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  • norman nardini on

    hey now…..still sick from last week, but i’m fightin’ thru….monday august 8 was spent recoverin’ from last week, tuesday back t’ work….4 hour vocal work….rested wednesday with some minor vocal stuff….on thursday me n’ Harry drove t’ Jersey n’ met Flo at da motel in Tinton Falls jus’ a couple miles from Long Branch……we played the SOUL KITCHEN in Red Bank friday evenin’ then went to the CELTIC COTTAGE n’ set up for the marathon rock n’ roll pull up yer bootstraps what a’ got in yer shorts all nighter……local geetar legend PK Lavengood sat in wit us the first set n’ Bobby Bandiera played da whole second set wit us…..both superb spankers…….here we are in this little bar in Jersey filled ait folks dat love rock n’ roll, da real shit, not the stuff “they” want ya t’ hear, da stuff dat shivers yer timbers n’ makes yer loins ache…had a blast…..when me n’ Bobby git on stage together, it’s kinda like a RAT PACK show, not for everybody, but perfect for the wild ones…..on saturday we played a 90 minute sweat fest under da band shell in Long Branch on Ocean Ave by da Windmill hot dog shop…….really enjoyed flyin’ under da radar in Jersey this weekend, to be this old n’ still strappin’ it on and “still” be considered a badass rebel makes me so proud……


  • Brian Shirley on

    Hello Norman. we are the jersey fans from your show at Moondogs june 17th. see you tonight at the Celtic Cottage.

    Brian and Terry


  • norman nardini on

    hey now…….had a crazy week…..i think i picked up a virus when i sang into Jason Ricci’s mike at Moonies last weekend, he warned me……..started gittin’ sick on sunday july 31st…….monday evening we did a couple hours creatin’ BGV’s for “Life”…..on tuesday i cut a new bass geetar for “Three Kings In Memphis”, also did some vocal study for “Three Times Your Fool”….three kings, three times….OK…..on wednesday i was so sick that i didn’t even go to the studio, dat’s sick…….thursday was spent back in the studio all day workin’ “Three Kings” n’ “Life”…….had a blast friday night playin’ St Bernedett’s Fair……..saw my fam…..Jp, Ann, Tara, John, Clay, Phil, Jere, Rena, Aiden, Charley….ain’t sure how t’ spell Charlie, but, i’ll find out……on saturday we played two shows….Mercer Pa’s Bikes Brews n’ Bands on the Court House Lawn…..and an evening show at the STARLITE……on sunday we did a private party at the Ukranians Club in Carnegie that was a total blast…..lot’s a folks sat in Shari Richards, Pat Skanga, Craig King, Tom Legi, Rick Ramsey, Katie Simone, Mark Madeo a keyboard guy who’s name i didn’t catch, probably forgot somebody……..big fun………it’s monday afternoon n’ i’m finally startin’ t’ feel better, my ass was sick…..but’ i’m OK now……


  • Susan Ardito on

    Looking forward to seeing you back in Long Branch NJ, and trying to tell all the old Cheers buds to come out to see you, and to get Mads and Mick and my cousins to go. My face just stopped hurting from all the laughing I did last me you made the trip across the state line !! Bring some Cornbread?


  • norman nardini on

    hey now……happy sunday night to ya…….another good week in the trenches…..monday july 25th was a 3 hour vocal studies and a ‘lil pianny work kinda day, plus ’bout 3 hours a yard work and dog walkin’, tuesday was 2 hours vocal and a ‘lil pianny …..wednesday 3 hours vocals and 2 hours pianny……spent thursday doin’ 3 hours a cleanin’ up Monongahela Ave apartment…..and some light vocal studies……friday we played the STARLITE and had our regular under the radar huge good time, after the show i snuck over to MOONDOGS and sat in with world class harp man Jason Ricci and his band, very cool and unique musical act, somewhere between blues, rock, and punk…….saturday we played the MAP ROOM and did our thing……we’re startin’ to learn how to play at a low volume better, makes me proud……….hope ya’lls havin’ a great summer


  • norman nardini on

    it never ends……missed mentioning Bill Toms and Tom Brieding…….i got a triple slap comin’


  • norman nardini on

    what a jerk, how could i forget t’ mention my dear friend Bubs McKeag in my last post…..somebody slap me stupit


