Types of people who generally dont like me and I’m ok with it.

Types of people who generally dont like me and I’m ok with it. A Lyrics, Logic and Lullabies Blog.
Types of People Who Generally Don’t Like Me

Types of people who generally dont like me. Here we go.

I was in discussion recently with someone and was providing them with some historical perspective about my hometown. And while going through the years of progress and reliving some of the pertinent issues I’ve been involved with along the way, there were of course a few moments to recount that involved personal drama.

And on the two moments when an honest recounting of past events came around towards persons who have shown an active dislike for me, I honestly reported the fact along with the needed history lesson.

However, going through the recollections of the two or three main detractors I’ve had along the way, I decided to really sit back and think about what were the characteristics I showed at that time in my life, and what were the main traits revealed in the character of my detractors back then. I observed an interesting pattern.

Types of people who generally dont like me. Don’t get me wrong.

Now it is not to say that I’m perfect, by any stretch of the word. I’ll readily admit to being stubborn, logical to a fault sometimes as regards keeping compassion alive, impatient when it comes to putting up with bull crap no matter how much BBQ sauce one might attempt to disguise it with, and I can be impatient when it comes to people with an overwhelming urge to steal the work, or image, or credit of another.

In addition, I have a modestly hard spot of bark on my tree trunk when it comes to modern day Pharisees who want the robes and the crown of authority, but forget all about that humility and pride stuff the good book often speaks towards.

Type of people who generally dont like me. My top four.

Yet when I looked long and hard at the few, (thankfully very few) people who have taken great effort to cause me harm or to impugn my personal character; when I really considered each of them with a detached and time tested review, I found some solace in realizing that they possess at least 1 of 4 general traits – in one case all 3 were present.

Generally speaking out of my few outspoken past critics and the types of people who generally don’t like me; one will find them to be: Liars – Posers – Bullies – Windbags

Even so, I think it worth noting how they did indeed teach me something worthwhile, and in the end I remain glad they came into my life. I’m more grateful that we each have moved on, yet I hope they have done so with grace and happiness.
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Why wait when it comes to Christmas and the New Year’s Resolutions

Why wait when it comes to Christmas and the New Year’s Resolutions? A Lyrics, Logic and Lullabies Blog.
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Why wait when it comes to Christmas?

I love Christmas time, and yet it always begs the question for me about ‘why wait’? The same goes with the whole New Year’s celebration and the idea of resolutions. I’m pretty bad about not always having the perfect gift for someone at Christmas time.

And yet, the other side of that coin is how if I stumble upon a perfect gift for them in September I will buy it and give it to them. Even if it is not their birthday. Why wait when it comes to Christmas if I found it months earlier? And sad but true, it often feels as though many gifts really wind up feeling like trinkets of clutter that some poor soul had to agonize over purchasing “on schedule”.

But the real tragedy is how the clutter and the business of it all can sap the very spirit of love and giving that it was supposed to remind us of. (who says you shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition?)

Why wait when it comes to Christmas or the resolutions?

As for New Year’s Eve and the concept of resolutions, I gave them up somewhere along my teen years long ago upon further consideration of how I shouldn’t wait to begin any worthy goal until a seemingly arbitrary moment of the planet’s orbit around our Sun. My father says, tongue in cheek, how “Time is a convenient assumption, made to explain an apparent succession of supposed events.” Sometimes I feel that many holidays are likewise full of puff and bravado.

If you have a goal that needs to wait until “new year’s eve” before you will commit to achieving it, then perhaps the goal itself is a bit thin. Likewise, if you need for Christmas to arrive before allowing the spirit of love and celebration of the Messiah to motivate you to cherish your loved ones then perhaps you should double-check yourself and your habit of giving to those in your closest circles.

And, why wait when it comes to Christmas… to pick up one of my songs?

So, if your goal is to start supporting mellow indy songwriter/singers or giving good music to baby boomer friends who are sick and tired of waiting for “new” stuff on the radio to enjoy listening to, then by all means buy my music, and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too.
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Songwriter Singer with an odd voice. Here are a few examples

Songwriter Singer with an odd voice. Here are a few examples. A Lyrics, Logic and Lullabies Blog.
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Songwriter Singer. In some cases, it should be this way.

“Singer Songwriter” is generally the order that these two words are most often paired. And it is a brutal truth that the general public, desperately seeking live performances to feed an addiction to energy found nowhere else, more greatly prizes the singer/songwriter combination in that order. Some of my musical inspirations, like Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, Marc Cohn, and more recently Jamie Cullum all fit into that order of things. They have excellent voices which can transport any song, one of their own or another’s, to a place where any songwriter would be proud to have their song go.

