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This post is an addendum to the post
THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED UP IN A BASKET, A SINGABLE MOTHER GOOSE NURSERY RHYME
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/there-was-an-old-woman-tossed-up-in-a-basket-a-singable-mother-goose-nursery-rhyme/

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It would seem like every song is my favorite song, and many of them are.  I do have a special love for THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED UP IN A BASKET.  I wrote my own little variation of the tune and made up guitar chords for it.  Luckily, they are easy for me to play, so this is always on the menu of songs.  There really is something special about the Old Woman, though.  She is doing us a service by sweeping the sky clean each night so we can enjoy the moon and stars.  She is also generous and kind of spirit.

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There Was an Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket
Traditional Words and Tune Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
Guitar Chords by Emily Leatha Everson Gleichenhaus
Illustration by McLoughlin Bros.; New York, 1907

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Marvelous Illustrations of THE OLE WOMAN TOSSED UP IN A BASKET

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By Ellen Raskin
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By Blanche Fisher Wright
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I don’t know who made this picture
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Mother Goose, 1907. Published by McLoughlin Bros.; New York
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Hilarious There Was an Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket as depicted by The Charles Addams Mother Goose:
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By William Wallace Denslow
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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYMES – INDIVIDUALLY ILLUSTRATED
Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes with Individually Illustrated Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/mother-goose-and-nursery-rhymes-with-individually-illustrated-singable-picture-books/

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MOTHER GOOSE AND NURSERY RHYME COMPILATIONS

A list containing compilations of Mother Goose and Nursery Rhyme Singable Picture Books, including links and resources for learning, singing, and playing the tunes
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/mother-goose-singable-picture-books-rhymes-and-songs-in-compilations/

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JACKIE MORRIS
Singable and Music Inspired Picture Books of Author/Illustrator Jackie Morris
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/singable-and-music-inspired-picture-books-of-authorillustrator-jackie-morris/

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WEE SING

Wee Sing, Singable Picture Books on Many Themes and Fabulous Sources for Printed Music
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/wee-sing-singable-picture-books-on-many-themes-and-fabulous-sources-for-printed-music/

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HALLOWEEN

A list of spooky, fun, funny and evocative songs for our favorite October Holiday
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/10/30/halloween-singable-picture-books-ooooooooeeeeeeeee/

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There Was an Old Woman (Tossed Up in a Basket), an Illustrated Singable Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/there-was-an-old-woman-tossed-up-in-a-basket-a-singable-mother-goose-nursery-rhyme/

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CHILDCRAFT
The singable poems in Childcraft, Volume 1, The Poems of Early Childhood (1954)
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/childcraft-poems-of-early-childhood-a-singable-collection-of-poetry/

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Old Woman Tossed Up in a Basket, Great for Halloween and Slightly Tweaked by ELEG for SBWE
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/old-woman-tossed-up-in-a-basket-great-for-halloween-and-slightly-tweaked-by-eleg-for-sbwe/

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SING-ALONG RESOURCES AND PRINTABLE MATERIALS
This is the place to find Print Materials Created by Emily, Service Providers, Vendors, Audio and Video to help you SING-ALONG!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/sing-along-resources-2/

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MOON
The moon in Singable Picture Books
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/the-moon-in-singable-picture-books/

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More Pix (and a book for me to sing with) for THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN TOSSED UP IN A BASKET

This is a transcript of a segment from the American Master’s Documentary AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE: A HISTORY, in which Ballet Historian Jennifer Homans talks about the origins of ballet and the art form is has become.  Please forgive typos. This segment starts at about 12 minutes from the beginning of the documentary:

Ballet grew out of the European Courts of the 17th c.  Before dance was an art form, it was really an etiquette.  It grew out of the social life of the people of the court.  How do you move when you’re in relation to the king?  How do you offer a hand?  How do you pass down the street?  How to you live in your skin in daily life?  It starts to become codified in a way.  

Really where this takes hold the strongest is in the court of Louise the XIV.  And this is a court that is rule bound in the extreme.  Because rules are a form of power.  And that’s how Louis ordered his court and established his authority. 

