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Issue 6.9 - December 2003
ISSN 1480-6975

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I n   T h i s   I s s u e :

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@-- Editor's Musings
@-- Copyright & Publishing Q&A with Nancy A. Reece from Carpe Diem
    Copyright Management
@-- Music Reviews - by Ben Ohmart, Stacey Board & Gian Fiero
@-- Songwriting Book Review - by James Linderman
@-- Musical Notes - Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
@-- Muse's Clues - Songwriting Web sites that inspire - brought
    to you by singer/songwriter & teacher, Irene Jackson.
@-- Featured Article - The 6 Rules of Commercial Music Success 
                       by Gian Fiero
@-- Songwriter In Spotlight - Debby Holiday by Lauren Jonik
@-- Message Forums in Spotlight - find out what's being discussed
@-- On Site Featured Article - An article already online for your
    viewing pleasure.
@-- Classifieds & Useful Services
@-- Contact information
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E d i t o r ' s   M u s i n g s :

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(Just as a little side note, in an effort to get out this issue
before everyone disappeared on holidays, it wasn't able to be
passed by my gracious proofreader - so if there are errors, I
hope you'll forgive me!)

Hi folks!  Welcome to the Holiday edition of the newsletter
(that's what I usually call the December issue...).  To all our
American friends, I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.  May you
have a wonderful time celebrating all that you have to be
thankful for.  Actually, it's because of Thanksgiving that this
issue is a touch early this month.  And since I won't be speaking
to you before whatever winter holidays you celebrate (most likely
the next issue will come out after the 25th of December), I
wanted to wish you all the best during that season too!  

For those of you hard at work looking for the perfect gift for
the musician or songwriter in your life, have a look at the
Songwriters' Store here on The Muse's Muse for some ideas:
http://www.musesmuse.com/songwriting-store.html . There are some
really great deals there!  And purchasing from the Muse's Muse
store also has the added plus of helping to support this
newsletter and the website behind it. :)

Well, the membership drive is over at this point (since I had to
make a decision on the NSAI membership winner before the new year
began).  I'd like to thank everyone who participated.  Even if
you only sent in one new subscriber, your efforts were definitely
appreciated.  Three folks have referred enough new subscribers to
receive t-shirts or mugs.  Congratulations to all of you!
However, the clear winner for the NSAI membership is Robb
Bledsoe.  Congratulations, Robb! 

I should note that you're welcome to suggest that people
subscribe at any time - even if there's no membership drive going
on.  :) Feel free to forward this newsletter to someone you think
might find it of interest.  Though the NSAI membership has been
given away already, if you do refer 10 or more subscribers, I'll
most certainly send you a t-shirt or mug in thanks. :) 

Now on to the raffle winners for this month:

* Tanya Lundy from Costa Mesa, CA has won a copy of "Start and
Run Your Own Record Label" By Daylle Deanna Schwartz (reviewed
below).

* Joe Wells from Jackson, TN, has won a copy of IndieMusic.com's
"Musician's Toolkit" (for details on this package of useful indie
musician-related tools, see
http://www.musicianstoolkit.com/muse/) 

* Tamara Seckel from Columbus, OH, has won a copy of VSS's
helpful songwriting organization product (for a review of
Lyricist & information on a discount offered, see
http://www.musesmuse.com/vss-review.html)

No matter what you're celebrating, I hope you all have a
wonderful and very musical holiday season. 

--Jodi

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  C o p y r i g h t   &   P u b l i s h i n g   Q & A :
  
        With Licensing executive Nancy A. Reece

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Nancy is taking a break this month, but if you're looking for
advice on copyright and publishing issues, you might want to
check out her new book, "Real Answers to Real Questions".   

