Paul Simon was in Toronto last Sunday for the premiere of his documentary ‘In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon at the Toronto International Film Festival.’ The legendary singer-songwriter talked about his hearing loss.
In a Q&A after the screening, Simon discussed the hearing loss in his left ear. He said, "I haven’t accepted it entirely, but I’m beginning to. I play the guitar every day. It’s the instrument that allows me to express myself creatively. But it’s also where I go for solace. If I’m feeling … ‘whatever.’ So it’s a very crucial thing to me. You know, something happens to you when you have some sort of disability that changes your awareness or changes how you interact with life."
Talking about future performances, he said, “Usually, when I finished an album I went out and toured with it, and then I have the opportunity to really investigate the piece. And then it evolves to another standard, and goes further. Although a week from now I’m going to try and work with two guitarists who will play the parts that I played on the record, and see if I can sing the piece. I’m not sure how I can integrate my voice with the guitars... I wrote a new song called ‘When I Learned to Play Guitar,’ but I don’t know if I’ll ever do anything with it.”
The new film goes behind the scenes with Simon working on his latest album, Seven Psalms.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]