The Songwriter Singer… Songs first, vocals next?

Yet, there is another… the “Songwriter Singer”. The Randy Newman, or Jimmy Webb, or Keith Whitley. And though they can sing (for me even I prefer to hear them sing their songs rather than others at times), still they swim first and foremost in the pool of songwriting and leave their vocal performance to bring up a second place finish as far as priorities go.

I am a songwriter singer!

It’s not to say that I can’t or won’t perform, because I will and I have, and I enjoy it. But it is rather to say I acknowledge how I won’t ever be considered a singer. Yes, I can lend authenticity and voice to a song of mine, especially if it is a song that will never be heard otherwise. And there are many who greatly enjoy hearing my song voice. But, I am not blind, nor deaf when I critically watch my performance or listen to my recordings. There is meat on the bone and a genuine song when I’ve given it my best, and I remain proud. But part of me still wishes that if I live long enough, and work diligently enough, that one day a song of mine may be done by a “real” singer.

I’ve paid “real” singers a time or two to reinterpret the vocals on a studio recording of my songs. But it is just not the same as when a performing singer WANTS to sing the song from their gut; from that place where music bubbles up in mysterious wanderlust. And the odds of a “real” performance singer finding my songs and enjoying the wellspring of a collaboration like Webb and Cambell, or Newman and Three Dog Night or Chantal did are slim.

I don’t do it because I’m sure it will work out. I write them because I must, and such is the life of a Songwriter Singer. Perhaps I should write a song about it.

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How do you debate Religion vs Atheism? My logic on the topic.

How do you debate Religion vs Atheism? My logic on the topic. A Lyrics, Logic and Lullabies Blog.
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How do you debate religion vs atheism? My take on the topic.

There are several dangers in espousing meaningful thought and debate about spiritual matters. The most logical of which is how by its nature the subject will put you in a minority. Whether you are a Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Buddhist, atheist, or any of several other lesser-known contenders, you become a minority if you “declare” yourself any one or the other. That being said, allow me to offer a point to ponder anyway.

How do you debate religion vs atheism? The battlegrounds of the discussion.

If you are debating the merit of any monotheistic religion to an atheist, the battleground is entirely different than if you are discussing one mono-theistic religion in contrast to another. For if one side of the debate comes from the perspective of someone who believes there is NO higher being who all-knowingly sees over, created, and/or has concern over the actions of mankind, and the other side of the debate starts from such a place; the two parties cannot find middle ground – and this is why. The atheist actually worships mankind itself as both the problem and the answer to the problems of the past and the future. Whereas competing mono-theistic religious believers worship differing Gods, and/or their prophets and scriptures.

How do you debate religion vs atheism? Is it possible between a religious person and an atheist?

To an atheist, all adherents of a religion are to some level or another participating in the ridiculous – and often this belief takes on (oddly enough) a holier than though conceit. One who worships mankind is unable to engage in debate regarding a morality outside of man. Thence all historical evidence or precedent is simply the vagaries of mankind writing or creating his own history. To him, any scriptures become simply an artifice of manipulation by really smart men of old (or really evil ones) whose aim it was to gain or transfer power over the “masses” who by definition must be somewhat dim and beneath the authors thereof.

How do you debate religion vs atheism? Will it always turn to arrogance vs intellect?

If you attempt to argue with an atheist from the perspective of a man of faith, be prepared to be assumed beneath them in intellect. And expect the defense of their ‘religion’ (which they generally deny exists) to be an impenetrable force field of arrogance.

It begs the question: If you know that you know more than I, how is it profitable for us to debate anything?
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Honoring our National Symbols such as the flag and the anthem.

Honoring our National Symbols such as the flag and the anthem. A Lyrics, Logic and Lullabies Blog
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Honoring our national symbols such as the flag and the anthem.

We celebrate and honor national symbols like the flag or the anthem, not because we are perfect as a nation, but because we aspire to improve. National symbols that inspire an urge to perfection and that help us honor our past progress and past heroes are living up to their purpose. This is why the consideration of honoring our national symbols is deserved.

Spotlighting flaws to justify dishonoring our national symbols is illogical.

But to spotlight our flaws as a nation, or call attention to our errors by attempting to tear down and remove our national symbols in protest over areas of injustice that need our inspired attention is illogical. One does not further inspire continued improvement and the striving for perfection by removing the inspirations thereof. We gain nothing and lose much by destroying our symbols.

