Art of the Song / Standing "O" Podcast

Our guest this week on the Standing 'O' Project/Art of the Song Coffee Break is Austin-based singer/songwriter Madison McWilliams.

Like so many girls her age, 16-year-old Madison McWilliams is in love with friends, fashion, and — most of all — music.

Unlike most girls her age, Madison’s passion for music has led the teen phenom from Austin, Texas to be named "2018's It Girl" by Girls Life Magazine and to achieve her dream: the 2017 release of her debut EP, “MADISON.”  This March, she is excited to perform for a second time at her hometown's SXSW Music Festival and will begin her newest adventure with the release her latest single "Livin' For The Weekend"...watch for the music video!!  

Last year, she was honored to sing the national anthem live on NBC Sports for NASCAR and to share her music worldwide broadcast on Voice of America.  Even Justine Magazine has its eye on Madison too naming her "One to Watch" in 2018.

As one of Musical.ly’s Top 15 “NextWave” emerging artists worldwide and a writer on all of her songs, Madison gushes, “My whole life is surrounded by music.  Starting with her first audition as a child, which landed her the lead role in a local production of “Annie,” and fueled by her mom’s Beatles records, Madison has had a crush on music as long as she can remember. “It’s a piece of who I am.”  Austin Monthly agreed naming her "Artist of the Month."

https://madisonmcwilliams.com

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/madison-mcwilliams-podcast/ 

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: Madison_McWilliams_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is Oregon-based singer/songwriter Diane Patterson.

Folkgoddess Diane Patterson writes, sings, and carries her Mystic Folk Americana with acoustic guitar, ukulele and voice. Since 1991, Patterson weaves spirit and unifying social commentary, now around the world, on festival stages, at folk music and conscious music gatherings, healing gatherings and in concert venues of Southern Oregon and Northern California, in Hawaii every winter for the last 10 years, in Europe summers of 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2016, and twice across the usa in spring and fall 2016.

“Joni Mitchell meets Ani DiFranco. Patterson is a modern day folk goddess.”

Diane plays and collaborates with a number of artists working towards a more sustainable future, through the celebration of Abundance by Design. Currently she is working on a fabulous new CD, recording her engaging and eloquent songs in New Orleans with producer Mike Napolitano.

Based in Southern Oregon, independent and supported by her community, Diane considers herself a micro magical munition of manifesting highest consciousness, cleanest food for body and mind, best balance and highest integrity of relations between all Peoples, Elements, Directions, Resources. For this the songs are caught, carried, sung, rocked, and recorded. Diane lives this traveling, bardic, community musician style, also producing musical mystical events.

http://dianepatterson.org 

https://www.standingoproject.com/artist/dianepatterson/ 

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: Diane_Patterson_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is New York/Turkish singer/songwriter Demir Demirkan.

New York, NY January 15th 2017: Singer, songwriter, producer, and certified guitar shredder Demir Demirkan is announcing a February 16th release for “Awakening,” the first EP of three in the New Yorker/Turkish musician’s new “War III” project. The first chapter introduces some of the themes and concepts which Demirkan will explore in the trilogy: alienation, freedom, individualism, revolution. While Demir’s rumination on such themes certainly evokes and pays tribute to essential albums in the canon of rock opera and concept albums, he offers a fresh take informed by his own diverse influences and background which promise to make the trilogy an instant classic in this canon. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have legendary artist Hugh Syme on board, who has been responsible for the cover artwork of every Rush release since 1975, including their iconic logo, as well as creating iconic designs for key albums from Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Megadeth, and Queensrÿche. The album is co-written and co-produced with GRAMMY®-nominated and ASCAP award-winning songwriter and producer Phil Galdston (Starship, America, Celine Dion, Robin Williams).

“I’d been producing my own albums since I’d started,” Demir explains, “But I partnered with Phil Galdston on War III, which was a great blessing because I trust him with my music. He helped me learn to let the music take me to where it wanted to go, rather than me directing it all the time.” The resulting five tracks are both expansive and tight, matching methodical and honest lyricism to curious and amorphous sonic and musical qualities, incorporating at times heavy metal, prog rock, funk, acoustic balladry, and psychedelic rock. Demir’s passionate and technical guitar work anchors the five tracks into a cohesive whole, blazing through the complex and often subtle narrative movements of the music and lyrics.

