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Absolutely on Music
Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa | Haruki Murakami
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b.elschie

I am almost half way through and I love the conversations. It probably helps that Seiji Ozawa is one of my favorite conductors to date and being a clarinet player with a music degree also doesn't help.

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Naltez
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I know almost nothing about Classical music but still found this collection of conversations compelling and quite readable. It even got me to listen to some pieces they discussed. Very enjoyable.

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Eggs Great choice 🎶 🎻 4y
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dariazeoli
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#AuthorAMonth

Not what I expected at all; I thought these conversations would be on popular music, which I‘m a fan of. Knowing nothing about classical music, I found these conversations interesting. I‘m an outsider, so I was fascinated by the methods of conducting and listening to orchestras.

Soubhiville Logged-7📚 4y
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dariazeoli
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This reminds me of going to a Springsteen show. The crowd shouts, “Bruuuuuuce!” The uninitiated are confused.

Like anyone is booing The Boss 😉

Lcsmcat I thought this was amusing, too! 4y
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Lcsmcat
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Mehso-so

There were some interesting stories (or snippets of stories) but, for a trained musician, very little substance. Murakami‘s ignorance, which he freely owns, was eye-rolling at times. Ozawa confirmed my feelings about conductors. If you‘re an orchestral musician you‘ll understand. I wonder if this book is interesting to non-musicians? Anyone read it who isn‘t a trained musician? #authoramonth @Soubhiville
P.S. Balthazar says it matches him.

Leftcoastzen 👏😻❤️ 4y
dariazeoli It‘s not at all what I expected when I picked it up, but it‘s interesting to learn that conductors read the music so carefully. I say that as someone who never got past “every good boy does fine” in music. 4y
Lcsmcat @dariazeoli See, as a trained orchestral musician I know that everyone in an orchestra studied the scores. It felt to me like Ozawa didn‘t give enough credit to@the people who actually made the music. As my husband (who has played professionally in orchestras for over 30 years) likes to say “The baton makes no sound.” I would have liked more of O‘s reasons for conducting a work a certain way and less “I guess I changed over the years.” 4y
Soubhiville Logged-2 📚 4y
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Lcsmcat
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“We had our first conversation on November 16, 2010 in my home in Kanagawa Prefecture, to the west of Tokyo.” #firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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Lcsmcat
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If you can‘t “commit it to print” don‘t tease us with the opening! #authoramonth

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Eggs
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Pickpick

Murakami should write NF more often! The 2 NF I‘ve read have been my favorites. In this one the author sits down with his friend Seiji Ozawa, (former Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor) for a series of conversations over 2 years on their shared passion: music. It‘s intimate and intelligent.

#authoramonth
@Soubhiville

Soubhiville 📚28📚 4y
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Lcsmcat
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My March TBR includes #Proust2020, #catherbuddyread, #authoramonth, #readwithmrbook, #theprofessor, and #Lent2020 selections. (Four of these are in progress already.) Additionally, I‘ll have a #bookspin pick, and maybe Julius Caesar. I may be overcommitted? 🤷🏻‍♀️

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Some critics once said reading a Murakami‘s novel is like flipping through his expansive record collection. His obsession with #music and the breadth of his musical knowledge is impressive. Here‘s a sample of playlist tracks from his personal collection.

#riotgrams

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Pickpick

This us the most precious thing I've read. These are conversations between friends about music. Murakami a tremendous lover of music and Seiji a professoral music conductor. Both talk and give their views. Both provide insights and give each other new views that one hasn't thought about before. Its like these conversations about growth also found growth during these talks. I found some simple advice, inspiration, and some humor.

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Louise
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This fascinating book of conversations between author Haruki Murakami (r.) and Maestro Seiji Osawa (l.) is a treasure for musicians and avid music lovers. As a musician, I felt inspired and uplifted! It's wonderful to be privy to conversations at this level that are conveyed in terms a layperson can also understand. I will return to this book many times over to re-read passages I marked and particularly enjoyed. #ReadingAroundTheWorld #Japan

Booksnchill Just bought this- glad to read your review! 6y
Louise @Booksnchill You are in for a great ride through these conversations! Enjoy! Samples of the music they discuss are posted on Murakami's website! 6y
Booksnchill @Louise thanks! 6y
minkyb Sounds great! 6y
Louise @minkyb It really is a terrific set of interviews! 6y
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Abailliekaras
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Catching up. My husband loves a music biography, so we have a few shelves like this. #🎼 #emojinov #shelfie

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Comprising conversations between acclaimed conductor Ozawa and Murakami about music and writing.
#🎼 #emojinov #nov📚📷

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GatheringBooks
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#Septembowie Day 14: I believe that Murakami and Ozawa has created some kind of #MagicDance through their collaboration in this book.