Honoring our national symbols shows gratitude

To allow gratitude for the past, and celebration of our national achievements that are indeed meritorious is a good thing. Instructing and mentoring our youth by honoring our flag, or our national anthem, is a way to remind them of the ever-present urge to do EVEN BETTER. And to model and mentor disrespect of our inspirational symbols is to remove a very real aspect of perspective that otherwise could assist us in striving for more progress towards perfection.

Honoring our national symbols even if our nation isn’t perfect

 

If we wait for the USA to be perfect before honoring our flag, or before pledging our allegiance, or before standing to honor our anthem, we will never get it done. But then again our inheritance as citizens of this great nation comes from imperfect ancestors who left it better than they found it.

If you have found a better country you prefer to honor, please go there. Otherwise, let our nation’s symbols have their moment, and let it inspire you to strive for more and better justice and freedom. It’s not about what we haven’t done perfectly, it is about what we have done well, and what we can do together.

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Honoring our National Symbols like the flag or the anthem.

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Lyrics, Logic, and Lullabies are delivered from baby boomer singer songwriter Ed Verner. Weaving together lyrics from personal experiences and tales from a life of people watching, these Lyrics, Logic, and Lullabies present contemporary younger songs from a salty renaissance man.

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International Literacy Day! How about a grammar and punctuation day?

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International Literacy Day! How about a grammar and punctuation day?

International Literacy Day! How about a grammar and punctuation day? A Lyrics, Logic and Lullabies Blog
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International Literacy Day! How about a grammar and punctuation day?

I’m told that today is International Literacy Day. Well I certainly can hardly imagine the horror of not being able to read. It is one of those things we take for granted that impacts our lives nearly every second that we are awake. And I absolutely love reading, both for pleasure, and for the quest for knowledge.

International Literacy Day… How I am honoring the day…

So what am I reading these days, in honor of National Literacy Day? Operation Jedburgh D-Day and America’s First Shadow War by Colin Beavan – I have been blown away by how I did not know anything of this aspect of the pre-D-Day activities and how essential they were to the Allied landing’s success. Were it not for this book, despite my having seen movies about the time period, and despite my having watched the History Channel, and despite my having attended lectures on WWII history, ad infinitum, I would not be learning about this. The book, and the ability to read it at my convenience is the essence of a personal reminder of how important literacy is to me.

International Literacy Day and adding another day or two?

However, I’m afraid that as the cell phone and personal device revolution overtakes us all, we will be in much more need of an International Grammar & Punctuation Day in addition to International Literacy Day.

So let’s add Grammar and Punctuation Days along with International Literacy Day

I love those memes that point out the proper use of words that are often misused, such as “they’re” versus “there” versus “their” etc. And even I get lazy sometimes when texting and find myself working to reapply proper capitalization to a text that I created using voice recognition.

Or worse yet, when the voice recognition doesn’t know what to do with a word I say like “red” — was it “read” or “red” or did I stutter a bit and instead it prints “dread” such that I “drove that dread car”. Ugh, and Happy International Literacy Day.

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What if you are being slandered? Resisting battle with a slanderer.

What if you are being slandered? Resisting battle with a slanderer.
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What if you are being slandered? Resisting battle with a slanderer.

The reason there is a Commandment against slander, or bearing unjust witness against a neighbor is because it is TERRIBLY effective. People all too often are eager to hear something negative or destructive about someone else. People will easily believe something bad about another, even someone they otherwise “know” would not do such a thing, precisely because human beings are self-destructively attracted to bad things.

It is like seeing video footage of a lethal car wreck. We know from the title that it is real and that someone inside that car is going to die, and that nothing good can come from our watching it, and yet it is nearly impossible not to watch the awful thing happen. It is a temptation that even when known is hard to resist. For many, slander is like that video.

What if you are being slandered or seeing another being slandered in a malicious way?

When someone is slandered, most people who hear this “did you know that so and so did BLAH” can be taken in by it. Those rare occasions when the person involved is entirely innocent of the accusation, but being slandered by a malicious rotten person, slip through, and though rare they are easily more powerful. Accusations of evil are more sticky and often devoured by people’s ears more than are reports of someone doing great good deeds.

But what if you are being slandered?

What do you do when a malicious person attempts to unjustly witness against you? Firstly, I would caution you not to be angry at friends or loved ones who believe it without checking with you first. Sure it is nice to have that 1 out of 100 who defend you immediately and call you to double-check that you didn’t REALLY do what they just heard of you.

But the other 99% of your associates who might believe it, or even repeat it before learning of the truth and justice they just violated, those folks need to be forgiven. It is human nature to be sucked in by the bad things.