Though this first part of “War III” marks a new chapter in Demir’s career, it is hardly the first—since 2000, he has released eight albums and five EPs just under his own name, not even counting his work in groups such as the Turkish metal band Pentagram (AKA Mezarkabul) and his Eurovision-winning original song “Every Way That I Can.” Though he lives in New York City now, his formative experiences growing up in Turkey as well as attending the renowned Musicians Institute in L.A. in the 90s are essential informants to his creative process, helping him to build and expand on a sound all his own. In “Awakening,” it’s clear that despite Demir’s impressive resume and life experience, he is not content to settle into anything, opting instead to continue pushing himself, project to project surely but even song-to-song. Rather, in this first chapter of “War III” we get the sense that Demir is just getting started.

http://demirdemirkan.net

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/demir-demirkan-podcast/

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: Demir_Demirkan_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song/Standing 'O' Project Coffee Break is Los Angeles singer/songwriter Thea Juliette of Arsnk.

Multi instrumentalist and singer songwriter Arsnk draws on Thea Juliette’s Celtic roots to create strongly visual music infused with mythology and gothic folk rock influences. Strongly and proudly a 90s child live Arsnk has similarity to The Cranberries, and moody melodic pop rock artists such as Lana Del Rey.

It’s Thea Juliette’s intention subconsciously to manifest music with morals and messages. 

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: ARSNK_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is Taos singer/songwriter Max Gomez.

Though still only in his twenties, Max Gomez has always had the heart of an old soul. As a child, the first songs he learned to sing were originally recorded in the 50s by Johnny Cash. As a teenage guitarist he adopted Big Bill Broonzy as his blues master. And as a budding performer, he apprenticed in the rarefied musical climate of northern New Mexico, where troubadours like Michael Martin Murphey and Ray Wylie Hubbard helped foster a folk and Western sound both cosmic and cowboy. You’ll find his hometown of Taos and nearby Red River right there between Colorado and Texas on both your sonic and Google maps. Splitting his childhood between there and a farm in the Flint Hills of Kansas, Gomez is at home in the heartland, too.  

The youngest of five brothers, by several years—“That’s why I got into ‘old’ music”—Gomez got a children’s guitar for Christmas when he was 10. The family moved from Santa Fe to Taos in the ’80s, and his father, Steve, became a furniture craftsman. “There’s a similarity between my dad’s work and mine,” says Gomez. “He really studied what he did; there were always a lot of books on old furniture in his studio.”

Gomez reports that growing up in Taos was “wild. It’s still the Wild West compared to any city or suburb. You can get away with just about anything there, and we were turned loose as kids.”

At 14, when Gomez performed at a benefit concert, he played “Sunday Mornin’ Coming Down”—the down-and-out classic by future labelmate Kris Kristofferson. Soon thereafter he was playing at a late, lamented institution of a venue called the Old Blinking Light. “The school I went to was playing in that bar,” he says.  Country greats like Mentor Williams and Lynn Anderson frequented the place that led them to become fans of his music.  

Gomez moved to Los Angeles at 18 to pursue his music career and began writing songs and   performing around the city at many notable clubs. He wrote some songs with Shawn Mullins, who later recorded them. “That’s when I began taking it all a little more seriously and turned my music into a job,” says Gomez.  n his early twenties he began recording his own songs with producers in  New York, L.A., and  Nashville. His debut album, Rule the World, was released in 2013 by New West Records, home to the likes of John Hiatt, Buddy Miller, and Steve Earle. Soon after, Kiefer Sutherland directed the music video for the single “Run From You.”

Gomez grew up in a rich musical environment, but represents more than the sum of his influences—he’s got that ineffable and instantly recognizable x-factor called talent. Melodies that flow naturally. Trenchant lyrics that express wise-beyond-his-years observations on the ways of the heart. Laconic phrasing in a cafe mocha timbre, and guitar skills that can stand alone. In short: the whole package.