Cinfhen Stunning cover ! 😍 7y
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Abailliekaras
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#Musicaltitles part 1: non-fiction 🎧🎼🎸 #maybookflowers

Cinfhen Niiiice 🎸🎸🎸 7y
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Exia
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This just makes me curious.

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ssravp
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Pickpick

Utterly transfixed by this book. I've always been a fan of Ozawa's. Highly recommend to any fan of classical music. Definitely going on my "to own" list.

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Mehso-so

Two incredible artists coming together to discuss music making, though it is more suited to readers who do not have experience in classical performance. I did realize how incredibly lucky I was, and grateful I am, for having been a part of the Tanglewood Music Center during Seiji's reign and perform Brahms' 2nd under his baton. I still have a black and white photograph of him taken during that concert somewhere in my keepsakes. Priceless.

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ssravp
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I make tea.

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ephemeralwaltz
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Finally got Christmas presents for my family ready! (Books, OF COURSE!!!📚🤓)

ephemeralwaltz Apart from the Murakami tagged, I Also bought (edited) 7y
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sumaiyya.books
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This book mail got me dizzy with happiness! Thank you, Knopf publishing people! My love and adoration for Murakami knows no limits 😍

Jokila Gorgeous shot! 7y
saresmoore Such nice composition in this photo! 7y
Imagineannie Oh. I love Ozawa. And it's so beautiful. 7y
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sumaiyya.books @Jokila thank you! 😊😊 7y
sumaiyya.books @saresmoore Thank you so much! 😊 7y
sumaiyya.books @Imagineannie Agreeed! Have you read this yet? 😊 7y
Imagineannie @sumaiyya.books no, but now I'm going to get my hands on it asap. 7y
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Gnoe
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New arrivals. 😊 Actually @Erik3003 's but I'm not complaining 😁 (though I very much preferred that gorgeous English cover to this American but hey, he picked up the check)

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Rex
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Starting off with the right foot after a short tour with @BookishMarginalia . Showing my #bookhaul from @TheBookmarkPR .

BookishMarginalia Welcome to Litsy! You're going to love it here! And welcome to @kyrabashi too! 💜💜💜 7y
GardenJess Welcome! 7y
LuLeeBelle Welcome!! 7y
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CocoReads Welcome! 7y
Malisa Welcome, hope you enjoy it here!!!😀 7y
angrylilasian Welcome! 😄 7y
Simona Welcome and have a good time with us❣️ 7y
TheLibrarian Welcome!! 7y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍😀 7y
Dolly Welcome, hope you enjoy 7y
thec0zy Welcome to Litsy!! 🎂 7y
jpmcwisemorgan Welcome to Litsy! 7y
Godmotherx5 Welcome to Litsy. 🙋🏻 7y
MrBook Hey, @LauraBrook , that's my line 😂👏🏻🙌🏻! 7y
MrBook Welcome to @Litsy! We hope you enjoy your stay with us 😊👍🏻! 7y
LauraBrook @MrBook Hah! I know - forgive me? 😉 7y
MrBook @LauraBrook Of course ☺️👍🏻! 7y
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome!😊 7y
Faibka Welcome! 😊 7y
Nebklvr Literary wonderland sounds good 7y
BookishMarginalia Mmmm... I have some of those books too.... wonder why? 😂 @TheBookmarkPR 7y
Arbol Welcome! 7y
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New Murakami?! 🎶 This is a deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author Haruki Murakami and his close friend Seiji Ozawa, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 🎶 Absolutely on Music gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of these two maestros—essential reading for book and music lovers everywhere 🎼 #CopperfieldsRecommends

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BookishRedhead
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I don't care if my bank is screaming I needed a new book to make myself feel better.