Think about “The Reverence.”  You bend your knee and you bow.  What is that? That’s a sign of humility to someone of a higher authority than you.  That’s also a step in ballet.  It’s also a bending of the knees, a plie.  It’s a preparation to jump, but it’s also a humility.

And Louis himself was a terrific performer.  He would be, he was king, right?  Don’t forget, this is hte moment when MEN were the great dancers.  This is before the ballerinas and so ballet was created in order to express masculinity, power, strength, physical precision, control.  Because you don’t want to lose control if you are a nobleman and especially if you are a king.

The key thing that got codified in Louis’s court was the five positions.The basic ABCs or building blocks of the art form itself.  They are the same five positions that dancers use today.  And they really designed these positions as the measure of man.  so that there’s a geometric and mathematical precision to the proportionality of the body related to the positions themselves.

All of this comes out of the European Renaissance and it’s the idea that we’re going to go back to antiquity, back to a sort of idealized version, and we’re going to create an art form that expresses the geometric beauty and proportionality of the human body.  So, it’s not just a set of rules.  It’s Leonardo.  Its’ Michelangelo.  It’s, “how do you measure man?”  How can you mix these art forms: poetry, music, dance, into a single art form that’s going to somehow capture what it means to be human?  And what’s interesting about all of this is that although it developed in this courtly and aristocratic context, ti’s actually a radical idea.  Because anybody can do it.

If you’re willing to stand at the bar every day in order to stabilize yourself, in order to practice these steps and positions (and most couriers were), you, too, can become more noble.  And not just more noble ina social class, but as a person.  A more noble person.  Someone who has raised him or herself UP toward the angels and God.  You can leave some of your bestiality behind and transcend UP the great chain of being, IF you can control your physical and emotional and spiritual being.

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This passage caught me.  It caught me because I take ART seriously.  I am an artist and I live in my art and appreciate as much of all others as possible.  And the reason I appreciate it all so much is because of the transcendence.  The thought that if one can practice and art and share it, then one can explore (and share that exploration with others) what it means to be human.  And, one can become more noble (and share that nobility).  One can leave behind some of the baser aspects of our humanity and participate in transcendence, rising up the great chain of being (and bringing others with us).  All by the practice and sharing of an art, where each art form is a practice (with the goal of mastery) of controlling (or harnessing, expressing, manipulating, creating) our physical, emotional, and spiritual begin.  Which all rolled together molds our true, creative selves, our ART.

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INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

Vance Mo has created Musical Settings for some of our favorite rhyming books.

Here’s a list (with links to the videos) of many of Vance Mo’s Illustrated Songs:

The Foot Book (song in the style of Jack Johnson)

Geckos Surf

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Go, Dog. Go!

Happy Hippo, Angry Duck

Hop on Pop

I’ll Teach My Dog a Lot of Words (song in the style of Maroon 5)

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 

Old Hat New Hat

Put Me in the Zoo

The Rainbow Fish

Ten Apples Up On Top (song in the style of Jason Mraz)

The Tickle Tree

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! 

Where’s My Mom

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Here are the books from above list that have posts on Sing Books blog (titles linked to posts),

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Giraffes Can’t Dance
Words by Giles Andreae
Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
Musical Settings by Various Artists (including

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Vance Mo’s YouTube page with his Books Songs videos:
https://www.youtube.com/user/vancemo/videos

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Vance Mo’s FUN SONGS GUY website:
http://www.funsongsguy.com/home.html

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Book Songs page on Vance Mo’s FUN SONGS GUY website:
http://www.funsongsguy.com/book-songs.html

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VANCE MO: ILLUSTRATED SONGS OF VANCE MO
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/the-illustrated-songs-of-vance-mo/

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SINGABLE PICTURE BOOK LISTS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND INTERESTS
Lists of Illustrated Songs for singing and exploring specific subjects

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/song-book-lists-for-all-occasions/

This post is an addendum to the post:
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/this-land-is-your-land-a-singable-picture-book-and-googles-singable-doodle-on-july-4-2012/

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I was just watching a fascinating TED Talk, EVERYTHING IS A REMIX:
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/27/322910178/is-everything-a-remix

Speaker Kirby Ferguson mentions new creative work is the result of “the basic elements of all creativity” when artists, “Copy, Transform, Combine.”

