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Never Too Late: Arty Writes Songs

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Art Garfunkel writes songs for the first time at 60:

    Now, the 60-year-old performer is trying to break out of that image as he makes his songwriting debut on his new album, “Everything Waits to Be Noticed.”

    “We have an image of ourselves, and we carry ourselves all through life with some rough sense of ourselves,” Garfunkel told the Daily News of Los Angeles.

    “I’ve shifted my way to respecting words, respecting what comes out of my mouth, having a little more sobriety in my expression of things.”

    Songwriter Buddy Mondlock and performer Maia Sharp collaborated with Garfunkel, helping to turn some of his poetry into songs.

    “He’d written prose for many years but he’d never written a song until he sat down with us,” she said.

    “I had one of the great thrills of my life just hearing my own words come back to me in song,” Garfunkel said.

Even to this day, Arty’s vocal on “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” gives me shivers, in a good way.

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  • http://www.mobiusstreet.blogspot.com Hazy Dave

    I’d happily Paypal Artie 99 cents for a good quality mp3 of “All I Know”, if that was a currently acceptable Music Distribution paradigm. But, I don’t think there’s $14 worth of tuneage that I’m interested in elsewhere in his catalog, so I guess that little craving will stay unsatisfied a while longer.

    It’s interesting to note that if I find a 45 of the song or its corresponding LP at a used record store (or plunk down $6 plus shipping for some used or promo CD at eBay), neither Garfunkel, Sony or the RIAA will see a penny of royalty for the transaction. Should I succeed in finding an mp3 of the song elsewhere, I compute the lost revenue at 99 cents, not $14.99…