Secondly, if you know precisely who is the fount of the slander, don’t feel any need to protect them from your CLEARLY defending the truth and righteousness. For slander that goes unchecked grows faster than kudzu in Georgia and slander against you is slander against all of your family or associates who share righteous time and business with you.

What if you are being slandered? Shining the light of truth

You must shine the light of truth upon a slanderer, not because they will stop any more than a crazy person will become suddenly sane, or an evil person will become a saint, but because the light of truth is positive and righteous. Slander against you may not cease because you fight it with truth, but that slanderer’s ability to succeed next time on someone less able to fight them may be reduced or eliminated. Think of it as a Pay It Forward thing when you take the time to resist and do battle against a slanderer.

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What if you are being slandered? Resist as best you can to return it

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Lyrics, Logic, and Lullabies are delivered from baby boomer singer songwriter Ed Verner. Weaving together lyrics from personal experiences and tales from a life of people watching, these Lyrics, Logic, and Lullabies present contemporary younger songs from a salty renaissance man.

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Serious success potential from a practical joke?

Serious success potential from a practical joke. Sometimes the fluff flies higher.
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Serious success potential from a practical joke.

I sometimes have this nagging little fear of success striking my music as a result of the wrong song. As a songwriter I have my favorites which usually have some subtle musical innuendo or some sort of beautiful moment of complexity that I relish.

Whereas I also have written a song or two that stand as a farcical protest against complication. By that I mean that while it is an effort for me, I can actually force myself to write something banal, commonplace, and even boring. Lifting up the curiosity and possibility of some kind of serious success potential from a practical joke.  And every now and then I do exactly that just as a silent rage against things I sometimes hear “out and about”.

Could there be serious success potential from a practical joke.

I can be in a retail outlet somewhere and wind up listening to something that is wildly popular and equally inducing of a nearly uncontrollable urge in me to wretch. And after such an exposure, I smile to myself thinking how some record label somewhere is receiving a royalty payment for THAT.

And though I smile about it, and tell myself something like, “well, Ed, ya gotta love it… life is funny that way,” etc. I also sometimes find myself at the piano thumping out a dull lifeless 1,4,5 blot on the ears. I’ve even gone so far at times as to write an entire song around the idea of trying to make myself fit into kitsch like that.

Serious success potential from striking the most (non-serious)  and most familiar chords?

I actually record one of em every now and then; and then comes the fear. Just my luck, or the sense of humor I know is in the Divine master up above, it will be one of those songs that somehow strikes a chord with an sudden windfall of notice. And then I would be trapped always having to play that one if I were out giving a performance.

In my fear, I take it a little further in my mind, just to be prepared. I see a coffee house performance one day, where I’m partway through playing my “As If You Said ‘Yes”” or “Abandoned and Forgotten” and someone interrupts to yell out “Play ??? – Come on man” (insert banal protest song – and I ain’t tellin’).

I suppose the alternative of no one ever noticing anything of mine, versus their noticing one of the “wrong songs” should make it tolerable. But still there is the last question: If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, did it matter if it was a beautiful tree or a crappy one?

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Serious Success Potential in any of the simplicity?
Well, I guess we’ll see…

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Remembering the Waldorf Astoria and my performance. Well, sort of

Remembering the Waldorf Astoria and my performance there… sort of.
Remembering the Waldorf Astoria and my performance there… sort of.

Remembering the Waldorf Astoria.

I recall the grandeur and beauty of the Waldorf with a fond memory or two of being there as a young teenager. Now I hear that she has been sold to investors who have the intent of converting a large part of her into condos. I can appreciate the repurposing of the building, and I wish them and her future residents all of the best. But I certainly hope they keep the restaurant and mezzanine features alive in some sort of way that will continue its traditions of fine dining, and high class lounging.

One of my memories coincides my first exposure to the power of a music union in New York back in the late 1970s. I was at the Waldorf as a tag along with my parents on a visit to the City. Old enough to be left to wander about on my own, and yet not quite an adult yet, I was at the perfect age to politely explore the Waldorf. And as always when traveling, I went on a search for the ever-present grand piano somewhere either in a balcony area, or perhaps at the bar, or perhaps in a ballroom or conference room etc.

Remembering the Waldorf Astoria and that Steinway.

On the mezzanine, sure enough, there was indeed a lovely and slightly worn black grand piano. Her lid and fall board were closed, but it was late in the evening on a weekday and there were few people about. I gently lifted the fall board to see the beloved words “Steinway” and with a tentative soft touch I confirmed that the instrument was indeed in fine tune and repair. Still, she hadn’t been completely abandoned and forgotten.

