She Makes Noise

by Dev Avidon

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My debut release, featuring material from my first decade of writing. Everything from my first complete song (Hit & Run Girl, which I wrote when I was thirteen) to music influenced by my freshman year in college is on this fledgling effort. Looking back on it now, there are pieces I still enjoy, others I'm rather embarrassed by the immaturity of, and all in all I wish my own vocal performances were a little better. It's a young album... But I remain to this day extremely proud of what I accomplished as an inexperienced artist with my first real effort to record my composition, and the musicianship of the other performers is still phenomenal. You simply will never hear better solo rock guitar improvisation than Oz Noy's.

Someday I may return to it and re-imagine a few of the better pieces. For now, if you're interested in hearing the birth of my sound in its most raw, infant stage (albeit interpreted by far more capable musicians than myself), you'll find it here.

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released April 18, 2007

Dev Avidon: Lead and Backing Vocals
Roy Assaf: Piano and Keyboards
Oz Noy: Guitar
Mike Visceglia: Bass Guitar
Benny Koonyevsky: Drums and Percussion
Monique Witt: Backing Vocals (tracks 2 and 7)
Benjamin Rosenblum: Keyboards (track 4)
Renee Cologne: Lead and Backing Vocals (track 10)
Alida Rohr: Lead Vocals (track 12)

Words and Music by Dev Avidon, except
"Anne of a Thousand Days," words by Andrea Goldstein
"The Ballad of Anna Rae," words by Monique Witt

Photography and Artwork by Monique Witt, Isabel Spears and Midnight's Exile

Produced by Patrick Derivaz & Dev Avidon

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Dev Avidon Brooklyn, New York

I am a composer, a writer, a singer and an engineer.
I create jazz and rock and a child of both.
I create music with my brother as Wire Spoke Wheels.
I create Dave's Cables
I create complex and intricate things.
I try to create beautiful things.
I create because Art sanctifies humanity.
I create for an American meritocracy.
I create for a time when art may live again.
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Track Name: Angel Of The Night
So I flee from New York City
And ponder as I pass through New Orleans
Why I still love you
What gives you any right to say you know me?
You just know I won’t leave

I pull into the station
And ask the man to punch my ticket twice
So I’ll remember
The reason why I only packed one suitcase
For Saturday’s flight

If you’re my lady of the sunset
Just call me angel of the night

I pass into the distant morning
Watch your plane ascend as I’m still
Waiting in my flat to be redeemed

I’ve given up on passing judgment
I don’t think you’ll ever trust
Enough of me to let yourself be seen

No God to justify this sunset
Just turn your back and let me bleed

You say logic is your staple
The means by which you orchestrate your life
You call it honesty
But cowardice is just a side of reason
Keep pretending you’re free

All roads converge in one direction
You can ignore the passersby
Follow your archetype’s delusion
Follow this path until you die

My flight to Tucson leaves tomorrow
Why I’m going, I don’t know
I don’t expect to find a better life

I fought and wept and strove through something
Preying on my conscious mind
I never stopped to question your advice

I’m leaving now for Arizona
Tranquil life of red Sedona
I’m guessing that the peace will pass me by

Look out on one last hazy sunset
I wish you’d tried to say goodbye
Track Name: The Ballad of Anna Rae
He was the news on the deuce
Kept his persuasions kinda loose
Got his mindset from MTV and satellite stream
He had the bandwidth of a pilot
Want religion?
He could buy it
From the brothers on the down low selling dreams
He kept his attitude on his sleeve
But spoke real nice so you’d believe
He was incapable of leaving with the next rain
Her point of view was not for staying
Now he’s on his knees and praying
But she ain’t got no answers for his pain

Chorus:
How did she leave, how did she slip out with the cat?
Where did she go
He’d like to know
Hey gaucho
Better get yourself an M.O.
'Cause your baby split for Rio
Said the Cuban’s got some San Juan samba moves
You say this jive is unacceptable
Her intentions ain’t respectable
But it’s hard to get the street out of her groove

She was a lady, swing time shady
With a bill collectors stare
Got suspicions, smoked Havanas
Spanish combs, flamingoed hair
Then she came to him ‘round midnight
With this easy “I don’t care”
He said “why don’t we trip the moonlight?”
But the boy was unprepared

Chorus

Why do you care, so what’s your point?
This cosmic lady runs your engines
Lines your pockets, smokes your joints
And second guesses your conventions
Like she’s used to lying so she figures you won’t care
Night comes your way without conviction
She’s got a wicked midnight air
The dude don’t like this competition
But the girl just drops him unaware
With her nine millimeter banter
Then she blows into thin air

Chorus

He was the news on the deuce
Kept his persuasions kinda loose
Got his mindset from MTV and satellite stream…
Track Name: Elena's Song
Good morning sweet darling
Ain’t the world just looking mighty fine today?

