sometimes draws comparisons with female singers like Beth Gibbons, Tori Amos or Fiona Apple.

“Storytelling Piano Playing Fräulein” is the true story of a true person being true to herself. Living her life her own way, telling her own stories, the burgeoning singer-songwriter Fräulein Alev who readily left behind German soils to find herself, is branching out into the world with wide-eyed curiosity while embracing life with all its facets. A bit capricious and a bit coquettish and full of cosmopolitan sophistication, Alev, half German and half Turkish, is torn between places, emotions and identities whilst being hundred percent herself. A natural talent gives this Fräulein her unique flair.

Roaming the metropolises of this planet looking for her place in space and time, she opens hearts where she goes. Full of curiosity about life, men, love, music and places, she ventures out and ends up dancing in the streets to music that nobody else hears while making songs that speak of great maturity. When you listen to an album like this, you learn how to live.

text: planetkat.com

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released February 13, 2009

Music and Lyrics by Alev Lenz
All songs published by Universal Music Publishing
String arrangements on track 1 outro, 3, 4 & 11 by Hans Friedl
String arrangements on track 1, 6, 8 & 10 by Sebastian Studnitzky
Produced by Don Philippe
Additional production on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 10 & 11 by Fab
Engineered by Rainer Robben
Recorded at Audiocue, Berlin
Additional recording at purmix.net, New York City
Mixed by Fab at puremix.net, New York City
Mastered by Dave Kutch as The Mastering Palace, New York City

Photos by Michael Herdlein
Illustrations by Alev Lenz
Artwork: fpm Factor Product Munich

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Track Name: Breathe
I still feel the pain
You still make me cry
I still feel the shame
Of almost having killed ourselves

Our homeless souls
Searching for something
We just couldn't find
In each other's eyes
And therefore scratching them out

What have we done?
Where did we go wrong?
Should let go what was gone and
Breathe

I still feel the pressure
We put on each other
I still feel we measure
Your incapability against mine
Our endless questions
The answers we just couldn't find
In each other's hearts
And therefore ripping them out

What have we done?
Where did we go wrong?
Why couldn't we be strong and
Breathe
Track Name: Guys With Guitar
Guys with guitars at open mic bars
Are so much better than guys with skateboards
So much better than guys with books

Guys with guitars sing over and over the same
Things that keep me awake at night
Guys with guitars, they listen to my songs

Sing a song for me, don't be horrible
I'll sing a song for you
If you don't think it's terrible
Let's go home
We don't understand
What tomorrow's about anyway

Write me a song and I'll sing along
You won't marry me, I won't marry you
But at least, tonight, we can pretend we'll do
And then we will write a song
People will sing along
How he wouldn't marry her
She wouldn't marry him
And the next day she fell in love
With another guy with a guitar
At an open mic bar
With a bursting heart, just like her
And a hungry soul always searching for more

Guys with guitars sing over and over the same life
That I don't understand
And together we don't understand it
Together we don't understand it better

Sing a song for me, don't be horrible
I'll sing a song for you
If you don't think it's terrible
Let's go home
We don't understand
What tomorrow's about anyway

Write me a song and I'll sing along
You won't marry me, I won't marry you
But at least, tonight, we can pretend we'll do
And then we will write a song
People will sing along
How he wouldn't marry her
She wouldn't marry him
And the next day she fell in love
With another guy
'Cause she's in love with life
And another guy with a guitar at an open mic bar
With a bursting heart, just like her
And a hungry soul always searching for more
Track Name: Don't Watch Me Go
I saved myself from drowning
On new shores
You couldn't follow
When love is gone
Where does it go
And can I follow?

Which way must I go?
'Cause all I see is a place shiny and new
Where I can seem to find everything but you

Don't watch me go
Don't let me leave
Did I close this door
Or did you leave before?

Don't watch me go
Don't let me leave
Where was I before?
Why don't I love you anymore?

When dreams wake up
Where do they go?
And can I follow?
When your words
Can't touch my heart anymore
Can I take them there?
Back to where they were?

'Cause all I see is a heart beating
For all that's new
And it feels like there is no place left for you

Don't watch me go
Don't let me leave
Did I close this door
Or did you leave before?

Don't watch me go
Don't let me leave
Where was I before?
Why don't I love you anymore?

When love is gone
Where does it go
And can I follow?
Track Name: The Problem Is
I wish I were a photographer so I could picture
How beautiful you are
All you'd have to do is what you always do
Just standing there, aren't you?

But I am faster, I'm running ahead
You're only by my side when I need to rest
I am faster, I'm running ahead
What is it that draws you back?

The problem is, you got my back
The problem is, you held me up
The problem is, looking at you now means
Looking back

You got the L and the O and the V and the E
And now that makes LOVE
I juggle the whole alphabet
From mountain to valley, from ocean to sea
I am faster, I'm running ahead
You're only by my side when I need to rest
I am faster, I'm running ahead
What is it that draws you back?