AStoriedSoul Omg that cover is so nice. I have the white American one. 7y
Gnoe This cover is so wonderful! Mr Gnoe and I bickered in the bookstore about which to buy (he preferred the black & white one). He won 😞 So he had to pay 😁 7y
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BiblioNyan
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OMG I GOT ONE OF MY CHRISTMAS 🎁 EARLY & I'M SO PSYCHED Y'ALL!! Murakami & Ozawa sitting around discussing 🎶is like a DREAM come true. I just... can't even right now. The excitement is too real. Also, Kiki is a 🎄elf.
🎄🎶🎁❤️
#asianlit #harukimurakami #nonfiction #diversereads #diversebooks #ownvoices #japanese #japaneselit #japanesebooks #seijiozawa #music #asianbooks #eastasianlit #eastasianbooks #holidayreads

BookishMarginalia 😻😻😻 7y
Nafiza I am dying of jealousy. 7y
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GatheringBooks
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Why bookblogging is so worth it. More Pansing Books titles! Lovelovelove receiving free books in the mail.

RealLifeReading I loved Paper Menagerie! 7y
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The perfect book for a rainy day in with some hot coffee and a warm blanket. ☺️ Murakami has created a true delight for the senses. In my opinion, you should be listening to the pieces he and Ozawa mention as you read for full effect. Beautifully put together, and a must for any music lover. 🎶

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DiruVamp
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I love music. That being said classical music and orchestras are not really my thing. But Murakami could write about paint drying and make it magical. This was just so interesting! I learned a lot about this area of music and how intense and wonderful it is. Seiji Ozawa was extremely captivating to listen to. And Murakami's non-fiction are some of my favorites.

LauraBrook Thanks for your review! I wasn't aware of this book, and I'm a big classical fan (and former player). Will add it to my endless wishlist! 💖 8y
DiruVamp @LauraBrook oh you will definitely enjoy it then! At times it is very technical lol 8y
LauraBrook @DiruVamp Oooh, I might have to buy this one ASAP, then! 😘 8y
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EricQiao Oh I love Marukami! Read three of his stories. The Windup Bird Chronicle is one of my favorite books of all time! 7y
DiruVamp @EricQiao I am a full fledged Murakami addict LOL Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and Kafka on the Shore and 1Q84 are my top 3 😉 7y
EricQiao I need to read those! The other two I read were Dance x3 and Norwegian Wood. I was way too young when I read NW... 7y
DiruVamp @EricQiao hahaha I enjoyed Dance Dance Dance. After Dark was good too. Norwegian Wood is on my TBR shelf as is Sputnik Sweetheart. 7y
EricQiao So which do you recommend I read next? @DiruVamp (edited) 7y
DiruVamp @EricQiao if you don't mind a more solemn tone definitely Colorless Tsukuru it is my absolute favorite. 1Q84 is 1200 pages but well worth it. However, given all of that, Kafka would be a great next read! 7y
EricQiao Windup Bird had incredibly solemn parts and I enjoyed it so probably Colorless Tsukuru. Reading his books just makes me want to go to Japan. I gotta be careful with this... @DiruVamp (edited) 7y
DiruVamp @EricQiao hahaha I know! I have been completely enamored with Japan for years so it doesn't take much to get me wanting to go! Please let me know what you think of whichever one you read next! 👍🏻😉 7y
EricQiao @DiruVamp I will! You know I have a book out as well and it's set I China. I promise you would definitely NOT want to go there after reading my book. All things considered I reckon that'd be a rather positive afterthought. 😉 7y
DiruVamp @EricQiao I saw your book and I sounds right up my alley! I actually have it on my wishlist on amazon! So I will absolutely be reading it! And you saying that about China has me intrigued! 7y
EricQiao @DiruVamp Yay! Thank you so much! Trust me, Japan is awesome, and you'll like my book. 🤗 7y
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KafkaKitten
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Tonight's #bookhaul! And most importantly... I FINALLY GOT THE NEW MURAKAMI! I'm glad my fellow coworkers already know I'm a bit crazy, because my enthusiastic happy dancing may have been a bit over the top.

