NEIL GAIMAN, WRITER
Tori Amos has been known to give many a wink and nudge to her good friend and confidant, Neil Gaiman, author of the novels American Gods (a New York Times Best Seller), Neverwhere, the widely popular The Sandman comic series, and his latest children's book, The Wolves In The Walls.
And vice-versa, Neil Gaiman has had his share of waving back to Tori within his own works. I especially love that two of the most influential artists in my life have such a great friendship. Finding the connections are like uncovering little treasures for a fan of both of these amazing and talented artists!
After including a reference to Neil and to the Dream King (the main character in The Sandman series) in the lyrics of Tear in Your Hand, Tori had a friend deliver a tape of the song to Neil at the San Diego comic convention. Neil, who receives many tapes from fans which he says usually "magically become blank tapes" remembers, "I listened to the first three or four tracks, and I was in love. It wasn't Little Earthquakes, it was sort of half Little Earthquakes and half what wound up being B-sides--things like 'Flying Dutchman' and 'Take to the Sky' and 'Sweet Dreams' and 'Upside Down.' but it was very obvious that musically I was a fan by the time I'd finished listening to the first few tracks. In fact it was ages before I spotted the 'me and Neil'll be hangin' out with the DREAM KING Neil says hi by the way'--that came much later." After listening to the tape, Neil, who lived in London, called Tori up, and the first of many wonderful conversations commenced. Tori now insists that the two knew each other in a past life. Neil states, "we were old friends immediately. Whether you want to view that as fact or metaphor, that is very much true." -- All These Years; pg.49
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