Art will be performing at the Parker Playhouse on February 20th. You can purchase tickets HERE
Interview by Tom Craig
For those living under a rock for the last 50 plus years let up catch you up on Art Garfunkel. While he might be best known for being one half of the legendary folk duo Simon & Garfunkel, the complete Art Garfunkel is a husband, a father, an actor, a writer, a teacher, an incredible vocalist, and a really kind thought-provoking individual. He thinks before he speaks, and he certainly will not agree with you just to agree. We had the chance to speak with Art about his upcoming tour that is coming to the Parker Playhouse on February 20th and had wonderful chat with a delightful man.
Art Garfunkel: If it’s Tom Craig he is really right on time. What a punctual professional. It inspires an interview when it goes like this, thank you very much for punctuality, we love those things. It’s like good manners it’s really primo.
SFL Music: We greatly appreciate your time and granting us this interview.
Garfunkel: I want a home run, I am coming to do three shows in Florida, I want to remind them how devoted I am as a singer all life long, I’m the real thing.
SFL Music: Yes, you are.
Garfunkel: you caught that first phrase, I want a home run. Garfunkel wants a home run….
SFL Music: We are very much looking forward to having you start your tour here in Fort Lauderdale with us this time. What can the fans expect at this year’s show?
Garfunkel: I get looser all the time. I am able to get out of my own way as the years go by, so I kibitz, I hope the right amount, not too much not too little. I do 17 songs half of them are Simon and Garfunkel, but I give the audience some of the pieces that I have written in a book that I put out last year it’s like an autobiography, they are pieces of reflections of my life little one minute long pieces, where I talk about my home scene or my history with rock and roll or the girlfriend I lost years ago, who took her life in New York. I talk about Paul Simon in my book, so I am going to dip into these prose poems between songs and it will make for an interesting, you know Simon and Garfunkel we were always the thoughtful rock and rollers and so I am going to bring that side of me forward. There you go, that’s my show. I think we will do an intermission; I will give you 90 minutes total.
SFL Music: Wow that combination sounds interesting. I am looking forward to it.
Garfunkel: I love the show, I am entranced with it. You know I had trouble with the voice Tom, some years ago and since I’ve brought it back I fashioned a show, this show, this less is more show, very vocally exposed I am really going to have the guts to show that the voice is back and my mind has always been a philosophical one and the fact that the Knopf publishing company has given me this book contract has made me feel literary like a writer. I am in love with my show and I love to do it, it has one guitar player Tab Laven and it has our piano player Paul Beard, and just these two instruments put me front and center.
SFL Music: That sounds awesome.
Garfunkel: Well that depends on how musical we are, awesome if we get the good night sleep Tom.
SFL Music: Since the late 90’s you’ve pretty much made south Florida or Florida a regular stop on your tours, do you have a connection down here?
Garfunkel: So does America, come on, we all love South Florida, its going through one of its many booms. My parents moved to Florida to Fort Lauderdale back in the 80’s I think it was. So I started coming down there for family sake and what was there neighborhood.
SFL Music: Tamarac.
Garfunkel: Ya you would know better than I, these are goggling things that I don’t know. Tamarac, that’s right, they lived there and I would come by I got to know the neighborhood, the little baby canal things.
SFL Music: I think it was a little earlier than that and the reason I say that, I want to share a story with you. My parents owned a furniture company in Deerfield Beach, and I believe that we sold your parents furniture and I delivered one of the deliveries to their house in Tamarac and the other gentlemen and I, that made the delivery they tipped us with Angel Clare, which I still have today.
Garfunkel: So this is in 1973 story Tom, do you remember that the sofa had gold tassels or something, it had a nubby gold thing, it was a little embarrassing.
SFL Music: Just so you know I believe we sold them case goods, so we didn’t have anything to do with the sofa but they were lovely people and so generous to give us that album and it remains one of my favorites.
Garfunkel: they were very proud of their three sons. I was the artistic one, my younger brother who just dies, I miss him so he was the wise one.
SFL Music: I am sorry for your loss.
Garfunkel: there has been a lot of lose in my life, the last year or two has not been a good time for me. I have to keep getting up and dusting myself off and carry on, I have done that a bunch of times this last two years.
SFL Music: As we get older it seems to come more frequently unfortunately.
Garfunkel: It’s our club we are in that club together. Together, there’s the key word. Like weather, we step out and under the clouds we’re in the weather, all together. We share it. We share the weather, we share the age we are up to. Our group.
SFL Music: Have you ever recorded or done any production work at Criteria?
Garfunkel: Yeah, Criteria was a great studio. Sure I did.
SFL Music: Can you expand a little on what you did there, because it has such a history?
