A living legend among songwriters, who at age 74 has an acclaimed new album out, says he’s ready to give up his music career. The New York Times reports that Paul Simon made the declaration in an interview this week.
“You’re coming towards the end,” the writer of classics such as “The Boxer,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Mrs. Robinson” says in the interview.
Simon adds: “Showbiz doesn’t hold any interest for me. None.”
The report says there are reasons to take him seriously: “At 74, he often needs 15 hours of sleep at a stretch. The other day, performing in Philadelphia, he looked out from the stage and was surprised to see four mountains on the horizon. When he put on his glasses, he realized the mountains were actually big white tents. His voice has held up far longer than he had any right to expect but needs frequent days of rest.”
Simon’s newest album, “Stranger to Stranger,” came out this month and has been receiving critical acclaim. Here’s a taste …