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KafkaKitten
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My face after not being able to find the new Murakami in the stock room before I left work today among hundreds of boxes of holiday books. 😭😭😭

GlitteryOtters Ahhh, I hate when that happens! Only, at my store it was "I can't find the new laydown amongst the 50 million boxes of Chridtmastime remainder book boxes" I hope it surfaces by tomorrow!! 8y
WordWaller Saaaame 8y
KafkaKitten @GlitteryOtters @WordWaller The bookseller struggle is incredibly real 😩 8y
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DiruVamp
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Everything else stops - a new Murakami has arrived!! 😊👏🏻🤓🎉

KafkaKitten Ugh I'm jealous! The store I work in hasn't gotten them in yet 😭 8y
AStoriedSoul I can't wait to pic this up tomorrow when I'm in town! I'm so excited! 8y
DiruVamp @KafkaKitten @TheLiterarium I have only just read the introduction and I'm sucked in. You two will not be disappointed! 8y
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Alisnazzy
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Oh glorious, glorious #bookmail
#MurakamiCultMember

GlitteryOtters 😍😍😍 8y
DiruVamp I cannot wait to get home where mine is waiting for me! 8y
rockpools I didn't know this existed! Thank you - that's one Christmas prez sorted. 🎶🎶 8y
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Alisnazzy @RachelO it just came out today. Amazon Prime delivered it today and I'm so stoked. 8y
rockpools @Ambrosnazzy It looks fantastic. Enjoy! 8y
Scorpioseah Saw it in local bookstore last weekend 8y
Lynnsoprano I'm borrowing when you're done. I've always admired Ozawa 8y
Alisnazzy @Lynnsoprano you got it momma-San 8y
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CherylDeFranceschi
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When you get awesome bookish mail that you've pre-ordered ages and ages ago, but you work in a fabulous bookstore now. #booknerdproblems #photoadaynov16 #oops

Faibka 🙀 I so need this book! 😍😍 8y
GlitteryOtters 😍💕😍 8y
Graciouswarriorprincess I have this on my hold list! I can't wait to get it! Love him!👍📚❤️ 8y
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Abailliekaras
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For all the Litsy littens ... Spiritland set up their turntables just so for the book launch on Sunday... A perfect tribute to Murakami 😍🐱

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Abailliekaras
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Absolutely beautiful book, a pleasure to listen to Liz Foley & Suzanne Dean of Vintage talk about publishing and designing the cover. ❤️🎶📖

Alisnazzy 💖💖💖💖💖 8y
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Alisnazzy
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So I get back to Florida and my husband on Friday, but he's pretty worried about me right now with the election and he asked what he could do for me up in NY. And through tears and snotty nose, I asked him if he'd get me the new Murakami coming out next week. Just got this confirmation from him. There's still hope and love out there. 💖

LeahBergen How lovely. ❤️ 8y
Cinfhen Good guy 😊 8y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa You got a good one! 8y
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Rick_Eaglestone
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So happy this has finally arrived

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KafkaKitten
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Of course this is my most anticipated read because I'll take a new Murakami any day. Can't wait until November! #booktober

DiruVamp I cannot WAIT for tis to come out! I've had mine preordered for months! 8y
KafkaKitten @DiruVamp Same! Ever since I saw it available to order at work I shortlisted some and reserved one for myself! 8y
DiruVamp @KafkaKitten he's got another coming out in May next year I've got on preorder too! 8y
KafkaKitten @DiruVamp Yes!! Everything Murakami is a must ❤️ 8y
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lovelybookshelf
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As a professional musician, this book was a great match for me. I especially loved Ozawa's memories of working under Bernstein, as well as the entire conversation on Mahler. I think readers who are enthusiastic about listening to classical music, but are not musicians, will find this book accessible; but only if they are avid about listening critically.

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lovelybookshelf

Oh how I love these two, but the way they talk about female musicians is a little cringe-worthy. One example: "Such a clean touch! Decisive, assertive." / "Like a man's." ?

OutlandishLit Fuck that 8y
lovelybookshelf LOL @OutlandishLit that attitude happens alllllll the time in the classical music world, but it is improving. I think this is also a product of their culture and their age. 8y
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lovelybookshelf

Murakami calls himself an amateur when it comes to music, but honestly? He is truly holding his own in these conversations.

MrBook Yeah, he's a lot more sophisticated with music than most people are nowadays! 8y
MrBook 😉😎👌🏻🙌🏻 8y
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