Garfunkel: I did a lot of Watermark, my 3rd solo album, mid 70’s I think, my memory gets tough, that’s also a part of the club I am in. But Criteria was particularly hot in one phase of its life and I remember being a part of it, I was part of it while it was hot, we came down me and many recording artists. Was doing Watermark I believe, would you know what I was recording there, it was probably mid 70’s?
SFL Music: You know I looked that up and it didn’t list anything for where Watermark was recorded; I know that was basically all Jimmy Webb songs.
Garfunkel: Right, try Scissors Cut, that would be the end of the 70’s, 79 or 80, that was my 5th solo album, Scissors Cut, Roy Halee and I, we went at Criteria, didn’t we? I am not going to feel bad about the loss of memory because these are Google kind of questions. I’m a singer, I’m not an encyclopedia.
SFL Music: I’m looking and where I am looking on all music it doesn’t show the studios.
Garfunkel: it should, that was prominent we got to love Criteria. What happened to it? Is it still going strong?
SFL Music: It’s still there. Someone bought it and it’s now the Hit Factory Criteria.
Garfunkel: It’s a funny time in the record making business. I’m a bit estranged as a singer who loves to sing and never stops the whole musical muse carries on undimmed through the years, in fact you burn stronger as the years go by Tom. I just love to get out and communicate as a beautiful singer like never before I can get out of my own way. So it’s stage for me, records, I don’t know how you do records, if you make a record and you fall in love with the making one of those singles a four minute piece and you just love the fun of over dubbing and adding, polishing and subtracting and you mix it, what do you then do with it next? It’s a noisy world, why does anybody care about what Art Garfunkel spent a month at doing, and I want to say but look it came out great, well who will know? I don’t have Payola and I’m not going to make an MTV music video, what am I going to do Tom? Suppose it’s really terrific where do I get it out there?
SFL Music: That’s an interesting thing because we have way more outlets than when you were at your peak but it seems like less new music gets out there.
Garfunkel: And there’s the anomaly, that’s so typical of our age. The quality of the individual experience is lost to quantity. Quantity is what the manufactures want to sell us and it sounds so appealing, you can have 174 channels not just three, but it becomes a shmear ultimately. The whole word streaming, to stream something it seems like a, you don’t have to listen to it, you can stream it and get the job done quicker. I’m a cynic, you don’t have to live your life you can jump right to the ending and get it done.
SFL Music: and that seems to be the thing, a lot of younger people seem to want to start at the top and not really pay their dues.
Garfunkel: because it’s a tough question, what are these activities actually about, what are you doing Miss. so and so who want to start at the top, what is the thing you do? Do you love it? What’s it about? You sure you are connected to it? Does it make the world a little bit better? Where’s your original connection to the activity? There’s the thing. If it is fun you can put advancement and CEO kinda thinking secondary, if it’s fun to do it, keep doing it and keep getting better than it becomes more fun. And they actually pay you better and they advance you, that’s very much secondary it’s out of your point of view. It happens.
SFL Music: Speaking of your book, it’s fascinating, how did it come about?
Garfunkel: I’ve been writing these little bits in my note book which I keep in my back pocket for 30 years , when I finished the tour with Paul in Europe, we flew I remember the last show was Tel Aviv and I was very happy to be released from the schedule of touring and I flew to Switzerland and went to this shop that I know where I could rent a BMW motorcycle and took off up into the Alps and the feeling of freedom set my mind going in sort of a literary way and I started being grabbed by a great first line of something and as a commercial performer I know a good line in terms of songs and song titles and the line had rhythm now I am busy driving a motorcycle coming around curves I have to drive carefully but I find myself very inspired by the fun of words, words that have phrase value, words that have rhythm, words that have internal rhyme. These words that were coming to me where hitting themes that I had been thinking about all my life and I thought, I’m going in to a writer’s phase in my life now, this is what I’ve always been thinking about finally expressed, in my head. And there’s a great first line and I know where it’s going to go and you stop the bike and you write down your stuff and you carry on carefully and for the rest of the day over the next 6 hours you get about 12 lines and they all flow and because you are riding and you are feeling wonderfully inspired, the Alps, the freedom of it all, you come up with good stuff and that night you rewrite it and polish it and the next day you’ve finished a little one minute piece, it has an internal rhyme. It says something that has size, a theme that I have always wanted to say and it amuses the shit out of me. And you finally get it down expressed as a little prose poem piece, well that would happen to me, starting from the early 80’s I would have many of these inspired days from then on in through the years filling up notebooks and I finally pushed it into an auto biographical form, I started talking about when my Simon and Garfunkel group spilt up and when I got married, where we lived and I added kind of descriptive this is my life and these are my take offs, poetic, what would I call them, poetic take offs on the life and you weave the two and there’s my book, what is it all but luminous notes from an underground man Art Garfunkel.
SFL Music: It’s a very interesting title.
