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Beverly Bremers is an actress, singer, and songwriter who is best known for her 1972 Billboard Top 20 single "Don't Say You Don't Remember". She has also appeared in top theatrical productions, such as the original Broadway run of "Hair", and wrote the theme song from Disney's "Mousercise".

Rick Paul is a largely unknown songwriter, singer, and keyboard player whose songs have been recorded by independent artists including Little River Band lead singer Wayne Nelson, who recorded “Little Child Lost” to promote the Child Alert Foundation, and Mongolian pop star Nominjin, whose recording of “All I Need to Know” went Top 5 in Mongolia for both radio and video play.

Bremers and Paul met in Southern California in the mid-to-late 1990s when they both performed with a very short-lived band -- it only lasted one show. They've kept in touch ever since, though, and have since collaborated on songwriting, recording, and even making a video for a reality show audition. One of those collaborations yielded this 5-track double single.

The "Make Me Feel" project started far from Southern California's shores, though. Alexei Ustinov, a composer, music producer, and technologist based in Siberia, approached Rick Paul, whom he knew as a music technology writer and recording artist, about writing English lyrics to a song he'd written in Russian. The song would initially be used to demonstrate virtual vocalist software. Paul's take on the lyrics played off the idea that the song would be sung by "robots", but it also constructed a scenario that could fit any mature romantic relationship gone stale.

Once the initial virtual singer duet was recorded, Ustinov approached Paul about the possibility of recording the song himself. The initial idea was for Paul to duet with a virtual female singer, but they eventually decided it would be best to use a real human singer, and Paul approached his friend, Beverly Bremers, who was happy to participate. Ustinov produced most of the instrumental tracks in Russia, while Bremers and Paul recorded their vocals, and Paul's keyboard tracks, in Orange County, California.

Once the title recording was done, Bremers and Paul decided to record one of the songs they'd written together almost a decade earlier to make the release a double single. That song, "Unsaid" was recorded entirely in Southern California. When they played it for Ustinov, though, he asked about the possibility of recording another version of it with Russian musicians. Paul affectionally refers to that version, which is officially called the "Virartech Remix" (named after Ustinov's production company), as "The Russian Stadium Remix" due to it's 1980's power pop sound.

With that third recording, things seemed a bit lop-sided, though. Thus, Paul approached Ustinov to see if he might be able to take some of his earlier dance-pop tracks used inthe virtual vocal recordings and adapt them for a dance remix of the title track. Ustinov produced a long form "Virartech Club Mix" and a shortened "Virartech Radio Mix", and the result is this extended double single.

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released September 16, 2008

Tracks 1,3,5 music and original Russian lyric by Alexei Ustinov, English lyric by Rick Paul. © 2008 Alexei A. Ustinov (RAO)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP).
Tracks 2,4 words and music by Beverly Bremers and Rick Paul. © 1999, 2008 Lipton Music (ASCAP)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP).

All vocals by Beverly Bremers and Rick Paul.

Track 1 produced by Alexei Ustinov and Rick Paul.
Track 2 produced by Rick Paul.
Tracks 3 and 5 produced by Alexei Ustinov and Anton Ilyashenko.
Track 4 produced by Alexei Ustinov, Anton Ilyashenko, and Rick Paul.
Executive Producer: Rick Paul

Musicians and Engineers:

Alexei Ustinov - Arrangements (1,3,4,5)
Andrey Galushko - Drums (1)
Anton Ilyashenko (MegaTon Studio) - Arrangements (4), Bass Guitar (1,4), Engineering (1,3,4,5), Guitars (3,4,5), Mixing (1,3,4,5), Sequencing (4)
Alexey Kosolapov - Keyboards and sequencing (3,5)
Andrey Orlov - Guitars (1)
Nikolai Panchenko - Saxophone (1,3,5)
Rick Paul - Arrangements (2,4), Engineering (1,2,4), Keyboards (1), Mastering (1-5), Mixing (1,2,4), All Instruments and Sequencing (2)

(P) 2008 Beverly Bremers, Rick Paul, Alexei Ustinov
All Rights Reserved

Cover Design Copyright © 2008 Richard W. Paul and licensors. All rights reserved.

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Rick Paul's songs combine memorable pop/rock and country melodies with mature, often thought provoking, lyrics on life and love. His singing has drawn comparisons to Dan Hill, Randy Newman, and Neil Young, while his piano playing is most frequently compared to Rick’s biggest musical influence, Elton John. Rick performs frequently in Orange County, California. ... more

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Track Name: Make Me Feel
Make Me Feel
music and original Russian lyric by Alexei Ustinov, English lyric by Rick Paul

Oh, your hands are as cold as steel
And your glare could make fire freeze over
Any heart that you once revealed
Hides like April in late October

Once you only had eyes for me
Made me feel like your gift from heaven
Oh, but lately we barely speak
Or we rage just like Armageddon

Darling, show me what’s on your mind
What’s in your heart
What do your eyes conceal
Maybe we could cry in the night
Laugh ’til it's light
Darling, just make me feel
Give me just a glimpse of your heart
Tear me apart
Show me that you’re still real
Maybe we could scream, hug, and shout
Work it all out
Darling, just make me feel

You’re so near but so hard to reach
And I so want to know your story
Are you crying beneath your sheets
Do you ever feel longing for me

Oh, when I’m lost within myself
Maybe you could come out and find me
If our love lingers on the shelf
Could a kiss from your lips remind me

