Forget what you hear about the stock market, or the home lending mess, or even steak houses.

Harpists know exactly how the economy is doing. It sucks.

Yes, harpists. Ask a professional harpist how things are going – especially about bookings this time of year. Those high end parties which include elegant entertainment – you know, a harpist? They aren’t happening.

Every professional harpist we know in the western part of the state will tell you one thing – bookings are down, way down. The economic outlook is terrible for them.

We used to jokingly tell our friends to check with us every few weeks to ask us how business is going. We’d continue the joke by telling them if the gig calender was empty they should sell all their stock.

Sell everything.