Good morning my baby
I’m a wreck but I won’t recognize that fact

Until I'm three minutes past my watch
Can’t bear to face my boss
Don’t want to focus on my work today

Nine minutes through my shift
My mind’s been set adrift
I’d die to just be home to hear you say

Good evening dear sweetie
There ain’t nothing you should worry about tonight

Sit back now
Relax now
You should know that good things come
When you don’t fight

Oh please,
Tell me this is true
I can’t abide my life when I’m without you

What I would give
How I would live
To make you just think well of me
I’d bleed and sweat with no regret
I’d fight for every accolade and fame
That you might deem me worthy of your name

I’m lost and exhausted
Drifting backwards through some transitory space
Yet you believe in me
Still don’t know what you see
Your love is all that leaves me any kind of faith

And I pray I’m even half the man
You tell me that I am
If I’m still standing it’s ‘cause
You still haven’t let me fall

I’ll always be your own
No matter where I go
All you’ll ever have to do is call
If ever you need anything at all

As long as I am by your side
You’ll never need fear anything
If you should tell I’d face down hell
I’ll turn my back on paradise’s air
If I can’t still be with you when I’m there

Good night babe
The lights fade
I could never lose this vision of your face
Just hold me
Enfold me
I could chart my every motion by your grace
I’ll fill the emptiness of time
As long as you’ll still let me call you mine

I’ve nothing more to ask God for
If I can wake up next to you
I’ll take my chance against happenstance
I’ll smile at all the world can do me wrong
As long as this is still Elena’s song
Track Name: Hit & Run Girl
Riding on the night train
Stuck in end time
Missed the jet plane
Anything to get me back to you

What is this sublime confusion?
You set fire to my illusions
When I ask if what you swear is true

All my dreams are burning brightly
Crashing down around me nightly
Every time I get along with you

Stuck here trying to finish your lines
Connections on a vertical highway
Lately I’m just counting out lies
And one seems stuck on infinite replay

Got myself a one way license
Road to hell can still be frightening
End up in the same space just the same

Johnny Cash: a true believer
Tells me God’s a wide receiver
Touchdowns on a transcendental plane

Some girl tells me to try it her way
I’m doubting everything I’m believing
Life’s a bitch
You hardly exist
And all that time you’re underachieving

Stairway in the Mexican desert
Carpenter of infinite measure
Walked these empty sands without a care
Once I met the empress of Asia
Trapped between her lovers and sages
Whispers hanging softly in the air

Love that felt like the sunlight
Turns shades of night
That harden your soul
Now your heart’s in the spotlight
And she’s defiantly cold

Now you’re watching the dawn light
Torch tender nights
The scorched edges curl
Say goodbye to the goodnights
She’s a hit and run girl

Leaving on the night plane
Don’t think I could stand the slow train
Anything to get away from here...
Track Name: Lady Lia and the Sunburst Soldiers
She walks out of the twilight
She hides an invisible line
Her eyes slash you on a hot night
You fear what will happen as you climb
Sweat breaks as the drums begin to roll
Bodies that heat up the night
And move your soul
Don’t try to hold on
You can’t keep control
She’s coming on now
Don’t know how
Don’t have to care because

Chorus:
Lady Lia and the Sunburst Soldiers
Are back on the floor tonight
Lady Lia and the Sunburst Soldiers
She’s riding the waves of light
Lady Lia and the Sunburst Soldiers
Are working the old routine
Lady Lia and the Sunburst Soldiers
She’s floating your sunken dreams

Her numbers flash on the back stairs
Diodes that conceal her array
Your vital signs crash in this nightmare
You shudder as your vision starts to decay
Fear now is the absence of her light
You don’t need respite the midnight’s still in sight
Don’t need to hold out ‘cause you know she’s right
She’s closing in now
Yet somehow
Don’t really care because

Chorus

Shards of glass and silent empathy
Cold steel flash and acid rain
Fission blast
The ensuing entropy
She’s got the night in her aim

She moves into the shadows
The ghost of the shade of the sunset moon
She stops
Irradiates darkness
She’s calling the troops to the groove now
Track Name: Meet Ali
Meet Ali
The lead singer for a punk band
The girl that no one will ever understand
The journalist for the common man

Now pretty Ali’s got her sights on a guy named Tyler
She’s so turned on by the scars that run down his arms
That she don’t stop to think how they got there

Little Ali’s got a thing that she does with her words
She don’t have to try to be heard
She knows that she’ll always have options
Just suffice it to say that she’ll never have trouble finding her way
She’s the ghetto’s adoption

And she said,
“You know I don’t know why
Each time I try to cry
It’s so easy”

