I chatted with Neil Gaiman at the vaguely corporate, incredibly messy furnished apartment he rented in Cambridge, MA, for a few months during (then-fiance, now-wife) Amanda Palmer‘s run as the Emcee in American Repertory Theater’s production of “Cabaret.”
Q: I was surprised to learn that you’ve written some songs.
A: Yeah, every now and again. I’m not a songwriter but the best one, I think, is one Amanda did for a while called “I Google You.” The idea was, torch songs are all about being in a bar at 3am smoking a cigarette and talking to the barman about the girl that left you. Nobody’s in a bar now at 3am and talking to the barman about the girl that left them. They’re at home typing her name into Google and trying to figure out if she’s dating. So I wrote a song about that and Amanda did it. [He jumps up and goes to the computer to google "I Google You" and we watch a video of Amanda singing it. He wrote the words. She wrote the music.]
Q: What else is new and different?
A: Personal happiness is one of the things that now counts, certainly for Amanda, and it’s shifted for me, as well. The biggest problem for me is I actually got everything I set out to achieve. I guess from my point of view that’s why I’m pushing myself to do new things. Why spend time working on a giant piece of strange theater which nobody’s waiting for? I love the idea because it’s something that I haven’t done before.