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All the way back in hi school, a fellow art student was there one day and gone the next... I still remember her so well... for Wendy

My wife got me a mandolin for my b-day and this is the fisrt time I am recording with it... not sure how it fits in a mix yet...and I also have this little wood frog that I use for percusions.. all the other usual stuf guitars vocals... I usually do several mixes before I submit and I may regret this but I'll fix i later if need be...
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ALL OF OUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED
EVERY DAY HAS TO COUNT
TIME SLIPS AROUND THE BACK DOOR
THEN TIME RUNS OUT

I HAD A CLOSE FRIEND TELL ME
THERE’S TIME TO DO EVERYTHING
SHE HAD BIG PLANS FOR SUMMER
SHE DIED THAT SPRING

THERE’S NO BETTER DAY TO OPEN YOUR HEART
THERE’S NO BETTER DAY TO MAKE YOUR NEW START
THERE’S NO BETTER DAY LET HIM SHOW YOU HOW
THERE’S NO BETTER DAY THAN NOW

ALL OF OUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED
EVERY DAY HAS TO COUNT
TIME SLIPS AROUND THE BACK DOOR
THEN TIME RUNS OUT

HE HAD TO TEND TO BUISNESS
HIS FAMILY WOULD WAIT AT HOME
PLANS WERE MADE FOR TOMORROW
NOW HE’S ALONE

THERE’S NO BETTER DAY TO OPEN YOUR HEART
THERE’S NO BETTER DAY TO MAKE YOUR NEW START
THERE’S NO BETTER DAY LET HIM SHOW YOU HOW
THERE’S NO BETTER DAY THAN NOW
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Comments: 67
Fans: 30
Plays: 581
Downloads: 264
Votes: 21
Uploaded: Apr 09, 2007 - 05:03:29 PM
Last Updated: Dec 26, 2009 - 09:53:21 PM Last Played: Mar 07, 2019 - 08:20:11 PM
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G5... onyx mixer... Drawmer pre... akg and baby bottle mikes... taylor guitar and warwick fretless... the new mandolin.. and my frog
Software:
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Comments
Roxylee said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
I'm glad
you left the mandolin up front- I love it!!!! :-)
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Scott Carmichael said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
thank you Rox
I feel silly having this up twice.. but I couldn't listen to the other mix... you've always given such generous comments... thanx tons
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said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
I think
the mandolin needs to come up a bit

Just KIDDING!!!! :-)

Really sounds great. So glad you left that nice piece of work in there with the mandolin. It is awesome in this song, as your great guitar work really compliments it - not to mention all of these other elements you know 'how' to evoke, and how they compliment this song...

Such a nice song. Super nice.

. - Harold
Scott Carmichael said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Hoot Hoot
Harold I can't tell you how many times you've made me LOL... thanx for the help on this one...

Scott
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trembmic said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Inspiring...
Great work again...
I love how you took some really dark stories and both vocally and instrumentally turned it around into a bright optimistic feel. Great vision.
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Scott Carmichael said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Hi Mike
good to see ya around... thanx much friend... i appreciate that
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said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Wow
Deep bow to the maestro. Affirming song, despite the shadows.
Scott Carmichael said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
maestro !!
thanx Richard... that's very kind... and thanx for listening
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DOCTORBIZARRE said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
NICE ONE!
Loved the guitar solo especially! Mandolin was killer!
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Scott Carmichael said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
thank you there Mr Miller
I remember telling you that I was eventually going to get around to recording a little manolin... it took me awhile....

thanx for the comment... feels good
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RickW said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
You are a master!
I loved the mandolin! Your wife is a very wise woman. :-) Keep them coming Scott...every one of your songs has been a hit with me.

God continue to bless you richly,

Rick

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Scott Carmichael said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Wow Rick
that was great to hear... I think this mix is certainly working better... and you're right she's something....

thanx you've been a great support

Scott
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Peter Greenstone said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
yeah, that's it
You really got the mix sounding just right now. Everything sounds balanced, and the mandoline is settled in there nicely. The tone of the drums sounds a lot better too.

Great song. Now it's shining. Excellent work!
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Scott Carmichael said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Hey Peter
thank you for the help on this... you're right about that 5%... most of the tweeks were just minor... I seperated the guitar and bass a bit more frequency wise... I noticed that the cymals and snare were brittle because of over compression, so I let them breath more... then I poked some things in and out, and adjusted vocal levels and effects

5%

thanx again
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said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Joni and Jaco and CSNY and so on...
Joni Mitchell came to mind at first, with that touch of Jaco Pastorius on bass. Then the CSNY vocals come in! Extraordinary!