Chorus:
This is the good pain
This is the F train
This is the Audi showroom on Park Avenue
This ain’t my fantasy
This is the world I see
I have no destiny
Just a studio in Brooklyn
And a dream to live in Gramercy

Now wild Ali’s closing in on her guy with fervor
She’s got the plan and she knows how to work a man
Till he pleads for the right to serve her
But there’s an error, a mistake in her calculations
She did everything right
She knows that he’s got to fall
But there’s one little complication

‘Cause he said
“Girl you sure don’t waste time
But next time try to find out if the guy you’re tacking on’s already taken
Then maybe you won’t be
Put off so forcefully
You might just even find someone who’s worthwhile keeping
But she said “I don’t know why
Each time I try to cry
It’s so easy”

Chorus

O Ali, baby don’t despair
I’m sorry that there ain’t nobody out there
Can’t promise I can make it right
At least you’ll have some company tonight

Chorus
Track Name: Seven Shades Of Saturday
I know I’m only seventeen
And thus I don’t pretend to understand
The reasons why I love you
I’m grateful just to hold you in my hands
I know it’s junior year
I’ve barely slept an hour in twenty four
And although I’d like to call you
I guess I’m gonna have to wait just a little bit more

Seven shades of Saturday
Just enough time to redefine my mind
Seven Shades of Saturday
Eternity enough for even-kind

I don’t expect we’ll make it through
To all the things I’d hoped that we would do
But I liked our conversations
I liked the way I saw myself in you
But now it all feels badly traced
Our lives are sewn together with remorse
And I’m afraid I’ll wake to realize
That mine’s been wandering far away from yours

Seven shades of Saturday
What was my time became my fall from grace
At least I lived through yesterday
I’m that much colder after your embrace

So here I stand with all I own
I’m holding out my heart please take it
Don’t leave me alone
But all you say is “go away”
If you have ever loved me please don’t go
Please don’t go…

So now that I must say goodbye
Perhaps you’ll take the time to ask yourself
Why you drove away your lover
I’m not sorry I ran for cover
I loved you more than you’ll ever know
And all I have to show for it is pain
If I know you you’ll get by just fine
A man like me is easy to attain

I’ve made some grand mistakes
I doubt I’ll ever reconcile them all
Battered by your broken logic
I’m wracked against the writing on the wall
I feel like such a fool
I tore apart my life to fit your rules
Well I hope that I was kinder than this to you

Seven shades of Saturday
Where have you gone my long forgotten blues?
I’ve all these gorgeous memories
That now just bring me melancholy hues
Seven shades of Saturday
I have no more tears left to shed for you
Track Name: Broken Heart Fractals
In a ditch filled with ash by the grave of a man
A fireman’s watching as a building burns down
In his heart, though he’s climbed to the top of the line
He only feels helpless in this lingering sound

At the height of a tower near the close of the hour
A lawyer turns forty and she’s drinking alone
She gets out of her car, sees her door left ajar
Upstairs someone’s moaning
And she knows she is home

Through the eyes red with blood of a boy and his drugs
The world is revolving ‘round a moment of fear
As he ransacks his mind he remembers a time
And someone who loved him
If she only could hear

There’s a man alone on Long Island
Wondering how life got by him
Writing a last goodbye
As he falls
He dreams of his lover
And aches at the thought that another
Will not be far behind
Tomorrow she’ll wonder why

Today a proud general’s mourning
If only he’d heeded the warnings
Many would not have died
In his mind he knows it’s not proper for a ranking officer
But all he can do is cry

You were never mistaken till you finally awakened
And you realized your lover was gone
Guess you were not prepared for losing all you care for
In the light of a single dawn

Now I’m breathing confusion in this blind illusion
And I don’t really know what to say
Though the next may come harder in this human barter
I’ve decided to walk away

Now you’re jonesed and strung out
On the back of this high
On the dark side of nowhere
Face up to the sky
Washed up like driftwood
On yesterday’s shores
Wrecked like some proud Ulysses
Against heaven’s door

So now you’re standing soft spoken ‘cause your heart is broken
And there’s nothing that you can do
Love takes a delicate touch
He didn’t have to do so much
But he had to be there for you
Track Name: Black Wind Rising
I walk the line
Between life and time
I climb the steps of this abode

No worldly face
No warm embrace
With this dark eye I’m left
Alone...