Darling, show me what’s on your mind
What’s in your heart
What do your eyes conceal
Maybe we could cry in the night
Laugh ’til it's light
Darling, just make me feel
Give me just a glimpse of your heart
Tear me apart
Show me that you’re still real
Maybe we could scream, hug, and shout
Work it all out
Darling, just make me feel

© 2008 Alexei A. Ustinov (RAO)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved
Track Name: Unsaid
Unsaid
words and music by Beverly Bremers and Rick Paul

You keep trying to make me kiss and tell my past
It's, "show me yours, and I'll show you mine"
But don't you see how crazy it is to ask
You're my one and only love
Just not the first I've had

And some things are better left unsaid
Sometimes it's best to leave it all
Inside your head
'Cause knowing may not be as good as wondering instead
Some things are better left unsaid

We've had other loves, left some bridges burned
Been around the track a couple of times
But that's all dead and gone as far as I'm concerned
What we don't know never hurts
Let's leave those stones unturned

'Cause some things are better left unsaid
Sometimes it's best to leave it all
Inside your head
'Cause knowing may not be as good as wondering instead
Some things are better left unsaid

Do you want to know times and places
Hear their names, imagine their faces
Pictures of passion
Is that what you want
(I know I don't)

Some things are better left unsaid
Sometimes it's best to leave it all
Inside your head
'Cause knowing may not be as good as wondering instead
Some things are better left unsaid

Some things are better left
Somethings are better left
Some things are better left unsaid

© 1999, 2008 Lipton Music (ASCAP)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved
Track Name: Make Me Feel (Virartech Radio Mix)
Make Me Feel
music and original Russian lyric by Alexei Ustinov, English lyric by Rick Paul

Oh, your hands are as cold as steel
And your glare could make fire freeze over
Any heart that you once revealed
Hides like April in late October

Once you only had eyes for me
Made me feel like your gift from heaven
Oh, but lately we barely speak
Or we rage just like Armageddon

Darling, show me what’s on your mind
What’s in your heart
What do your eyes conceal
Maybe we could cry in the night
Laugh ’til it's light
Darling, just make me feel
Give me just a glimpse of your heart
Tear me apart
Show me that you’re still real
Maybe we could scream, hug, and shout
Work it all out
Darling, just make me feel

You’re so near but so hard to reach
And I so want to know your story
Are you crying beneath your sheets
Do you ever feel longing for me

Oh, when I’m lost within myself
Maybe you could come out and find me
If our love lingers on the shelf
Could a kiss from your lips remind me

Darling, show me what’s on your mind
What’s in your heart
What do your eyes conceal
Maybe we could cry in the night
Laugh ’til it's light
Darling, just make me feel
Give me just a glimpse of your heart
Tear me apart
Show me that you’re still real
Maybe we could scream, hug, and shout
Work it all out
Darling, just make me feel

© 2008 Alexei A. Ustinov (RAO)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved
Track Name: Unsaid (Virartech Remix)
Unsaid
words and music by Beverly Bremers and Rick Paul

You keep trying to make me kiss and tell my past
It's, "show me yours, and I'll show you mine"
But don't you see how crazy it is to ask
You're my one and only love
Just not the first I've had

And some things are better left unsaid
Sometimes it's best to leave it all
Inside your head
'Cause knowing may not be as good as wondering instead
Some things are better left unsaid

We've had other loves, left some bridges burned
Been around the track a couple of times
But that's all dead and gone as far as I'm concerned
What we don't know never hurts
Let's leave those stones unturned

'Cause some things are better left unsaid
Sometimes it's best to leave it all
Inside your head
'Cause knowing may not be as good as wondering instead
Some things are better left unsaid

Do you want to know times and places
Hear their names, imagine their faces
Pictures of passion
Is that what you want
(I know I don't)

Some things are better left unsaid
Sometimes it's best to leave it all
Inside your head
'Cause knowing may not be as good as wondering instead
Some things are better left unsaid

Some things are better left
Somethings are better left
Some things are better left unsaid

© 1999, 2008 Lipton Music (ASCAP)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved
Track Name: Make Me Feel (Virartech Club Mix)
Make Me Feel
music and original Russian lyric by Alexei Ustinov, English lyric by Rick Paul

Oh, your hands are as cold as steel
And your glare could make fire freeze over
Any heart that you once revealed
Hides like April in late October

Once you only had eyes for me
Made me feel like your gift from heaven
Oh, but lately we barely speak
Or we rage just like Armageddon

Darling, show me what’s on your mind
What’s in your heart
What do your eyes conceal
Maybe we could cry in the night
Laugh ’til it's light
Darling, just make me feel
Give me just a glimpse of your heart
Tear me apart
Show me that you’re still real
Maybe we could scream, hug, and shout
Work it all out
Darling, just make me feel

You’re so near but so hard to reach
And I so want to know your story
Are you crying beneath your sheets
Do you ever feel longing for me

Oh, when I’m lost within myself
Maybe you could come out and find me
If our love lingers on the shelf
Could a kiss from your lips remind me

Darling, show me what’s on your mind
What’s in your heart
What do your eyes conceal
Maybe we could cry in the night
Laugh ’til it's light
Darling, just make me feel
Give me just a glimpse of your heart
Tear me apart
Show me that you’re still real
Maybe we could scream, hug, and shout
Work it all out
Darling, just make me feel

© 2008 Alexei A. Ustinov (RAO)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved