Friday 24 November 2017

Art Garfunkel could make new music with Paul Simon

Paul Simon (right) and Art Garfunkel performing in October 2003 during a warmup show for a 40-date tour, their first tour together since 1982-83
Paul Simon (right) and Art Garfunkel performing in October 2003 during a warmup show for a 40-date tour, their first tour together since 1982-83

Andy Bloxham

ART Garfunkel, the musician, has said he would be happy to record new songs with Paul Simon, his folk co-star, after long-standing difficulties in their relationship.

Garfunkel, who is now 70, said "it takes two to tango and I like to tango so count me in".



However, he said Simon, also 70, would have to be consulted, before adding that "you'd just have to bring in the psychologist as the third member".



The pair, whose hits include Mrs Robinson, Bridge Over Troubled Water and Scarborough Fair, have had repeated disagreements over the years and agreed not to broach certain subjects when they meet.



However, speaking on the BBC's Today programme on Radio 4, it was clear that they remained close.



Garfunkel said: "He's part of my soul. That's a very interesting friend and I don't want to lose that friend."



He also spoke of his music and how the two men complemented each other.



"Paul Simon is a hell of a writer and he plays magnificent acoustic guitar. I sing pretty well and I taught Paul how to harmonise.



"You get rock and roll that swings while the lyrics make you think."



Garfunkel said he viewed his voice as a gift from God, saying: "I'm just thrilled to have this singing voice that's been with me since I was five years old.



"It gives you one foot on Earth and one foot in the heavens."



Garfunkel, who has struggled with depression at times, said the music the pair had made helped him to cope.



"There are times when my confidence is low that I remind myself of my past achievements - I put my headphones on and listen to how Scarborough Fair flows."



He also disclosed that he had read a poem he wrote for Simon at the songwriter's recent 70th birthday celebration, which asked which would speak at the other's funeral.



Telegraph.co.uk

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