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Well, we've only got two more years before the end of the world according to the Aztec calendar so it's about time we got cracking, I reckon.

So what does 2010 hold for The Gracious Deviants? In February we will be playing at the Island Bay Festival (if the weather has improved by then, of course), but for now our calendar is looking decidedly empty gigwise until the Kilbirnie Festival in March.

However, we aim this year to get more of our music out, whether it be live or recorded and try to get it into the ears of someone who can help us out. After a long dry patch brought on by the inexorable decline of 2009, Darrel and I have been writing recently and have come up with a new song tentatively titled "Free Bird". The song has absolutely nothing to do with the Lynyrd Skynyrd composition of the same name, it is about loss and desire. Though the outer shape is an angel, in all of us there is as Michael Hutchense once sang a devil inside.

It always strikes me as funny that since the Romantic period poets and writers have tried to bury the devil in language with metaphor and imagery, and yet if you listen to much of the popular music these days the intention once hidden is now very much on the surface. Is it that people aren't trying any more? I don't think so, I just think people have become a little more practical - why waste time with words when you both know what you want, and you can't buy stuff with poetry. Am I being cynical? Yes, of course.

However, look at this.

As a songwriter I'm often worried I'm using the same words and the same imagery. I once did a word count on all our lyrics (yes, sometimes there isn't much else to do), but those infographics are way cooler.