Topics Include: Demo/Recording Agreements ~ Licensing ~
Collaboration ~ Pitching/Representation ~ Audio Files on The
Internet ~ Registration ~ Partnerships ~ Performing Rights
Organizations ~ Children's Music ~ International Questions ~ Work
For Hire ~ Plagiarism ~ Derivative ~ Works/Parodies ~ Clearances
~ Trademarks/Servicemarks/Names ~ Publisher/Writer Splits ~
Books/Sources/Resource Guides ~ Management Agreements ~
Publishing Agreements ~ Production Agreements ~ Estate 

For information on how to pick up your copy today, visit:
http://www.musesmuse.com/realarealq.html 

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ABOUT NANCY A. REECE:

Carpe Diem Copyright Management's owner and president, Nancy A.
Reece has been involved in the music business since 1983. She was
the president of an independent advertising agency for eight
years as well as a successful personal artist manager for nine
years. She represented the careers of several recording artists
and songwriters including those with EMI, Zomba and Liberty
Records as well as Benson, Starsong, WoodBridge, Temple Hall and
N'Soul Records. She also represented, for a number of years, a
Grammy and Dove nominated record producer. Reece has won awards
of excellence in print magazine advertising and has been named as
one of 2,000 Notable American Women (1995) as well as being
listed in the International Who's Who of Professional and
Business Women (1993). She was also named Cashbox Magazine's
Promoter of the Year (1989). In addition to her work at Carpe
Diem Copyright Management, Reece works at a performing rights
organization in the United States and is an accomplished
contemporary artist working in abstract and multimedia on canvas
and wood.

How to Ask a Question:
If you have a question for Nancy about publishing or copyright
administration, you can e-mail her at nreece@musesmuse.com.
Please indicate in the subject of your e-mail that your
submission is for The Muse's Muse guest forum, Real Answers to
Real Questions. Thanks!

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M u s i c   R e v i e w s :  

by Ben Ohmart, Stacey Board & Gian Fiero

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John Sheldon  "Sometimes You Get Lucky" (by Stacey Board)

Somehow this CD has hints of Tom Waits' writing, Carlos Santana's
clean guitar playing and Bob Weir's singing. How John Sheldon fit
all those people into himself is a mystery. The lyrics are
largely pictures and imagery, not so much literal story telling.
But I really appreciate his unpredictable writing style and the
sweetness and innocence in a lot of the songs. 

"Wishing Farm" is one of my favorites. It's a great melody and
hook with lyrics that draw you in. I also really like "What I
Always Have" mostly for his lovely fingerstyle guitar playing and
the sweet humorous lyrics. "Belize Nocturne" is an instrumental
that is hot, latin, and quite gorgeous. 

The production quality is first-rate and perfectly captures
Sheldon's guitar playing. His guitar tone, playing, and unique
overall style are quite enjoyable in each of these 13 songs. 

http://www.johnsheldon.com/ 
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OTHER NEW MUSIC REVIEWS SINCE LAST MONTH INCLUDE:

Fletcher (by Stacey Board)
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000554.html
Craig Banks (by Stacey Board)
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000555.html
Melissa Warner (by Stacey Board)
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000556.html
John Sheldon (by Stacey Board)
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000557.html
Guy-Michael Grande (by Stacey Board)
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000558.html
Victoria Parks (by Stacey Board)
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000559.html
Meg Tennant (by Stacey Board)
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000560.html
Elisa Peimer (by Stacey Board)
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000561.html

Sony Holland (by Gian Fiero) 
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000562.html
Gian's Top 10 Demos for 2003 
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000563.html

Darren Curtis Skanson, Andrew Thomas Harling and Russell
Donnellon (by Ben Ohmart)
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000551.html
Tomas Michaud (by Ben Ohmart)
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000552.html
The Pedrick-Hutson Guitar Duo (by Ben Ohmart)
http://musesmuse.com/columnistsgreylogs/archives/00000545.html

As of this month, Ben has stepped down as a reviewer for The
Muse's Muse.  He's done an awesome job through the years and I
wish him all the very best of luck in whatever he chooses to do
with his ample talents in the future.  Thanks Ben!

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For bios on each of the reviewers, see
http://www.musesmuse.com/musicreviews.html . If you're considering
sending in your own CD for review, you can also view that page to
find out which reviewer reviews your genre. Thanks!

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S o n g w r i t i n g   B o o k   R e v i e w : by James Linderman

Start and Run Your Own Record Label By Daylle Deanna Schwartz
       http://www.daylle.com/books.html#record

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It's confession time...

I have spent an embarrassing portion of my life reading "self
help" and "how to" books.  There.  I said it.

From this volume of experience, however, I have noticed that
there is a definite formula to writing a "how to" book.  Many of
these books are paced the same and strike the same tone but they
also seem to fall into one of two diametrically apposed
categories.

