Paul Simon is one of the most prolific songwriters and performers of his generation and at 74 he’s still making new music. His most recent album, Stranger to Stranger, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 earlier this month, the highest debut of any solo album of his career. But, Simon tells The New York Times, he may be “coming towards the end.”
“Showbiz doesn’t hold any interest for me,” Simon tells the paper. “None.”
Simon is gearing for the final shows of his current North American tour in Queens, New York, this week, where his career with Simon & Garfunkel began.
“It’s an act of courage to let go,” Simon says. “I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I’m going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did?”
Simon explained that he struggles to write songs but suddenly finds himself thunderstruck by breakthroughs. “I was 21, maybe 22, when I wrote ‘The Sound of Silence,’ which seems to me like quite a big jump from where I was before that,” he says. “I thought the same thing when I wrote ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ – whoa, that song is better than what I’ve been doing.”
But he says the moments that lead to those breakthroughs don’t happen very often.
So will he actually retire after his European tour this fall? He’s not saying definitively yes or no, but, he tells the Times, “I don’t have any fear of it.”
Source: New York Times