Image not so merry, but suburb a happy place

Tongues in cheeks: Sam Kumlu and Dan Schaumann. Hear the award-winning song at parramattasun.com.au.Picture: Gene Ramirez
Tongues in cheeks: Sam Kumlu and Dan Schaumann. Hear the award-winning song at parramattasun.com.au.Picture: Gene Ramirez
Tongues in cheeks: Sam Kumlu and Dan Schaumann. Hear the award-winning song at parramattasun.com.au.Picture: Gene Ramirez

Tongues in cheeks: Sam Kumlu and Dan Schaumann. Hear the award-winning song at parramattasun.com.au.Picture: Gene Ramirez

LOVE knows no boundaries, they say, geographical or other.

So why would people not love Merrylands?

Singer-song writer Dan Schaumann and his friend Sam Kumlu believed the suburb had an image problem and so they wrote a little ditty to spread the love.

The duo's song Merry in Merrylands took out the People's Choice Award in the Sydney Vision Song Contest, sparking a conversation in the media about perceptions of the suburb.

Mr Kumlu, who grew up in Merrylands, said he was sick and tired of people putting the place down.

"Merrylands is always seen as a neglected suburb," he said.

"Most people have negative connotations of the suburb and it's often associated with crime.

"But we wanted to show that you can be happy in Merrylands, you can be happy with the people and the friends you live with and you can have fun in Merrylands."

The song was Mr Kumlu's first attempt at writing music and he was led largely by his colleague Mr Schaumann, who has a couple of independent album releases next to his name.

The pair confessed their song was a tongue-in-cheek critique of some common negative images of Merrylands.

Traffic noise, drunk bogans, stoner kids on skateboards and rubbish-spreading ibis all get a nod in the song.

But the song's protagonist still falls in love with a girl from Merrylands near Granville Park, and so gives the suburb the tick of approval.

"It doesn't matter where you live," Mr Schaumann said. "If you fall in love with someone, it doesn't matter where they're from as long as you can connect with them."