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: Max_Gomez_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is singer/songwriter Keith Harkin.

Keith Harkin is an Irish singer songwriter and guitar playing minstrel who has been singing his way into the hearts of music lovers since the wee age of four. HIs musical talents have brought him across the world from the UK to Canada to Australia to America and back, over and over again in his past eight years touring.

During his time touring the States, he gained recognition from Grammy Award-winning Producer, David Foster, who then went on to sign Keith as one of his first artists to Verve Records. Keith released his first solo debut album with Foster and Verve Records, where they watched it soar to the number 1 spot on the Billboard charts.

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: Keith_Harkin_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is L.A. singer/songwriter TJ Doyle.

TJ Doyle, is an American artist with a world view, a love of Earth and a feel for what it takes to care for the planet we are on. He also takes a song, wraps it in melodic yet compelling music and delivers it with a sense of fun, responsibility and subtle but strong Americana sensibilities.

TJ has been lauded by critics for having his own musical and vocal styles, although he admits to his strong vocals being reminiscent of Neil Young . “That’s the way I sing. Can’t help it”.

His last single “Unconditinal” was buzzed about by The Vinyl District, Jamsphere, and Bearded Magazine. His newest single, “Anonymous” will be out Sept. 7, 2017. “Anonymous” is “a tribute to anyone who has felt marginalized”, says Doyle. As TJ’s lyrics say, “Don’t you know that you are golden, Don’t believe you’re anonymous”.

Raised in 5 Eastern cities by the age of 10, TJ now lives in a community on the edge of the Angeles National Forest above LA where he writes songs that transmit an authenticity harking back to the 60s. Does “harking back” mean he lives in the past? Not at all. “That era of music was when artists were writing about the challenges of a generation instead of the more personal and relationship-oriented pop and rock that currently dominates the airwaves.” He goes after that vision delivering his passion for the environment. “Nature is free from the human condition that afflicts humanity, and is an inspiration that can help us all. By observing nature we can learn more about our own true natures.”

Musically TJ, who has a touring history covering the northern American Midwest and Southern California, surrounds himself with some of the top musician’s musicians to be found today on his recordings like Rock Deadrick, Drums & Percussion (Tracy Chapman) David Sutton, Bass (Tracy Chapman) Matt Laug, Drums (Slash’s Snakepit), Lance Morrison, Bass, (Don Henley) Tim Pierce, Guitar (Crowded House, Dave Matthews) or in his live performances like Phil Parlapiano, Keyboards, (Lowen & Navarro), and Hank Van Sickle, Bass, (John Mayall). Legendary venues such as The Whiskey and The Roxy have hosted his band, “but it’s time to expand on that. The plan is to get out into the rest of the world,” fostered recently by extensive airplay in Europe, from his most recent album “On The Horizon”. The TJ brand of music is also picking up steam in Australia, New Zealand and, of course, across North America.

At a time when divisions seem to be so loud in people’s minds, TJ Doyle feels music can bring calm, so he presents ideas that help dissuade the internal discourse that is prevalent in our society today. In “Anonymous” particularly, the singer/songwriter says, ” It is my hope the listener can take away the thought they have something very special in them, and start to fan the flames of this ‘self’, so they can ‘spread their wings and FLY’!”

“Anonymous”, produced by David Z Rivkin (Prince, Fine Young Cannibals) is part of a planned EP, “or maybe an album. “It doesn’t matter anymore”. People can now enjoy music from an artist one song at a time. The album will arrive when it’s the ‘right time.

Doyle, describes his music in general as a vehicle to “help people make sense of themselves and the world. That is my prime directive with my music and lyrics.”

As Doyle puts it, “many perceived separations exist on the surface, while there is something much deeper that humans share behind the mask of consciousness.”

As his new song “Unconditional” says in reflecting his credo, “Love is power to set us free”.

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: TJ_Doyle_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is L.A. singer/songwriter Severin Browne.

