Paul Simon is opening up about his decision to retire. In an interview with The Telegraph, Simon said that he found the decision “a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief.” He explained, “I’ve been doing this since I was 16, I’ve never taken a break and never really seriously thought about anything else other than music. So I thought … stop! See what happens. See what stopping does. Even saying it aloud sounds interesting.”
On what’s next, he said, “I’d like to see the planet. I think to myself, ‘Do I want to spend the next three years making an album or would I rather go to India?’ I’ve traveled a lot but there’s a bunch of places I haven’t been, the South Pacific Islands, Cambodia. At the end of my life, if I’m fortunate enough to have a graceful non-painful ending, I’d rather say I had a great life than I had a great career.”
He added that he’d like to spend more time with his wife, singer-songwriter Edie Brickell — who has been spending more time on the road with her own band. Simon said he “might go travel around with Edie. That’s a real possibility. It’s sort of her turn.”
Simon’s Homeward Bound tour will come to a close on September 22nd in New York City.
His new album, Blue Light is due out on September 7th.
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