  • norman nardini on

    hey now…….i’m wonderin’ how all these auto insurance hustlers find this site and invade our sacred space…..SELL YER SHIT ELSEWHERE, YOU’RE NOT WELCOME HERE……..sorry ’bout dat. had t’ vent a ‘lil……..another great work week gone by, we been gittin’ a lot outta life lately……..spent monday july 18 doin’ a couple hours of vocal work, tuesday we in the studio singin’ “Life” and “Girl With A Gun” for 5 hours……wednesday was also spent singin’ “Girl With A Gun” all day…..on thursday we spent 4 hours tryin’ t’ find a great geetar solo and we come up short, we cut some stuff, but, at this point, if it ain’t great we ain’t usin’ it, frustrating day……started workin’ on lead vocal for “Bow Legged Woman” in case i need t’ sing it at saturday’s MOONDOG show…..we did the STARLITE on friday, love these shows……on saturday july 23rd we had our big “We Miss The Blues Fest Saturday Night”……this was a killer gig, got t’ meet some young folks, “Soul Radio and Black Cat Moan, thanks to Jonnye Weber for turnin’ me on to ’em, also got t’ hang with Sweetheart Of The Barricade’s Neil and Vanessa……..Stevee Wellons…..met harp man Charlie Barath…..Whitey, Shari, Annie Sutton….all kinds a folks…James Docherty and on and on……Rat did a birthday strip tease for Moondog’s birthday…..bring back the BLUES FESTIVAL


  • norman nardini on

    hey now……summers slippin’ past, ain’t it?……..long ass bucco game today, wit a happy endin’……..recap of the week from da pencil neck keek…..monday july 11 was a great work day did over 3 hours on vocals an hour on piano and another hour studyin’ the ole Francis Albert fav, “Young At Heart”….tuesday got a few hours a study in, “Life” “The 412” “Young At Heart”……wednesday, did three hours of private work on “The 412”, half hour workin’ the vocal to “Girl With A Gun”, piano work, “Young At Heart”…..also did 3 hours with Larry workin’ up “The 412” and goin’ over “Rich Kid”…….thursday took it easy n’ just did a couple hours on piano and “The 412″…….friday was our amazin’ happy hour hit at the STARLITE, these are epic shows, makin’ our muscles strong…….saturday we took a trip t’ Waynesburg t’ play the VFW, not a giant crowd, but, we threw ’em a beatin’ dat they’ll tell their neighbors all about……did some all night vocal studies when we got back from Greene County…….my ole ass is draggin’ on the sunday funday……watched da Bucs…..big fun next week, friday STARLITE, saturday is our huge, “we miss the blues fest saturday night” which will be filled with cameo hits from some a’ the best this burg has t’ offer…..also tuesday wednesday and thursday are all studio days……..i’m a man of action………


  • norman nardini on

    hey now……hot fun in the summer time……tuesday july 5th was a great work day did some piano studies, started rewritinm’ the words to “Word” and did 3 hours of vocal work……wednesday did 2 hours of vocal work…….thursday did 2 and a half hours of vocals then an hour of piano work……3 solid days in a row of the kind of work it takes to make me strong as bull……friday july 8th we did the STARLITE and had our usual hi level good rockin’ time……saturday me n’ Larry went down to Point State Park and played “Corn Bread” for the 200 year celebration of Pittsburgh, then out to Harvey Wilners for our late gig…………carry on…..