Severin Browne performs solo to packed house concerts, intimate listening rooms, and even an occasional almost-rowdy bar crowd with friends from his SoCal roots. He is a sought-after guest in many singer-songwriter festivals and shows, and is regarded as one of the most accomplished performers in the Los Angeles area. Severin’s easy manner in front of an audience makes it seem as if playing his guitar and singing his songs is effortless and second-nature. His brilliant lyrics invite listeners into the songs while his solid melodies carry the story from one note to the next. His delightful and inviting delivery has charmed audiences for almost 40 years.

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: Severin_Browne_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is singer/songwriter Cidny Bullens.

Cidny Bullens is a two-time Grammy nominee whose 40-year career in the music business began auspiciously- working with Elton John, Bob Dylan, Gene Clark, Rod Stewart, The Alpha Band, and Pop producer/writer Bob Crewe. She also sang three lead vocals on the movie soundtrack of Grease, then recorded her own critically acclaimed album 1979's Desire Wire, which earned her a Grammy nomination and catapulted Cindy into the international spotlight.
 
In 1980’s, Cindy took time off to raise her children. In the 1990’s she had success in Nashville writing with some of Country’s hottest songwriters including Matraca Berg, Radney Foster, Kye Fleming, Mary Ann Kennedy, Al Anderson, and Bill Lloyd, including the 1994 Country hit “Hammer and Nails” written with and recorded by Radney Foster.
 
Then in March of 1996, Cindy lost her 11 year-old daughter Jessie to cancer. That tragedy inspired Cindy to write and record her widely acclaimed 1999 CD Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth, featuring appearances by Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Bryan Adams, Beth Neilson Chapman, Rodney Crowell, and a haunting duet with her elder daughter, Reid Crewe.
 
With that release, Cindy received worldwide attention from press, radio, and television, including NBC's Today Show, CBS This Morning, Conan O'Brien Late Night, The New York Times, People Magazine, Rolling Stone and many more. The CD also received the Best Rock Album award in 2000 by the AFIM Independent Music Association.
 
Cindy’s next CD, released in 2001- Neverland, was co-produced by Cindy and Steve Earle's Twang Trust partner, Ray Kennedy. Once again, Cindy's friends make appearances on backing vocals -this time featuring Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and John Hiatt.  Her 2005 album, dream #29, was again co-produced with Ray Kennedy and includes the rollicking piano playing of pal Sir Elton John on the title track, and a bluesy, down-home duet with Delbert McClinton, and a vocal appearance by Boston Red Sox great Tim Wakefield. Her 2010 CD, "Howling Trains and Barking Dogs" is a tribute to her Nashville co-writing days in the 1990's, compiling her best songs from that period. Her co-writers include Al Anderson, Radney Foster, Bill Lloyd, Wendy Waldman, and Matraca Berg.

In 2007, Cindy formed the upstart and uprising super-trio The Refugees with Wendy Waldman and Deborah Holland. These three artists have been tearing it up together across North America. Their first CD Unbound was released in 2009 and their second CD THREE in 2012.   The Refugees recently began work on their third album in Los Angeles—to be released some time in 2016.
 
In 2011, Cindy became Cidny, making the difficult and daunting decision to transition from female to male, not knowing what the personal or professional response would be. He stepped back from the public eye to go through the process until this year, re-emerging as Cidny Bullens.
 
Cidny is now performing his one person show Somewhere Between: Not An Ordinary Life, which premier ed in Santa Fe, New Mexico in February of 2016.  The show has since been performed in New York, Nashville, and Maine twice in 2016. Albuquerque, NM and Santa Fe again in January and February of 2017----with upcoming shows this year in Los Angeles, CA, Austin, TX, Newburyport, MA, Portland, ME, Anchorage, AK.  Cid continues to book the show wherever and whenever possible.

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: Cidny_Bullens_Podcast.mp3
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Our guest this week on the Art of the Song Coffee Break is Canadian singer/songwriter Terra Lightfoot.

