In music news, I am in love with my new copy of Where's Neil When You Need Him?, the album inspired by Neil Gaiman stories including Coraline, American Gods, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, Stardust, The Goldfish Pool, Sandman, The Wolves in the Walls, Mr. Punch, Mirror Mask, and Neverwhere. The contibuting artists are an eclectic bunch. All of the songs are solid, and some are simply amazing. At this point, my favorites include Lunascape's "Raven Star" (inspired by Stardust) and Hungry Lucy's "We Won't Go" (inspired by The Wolves in the Walls).
It seems the last couple of weeks have been an embarrassment of riches, since this follows on the heels of several other releases I've enjoyed, including Jim Byrnes' House of Refuge, Harry and the Potters' Harry and the Potters and the Power of Love, and Nox Arcana's Carnival of Lost Souls.
On a totally unrelated note, be sure to check out st_crispin's Man From U.N.C.L.E. essay Napoleon Solo: More Than Meets the Eye at idol_reflection. Great work.
"I’ve always been fascinated by the places where music and literature come together. I know I wasn’t the only boy in the world to take George Orwell’s 1984 out of the school library in hopes of gaining some kind of insight into David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs; I wasn’t even the only boy in my class. I was the kind of kid who wrote essays on Bowie and Lou Reed lyrics when I was meant to be writing about poetry, and the teachers let me get away with it, mostly."
-- Neil Gaiman, from the liner notes to Where's Neil When You Need Him?