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  • Nashville Music Medics comes "Alive"
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, Jun 23 2022






    Nashville Music Medics Come ALIVE!



    Just when you think it can’t get any better being a Nashville Music Medic, our time spent singing at the ALIVE Hospice Residence in Nashville on 22 June, completely overwhelmed us. On this particular Wednesday, we started our day by singing for the children at The Children’s Hospital at Tri-Star Centennial. As always our time with the children was certainly rewarding.

    There was a warm reception, and an obvious excitement for the Medics being there at ALIVE, as we were enthusiastically greeted by the Director of Volunteer Services, Renee Wisby, LMSW, pictured with us. The interaction and reaction from some of the residents was nothing short of life-changing. The smiles and expressions of “Thanks”, touched each of us. One sweet lady even likened us to sounding as good as the “Gaithers.”

    The Medics thought it was an audition, but were surprised to learn the staff only wanted to see how the residents reacted to us. They were well pleased and have invited us back to sing any time we want. Of course we accepted their gracious invitation and plan to return sometime in July.

    It’s Great to Be a Nashville Music Medic!

     
  • This is Why We Sing
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, Jun 9 2022





    "This Is Why We Sing"


    The reason why we’re Music Medics and Why We Sing, was evidenced by the smile on this little guys face when we sang to him outside of the Emergency Dept. in The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial. It was a relatively short day on 8 June, due to some unforeseen problems during our visit. So rather than bore you with all of those details, I thought I would answer the question posed in the title of our article

     
    Obviously, we sing for the precious children and their families when we visit each and every time, but while sitting at my desk going through pictures, and trying to figure out what to write, I received an email from one of our Medics (Paul Weitlisbach) thanking Sam English (photographer), for all the work he did during our visit.

    That email as well as some replies to Paul, poignantly reminded us all why we sing:

    Paul started by saying, I want to share something:

    I sing in 7 different groups.  2 quartets, a Jazz band, MCC, a classical music quintet, my church choir and (of course) Nashville Music Medics. 

    My absolute favorite is NMM.  Y'all understand why.  My heart sank yesterday when we heard we had NO representation by the Child Life Specialist staff due to illness. Yet, the pure goodness of what we do triumphed. 

    I believe I saw the Good Lord's hand yesterday.  Even without any setup or support, we sang for four (4) beautiful little children and helped enrich their lives and the lives of their parents. 

    Thank you all for being a part of this wonderful ministry.

    As I watch what is happening to our poor old world, I am SO proud to help, just a little teeny bit.  I love you guys!  Thank You!

    Sam English relayed his feelings to Paul and the rest of us as I have often said that the NMM is the most meaningful thing I have done in 34 years of BHS, SPEBSQSA ... and beyond.
    The group's Maestro, Chuck Hamilton, told us -   I couldn’t agree more with Paul’s heartfelt comments. It truly is a mission of mercy and love, and I am so proud of this group.

    Needless to say more but, this is Why We Sing!

    (All comments and photographs Used by Permission)


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  • The Nashville Music Medics Honor America
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, May 28 2022
                              Nashville Music Medics Honor America

    On May 27, the Nashville Music Medics were invited to sing the National Anthem at the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Boys Soccer Finals, at Siegel Soccer Complex. What a thrill it was to raise our voices in song to honor America during this special holiday weekend !!! 

    Prior to the start of the match between Page High School and Valor Prep, the Medics were able to take pictures with Assistant Executive Director of TSSAA, Mark Reeves, and the referee crew (Kevin Arsenault, Andrew Wilkins, Lauren Gray, and Tony Moran). The Medics appreciated the enthusiastic crowd response to our singing, and we left feeling uplifted from the experience.



     

      

    Memories like this make it Great to Be a Nashville Music Medic!”

     
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  • How many Medics does it take...?
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, May 25 2022
    How Many Medics Does it Take……

    The question must be asked - How Many Medics Does it Take to Deliver a Baby Gift? The answer is at least 11, when the Nashville Music Medics showed up to sing for the kids at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial,. The Medics presented Kelsey Bryant, CCLS, with a baby blanket and a gift card, as she awaits the arrival of her baby in late July. Needless to say, she was quite surprised and after the smiles and pictures, the Medics were off to sing for the precious children.

