Paul Simon Says "I'm Finished" Writing Music – All Songs Considered, Saturday at 6 pm

Sep 8, 2018

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At 76, Paul Simon has been writing music for more than 60 years. And all that's about to come to an end.

His farewell tour closes in just a few weeks in Queens, New York, not very far from his childhood home. And even though he recorded five studio albums with Art Garfunkel, made 14 solo albums, scored a film and wrote a Broadway musical, it's actually been a few years since Paul Simon has written a new song. As he says in this incredible and candid conversation, the future of his artistic life is something he puzzles about.

All that said, Paul Simon has just made a new album. In the Blue Light is a brilliant reimagining of 10 songs he says he's always wanted to revisit. He created this record with a band of inventive jazz and classical musicians, including guitarist Bill Frisell and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, with arrangements from The National's Bryce Dessner.

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