Scott, this is so wonderful. I liked the first version... our works never seem to be done. Remixing and rewriting and reworking.

Strong vox with brilliant harmonies. You have that "voice" of a true performer.

Multi-faceted musicianship. And that wonderul mandolin. My grandfather played his ass off on that instrument.

Refreshingly nostalgic, yet perfectly breathing anew.

Bravo, my friend!
Scott Carmichael said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Wow
that's some comment... I have to work real hard to get recording quality mandolin... it's just so small... so I have to woodshed for awhile before I turn on the red light... and I love Jaco... you should hear my 17 yr old son play "portraits of tracy".. he used it for his berkely audition.. I was proud...

I'm real pleased that this worked for you... thanx friend
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Alannah said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
I don't even know why I comment ...
... on your stuff anymore ... cause it's just that good .... my vote seems sort of small here .. hahaha my first thoughts were that it was reminiscent of "America" ... ah remember how good they used to make us feel back in the day? Always sounded great in the car while driving in the sunshine ... now your stuff is putting smiles on people's faces ... !
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said 4454 days ago (April 9th, 2007)
Ah, YES indeed...
...I forgot about "America." Yet it was subliminally there as I listened. Certainly fitting analogy.
Scott Carmichael said 4453 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
Hi Allanah
thanx tons... Hey if you ever tinker with any of my stuff.. I absolutely want to hear it, even if you don't post it... I thought that was kind of cool, and I'm sure anyone would take it as a compliment..

I'll be waiting for "lace panties"... now i sound lke a perv
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TobinMueller said 4453 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
Making today better
Excellent improvements. When you sing, I am always warmed and uplifted. But the unevenness of the original version distracted, made some of your message seem trivial, ordinary. Funny how that works. By making everything stronger, the honesty of your vocals remains front and center, everything backing is well crafted, and suddenly your track transcends. Thanks for working on everything again. It dances with soul.
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Scott Carmichael said 4453 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
thanx my friend
I don't usually repost... but I couldn't listen to the other version without derailing... I think all of this stuff would require some more tinkering if I was going to put out an album... or better yet I would send it all to you
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kristyjo said 4453 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
Even better on the second posting!
You really smoothed this out- not to the point of losing the character, of course, but the mandolin entrances and percussion are no longer distracting. This is a very 'warm' sound for a subject that could be either cold and despairing, or overly sentimental. I think you got a really good balance in your lyrics as well as your music.
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Scott Carmichael said 4453 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
thanx Kristy
It's amazing how minor changes... (some of them just increments), make such a difference...

and I think overly sentimental scares me more than a bad mix... when something become maudlin, there is no retreiveing it...

good ears over there "teach"
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said 4453 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
thank you!
scott - you serve up a wicked plate of warm joy brimming with sweet uplifting energy. love the dynamics of your classy vocals - what an ear for harmony (are you our lost 3rd sister??? ;) this is a lovely way to start the day - my thanks to you. anne


Scott Carmichael said 4453 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
you welcome
from Sister Scott... if I ever get a chance to sing with you guys I'm on it... if I can keep up... there is something coming up that I could use some sister voices on!!! I'm still working on the arrangement and waiting foe inspiration..

"warm joy brimming with sweet uplifting energy" I like that

thanx Scott
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Scott Carmichael said 4453 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
That is "YOUR"
welcome... what a dunce!
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said 4453 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
Bright and uplifting...
music and lyrics. Mandolin shines. So do your vocals. Kudos, bro.
Scott Carmichael said 4453 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
thanx Jack
It was fun to take the mandolin for a spin... I appreciate the comments

and back at ya
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Willywagga said 4453 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
So Much Better
This is really excellent in every respect. Your voice sounds terrific. Harmonies are rich and sweet, hues of CS&N no bad thing. Your guitar and mandolin blend very nicely, the mix is so much sweeter than the previous, which was good, but this is perfect. Great song. Glad you perfected it. Life is short, we'll be dead a long time.

Peace.

Willie.
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Scott Carmichael said 4453 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
the hook to my next song....
"Life is short, we'll be dead a long time. " I like that

thanx again
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Brian Weiland said 4453 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
Oh Yeah!
It's so smooth now! Stunning! Glad you left the mandolin. Everything balances and flows. Here%u2019s proof that you done good: I actually sat down with my little G3 ibook planning to do some writing, and after a little bit - you know how it is, you just want to see if there's anything new over at MacJams, and I saw your new mix posted, and so I clicked on it and %u2026WOW! Even through the cheesy half inch speakers it was obvious that this was going to be gorgeous. I plugged into my external speakers and my wife came practically running from the next room wanting to know who this was.