There is one kind of "how to" book that serves as a monument to
the authors "great" achievements and are not written to actually
be of much help to any reader with the possible exception of the
author's mom. 

They are not so much "how to" books but more of an indulgent tour
of the author's trophy den in the guise of helping to nurture the
reader's need for guidance. We have an unwritten editorial law
here to not review any book that has this as its thinly disguised
premise.

Therefore, Start and Run Your Own Record Label By Daylle Deanna
Schwartz would be the other kind of "how to" book and I would
venture to say that it would be a textbook example of "how to" do
a "how to".

In this kind of book, the author becomes a transparent narrator
guiding you through facts and stats and some observations based
on the reality-based experiences of respected and trusted people
in that field. The focus is on the reader. 

I like "how to" books that are about me, and about what I am
going to try to do.

This book reads like the author could visualize me reading and
using the book and traced her steps back to the point where she
wrote the first word without ever once letting me get out of
focus.  

Let's take the tour.

Chapter one gives us the good news and the bad news.

The good news is that running your own label is fun and exciting
and rewarding and cool. 

I'm sure you already guessed the bad news. Yes, it's a lot of
hard work! 

The author walks through some great quotes by some indie label
owners that totally substantiate her claims and make this
resemble more fact than opinion.

Chapter two gets into all the red tape of running a small
business and how to appear successful long before the sweet smell
of any kind of real success has come within a hundred yards of
your home / office / distribution center/ jam room.

Chapter three is a favorite. It's called road warriors and it is
full of short bios and testimonials from successful indie label
owners as a sort of collection of snapshots of what got them
there and what keeps them going. Really interesting stuff!

One of my absolute favorite artists (and indie label owner),
Jonatha Brooke is quoted often and has a very poignant story to
tell that every singer / songwriter should read for it's pure
inspiration value. She also has a song called "Linger" which I
never let get too far from my CD player. It's completely
brilliant. 

Back to the book...

There is a chapter on money that will change your mind about how
out of reach the funding that you will need, might be. It also
illuminates the kinds of strings that are attached to that money
through investor contracts and partnership agreements and other
wheeling and dealing stuff you absolutely should know before you
get too far along. 

Daylle Deanna Schwartz was originally a teacher in NYC and so
this is a book that has been skillfully researched, is nicely
presented and of course, has every word spelled correctly.

As with most things in life, there is more to starting a label
than meets the eye and so there is tons to learn about: ownership
of the master copy, paying royalties, copyright, administration,
compulsory licensing, publishing, controlled composition clauses
and so much more.

There are chapters devoted specifically to signing artists,
working with a studio, pre production (hey, that's what I do),
manufacturing, distribution, publicity, radio play and the worst
enemy / best friend of all creative people - marketing.

In the last chapter there is advice from label owners to those
thinking of starting up and it's like a mini music conference
tucked into the back pages of this great book.

Despite the very specific title, this book would be a must read
for all of us who want to know how the indie music industry runs.
It is almost inevitable that we will have some business to
conduct with a small label at some time and it's good to know,
going in the door, how they work and how they might fit into the
plans and dreams that we spend on our music.

You can get a hold of a copy of Start and Run Your Own Record
Label by Daylle Deanna Schwartz at
http://www.daylle.com/books.html#record

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ABOUT THE REVIEWER:
James Linderman lives and works at theharmonyhouse, a music lesson,
songwriting and music pre-production facility in Newmarket,
Ontario, Canada. He is the Songwriters Association of Canada
regional coordinator for Newmarket and leads a music workshop
program for Life 100.3 Christian radio. James writes songwriting
articles for The Muse's News web magazine, Canadian Musician
Magazine and Professional Musician Magazine.

Contact James at:  theharmonyhouse@rogers.com

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M u s i c a l   N o t e s : Songwriting Contests & Market Info.