As an example, he sited Woody Guthrie, who said, “The words are the important thing. Don’t worry about the tunes.  Take a tune, sing high when they sing low, sing fast when they sing slow, and you’ve got a new tune.”

One piece of evidence of this process is that Woody Guthrie used the techniques mentioned above to transform the Carter Family’s song WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE  into THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND.

Carter Family’s song, WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxo-zayI6tE

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This Land is Your Land

Words and Music by Woody Guthrie
With a Tribute by Pete Seeger
Illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen
This book, rich in detail, features printed music and a tribute to Woody Guthrie written by Pete Seeger.

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FOURTH OF JULY AND OTHER HOLIDAYS CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND HISTORY
A list of Singable Picture Books celebrating the Fourth of July
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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WOODY GUTHRIE
The Singable Picture Books of Woody Guthrie
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/the-singable-picture-books-of-woody-guthrie/

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EARTH’S BEAUTY AND BOUNTY, STEWARDSHIP AND BEING GREEN

Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty, being green, and environmental stewardship with this lovely list of Singable Picture Books:
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/01/06/singable-picture-books-with-a-green-theme/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/

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THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND Adapted from WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/this-land-is-your-land-adapted-from-when-the-worlds-on-fire/

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Questioning Myself, “Am I Original” After Hearing TED Radio Hour “What Is Original?”
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/questioning-myself-am-i-original-after-hearing-ted-radio-hour-what-is-original/

I frequently think about my creative work.  What am I really doing?  Is my work with Sing Books anything “new” or in any way original?  Does my Sing Books work matter?

Having these questions on my mind, I was fascinated to find:
NPR’s TED Radio Hour segment “What Is Original?”
http://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/321797073/what-is-original

This TED Hour segment included samples from the following longer talks:

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EVERYTHING IS A REMIX, a TED Talk by Kirby Ferguson:
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/27/322910178/is-everything-a-remix

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Why Would More Than 500 Artists Sample The Same Song?, a TED Talk by Mark Ronson
http://www.npr.org/2014/06/27/322721353/why-would-more-than-500-artists-sample-the-same-song

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Random notes and thoughts until I’m able to put my thoughts together with some clarity:

  • Everything is a remix:  Dylan’s songs, Guthrie’s songs
  • About 6m04s into the talk, Mark Ronson says, “…they heard something in that music that spoke to them that they instantly wanted to inject themselves into the narrative of that music.  They heard it and they wanted to be a part of it…”
  • About 6m10s into talk, Mark Ronson says, “In music, we take something we love and we build on it.”
  • This struck a chord with me.  This is what I want, to make myself part of the narrative of the music in Illustrated Songs, so that I become it’s voice.  I become part of that musical heritage when I sing it, share it, breathe my life into it, give it a voice, and pass it along.
  • SBWE, my intention, to:  Interpreting anew, bringing past to present, oral/music history, musicology, musical heritage, scop, gryo, passing it on, paying it forward…

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THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND Adapted from WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/this-land-is-your-land-adapted-from-when-the-worlds-on-fire/

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WOODY GUTHRIE
The Singable Picture Books of Woody Guthrie
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/03/19/the-singable-picture-books-of-woody-guthrie/

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BOB DYLAN
The Singable Picture Books of Bob Dylan
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/the-singable-picture-books-of-bob-dylan/

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THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/this-land-is-your-land-a-singable-picture-book-and-googles-singable-doodle-on-july-4-2012/

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Questioning Myself, “Am I Original” After Hearing TED Radio Hour “What Is Original?”
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/questioning-myself-am-i-original-after-hearing-ted-radio-hour-what-is-original/

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I like the Country
Edited by James Mursell (and others)
Music for Living Series, California Department of Education (1958)
Words and Music by Various Artists
Illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky

This is a 1950’s California state music text book, part of a series that is printed as the California State Series and Music for Living Series.