Garfunkel: It’s pretty artsy fartsy, I hope I can get away with it. I feel like I am just on the safe side it’s for you to tell me, what is it all but luminous, what is life if not a shining thing, I’ve walked across America Tom and I’ve walked across Europe and you are out there and you are entranced with just being alive if you are me and at some point and some days you tear up and your eyes are blurred with the beauty of just being alive. Funny how when you have no program, no tv, no computer, you feel how full you are rather than empty and I tear up and my vision gets blurred what is it all luminous. So I am going to bring this nature boy kinda pure artist point of view to the stage in Fort Lauderdale and in Clearwater, and in, where else am I playing? Orlando. Am I at the Parker Playhouse?
SFL Music: Yes, the Parker Playhouse, beautiful theatre.
Garfunkel: Do you know if I have played it before Tom?
SFL Music: I don’t believe so, you’ve played Broward Center and a couple other places and they are associated with the Broward Center, but I couldn’t find in your touring schedules that you had played Parker before, I think you will really enjoy the venue.
Garfunkel: Well sound is everything to me, if the sound is good, then I will enjoy it.
SFL Music: It is.
Garfunkel: It makes Scarborough Fair ring in a nice way acoustics matter for a singer like me.
SFL Music: You know I wanted to bring up something about the title of your book, instead of underground man, I think it could almost be renaissance man. The reason I say that is that I looked over your website and just the year 1971 is the one I picked out. Your second film was released, Bridge Over Troubled Water just blew up at the Grammys and then you spent the rest of the year teaching mathematics and learning the harpsichord cord in Yugoslavia along with studying classical music so that was a very busy year for you.
Garfunkel: I have used this theory all my life, Stay interesting to yourself.
SFL Music: Very wise.
Garfunkel: Simple as that. Keep being a man who does interesting stuff and you will be a live wire. You will feel good. You will have fun.
SFL Music: And it keeps up young, I believe.
Garfunkel: so you keep moving on. Now in a away it’s like college. You have your major or subject that you apply that trade, mine is singing, it’s the stage. Used to be record making, now it’s stage singing. That’s your major area, your minor area is everything you can get away with if you can afford it. If your wife allows. If the family will come along then add everything to it. Do you know the ocean bottom, have you explored the ocean bottom, check it out. Have you done any polling of your fellow human beings? Could it be that left-handed people usually are something……? well I kinda like to follow up on these surveys. I like that stuff. How about, why don’t I have a second home in the Alps, I could have a magnificent chalet, with these terraces cantilevered out over these valleys in the Alps I should get busy buying one my friend. Paul Grouse from architecture school could help design it. There’s something you can do, you know.
SFL Music: Do you have any plans to follow your book up with a second one.
Garfunkel: No. I never think that way. If there is interest in my book, read it again. I don’t like to think, now that you have put your book into the market, in a certain since, part of the wheel, of market and sales, are you going to feed that wheel, I don’t want to go there in my thinking. Next, what do you mean next, this is this. I never liked that thinking, when the company or the interviewer says, whats next. No you haven’t digested this one already so that you’re ready for whats next, I don’t believe it.
SFL Music: I will bring it up one more time because it has been quite some time since you’ve released any new music. Are there any plans on that front? To maybe reunite with Jimmy Webb and do something new?
Garfunkel: here’s how I look at it. I am 77, the word new for me means If your activity on stage is to sing these songs, what is new about your show that keeps you going and keeps it fresh? And there are things about what I am doing its sorta not interesting to put it into words but it is part of this stroking the refinements and development of what I am doing, there’s a newness getting better at what I am doing, that’s my musical life which I guess you are looking for. Is there something within that structure that’s headline able? Or that’s good for a news man to describe I don’t think so. Is there a guest partner that, no no. it’s all more boring than that, Tom, it’s just refining what I do and getting better. I want it to be, so when the show is over people go “that’s the best show I think I have ever seen, if he is playing here again, lets go again” that’s what I am interested in.
SFL Music: I have read a couple things and listened to a couple interviews and that seems to be something you’ve strive for all your life, is that perfect performance.
Garfunkel: its boring, it’s stroking, it’s refining. It sends me into a fascinating notion. I sometimes think of the great Michelangelo, I’m not comparing myself to the great Michelangelo, but I am. Just for this illustration sake, I am not the artist he is but I am in this analogy comparing myself, in the later part of his career, he would put up the block of stone and he would never finish the work, he would start with the him and her torsos and he would get a portion maybe faces down to the neck just refined to the ninth degree of refinement but everything else was left crude. He only sculpted part of the deal. He is Michelangelo, that’s what he does, say thank you, I gave you part of the human form with my brilliance, Michelangelo’s brilliance. So that became, I didn’t need to finish it, that’s for my studio, the atelier my class, they would finish the ankles and the toes and the knees, you know what I am saying. So it’s almost like at a certain part of my career, I want to go one stage and bring this lovely voice that they know, which I enjoy sharing and do my best for whatever I can and if I fuck up on some of the songs so what the other songs where great. I gave you a piece of what I am famous for doing and I didn’t finish it off. It’s a funny way of looking at it, it excepts crudeness and accepts unfinished pieces within the experience. Is this to abstract Tom?
