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About 10 years ago, I invited my close friend Ramiro Belgardt to play his cello on a song I'd arranged and produced with another great friend Robert Orton. Ramiro and I grew up together in East Lansing, Michigan where he used to come over to my house to rehearse in a string quartet with my sister.
The session that day in LA was for a song called "A Simple Motion" to which I'd written the lyrics (included below) and t.A.T.u. had sung for their debut album "200 km/h in the Wrong Lane."
Ramiro came and tracked his beautiful arco on "A Simple Motion" in Trevor Horn's studio where we were recording but the song didn't make the album (that story would fill 3 blog entries of its own, haha).
Since that day, Ramiro Belgardt has become one of the best film score arrangers in the movie business and is now working closely with the legendary Jon Williams.
Robert Orton is now one of the pre-eminent mixers in the world having gone on to mix "Just Dance" and "Pokerface" by Lady Gaga, "Fire Burning" by Sean Kingston and "Good Time" by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen among other smashes. You can see his discography at www.hitmixer.com.
After all these years, I'm happy to say that "A Simple Motion" is being included in the 10th Anniversary Re-Issue of t.A.T.u.'s "200 km/h in the Wrong Lane" which comes out on Cherrytree Records/Universal Russia this Monday, Nov. 12th. I'm very proud of this song because it puts a spotlight on the extraordinary voices of Julia and Lena which are, at once, delicate and powerful on this track. It's also very special to me because I was able to work on this song with such dear friends.
My thanks to Ramiro, Robert, Trevor, Julia and Lena as well as all of you for supporting t.A.T.u.'s music throughout the years and, in advance, for purchasing your official copy of the 10th Anniversary Edition of "200 km/h in the Wrong Lane" this Monday, Nov. 12th.