Music for Mermaids, Hobbits & Unicorns from Western Australian Harpist -  Adam B Harris

A small win, but a win nevertheless. 

Its funny living in a small town as anybody who has gone through the excercise will tell you. I've never seen it in writing, but for years there has been this local government edict that Adam Harris is not to perform at the caravan park. What little local government there is here consists of a shire group of mainly retired farmers and I've always joked with people that I've spoken to about the issue that the reasoning is maybe music makes the cows milk go sour. I've never seen the movie Footloose, but I'm told its about a small town where you are not allowed to dance. Well I live in a lovely town, and as far as I know, dancing is permitted but certain behaviours are not encouraged. The rule is, everybody is supposed to have the same kind of fence. I don't know how that compares to other communities around the place, but here is a strange one - I happen to live in the "main street" of this town (inverted commas because you could shoot a cannon down it at any time without fear of injury) and they want all houses in the main street to be painted in the same colours.

The real reason I've not been permitted to play down at the caravan park is that I'm mildly eccentric and the "powers that be" don't really want the tourists to be hearing my radical views. Funny thing is, my views on most things are really quite old school, I am old fashioned with 20th Century views, but that doesn't help if prevailing order is of the 19th. I could see the point if the town was a tourist destination, but it isn't really, its just a rural community where people come to live and work.

Its all a bit silly considering the people at the caravan park travel about and in many cases I am selling CDs to the same people in towns an hour or two away.

Anyway, the caravan park has new management that have only been there 6 months or so and are apparently unaware of this standing order. So I played there on Christmas eve and again tonight with great success. Probably because I managed to keep a lid on my crazy ideas.  Here's hoping I continue to do so.

Things I wish I had known about air conditioning 7 years ago.... 

Some seven years ago when I was building the recording studio, one of the first things I did was to put air conditioning in the studio. I had two split systems installed, one in the control room where I do the bulk of my work and one in the performance area. What I didn't know at the time was that there are "air conditioners" and there are "air conditioners". Unfortunately my air conditioners are of the extemely inexpensive variety and the compressor of the one that services the control room is shot, rendering the unit pretty much useless. Had I have better understood my options at the time, I would have chosen to get a more expensive unit - cause I was cashed up then, but not now.

The air conditioner guy says he can switch over the units so I can have it working in the control room. Its been one of the worst Perth summers on record, and I've been able to do next to no work in here this summer except answer a few emails and facebook posts. A great shame as I have an album of original material in various stages in the can that I would like to finish and some videos as well that need putting on youtube. Not really an option until I get this sorted as the equipment in the control room generates heat.

But once its all fixed, expect lots of new things in 2013.

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