In the interest of conserving space, I will only be including
changes to this listing in this newsletter.  All other contests
and market information that have already been listed here, are
displayed at http://www.musesmuse.com/contests.html &
http://www.musesmuse.com/markets.html . Please check there
regularly for updates!
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THE AUSTRALIAN SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION 24th NATIONAL SONGWRITING
CONTEST 
is an annual contest open to Australian citizens and permanent
Australian residents. Entries are submitted on CD or
audiocassette and are rendered anonymous prior to judging. Songs
are judged on originality and craft and must be unpublished at
the time of entry. Established in 1980, the Contest is the
largest annual songwriters contest held in Australia. This years
Prizes total over $20,000 and include categories such as
Pop/Contemporary Ballad, Country, Jazz/Blues, Rock/Metal/Indie,
Dance/Electronica, R & B/Rap/Hip Hop, Instrumental and Lyrics. 

Deadline is January 16th, 2004. Entry Forms available at
http://www.asai.org.au/ - Contact E-mail:inquiries@asai.org.au 
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ARTISTS FOR LITERACY LAUNCHES 3RD ANNUAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION
Reach millions of students with your song inspired by literature.
Details about the contest at
http://www.siblproject.org/competition.html. Winning songs will
be promoted and featured on a CD/DVD to be distributed in across
the US through schools, libraries, and stores. 
Deadline: April 5, 2004 
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2004 TIPPERARY INTERNATIONAL SONG OF PEACE CONTEST
Entries are now invited for the 2004 Tipperary International Song
of Peace Contest to be held in Tipperary, Ireland in April 2004.
Tipperary Peace Convention are the organising body and they are
looking for songs with a theme of peace. Songs should be of
Peace, Love and Harmony, about people, places or things, in fact
anything that one feels constitutes a 'Sense of Peace'. 10 songs
will be chosen to contest a 'LIVE' Grand Final in Tipperary.
There is a cash prize of 1,500 (Euro) for the winning song along
with the Song of Peace Waterford Crystal Trophy. The closing date
for receipt of entries is February 1st, 2004 and Entry Forms and
particulars are available from Martin Quinn on e-mail:
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To take the campus tour, go to http://www.songu.com/?sa=3 .
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BERKLEEMUSIC.COM WEBSITE LAUNCHED

Berklee College of Music has launched its Berkleemusic.com web
site after nearly two years in development. This ambitious new
offering provides songwriters opportunities to take online music
writing courses and explore new music career directions. Users
can create a personal or band web page containing bios, MP3s,
images, reviews, news, and links that are useful resources to
potential employers, collaborators, and students.

For more information visit their site today!  
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GREAT ARTICLES TO CHECK OUT AT GALARIS INDEPENDENT MUSIC:
http://www.galaris.com

*  Gaining control of your singing audition - By Jeannie Deva
http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=305

* Create Your Own Luck - By Tom Leu
http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=306

* If you target sharp enough, you will own your niche - By Derek
Sivers
http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=307

*  Prepare the proper promotional meterials and know when to use
them - By Bobby Borg
http://www.galaris.com/articles?id=308

Visit http://www.galaris.com/ and Sign up for the Galaris
Independent Musicians Newsletter.  Twice monthly you will receive
FREE, direct to your email box, articles containing: Promotion
tips, Career advice, Recording tips, Practicing tips, Legal
advice, Musician's health, Radio promotion, Songwriters tips and
much more.
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Call Judi at 617-964-2985 and stop by our website at
http://www.yoga-cafe.com/ 
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Visit http://www.internet-marketing-mm.com/musicianpackage.html
for more details.  

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M u s e ' s    C l u e s :  by Irene Jackson

1998-2003 Moonstone Productions All Rights Reserved. Used By
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More and more, we songwriters are finding ways to record our gems
at home, the equipment and software is becoming more
user-friendly and if you haven't yet learned how to record a very
basic guitar or piano and vocal of your song, you're missing the
boat! 

Not only is the software cheap and often even free, but you can
do very simple demos for whatever purpose, even if you just want
to send a CD or cassette copy off to get a more professionally
produced demo.  One website that will take some of the mystery
out of this process is HomeRecording.com
(http://homerecording.com/).  There are a number of short,
easy-to-read articles on all aspects of recording, including the
difference between digital and analog, mixing, microphones, FAQ's
and tutorials.  But one of my favourite sections is the BBS
messageboard, the main reason being that there are sections of
the board devoted to specific equipment and software.  Quite
often, when you download a demo version of recording software,
you can't find good online support where you can ask all of those
questions you feel stupid about :-)  At the HomeRecording
website, you can search through to find all related discussions
on your particular question, or post one yourself.  It is a very
active board and it won't take long before you'll find someone
willing to help you out. 