“a roots rocker with a powerful voice and a bad-ass Gibson SG that she plays with consummate ease… she could be your new rock ‘n’ roll hero. Drawing from rock, soul and blues, [Terra Lightfoot] is a monster talent that will be gracing the world’s largest festival stages in no time.” – PopMatters

With New Mistakes, Canada’s Terra Lightfoot offers up something rare: the kind of genuine document that can only come from a road-tested breed of songwriter and performer. Shot through with the guitarist-vocalist’s powerful, bluesy soul, vivid lyrics and ferocious six-string virtuosity, it’s an unforgettable outing.

From the ground-shaking stomp of “Paradise” and wild-eyed energy of “Pinball King” that open the set to the psychedelic, gospel-tinged album closer “Lonesome Eyes,” the steeltown native’s third record distills her masterful talent to its electrifying essence. 

Produced by Gus van Go and Werner F (Arkells, Sam Roberts Band, Wintersleep), New Mistakes is a heady journey. As poignant as it is rollicking and vulnerable as it is rowdy, it cruises long and sometimes lonesome highways that lead everywhere from brokedown dive bars and endless prairie skies to mountain ranges and the Mojave Desert.

Built around Lightfoot’s killer live band — Maury LaFoy (bass), Joel Haynes (drums) and Jeff Heisholt (keyboards) — the session impresses on all counts. It’s Lightfoot’s hungriest and most raw album to date, able to mesmerize with graceful melodies one moment, and step into the ring to deliver a hurricane of hooks or a heart-wrenching chorus the next. Lifted by bright waves of organ and classic roots-rock vibe, “Ruthless” nails that lethal dynamic, slowly building a story of deep connection fraught by distance, until letting loose its knockout crescendo.
 
Lightfoot’s stunning, soulful voice powers her emotional wallops, laid low as a gentle whisper over the swirling finger-picking of “You Get High,” or belted out with nuclear swagger over the rock ’n’ soul grooves of “Hold You,” battling things out with a righteous Jake Clemons sax solo during its climax.
 
And the only forces that can go toe-to-toe with Lightfoot’s vocal prowess are her guitar chops. “Slick Back Kid” is a bluesy scorcher, barreling forward with monster riffs, dappled with hits of slide guitar work from guest vocalist Oliver Wood. “Stars Over Dakota” lays down blistering ‘70s grooves between feral blasts of overdrive as Lightfoot howls across the American midwest to someone she can’t stop thinking about. “Drifter” reflects on love long past, with her emotive guitar playing saying what the lyrics cannot.
 
That’s not to say she’s a tentative wordsmith. Lightfoot’s evolution into a potent songwriter might be captured best on the poignant “Norma Gale”. The tune tells the real life story of its namesake’s battle to make it as a songwriter and bass player in the colourful world of ‘70s country music, fighting to pursue her passion while raising her son alone and touring non-stop. It’s easy to hear why Gale’s story would resonate with Lightfoot: As tried and true road-dogs, they’re kindred spirits, both driven by a creative force they’d be willing to let tear them apart if it had to. And sometimes it does. But, as Lightfoot wails in the song’s transcendent finish—though the trek so far has been long and treacherous, and isn’t likely to let up—“I knew I had to keep on going.” That’s how she got here, after all.
 
It’s Lightfoot’s relentless commitment to the cause that made this album possible: racking up endless, hard-earned miles, forging and letting go of relationships, and seeking out every sliver of truth in a life on the road that is anything but easy to navigate. It’s an odyssey without a map to guide the way, filled with infinite missteps. But if they all sound as wild and beautiful as this, let’s hope Terra Lightfoot never stops making New Mistakes.

http://terralightfoot.com 

https://www.standingoproject.com/interview/terra-lightfoot-podcast/

The STANDING 'O' PROJECT is about fair trade music streaming--excellent musicians and exceptional fans taking over the music business. You're invited to find good, new, non-commercial music in a venue that lets musicians have an actual revenue stream. Come and connect with artists on a whole new level. Support musicians with an unheard of 50/50 split of proceeds. And gain access to rare music, video and interview content. You can be part of this revolutionary community and matter to the music at www.standingoproject.com

Direct download: Terra_Lightfoot_Podcast.mp3
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