    These visits are always so heart-warming for the patients, their families and the Medics, that it’s sometimes difficult to put into words. Our visit on May 25, 2022 was made even more special when we were able to sing Brahms Lullaby from two sweet infants.

    The smiles grow even bigger when the children hear their name mentioned in a song. More fun is had when the older children are asked one of our famous “Dad Jokes,”  and they guess the right answer. What ever the case, the Medics leave with their hearts bursting with joy, as we say our good-byes and head home to our families to get ready for the next visit.
                                Memories like this make it
    Great to Be a Nashville Music Medic!”


                                                                      
  • "Stop, I'm breathin' heavy" OR Sidney takes us on a trek
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, May 18 2022
    Updating the previous News Item from May 13, 2022, our new band-mate Sidney Cantalupo led us on a trek around the hospital to the departments where we were to visit on May 11, 2022.  She had a brisk and definitive pace.  At time we found ourselves "jockeying" for position!




    The below link explains the "Stop, I'm Breathin' Heavy"!


    https://www.youtube.com/shorts/tcXoCg1OpL4

     

     
  • The Nashville Guys are hosted by our new band mate, Sydney
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, May 13 2022
                                                            

    Nashville Music Medics Out Spreading Joy!

    The Nashville Music Medics and their new band mate, Sydney Cantalupo, were out spreading joy on 11 May, singing for their “kiddos” at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial.

    The smiles were plentiful as we wandered through the PICU, the Oncology Dept. and the General Ward, singing our special brand of music. We asked the question, “Do you know what makes the medicine go down?” NOPE! They didn’t know. We told them - “Just a Spoonful of Sugar” followed, of course, by singing “Spoonful”.
     

    We even threw in a new “Dad Joke” to help keep those smiles on their faces or groans by the Staff and Medics.
    “Why did the strawberry baby cry?”  “Because her Mom was in a jam!”
    Grin or groan? Take your pick!

    What a great day! It truly is “Great to be a Nashville Music Medic!”


     
  • Nashville Music Medics to appear on MCC Spring Show “Barberroo 2022”
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, Apr 13 2022
    Nashville Music Medics to appear on MCC Spring Show “Barberroo 2022”
     
    Nashville Music Medics is thrilled and pleased to announce that we have been offered and have accepted a spot to sing on the “Barberroo 2022” show being presented by the Music City Chorus on April 23, 2022, 3:00pm, at the Nashville School of the Arts. 
    Our own resident quartet, No Green Bananas, will also be singing.


    Music City Chorus has always been known for promoting quartet singing and is presenting nine quartets as well as featuring a guest Sweet Adeline quartet
    "Don't Call Me Shirley"

    For more information about the show and tickets go to www.musiccitychorus.org.


  • National Barbershop Quartet Day with No Green Bananas
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, Apr 12 2022



    In celebration of National Barbershop Quartet Day, April 11th, NMM joined with "No Green Bananas" to share our music with the residents of Somerby-Franklin, Franklin, TN. 

    We presented our program at two different locations in the facility and we discovered many of the residents and staff had never been provided with the opportunity to hear this style of close four-part harmony. They were entertained.  They smiled. They sang along. They laughed (with us).  We noticed that a few of the attendees were bold enough to take in the second performance as well!  We even had a hearty soul venture into a tag after the second program.

    As evidenced by the video shared here we had a great day with many new friends at Somerby.
    Four additional videos are uploaded individually. Follow the supplemental items with similar title.
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  • National Barbershop Quartet Day with No Green Bananas
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, Apr 12 2022


    Everyone also enjoyed You've Got a Friend in Me (although the intro was missed by the videographer).  
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  • National Barbershop Quartet Day with No Green Bananas
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, Apr 12 2022


    And everyone seemed to enjoy "Under the Boardwalk" by No Green Bananas, especially with the surprise choreography by the Nashville Music Medics !
     
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  • "What? A push-out Quartet? Really?"
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, Apr 12 2022



    As we were nearing the conclusion of our time together with the fine folks at Somerby-Franklin,  our guests were genuinely entertained as we demonstrated the remarkable experience of a “push-out quartet” !
     