You'll also find a buy and sell section, equipment reviews and a
great glossary of recording terms.  But most importantly, the
website is especially designed for beginners as well as those
who've had a little more experience, as compared with some
recording websites that start spewing too much technical info
before you're ready! 

In no time you'll arm yourself with enough knowledge to hit the
record button with confidence :-)

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Irene Jackson is a performing songwriter from Victoria, BC in
Canada. Aside from writing, recording and performing, she also
maintains a website for songwriters that includes tips, articles
and more links of interest.  Her eagerly anticipated CD "Catnip" is
finally here, and her earlier recordings have had attention
everywhere from Japan to South America.

Songwriting Tips: http://www.irenejackson.com/tips.html
Homepage:         http://www.irenejackson.com/
Songs on MP3:
http://www.mp3.com/artists/20/irene_jackson.html
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F e a t u r e d   A r t i c l e : 

The 6 Rules of Commercial Music Success - by Gian Fiero

 Gian Fiero, 2003 All Rights Reserved.  
Printed with Permission.

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This month, we're going to try something a bit different (which
also helps us save a bit of space here). :)

Gian has put together a wonderful article about the common
elements in a commercial song - and if you're interested in
getting your songs on the radio, this is information you NEED to
know!

But instead of putting this article in the newsletter in its
entirety, Gian has created a PDF of it that I've placed on the
The Muse's Muse website itself.  

You can download it from this location here:
http://www.musesmuse.com/6rules.pdf

Including it in PDF form also gives it the added advantage of
being easy to print and read offline.  So go ahead and have a
look.  It's well worth the read.

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   S o n g w r i t e r   I n   S p o t l i g h t : Debby Holiday

By Lauren Jonik 

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Like watching a phoenix rise into the air, as Debby Holiday took
the stage at The Gig in Los Angeles, CA, the atmosphere instantly
blended into an open sky of emotion, musical passion and freedom.
As all eyes were transfixed on the stage, it was obvious that in
that space, something extraordinary was happening: Debby Holiday
and her band reached a level of intensity, sincerity and
spontaneity that enveloped the room and offered the audience an
invitation into a world that was impossible to refuse.  
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The rest of this interview can be viewed at
http://www.musesmuse.com/int-holiday
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Lauren Jonik is a freelance journalist and photographer who lives
in the suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. Deeply valuing
the beauty of creative expression, she enjoys combining her love
of music with her passion for writing and photography. She is the
founder and editor of an online music publication called
SoundAffects.net (http://www.soundaffects.net/). Lauren can be
contacted at: lauren@ soundaffects.net	

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M e s s a g e   F o r u m s   I n   S p o t l i g h t : 

http://www.musesmuse.com/forums/index.php

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Here are some of the most "happening" threads going on in the
message board these days.  Why not register (it's free) and
participate?

* Musical Depths Forum - Schillinger - System Of Composition,
Moonlight Serenade, Summertime ...
http://www.musesmuse.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=2956

* Controversy In The Music Biz Forum - Jacko
http://www.musesmuse.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=3153

* Getting To Know You & General Conversation Forum - 4 All New
Muses, Posting Techniques
http://www.musesmuse.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=3131

* Business, Associations & PRO Forum - Poor Man's Copyright,
anyone ever heard of this?
http://www.musesmuse.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=3156

* Recording Tips Forum - Home Recording Sessions - Arts or
Science?, The Laws of Physics apply
http://www.musesmuse.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=3171

Also, congratulations to the following monthly songwriting
contest winners in the message boards (this is just done for fun
and recognition - it's free to apply if you're a participating
member of the board and no prizes are currently given out)

* For the Lyric Critique Forum (moderated by Neal K):
http://www.musesmuse.com/forums/index.php?showforum=9

NigeQ and Yukon for their song, "Sometimes Age Comes Alone."

* For the Lyric & Music Critique Forum (moderated by Marty g):
http://www.musesmuse.com/forums/index.php?showforum=31

1st Place: Neal Klassen- Boulevard of Blues ( 21 points)
2nd Place: Brian Tilton-Lullaby (12 points)
3rd Place: Silky Tofu- Square Circle ( 10 points)

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