One of the reasons we like what we do is that it allows us to shield ourselves from the workaday realities of geo-political strife. We live in a happy, simple world.
However, every now and again, the connections between a nutjob despot (looking like Fred Armisen's kooky old uncle after a weeklong bender) and the world of hard working musicians scrapping to make a living collide.
Read THIS prescient interview with Jeremy from Whitey Morgan & the 78s about the effect of oil prices on the music scene. Just some food (or gas) for thought next time you head out to (or decide to skip) a show. It's got some simple math in it, but don't let your mind drift too much. You can handle it.
Life on the road for these folks ain't ever easy and sometimes distant, powermad loonies make it even harder.