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  • "Keep the Whole World Singing All Day Long"
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, Apr 12 2022


     
    After two shows of approximately 50 minutes each (and approximately 10 minutes between the two), we shared with everyone how much this music means to each of us, to our Nashville Music Medics ensemble and to No Green Bananas quartet by closing each of our performances with  “Keep the Whole World Singing”.  
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  • Finally, Let the Fun Begin Again
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, Apr 8 2022
                                               

                                                                         
                                                                                              
                                                                           

                                                ​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​                            Finally! Let the Fun Begin Again​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​    


              On April 6, after many months away, the Nashville Music Medics were once again allowed to come and visit our friends and “kiddos” at  The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial. And yes, everyone was smiling behind those masks. We started our day with a visit to the Pediatric ICU, singing for the patients and the nurses, and where we wanted to make sure they were included in the fun!  Of course our day wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Children’s Oncology unit where, even with everything a little guy was going through, he was still happy and smiling.

                We finished our day with a visit to the Pediatric ED. Everywhere we visited, the nurses and patients were just as happy to see us as we were to see them. By the end of the day, we were musically,

    “Sittin’ on Top of the World!

    It Great to Be a Nashville Music Medic!
     
  • A Moment to Pause for Nurses
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, Apr 6 2022


    A Moment to Pause for Nurses

    The Pediatric ED is rarely on our pre-determined visitation schedule because we never know who may be new arrivals or awaiting care.  Fortunately Pediatric ED is on our exit route to the parking areas and our hostess/guide, Sydney Cantalupo, Certified Child Life Specialist, was more than willing to check on this one final opportunity for patient visits.

    While awaiting the clearance to visit a couple of new patients in the Pediatric ED, we took the opportunity to serenade the nursing staff with “Nurses, We Love You” to the tune of one of our favorites, “Honey, Little Lize”.  Much to our surprise, we received this video taken by Andrew Kilby, RN, who was among those nurses. The video had initially been posted on Facebook by his proud father, Duane Kilby.
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  • Nashville Music Medics (once again) Resume Rehearsing
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, Apr 1 2022
    Nashville Music Medics Are Gettin' Ready to Sing!

    After an “extended vacation” from singing and rehearsing, the Nashville Music Medics
    resumed rehearsals on March 31st, with great attendance, in order to return to singing
    for our “kiddos”at Tri-Star Centennial Children’s Hospital in April.


    So that we can safely return to sing, we have confirmed with Children’s Hospital the protocols
    the hospital has requested we must adhere to. First, we all must have had our flu shots, and our
    COVID vaccinations. Plus, we
    re also required to mask up” in order to sing for these
    precious children.


    After many handshakes and hugs, we got to singing, and let me tell you it was great to hear
    those chords ring again. We were put through our paces by our very own Maestro,
    Chuck Hamilton, although it was well worth it.  Smiles prevailed all evening and after a good
    workout from singing, we said our good-byes and parted ways until we gather again next week
    with those
    kiddos.


    If you have any questions about how to start a Music Medics program in your chapter contact Wayne Jackson, Nashville Music Medics, BHS Representative (gwjacks@tds.net)

    by Wayne Jackson for NMM
     
  • A Facebook Reminder March 29, 2109
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, Mar 29 2022
    A  Facebook reminder, three years ago today. 

     















    On March 29, 2019, the Nashville Music Medics had been delivering our songs and  smiles to the children in TriStar Centennial Children’s Hospital in Nashville.
    When we completed those visits a few of us continued with a side trip to visit one of our Music City Chorus brothers, Tommy Mitchell, in a local rehabilitation facility in a neighboring community. 


    Tommy had been involved in a very serious motor vehicle accident a few days earlier.  Although he is a great bass singer and a former director of the chorus in Athens, AL, Tommy did not feel much like doing any breathing exercise in order to sing a tag with us!  We understood. We sang. He smiled.

    Tommy is doing well in 2022 and has joined three of the Medics to occasionally sing the National Anthem at local sporting events as “The Hooligans of Harmony”
  • Nashville Music Medics, Celebrating Everything
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, Mar 12 2022
                                                                                           
     
                                                                                                                                  

    Music Medics Celebrate “Everything”

    The Nashville Music Medics celebrate just about everything - warm weather, good food, but most importantly, just being able to get together and sing. Seven hearty Medics got together for a sing and a BBQ on October 9, and you can tell by the smiles on their faces that a good time was had by all.

