I’m going to do something a little different today. The Russian band Leonid & Friends, who sound more like the band Chicago than Chicago does, has been slowly incorporating the music from other bands, including Earth, Wind & Fire and The Ides of March (their cover of "Vehicle" drew praise from no less than Jim Peterik, who wrote the song and played on the original). More recently, they did an original song called "The Speck Of Dust," written by the late Alexey Ashtaev with lyrics by Leonid Vorobyev and his son Roman. In addition to the usual musicians and singers, there is a full orchestra directed by Alexey Vereshagin and throat-singing by Altai singer Cheynesh Baytushkina. The lead vocal is provided by the incredible Ksenia Buzina, whose performance is so good that you’ll find yourself asking (as I have for months now) why she isn’t an international star already.