For hundreds of musicians who have been stranded in airports and hotel rooms across western Europe, their concerts cancelled or ill-attended, their credit cards maxed out, many of them wondering how they will ever get home in time for the holidays.
And spare a second thought for hundreds more who are stuck at home, their gigs cancelled, their wages unpaid, their families wondering how they will make the next mortgage date.
December is the busiest time for orchestral and session musicians, the difference between make and break. A short bout of bad weather should not disrupt the musical economy, but it does. The end of 2010 may be a good time for musicians to rethink the whole life/travel balance. Meantime, while you watch pictures of families and old folk sleeping rough in airports, think of the poor musicians who are having their toughest Xmas in recent memory.