  • norman nardini on

    hey now……mamadao mamadao……..it’s 2016 and it’s summertime, it’s bikini season, makes zero difference t’ me, i ain’t been in the direct sunlight since 1969, no shit……..monday june 27th was 3 hours of vocal work, “21” Life” “Girl With A Gun” also did a couple hours cleanin’ up the 2053 monongahela appartment…..tuesday, same drill as monday on vocals, plus pianny refresh….and a 2 n’ a half hour git together with Whitey Cooper we mainly worked on Gladys Knight’s “Use My Imagination”, used t’ do it years ago with W#hitey chirpin’ the lead……wednesday evenin’ we went out t’ JERGELS n’ played on the Blues Healers Benefit for Gary Dunmire, got a chance t’ see some a regular locals……but, these regulars are a bit more than regular, great short performances by Shari Richards, Wil E Tri, Judi Figel and Billy The Kid…….i hour vocal work on “Girl With A Gun” did an alnight 3 hour writing session for brand new tune “The 412”, it started comin’ to me right before we went on stage at JERGELS, but i had t’ wait till i got home to do the work……the second werse is…..we’re a sports town n’ we the Bucs, and the Panthers, Pens and the Steelers don’t suck, we’ll kick all a’ yer asses and we don’t need a reason, everyday we thank God, that we ain’t in Cleveland, never bit off more than we could chew, in “THE 412″………thursday did another hour oin “Girl With A Gun” and 3 or 4 hours cleanin’ up 2053 2nd floor apartment……did our regular friday STARLITE LOUNGE gig n’ lifted our selves up….Whitey came out n’ sang real well, folks really enjoyed his thang…….saturday was a big work day….3 hours on “The 412” and 3 hours of vocal work……sunday was another over 3 hours of vocal work…….today is monday, the 4th of JULY, independence day………….went to my favorite nursing home n’ did a ‘lil show playin’ pianny n’ singin’ tunes, always an uplifting experience……..ran out t’ see my cousin Pete at his Father in laws final viewing…………’merica been amazingly good t’ me, lived my life, called my own shots, it don’t git no better than that ……………


  • norman nardini on

    hey now…….bloggin’ n’ lovedoggin’……..Monday june 20, Mark Stutso n’ i got together n’ started sortin’ out tunes for a new Stutso release…….”Corn Bread” “Game On” “The Have Nots”, got a ‘lil love……..got about 15 tunes dat we’re lookin’ at…..”Down Low Motel” “Somethin’s Cookin” “New Blood”…….tuesday i workrd on my vocals for “Life” “21” “The Horse” and “Girl With A Gun”, also did some piano work……Wednesday was all ’bout “Girl With A Gun”, gotta git right so’s i can sing it well for da new Norman release……….went to Johnstown for THUNDER IN THE VALLEY on thursday, kicked some ass in our 2 hour show then snuck over to SOUTHMONT GARDENS n’ did a ‘lil half hour hit for da locals…..had a blast on our friday happy hour at the STARLITE, my sister n’ JP come out wit Ron n’ Lynn and a good gang a folks………got up early on saturday n’ hi tailed it back t’ Flood City for our second helpin’ of THUNDER, kicked some major league tail, got some help from Gene Sweeney n’ Felix Kos, Larry couldn’t make da show so we hit it 3 piece………went back to SOUTHMONT GARDENS to finish out the night wit some more good rockin’ ……club owner Mark Middleton got up for the last few tunes n’ played wit us………..great week in a simple man’s life


  • norman nardini on

    hey now……ain’t it good t’ be alive?…..damn straight…….on Monday June 13th i turned 66 years old, get yer kicks on route 66…….went down to a care home in Highland Park n’ played piano as a birthday present to myself, played Frank’s “All The Way” Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” “Over The Rainbow” “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and a bunch a my tunes, “All Growed Up” “Look What You Done” “Glory”…..both my mother and my mother in law passed away at this home so every time i’m there i can feel their spirits liftin’ me up, great way t’ start a birthday……..did over three hours of vocal work on “Game On” “21” “Life”……also enjoyed doin’ some yard work…..great birthday……on tuesday i did vocal work on the same tunes as monday but also added “Sick n’ Tired”……on wednesday Whitey Cooper came over n’ we worked on “That Girl”, a tune i haven’t sung in 6 or 7 years and “When I Die and Go To Hell”……also did vocal work on “Life”……on thursday Larry Siefers came over n’ we worked on “That Girl” and When I Die and Go To Hell”…..also did 3 hours of vocal work by myself…….Friday night we played MOONDOGS and Whitey came out n’ played drums on 6 tunes…….spent Saturday cleaning up the apartment above my studio on Monongahela, have a new tennant ready to move in July 1st……..birthday week, i’m so lucky to be livin’ the life i live, all i ever wanted was to live a life of musical study, and that’s the life i’ve lived…………….lots a folks complain about our country, i ain’t one a them folks…….i’m too busy ridin’ full speed ahead on route 66………..carry on……


    • Dave Babura on

      Happy Birthday, keep rockin!