Just stunning, stunning, stunning.

~Brian Weiland

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Scott Carmichael said 4452 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
Hi Brian
thanx for the story.. it's good to get those little glimpses... and thanx for the help on this one...

It's great to have you here @ MJ
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Ed Hannifin said 4453 days ago (April 10th, 2007)
The listening mind and heart...
...just kind of breathes out and goes, "Yeah...."

It just sounds RIGHT, now... I can listen right through to the song...

Off to happily download....

Ed
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Scott Carmichael said 4452 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
Goodmorning Ed
I've found that Mj has been very useful when people are willing to critique... I really appreciate the use of a few sets of ears that I respect... It was helpful... thanx also for being so supportive... you've been a real confidence lift... MJ has me working (playing) again and has renewed that spark... undoubtedly one of the most valuable benefits for me...

sincere thanx; Scott
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composerclark said 4452 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
Men without hats
Well, it was great the first time, and now... it's still great! I'm not exactly sure what you changed, but the mix sounds just right to my ears.

The second mandolin solo (with a strumming pattern; it comes back again at the very end) is very catchy and reminds me of something... possibly "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats (?). No reason to change it or anything; I like it a lot, and I think it contributes to the greatness of your song. The song has a very heavy/serious message that is delivered in a very positive, upbeat way; it feels to me like you're saying, "life is short; enjoy it while you have it." The older I get, the greater my sense of urgency about making the most out of every day. Speaking of which... must go write some music!
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Scott Carmichael said 4452 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
Carpe diem Clark
seize the day my friend... write like there is no tomorrow...

I just found out hours ago that my older brother has a brain tumor... everything gets re-evaluated... only take along what we need... all the rest of this stuff is just "STUFF"...

sorry about the philosophy intrusion, it's just where I'm at this momment...

I actually changed quite a bit... lots of EQ and placement stuff.. some verb settings and then the obvious mandolin volume...

Oh yeh and "men whithout hats" they reminded me of "madness" some of my fav 80's stuff

thank Clark
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I. Spike said 4452 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
Lunch time!
CSNY meets XTC and they go have a late afternoon lunch outside of a tasty French restaurant and talk of death and other maudlin topics.
Everything is very pleasant with just a touch of foreboding...
After a long protracted feast, they part ways in such a French way.... kissing on the cheeks n' all...
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Scott Carmichael said 4452 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
Hi Spike
I'm guessing you didn't have toys as a child... and you had to develop a playground between your ears... it must be fun being you...

i smiled all through your evalu-senario-ation...NEW WORD..

the long protracted feast is where you have me all the way, but I can live without the parting kisses

thanx for the visit
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dreadmon said 4452 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
Deep bow
It was great before, but, WOW! Here's a song that's going road-tripping with me!
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Scott Carmichael said 4451 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
I love road music...
Now there's an honor... It's up there with DL's.... Give me a full tank and Allman Bros.... and I'll burn some fossil fuel
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jiguma said 4452 days ago (April 11th, 2007)
Another one
of your lovely, well conceived and recorded songs Scott. This is so much in the JT mould - a very good thing of course. Love the Warwick - I really must lash out and get a fretless some day. Harmonies, lead vox and instrumentation all up to your fantastic writing. A;; pro quality.Congratulations!
Peace,
Neil
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Scott Carmichael said 4451 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
Thanx so much Neil
with your ability, you could make a fretless sing... it certainly has such a usable voice for recording... I appreciate the JT compare too... I went to bed last night with a protable dvd player and headphones, and watched JT's live concert DVD... I'm so knocked out by his ease with a song, and the technical mix is remarkable... I'm gong back in the studio to remix a song "Mercy" that has a lot of distortion anyway... but I'm using that DVD as a road map...

good to have you back
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pengui said 4451 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
beautiful lack of frets
Love the fretless work. Excellent placement of notes, space.
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Scott Carmichael said 4450 days ago (April 13th, 2007)
Thanx Rich
Yeh I love fretless... there are so many more notes:)... your songwriters group sounds like great fun... I wish you were closer...

thanx again
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said 4451 days ago (April 12th, 2007)
Absolutely!
A thing of beauty Scott. Big thanks to your wife for getting you that mando for your B-day. Vocal harmonies are heart-wrenching...