    The Medics are learning a new song, a sweet lullaby - “Stay Awake” from Mary Poppins, as well as preparing for their upcoming virtual Christmas video project. The Christmas video will be super special this year as they will be joining their voices with all of the Music Medics across the Barbershop Harmony Society.
  • Nashville Music Medics Making New Friends
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, Mar 11 2022
                                   
                                                       


    Nashville Music Medics Making New Friends

    The Nashville Music Medics were out and about again making new friends at The Children’s Hospital at Tri-Star Centennial. Our first stop of the day found a young man who is familiar with our style of singing. When we asked why, he told us his brother sings with the Mammoth Cave Men in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, which is just up the road from Nashville’s Music City Chorus. You never know do you!?

    The Medics sang a few songs, told a few Dad Jokes, and even coaxed him to sing a tag. Our new friend promptly nailed the familiar lead post to “Behind.” We’re hoping he gets well soon so he can come on out and join the fun with us here in Nashville.  Believe it or not we were all smiles behind our masks. Once again, the Medics proved they’re “Changing The World One Smile at a Time.”

    If you have any questions about how to start a Music Medics program in your chapter contact Wayne Jackson, Nashville Music Medics, BHS rep. (gwjacks@tds.net)
  • Then and Now...With One of Our Patients Eve
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, Mar 11 2022




    Then..and Now..


        With One of Our Patients 
    at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

    The Nashville Music Medics visit and sing to a lot of children, however, there’s one in particular who stole all of our hearts away on a cold winter’s day when we visited 8-month old Eve Amroun at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. We were invited by her Dad, Karim Amroun, to sing for Eve after a rather serious operation, and as a rule we never really hear what happens to these precious children after their stay. However, this time we wanted to find out how little Eve was doing and what we found was pretty miraculous.

    During the afternoon of December 18, 2019, The Nashville Music Medics,were finished their singing during one of their Christmas visits to the “kiddos” and their families at a different children’s hospital here in Nashville, and on the way home stopped in to visit Eve. She was an alert and happy baby who was well on the road to recovery from a liver transplant operation. Not only were Eve and her parents happy that we stopped in to sing, but word has it her older brother would often sing to her after she returned home as a way to make Eve feel better.

    There’s no doubt in our minds that Eve has fully recovered as you can see by the happy smile on her sweet face.  Memories like this make it Great to Be a Nashville Music Medic!”

     
  • Nashville Music Medics Providing Smiles All Around, with a BHS Guest
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, Mar 11 2022

                                             
        
    Nashville Music Medics Providing Smiles All Around

    How much fun can the Nashville Music Medics have? At least this much during our warm-up session yesterday July 28th at The Children's Hospital at Tri-Star Centennial, when we were visited by Devin Bradford, BHS Community Development Manager.  Devin hung out with us while we performed for some very special patients.  We let Devin tell you how much fun we have, especially after she saw the smiles on the children's faces. We're likely to make Devin an honorary Nashville Music Medic.

    The Nashville Music Medics serve as a community outreach program. Many of the Medics are also members of The Music City Chorus, with a goal of bringing joy through our music to the children as well as their parents who are staying in the children's hospitals in and around Nashville. The Medics like to think of ourselves as Music Therapists, providing the best possible medicine there is - a smile and a song.

    This BHS program is designed to be an ongoing, permanent project, as well as being easy to manage. Music Medics is loads of fun and incredibly rewarding for many people on many levels. First and foremost, it’s great for the young patients and their parents. The last thing they expect is to see people walk into their hospital room in scrubs and start singing them a fun and uplifting song, when all they are experiencing is the drudgery of hospitalization.

    This BHS program is open to anyone whether you’re a member of BHS or not.

    Recently, two more BHS Dixie Chapters have come forward and expressed an interest in starting a Music Medics Program in their chapters - The Big Chicken Chorus, and The Sound Of Tennessee.