  • norman nardini on

    hey now…..’ow you doin’?……..Monday June 6th was spent in the studio singin’ “Life Is What You Make It”, put in about 5 hours…….it’s song i wrote a couple years ago but have never really sung, i wrote it to sound like the early Bon Jovi singles, “Livin’ On A Prayer” “Bad Medicine” “You Give Love A Bad Name”, always loved those records but never did that kind of music……..Tuesday i did 5 hours cuttin’ geetars for the same tune…..on Wednesday we went back n’ did 4 more hours on vocals, on Thursday we had Larry Siefers in t’ do 5 hours cuttin’ organ all for the same tune “Life”…….also did a mess a’ vocal studies when i got home from the studio in the evenings……played the STARLITE LOUNGE Friday evening then went over t’ MOONDOGS n’ sat in with the Soul Survivors…..Joe Cunningham on tubs, Harry McCorkel on bass, Jimmy Hilton on geetar, Gil Snyder on keys and Riff Mitchell on vocals and geetar……….today, i started up my pianny studies again, it never ends……..kisses……..


    • Martha H on

      Great Show Norman! Brought back a lot of memories…I appreciated the recognition. Thanks for the spirit lift, Martha


  • norman nardini on

    hey now……didn’t git da chance t’ blog last week so i’ll go back to May 23rd here and now…..woke up writin’ a song and spent 4 hours thru out the day on it, the title is “Happy Tears” it’s pretty heavy shit, all about gittin’ ready for dat big dirt nap…..also did some pianny stuff and vocal work on “Minimum Wage” and “Rock n’ Roll Band”……..Tuesdat May 22 did another hour and a half on “Happy Tears” also touched on “Rock n’ Roll Band”……Wednesday Pianny stuff and two hours of vocal details……on Thursday i had Billy the Kid and Katie Simone over to prepare for KDKA’s PITTSBURGH TODAY LIVE next week……Friday May 27 we played 3 piece at the STARLITE…….Saturday vocal and piano work……on Sunday we drove to Johnstown and played ROCKYS……..Monday May 31st i started doin’ vocal work on “Life Is What You Make It”, we’re goin’ start cuttin’ the lead vocal next week so i’m gittin’ ready, also did an hour singin’ “Minimum Wage” cause we’re appearin’ on PITTSBURGH TODAY tomorrow……..me n’ Katie and Billy the Kid did our show down at KDKA………1 hour vocal work “Life”…….Wednesday couple hiurs on Life” again…….went to funeral home to pay respecdts to my Uncle John Grieco was just passed, went back Thursday mornin’…….then got back on “Life” for a couple hours, then “The Horse” and “21”…………Friday June 3rd we played 3 piece at the STARLITE and Whitey Cooper come out n’ sung a bit and lso played some nice tubs……hardly slept then did a double on Saturday…..played PENN BREWERY’s 30th anniversary party n’ saw Steve Hanson and Jimmy Roach, cool, huh?…..then snaked out t’ KOSBAR RANCH n’ did a show for Amy’s Angels……also sat in on a shuffle wit Billy The Kid, got t’ see my siste, Ann, and my brother in law, JP….beautiful peoples…..been doin’ a ton a yard work, it makes me feel good when i’m gittin’ all dirty n’nat……..carry on now…….