This arrangement strange
I search in vain
For any sign of a gentle mind
But my vision blurs
Into a world made oddly cruel by my confusions
His ghostly stare leaves me aware
Of nothing more than its intrusion

I close my eyes
I close my eyes
But darkness can’t conceal or disguise
I hold my ears
So as not hear
But the hammering of his heart is clear

He fills my world with a dark disease
And I can’t even break away to breathe

And there’s a black wind rising tonight
Track Name: Anne of A Thousand Days
Suddenly in silence I rise
From my kneeling position on tower green
I walk down backwards from the scaffold
Holding my black skirt with the utmost grace
I won’t trip, not now

But wait, why am I walking backwards?
Why is everything backwards?
Time moves faster and faster…

And now time moves forward
I see our Thousand Days
I am his queen, Queen Anne
I dance and spin
A flash of golden cloth
I laugh, twirling with the king

And as I whirl in my sparkling gown
The court dissolves
And I lie in my bed
It’s safe to cry for a single night
I know I’ve failed
Why did I have to bear a girl?

Images flash before my eyes
As my fate moves feverishly
Towards the scaffold
There I lie
Miscarrying his sons
There I stand before the court
Falsely accused
And I am in the tower once again

Will it hurt?
My ladies don’t know
But I reassure myself
Saying “I have a very little neck”
But I am afraid and scream and cry
Until I fall exhausted and sleep

When I rise
Henry is there
Watching me through iron bars
Perhaps he’s read my letter
In which I beg him for my life
Perhaps he wants me back…

No
He wants my forgiveness
Why should I forgive him?
I rail at him until my face is red
He’s killing me and marrying that simpering sheep
But I still love him
We kiss through iron bars
The cold metal against my cheek
As Henry and I embrace
For the last time
Then he is gone and I’m alone again

Soon it’s dawn
A May morning
A beautiful last day to live
The sky is the sapphire that hovers over us
Before sunrise
And I am strangely happy
I mount the scaffold confident
I address my ladies and I kneel
In the straw
The swordsman calls “Voyez La!”
And I see the sunrise

It doesn’t hurt
There’s no time
That’s the end of time
Track Name: (They Call Me) Sinnerman Jack
Asphalt dogs and china dolls
Dancing the night with my back to the wall
Got a dead man’s deck and a cowboy smile
Trying my best just to breathe for a while
And I’m running the postman down
I don’t live for a ring or material things
But a letter is in that pack and I want it back

Don’t know if I’m still alive
The man with the cards keeps on smiling tonight
Don’t know if I’m up or down
But I’m up for another round
So deal me a hand I can lose one more grand

They call me Sinnerman Jack
Pleased to meet you
I’ve an unnatural knack
For playing this game
I’ve got a gun in my pack
Your guess if it’s loaded
And a cross that I won playing blackjack in Tokyo

There’s a satchel of offhanded weight
Hanging off of my side and affecting my gait
Its intention is my concern
There’s a future it lives to burn
And a memory gone that compels me to carry on

Seventh night of absent light
Nothing shines on this frozen landscape
Firing range to check my aim
You should only know the hand I play

The women all look the same
Except the one who’s been hiding the Ace of Spades
It’s probably just the light
Or the Mishka’s impaired my sight
But I’m mesmerized by her frame
There’s a fragment of me that remembers

I know her name…

But the die has been cast and the dawning is come at last
Track Name: Anne of A Thousand Days (WOXII Remix)
Suddenly in silence I rise
From my kneeling position on tower green
I walk down backwards from the scaffold
Holding my black skirt with the utmost grace
I won’t trip, not now

But wait, why am I walking backwards?
Why is everything backwards?
Time moves faster and faster…

And now time moves forward
I see our Thousand Days
I am his queen, Queen Anne
I dance and spin
A flash of golden cloth
I laugh, twirling with the king

And as I whirl in my sparkling gown
The court dissolves
And I lie in my bed
It’s safe to cry for a single night
I know I’ve failed
Why did I have to bear a girl?

Images flash before my eyes
As my fate moves feverishly
Towards the scaffold
There I lie
Miscarrying his sons
There I stand before the court
Falsely accused
And I am in the tower once again

Will it hurt?
My ladies don’t know
But I reassure myself
Saying “I have a very little neck”
But I am afraid and scream and cry
Until I fall exhausted and sleep

When I rise
Henry is there
Watching me through iron bars
Perhaps he’s read my letter
In which I beg him for my life
Perhaps he wants me back…

No
He wants my forgiveness
Why should I forgive him?
I rail at him until my face is red
He’s killing me and marrying that simpering sheep
But I still love him
We kiss through iron bars
The cold metal against my cheek
As Henry and I embrace
For the last time
Then he is gone and I’m alone again

Soon it’s dawn
A May morning
A beautiful last day to live
The sky is the sapphire that hovers over us
Before sunrise
And I am strangely happy
I mount the scaffold confident
I address my ladies and I kneel
In the straw
The swordsman calls “Voyez La!”
And I see the sunrise

It doesn’t hurt
There’s no time
That’s the end of time