Be well!
Scott Carmichael said 4450 days ago (April 13th, 2007)
Hey Mike
thanx man... Yeh she's the kind you keep... but I still introduce her as my 1st wife... then, she always answers that I'm her last husband... some women just have to have the last word.... :)
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said 4450 days ago (April 13th, 2007)
yeah...
...they're the best! A couple b-days ago I got Diane a cup (among other things) which had the following statement printed on the side: "My next husband will be normal." She smiled knowingly when I handed it to her.

Be well bro!

---
"We are put upon this earth a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of love." (William Blake)
timothy devine said 4448 days ago (April 15th, 2007)
Wow
What a great vocal arrangment.Great stuff.
mandolin sounds great, I would mix it up closer and louder in the mix.
Its refreshing to here.
New fan.
peace
tim

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Scott Carmichael said 4447 days ago (April 16th, 2007)
hey Tim
thanx for your encouragement... I really appreciate the visit... that mandolin is tough to mix... as soon as you hear it it seems too loud... and this is my first crack at it ever...

thanx again Tim


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Doadars Uncle said 4448 days ago (April 15th, 2007)
Great message!
Beautiful song.

Peace,
Doug
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Scott Carmichael said 4447 days ago (April 16th, 2007)
Thanx much
Doug... I appreciate that
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stevewhit said 4443 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
Hi Scott!
MJ is such a great place to be and the talent here is just amazing it has taken me a while to get to hear your work but I'm so glad I did. I love this song you are a great musician and a great singer, the harmonies are really good. Wow, I could just listen to this all day - the only problem with that would be the fact that it would stop me listening to your other stuff.
Best Regards
Steve
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Scott Carmichael said 4442 days ago (April 21st, 2007)
Hi Steve
It looks like you've been busy.. I really appreciate the comments and visit.. you are very encouraging...
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bug67 said 4440 days ago (April 23rd, 2007)
Your...
...vocal harmonies are fantastic. I really enjoyed all the elements in this. Even the subject matter, sad as it was. I did receive a message of hope. Very well done as usual.

Dave
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Scott Carmichael said 4422 days ago (May 11th, 2007)
Hi Dave
Hope is like air... we gotta have it... thanx for the nod my friend... now get back on the horse...

thanx; your friend Scott
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elektronix said 4429 days ago (May 4th, 2007)
Simply great.
Nice song! The guitar and the mandolin are awesome. Your voice is absolutely pro!

Faved and downloaded.

There's no better day to hear good music!

Greetings from Germany,

elektronix
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Scott Carmichael said 4422 days ago (May 11th, 2007)
Hey Bernd
Thanx for the listen my friend in Germany... "pro Voice" thanx for that... you don't know how many takes I have to do toget a vocal track...

thanx again

your friend from the USA
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paddler said 4402 days ago (May 31st, 2007)
Sunny...
I love the message in the song.Really warm abience you get on all of the instruments - I love crisp sounding stringed instruments.Kind of sounds like a fuse in style between the sixties and present - love it,good stuff
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Scott Carmichael said 4401 days ago (June 1st, 2007)
thanx RG
your one of my fav's... you seem to have a timeless soul in your music... hard to nail down... but praise from your neighborhood is sweet
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Ibstrat said 4347 days ago (July 25th, 2007)
Too Good
What can I say- it's too good.I love this song.
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Scott Carmichael said 4347 days ago (July 25th, 2007)
thank you Mark
I have an ear cocked your way...
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Davis Gloff said 4280 days ago (September 30th, 2007)
Bravo
Upbeat in thought, music and production. First time listener here. Great stuff
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perceptualvortex said 4213 days ago (December 6th, 2007)
Say
How come I don't see my comment in here? Didn't I leave a note to say that this is one of the best songs on Macjams? Well, I am now. Hot damn, this is awesome Scott!!
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Scott Carmichael said 4213 days ago (December 6th, 2007)
Hi Dave...
thanx man... you prol did... I took down the first version within about a day... and posted another... I couldn't live with the mix... the hardest part of finishing a song for me is trusting that my studio is really giving me a true mix... I have to take the song to several locations before I can really hear what is there... my studio really colors the sound



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perceptualvortex said 4213 days ago (December 7th, 2007)
Yes
I can relate to that... it sounds different on different systems and in various contexts. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that this is still one of my faves--the kind of song that gets stuck in my head, in a really good CSNY kind of way.
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tdlewis0162 said 3865 days ago (November 18th, 2008)
Hey
Its on the ipod
Char said 3701 days ago (May 1st, 2009)
A very
gentle reminder and not too subtle a message for most. Wonderful to hear. A privilege to be be able to listen to you. Thanks.
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