  • norman nardini on

    hey now……’ow you doin’……ain’t it crazy how life jus’ goes on?….mornin’ comes and its followed by afternoon n’ so on n’ so on…….amazin’……Monday May 16 was jus’ another Monday of basic up keep…..been focusing on lead vocal for “The Horse” which is a tune that speaks about my situation regarding the other bands in town and my black ballin’ by the Evil Empire…….i’m hopin’ to include it on our upcomin’ release……the first verse is “i stand alone n’ you all stand together, propped up by each other in this town, and as i piss into the wind, ya’ll say that i’ve sinned, so i cry the tears of a clown”…….also detailin’ the melody for “Pennsylvania Rain” and “Playin’ In A Rock n’ Roll Band”……Tuesday more of the same but also started t’ study the ole Canned Heat classic “Goin’ Up The Country”, it’ll give Larry a chance t’ play his damn flute……plus, i rubbed up against them guys back in da day a couple times n’ dat means somethin’ t’ me……Wednesday i had Larry over for an over two hour work out on “Pa Rain”…..then later i had Billy The Kid and Katie Simone over to work out an arrangement of “Minimum Wage” that were gonna do on PITTSBURGH TODAY, the TV show, to promote the upcomin’ Amy’s Angels Benefit Concert…..Thursday back t’ obsessin’ over “Pa Rain” “Rock n’ Roll Band” and “Goin’ Up The Country”……Friday was our regular happy hour hit at the STARLITE…..we did “The Morning After” which we hadn’t done in a coons age, i’m thinkin’ ’bout obsessin’ over it next week……Saturday i started to develop the melody to “Life Is What You Make It” which is another tune that we’re recordin’ for our next release……words to the chorus are “life is what you make it, if there’s somethin’ you want, you better take it, some are born with, some are born without, now let me tell ya people what its really all about, when the band starts playin’, you better shake it, cause life is what you make it”……..today, Sunday, i’m workin’ on my pianny playin’, which needs a ton a’ work….my goal is to become the worst piano player in Pittsburgh and i’m well on my way…….go Pens…..


  • norman nardini on

    hey now……did ya ever stop t’ think that there’s only a handful a notes and a handful a’ colors?…i think ’bout shit like dat all the time and it phenomanize’s me………Monday May 9th was spent developing “Pennsylvania Rain” to a higher level, still tryin’ t’ get the melody just right, also did prep work on “21” and “The Horse”…….Tuesday we was in the studio all day singin’ “21” and “The Horse”….Wednesday back in the studio doin’ acoustic geetar on “It Is What It Is” and bass and geetar work on “Life”…….Thursday May 12th me n’ Larry played at Community Life, a nursing facility in McKeesport, we really had a blast doiun’ duo takes a’ my tunes “Corn Bread” “Pennsylvania Rain” “I Was Blind” and cover tunes, Larry sang “Dock Of The Bay” n’ i did “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “All The Way”, the Frank Sinatra classic……..also did a couple hours a sheddin’ the same stuff i been obsessin’ over the past month or so………Friday we went t’ Cleveland t’ play WILBERTS for our ole n’ dear friend Mike “Stubby” Miller……..brought back t’ mind all the gigs over the years we’d done together……and our ole buddies that are now past on, folks like Warren King and Byrd Foster, both amazing world class music people that we were lucky enough t’ rub up against……had some big laughs back at the motel where me n’ Flo were the last to pass out……..Saturday i was right back home obsessing over the same things i been obsessing over, gotta say, i’m proud and ashamed of my crazy ways…….when i listen to music these days, i find myself wishing that other people would obsess over their melodies, lyrics and arrangements……..ya kinda have t’ dig deep if ya wanna git deep………………………………………still in search of higher ground……..


  • norman nardini on

    hey now……had a solid week….spent 27 hours doin’ basic wood shed activites……Monday May 2nd i focused on new lyrics for “I Don’t Wanna Say Good Night” and a betted melody for “Playin’ In A Rock n’ Roll Band”….Tuesday i continued work on lyrics for “Good Night” and pianny playin’…….Wednesday was all spent on maintenance and growth, in other words, same ole same ole…..it ain’t easy for me to do my best work, so i’m always movin’ forward in little steps…….on Thursday me n’ Larry got “Pennsylvania Rain” ready t’ take out for a drive….also did my basics……..played the STARLITE LOUNGE on Friday, and as has been the case, we had a blast….lot’s a folks comin’ out, makin’ it a party……. me n’ Larry did “PA Rain”, it was a lil’ raggedy, but, i expected it t’ be……..been workin’ on the melody for “Rock n’ Roll Band” all week n’ did so Saturday and Sunday as well………found out that Billy Price won a BMA in Memphis for his 2015 release, “This Time For Real”, with the now departed Otis Clay…….got a chance t’ back Billy up at the 2015 Pittsburgh Blues Festival and really enjoyed studin’ the music from that release in preparation for the show, also enjoyed watchin’ Billy work that evening……..startin’ t’ think about what tunes i wanna play in Cleveland this comin’ Friday……..also thinkin’ ’bout the studio work we’ll be doin’ Tuesday n’ Wednesday…….it’s always somethin’……..