The problem is, you got my back
The problem is, you held me up
The problem is, looking at you now means
Looking back

Have we met too early?
Or are you just running into another direction
Away from me? Will we meet later?
Track Name: Biggest Adventure
I wanna ride with you on dolphin backs
And listen to the stories the wind tells
Hear the horses run, drive on endless roads
Let the sun comb our hair and feel safe
Under the blanket of the darkest night
And chase the sunrise

Stand in front of the deepest abyss
And still do not be afraid
Share freedom with heaven
Be wakened up by the moon to go
Traveling with the stars
Grow with the highest mountain
Have races with the birds
Hear the river laugh, play with clouds
And dive into the clear blue sky

Wash our faces with soft warm rain
Taste the sweetness of the air
Catch up with the stream
Sleep on a light summer breeze
Stray on water and count the waves
Fill the silence with our thoughts
Kiss the earth and hug the summits
And dance with the trees

My biggest adventure is you
I'm doing everything I ever wanted to do
Needing less than others do
And still having everything
'Cause I am here with you

Live our dream
Love everything surrounding us
Our biggest adventure
Us
Track Name: I Wanna Love You
I don't wanna fool myself again
Not willing to listen to my heart for so long
That I can hardly hear it speak
Hear it speak

But I wanna love you
But I wanna love you
No, I don't wanna fool myself again
Oh, I wanted to love you

I don't wanna fool myself again
Not willing to listen to my heart for so long
That I can hardly hear it speak
Oh, I don't speak the language of my heart
Anymore

I don't wanna fool myself again
I don't wanna love just because I want to love
And desperately wish for a stupid fantasy

Oh, I wanna love you
Oh, I wanna love you
No, I don't wanna fool myself again
But I wanted to love you

I'm sorry, I fooled myself again
I'm sorry, I fooled myself again
Track Name: Smile
I know the pain kills you
The tears just wanna run down your face
You say it's easier to forget
And I never see you cry

Cry, cry for me now
Cry, I wanna hold you in my arms

I wish I could help you
But maybe I should just help myself
Maybe it's really easier to forget
But I never see you smile

Smile, smile for me now
Smile, please hold me in your arms

Smile and don't leave the world outside
Smile and don't leave yourself outside
Track Name: I Watch Too Much TV
Your nose doesn't bleed when you've got cancer
Planes don't crash down as often
I wish I wasn't scared so easily
I think I watch too much TV
I think they sometimes lie to me
I think they're also trying to scare me

Catastrophe! Emergency!
You never know what happens
Probably the worst
I'm prepared, I'm ready!
But I can't move
I think I watch too much TV
I think they sometimes lie to me
I think they're also trying to scare me

I can't sleep through the night
Although you're by my side
Life is dangerous on TV
Spinning stories in my mind
Of what there could be
The Oscar goes to tragedy
I wonder what is wrong with me

How are the quotes for my real life show?
Did I manage an exciting plot?
Look at my perfect scenery!
Missing every trace of live
I think I watch too much TV
I think they sometimes lie to me
I think they're also trying to scare me

I can't sleep through the night
Although you're by my side
Life is dangerous on TV
Spinning stories in my mind
Of what there could be
The Oscar goes to tragedy

I can't sleep through the night
Don't want you by my side
Love is different on TV
Spinning stories in my mind
Of what there should be
The Oscar goes to tragedy

Tell me, tell me, is life dangerous?
I think I watch too much TV
Maybe I'll go and read a book
Track Name: Your Sweet Love
You are a song
Sweet
Bittersweet
You're playing with my dreams
You are an idea, an idea I like
I'm in love with this idea
Not with you

You don't want to be just a song
Bitter
It's your sweet love I need
I'm playing with my dreams
I'll change my mind
New ideas will arise
I'm in love with this idea
Not with you

Can I ever love?
Can I ever rest my head on someone's shoulder?
Track Name: Maybe One Day
Maybe one day we will turn around
And see what we can be
Maybe one day you will turn around
And come see about me
Maybe one day we will love us again
Like we should have done before
Maybe one day we will turn around and see
Loving eyes don't ever see
It's gone now and you are too
But can't I be just a small part of your life?

I'm trying to forget the way I loved you
To forget the way I saw you
Long ago
I'm trying to forget the way I loved you
To forget the way I saw you
Once again

Maybe one day we will turn around
And see what could have been
Maybe one day we will turn around
And see that we were seen
Maybe one day we will love someone
Like we wanted to love before
Maybe one day we will turn around
Not far from where we once have been
It's gone now and you are too
But can't I be just a small part of your life?

I'm trying to forget the way I loved you
To forget the way I saw you
Long ago
I'm trying to forget the way I loved you
To forget the way I saw you
Once again

I have to admit I keep comparing
I keep trying
Still today
I keep trying to forget you

Maybe one day we will be
And maybe we'll never be
And maybe one day I will understand the way
I feel today
Track Name: Flight 1701
Mind has buckled its seatbelt
Heart has an empty seat next to it
Soul is afraid of heights
Body is tryin' to get comfortable

They're all passengers of flight 1701
They're all passengers of flight 1701

Turbulence scares them all
They never know how long they will be
Tossed around
And if they'll ever reach solid ground

Mind does never sleep
Heart is drenched in red wine
Soul is afraid of dying
Body wants to talk to mind

Turbulence scares them all
They never know how long they will be
Tossed around
And if they'll ever reach solid ground

Turbulence scares them all
Unfinished songs to be sung
They never know how long it will take for them
To ever reach common ground

Mind comes with a lot of luggage
Body still has a cramp
Soul wants to get high again
And heart swears to never fly again
Track Name: Flower Of Love
Some don't bloom yet
Some need warmth to bloom
Some do always bloom
Some never have a blossom

Some only bloom once and then die
Some seeds are never planted
Some spread across the countries and borders

Some get framed, some written down
Some are looked at, some not recognized
Some bloom in the dark
Some bloom fast
Some need time

Some can bloom under bad conditions
Some can't
Some can survive a storm
Some can't
Some need a lot of rain

Some get framed, some written down
Some are looked at, some not recognized
Some bloom in the dark
Some bloom fast
Some need time

Show me the flowers I wanna grow a garden
Show me the flowers I wanna make a garland
Show me the flowers I wanna grow a garden
Show me the flowers I wanna wear them
In my hair