    Ask yourself, “What better way is there to start your day than by bringing some joy to and by putting smiles on the faces of those wonderful children. The Medics always come away from their singing visits feeling uplifted by the joy they’ve experienced just from singing a few happy songs. There’s no doubt that music has the power to bring joy and happiness to every one they meet.

    Why not be part of the movement that is “Changing the World Once Smile At a Time.”

    If you’re interested in starting a Music Medics program in your chapter, please contact Wayne Jackson and the BHS Music Medics Team at bhsmusicmedics@gmail.com

     
  • Hopscotch between Songs
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, Mar 8 2022
    Hopscotch between Songs

    In July 2021 we were once again back into Tri-Star Centennial Children’s Hospital, after a Coronavirus induced absence in February 2020.  ChildLife Specialist, Kelsey Bryant, was escorting us from floor-to-floor, Department-to-Department, patient-to-patient, when we encountered a perplexing diagram on the floor when we were on the way to Pediatric Emergency Department. What we soon recognized on the floor was the popular playground game of Hopscotch.
    Much to the chagrin of some of the Music Medics, Kelsey informed us that passage in this corridor required the customary hopping or jumping through the spaces. Fortunately, it did not require bending to pick up a marker and it was only a one-way requirement. Some of us were more proficient that others but we all passed the test.
     
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  • Nashville Music Medics bring Smiles to Centennial Children's Hospital
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, Mar 8 2022
                                                                                                                                                                                             


    Nashville Music Medics Bring Smiles to Centennial Children’s

    We know it’s difficult to see, but behind those masks, the Nashville Music Medics and Child Life Specialist, Kelsey Bryant, are all smiles on our return to sing for the children at The Children’s Hospital at Tri-Star Centennial.

    On July 7, after many months of necessary absence, The Nashville Music Medics resumed their music ministry for seriously ill children and their families. They pulled on their scrubs, warmed-up their vocal chords, engaged their smiles, and brought plenty of happy sounds to their “kiddos” and the nursing staff.  Once again, the Medics proved they’re “Changing The World One Smile at a Time.”

    If you have any questions about how to start a Music Medics program in your chapter contact Wayne Jackson, Nashville Music Medics, BHS rep. (gwjacks@tds.net)
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  • Nashville Music Medics are Gettin' On The Road Again
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, Mar 7 2022
                                                                                                    
     
    Nashville Music Medics Are Gettin’ On The Road Again!

    “On the road again, just can’t wait to get on the road again. The life I love is making music with our friends, just can’t wait to get on the road again!” 

    That’s exactly what Willie Nelson sang and what the Nashville Music Medics did on June 14th, as we gathered for the first time since February 2020, in order to prepare for our return to sing for the children at Centennial Children’s Hospital in early July.


    So that we can safely return to sing, there are several things the hospital has requested we do. First, we all must have had our flu shots, and our COVID vaccinations. Plus, we’re also required to “mask up” in order to sing for these precious children.

    Please check with your local hospitals to see if they have any additional requirements before you return to sing. If you have any questions about how to start a Music Medics program in your chapter contact Wayne Jackson, Nashville Music Medics, BHS Representative (gwjacks@tds.net)

    We’re the best of Friends, and our way is on the road again!

     
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  • Nashville Music Medics- How It All Began 2018
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, Mar 7 2022
    Nashville Music Medics - How it All Began!

    While attending the Saturday Night Show at the 2018 Orlando International, I watched a video about the BHS Music Medics program. The video told me about the inspirational work a group of singers from the Miamians was doing through their singing to the children in the local Children’s Hospitals.  My wife and I thought this would be a great service to provide, and since I was retired, I had some time to see if this would work in Nashville.

    I talked with my Chorus leadership about the idea and they said, “That’s a great idea, as long as you run the program.”  So I sent out an email to the chorus looking for interested singers; and as they say, “The rest is history,” as the Nashville Music Medics were born in early 2019. Since then, the fun hasn’t stopped. We’ve made several virtual recordings for our local children’s hospital, and had several news stories air on local TV. Most importantly, all of the Nashville Music Medics will agree, that singing for the children is the most rewarding thing all of us have ever done during our Barbershop careers. 

    (Edit: Author, Wayne Jackson, Dreamer-Nashville Music Medics)

     
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