  • norman nardini on

    hey now…..what it is?….what it look like?…..was it good to ya………this week was delicious, lots a’ action…..Monday April 25…..was a workin’ class take care a’ ya bidnit kinda day….did a couple hours a’ pianny wood sheddin’….vocal details for “21” and “The Horse” also started lookin’ at “Pennsylvania Rain” and “Mazeroski Way”……preppin’ “PA Rain” for tomorrows rehersal with Larry n’ thinkin’ about playin’ “Maz” and this Saturday’s Robin Trower show……Tuesday me n’ Larry did a couple hours learning “PA Rain”…….also started work on relearnin’ “Playin’ In A Rock n’ Roll Band” in case i wanna do it Saturday…..spend about 3 hours on the same ole same ole wit pianny work n’ vocals……..Wednesday…same ole same ole and a real short get together with Billy the Kid t’ talk about our show this Sunday at R Bar…….Thursday….”Mazeroski Way” “Rock n’ Roll Band” piano……Friday we played the STARLITE LOUNGE for happy hour…..folks is startin’ t’ fill the joint up for these hits…..Whitey Cooper come out n’ sung and also played some tubs, Katie Simone sang “Three Times Your Fool”, Texas Tex spank some plank n’ ole bud RB Stone showed up n’ spanked a couple……fun night, weekends off to a fine start……..Saturday we opened the show for Robin Trower at Greensburg’s PALACE THEATER……after our first song of our sound check, Trower’s sound man Lorrie, came up to the stage n’ asked if we’d be interested in playin’ with them in Detroit next week, waitin’ for approval from Detroit promoter………..had RB Stone come out n’ play harp on a couple numbers…..did the show with just me n’ Harry on that big stage….n’ just like the ZZ Top show we did in the duo format a few months age, it made sense…..didn’t see that comin’ though….but, i’ve found that the words to the songs mixed with my high level bull crap seem to entertain…..it was nice havin’ RB Stone come out n’ blow on a couple………..Sunday late afternoon May 1st…..snuck out to R Bar for the first in a series of Sunday matinee jams…..i was special guest with Billy The Kid and the Regulators……Billy on lead vocals and geetar, Ublai Bey on keys, Arnold Stagger on Bass n’ Brian Edwards on tubs n’ some nice bg vocals……did “Nickel” n’ “Game On” which got some big laughs……..had fun playin’ a bunch a’ Regulator tunes……great week, my ass is draggin’….me n’ Toots stopped by to see my family at the graveyard…..Art Norie Ernie Carmine Larry Elpidio Mary Carl Rose Rip n’ Ida……simple folks, my peoples


  • norman nardini on

    hey now……..thanks fer comin’ to the website and showin’ an interest in what we do, really appreciate it……booked a show to open for Robin Trower this comin’ Saturday……really excited to hit dat show….we’ll be playin’ two piece, just me n’ Harry……we did the same format when we opened for ZZ Top a few months ago……seems like headline bands want an easy to handle opening act….low drag……drum kits aren’t east to deal with from a stage hand or PA guy’s perspective…..i also believe that headline acts don’t want an opening act that will tax it’s audience’s ears……and i totally understand that thought….so we’ll be low keyin’ the power surge and pumpin’ up the words and emotions of our music…..i’m jacked……this comin’ Sunday, late afternoon, i’ll be sittin’ in with Billy The Kid and the Regulators at R Bar in Dormont, lookin’ forward to that as well……..lets go over the past week…..Monday April 18th i spend almost 4 hours workin’ on vocals for “Ole Number 21″…..on Tuesday we worked in the studio singin’ “21”………Wednesday April 20th we had a 7 hour studio day workin’ on vocals for “The Horse” “It Is What It Is”and “21”……..Thursday was a 4 hour studio day cleanin’ n’ balancing tracks…….Friday we played the STARLITE LOUNGE, Larry wasn’t there so we played 3 piece……Saturday i got back to a couple hours a’ pianny work…..Sunday, piano work and fingerstyle clean up for the upcomin’ Robin Trower show……..hope ya’ll’s stayin busy doin’ shit ya love t’ do………my friend Terry Thomas send me his new CD, love his song “Kissed You In New York”……..


    • Geo Scott Hershman on

      Trying to get it together to make this show with five great friends and some great sounds with Nornman and Robin Can’t Wait


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