The water color pictures by Feodor Rojankovsky are absolutely beautiful.  The songs are not particularly interesting on the whole, but those pictures move you though the book, looking at the songs to know more about what is going on in the illustrations.

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Song lyrics and printed melodies in this book include:

  • Cat in the Snow, The (Traditional)
  • Feeding Time (Alabama Folk Song)
  • Hay Ride (Words by Marion Abeson, Music by Charity Bailey)
  • I See the Moon (Irish Folk Song)
  • I Want to Be a Farmer (American Play-Party Song)
  • It’s a Pumpkin (Traditional Words, Music by Arthur Edwards)
  • Leading the Cows (V. S. Burrington, French Folk Song)
  • Let’s Go Walking (Satis N. Coleman and Alice G. Thorn)
  • Little Red Wagon (Play-Party Game)
  • Morning on the Farm (Words and Music by Lady Bell)
  • My Little Dog (Irish Folk Song, Collected by Jean Ritchie)
  • Now let Me Fly (African American Spiritual)
  • O Christmas Tree (German Folk Song)
  • Sawing Firewood (Adina Williamson, Danish Folk Song)
  • Work Horses (Poem by Edith H. Newlin, Music by Arthur Edwards)

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ILLUSTRATED SONGBOOKS AND COLLECTIONS (COMPILATIONS) OF CHILDREN’S SONGS WITH MUSIC
This list is populated by books that compile printed music and illustrations for children’s songs

https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/illustrated-collections-of-childrens-songs-with-music/

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CALIFORNIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MUSIC FOR LIVING SERIES

Singing with the groups of kids creates a bond. I adore every one of them and they seem to feel close to me, too. They give me lots of hugs (so wonderful!) and they feel free to tell me what they think. There is a gathering of kids at the end of almost every visit where they put in their requests for next time. Sometimes I get marvelous comments. On Thursday a little boy was pulling at his hair with GLEE saying “Oh, Mrs. G, all these books are so wonderful, I wish I had every one of them.” Yesterday I visited a doubled up class of 3rd graders. Since they are older kids, there are some more advanced songs that I save just for them. The last two songs we sang yesterday were illustrations of Joni Mitchell songs THE CIRCLE GAME and BOTH SIDES NOW (which are two of my personal all time favorites to sing). One of the girls came up to me and said, “You know those last two songs? They are too sad. I don’t like them. You should stick with the happy ones.” I appreciate very much that she felt free to articulate her feelings to me. I told her that she is completely entitled to her opinion and her feelings are just as valid as anyone else’s. But I still think it is good to challenge the kids with some more advanced ideas and a ballad or two!

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Even if my friend didn’t like ’em, I do so love these:

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The Circle Game
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Brian Deines

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Both Sides Now
Words and Music by Joni Mitchell
Illustrated by Alan Baker

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I think my friend was a fan of these happy songs, which really are full of delicious delightes:

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The Backwards Birthday Party
Music and Lyrics by Tom Chapin and John Forster
Illustrated by Chuck Groeninck

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Tomorrow
Words by Martin Charnin
Music by Charles Strouse
From the Musical ANNIE
For classroom use only.

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INFO AND THINKING ABOUT SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/resources-for-inspiration-and-information/

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FUNNY SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS

That’s Hilarious! A List of Singable Picture Books that’ll Crack You Up!
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/thats-hilarious-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-thatll-crack-you-up/

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PRAISE FOR SING BOOKS WITH EMILY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/praise-for-sing-books-with-emily/

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JONI MITCHELL
SINGABLE PICTURE BOOKS OF JONI MITCHELL
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/joni-mitchell-in-singable-picture-books/

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GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

Singable Picture Books of the Great American Songbook and Michael Feinstein’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/american-songbook-singable-picture-books-and-michael-feinsteins-foundation-for-the-preservation-of-the-great-american-songbook/


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