I sat down and gently made friends with the old girl, playing softly and only sweet things at first; such being my usual mode to test any public area piano mooching. — No one complained, and one gentleman even left a bar area around the corner of the mezzanine to come closer to listen… ahhh a listener.

Remembering the Waldorf Astoria not having a tip jar!

I wound up playing for about 35 minutes, but because it was late, I stayed always playing something sonorous with a soothing touch and only original compositions. Several people eventually cast themselves about in the nearby lounge seating and one old lady even offered me a tip – but alas there was no tip jar or tip glass.

Not being Union. Remembering the Waldorf Astoria’s night manager. 

Eventually, a night manager came up from the main desk below to check on me. He complimented my playing and then said something about ‘was I in the union?’ – Being a youngster from out of state I was too stupid to know what he meant, and I said, “No sir, I am a guest in the hotel.” And then his eyes flashed suddenly with genuine fear as he quickly and firmly interrupted the song with closing the fall board almost upon my fingers in his rush.

Several people, now fans, chimed in with comments of “let the kid play”, or “he’s good, let him play on”, etc. But alas, it was to no avail. He told me he was sorry, but under no circumstances could he have any entertainment that was not “union”, and that I should leave the bar area immediately.

Such was my NY debut – unscheduled – unpublicized – partly well received – partly thrown out on my ear. But ever since I’ve been able to say I played the piano at the Waldorf Astoria mezzanine bar.   And though I have joined BMI, I’m still not “in the union”.
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Remembering the Waldorf Astoria

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What does being a baby boomer mean to me? Part One of Two

What does being a baby boomer mean to me? Part One of Two
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What does being a baby boomer mean to me?

When answering the question recently ‘what does being a baby boomer mean to me?’, I found myself quickly wandering down memory lane a bit. Sure, we’ve all seen some memes that hit on it with glancing blows…

  • the picture of the little battery operated red transistor radio like the one I had when I was in elementary school. Can anyone say “Season’s in the Sun” by Terry Jacks – or “Put the Lime in the Coconut” by Harry Nilssonn.
  • Matchbox cars and Schwinn bicycles.
  • the picture of the cast of Star Trek or Gilligan’s Island.
  • the picture of kids riding in the back of a pickup truck.

Yet as I contemplate my aspects and retrospectives on it, I find myself spooling around in my head about a great many things.

So, what does being a baby boomer mean to me? Themes.

One of the themes inside my growing up, when I compare-contrast to my parents and grandparents’ generations is a general feeling of security. My parents grew up with active memories of the Great Depression (surely an oxymoron), financial uncertainty, illiteracy, ignorance, and a clear memory of a real all-encompassing World War that involved horror, sacrifice, and evil at a global level. And it always put in them a fear of the outcome if one were not busy working.

They saved when eventually they began to have ANYTHING left over. And when they had children they gave to them like no generation before them as regards education, comfort, and a feeling of security. I grew up with little fear when compared to them.

Sure I was afraid of a bully, or afraid to jump off of the roof, but I was not afraid like them when a young cousin got a fever that she might die. I wasn’t afraid if an uncle lost a job that he might perish in poverty. I didn’t grow up afraid of polio. It’s not that they were systemically afraid, but rather that abiding sense of security was mine at a young age, and not necessarily experienced by them at theirs.

What does being a baby boomer mean to me?

Well, I look back and remember also, a systemic change in the fabric of America that I lived through and understood more than they (parents and grandparents) can truly “get” other than to simply say they are saddened by it, etc. And that is not only the rise of divorce in families, but also the widespread acceptance and sympathy for it. Prior to the 1950s, divorce was rare, but in addition it was a deeply shameful thing only barely tolerated in extreme situations. Separate bedrooms, and even extramarital romances were a preferred method of dealing with a broken marriage rather than outright divorce.

As a baby boomer I grew up in a time of divorce changing from being the exception to being the norm. Like that inexplicable feeling of security that is unique to boomers, I feel boomers had to chart new waters in family drama as regards broken homes in ways that grandma or mom and dad could give no meaningful insight about; other than the time tested biblical principles which now are helping to return a balance to that pendulum so far swung.

Part two of What does being a baby boomer mean to me
coming next week.

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What does being a baby boomer mean to me?
Part One of Two

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Lyrics, Logic, and Lullabies are delivered from baby boomer singer songwriter Ed Verner. Weaving together lyrics from personal experiences and tales from a life of people watching, these Lyrics, Logic, and Lullabies present contemporary younger songs from a salty renaissance man.

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What does being a baby boomer mean to me? Part One of Two

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