SFL Music: No, Nope I get it. You have a master’s in mathematics, and I’ve always wanted to ask this question and you would be the best one. Do you think that music is helpful to students who may struggle with mathematics?
Garfunkel: Not particularly, no. when you struggle with mathematics it’s because it’s not coming into your mind through the right portal, you have not entertained the math stuff in the since of fun and games which it really is. Fun and games. If it’s not that, stop right there, something is wrong. Wrong teacher, wrong attitude, you’re not getting enough sleep, someone has polluted your mind to what this stuff is all about, you should perceive it if you can do it slowly with no pressure with a book that allows you to read it three times until you understand or a teacher that is wonderfully patient, you should find that it’s fun and games and every next step of what they teach you is deductively built upon the last step, if you stay with it like a horse holding on, like a rider holding on to the reins, each next step is easy just never lose the thread. Then it’s fun, games and easy, easy as pie. So the idea of struggling with mathematics, I think it’s all about the process the physiology is not the brain.
SFL Music: that makes a lot if sense, I have never thought of it that way.
Garfunkel: I turned away from any musical connection as if, I don’t think the struggler with math is not looking for that kind of a thing, a musical connection, I get asked this all my life Tom the connection of music and math I don’t know if they really are.
SFL Music: Of all the Simon and Garfunkel albums, is there one that is your favorite?
Garfunkel: well we only made 5, you know. The last two I thought compete for being really fine they came out good I like Bookends and I like Bridge Over Troubled Water, these two, to my ears show we became good record producers, sonically the sound is appealing. Got to give a lot of credit to Roy Halee our engineer, co producer, partner how we both loved Roy, a lot of fun going out to the studio and coming up with things and putting it into the microphone as if there are our little gifts for Roy. We were mice, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, little mice coming up with musical goodies putting them into the mic like gifts for Roy Halee, that was the 60’s.
SFL Music: And you have used him many times since in your solo work.
Garfunkel: We made Angel Clare together he was co producer. I came back to him and I think it was at Criteria in the late 70’s and made Scissors Cut, my fifth album.
SFL Music: I will look that up and look into that.
Garfunkel: Do one better listen to it. Very creamy, Scissors Cut is a very creamy sounding album. Criteria had a nice sound.
SFL Music: did you ever get a chance to work with Tom Dowd?
Garfunkel: No. Legendary.
SFL Music: I was fortunately enough to interview him many years ago really an interesting fellow.
Garfunkel: am I right to still think of Barry Gibb as still Miami connected?
SFL Music: Yes
Garfunkel: That’s homebase? There’s a fascinating member of my rock and roll community. The great Barry.
SFL Music: Yes, also a great gentlemen too, I had an occasion to meet him several times, very lovely gentlemen.
Garfunkel: Yes I think the world of him, he is a terrific music man.
SFL Music: Of all the people who have covered Simon and Garfunkel over the years, is there one that stands out to you?
Garfunkel: It stands out to me that there is an absence of an answer to your question, I’m surprised that there hasn’t been more terrifically inventive takes on these songs. These songs are great you can do a lot with Cecelia, you can do a lot with the Sound of Silence. Wasn’t there a Sound of Silence, a really dark record that came out last year? I would recognize the artist if you said it, it was a grotesque version of The Sound of Silence. It was a winner, it worked.
SFL Music: Disturbed.
Garfunkel: Have you heard it? It’s wonderfully weird.
SFL Music: I have not. I’ll have to look that up.
Garfunkel: It’s a successful cover of one of our songs. There’s not many. There was an old Mrs. Robinson, that was punky and funky and that was more good than anything else, Mrs. Robinson they trashed it up and it was right, it was all appropriate.
SFL Music: yesterday I was listening to Aretha and I’ve always thought her cover of Bridge Over Troubled Water live was really fantastic.
Garfunkel: (sings La Da Da Da, Da De, La Da Da De Da Da ) I guess Art must not be agreeing with me, he is tactfully going into another melody, not a word about Aretha. Is this a tactful way of not agreeing. I don’t want to go into print as putting anybody down, but my ear for gospel is not a great ear, it’s my fault.
SFL Music: Are there any new artists that you are listening to today that jump out at you?
Garfunkel: I’m not listening a lot, I’m really raising Beau, he is 13 years old, I have the notion if a daddy has a 13 year old he has to stay close. I’m really listening to his heart beating and his social nerves, I’m listening to that more than the radio, I don’t own a computer Tom so, I’m not proud of it but I have my areas of connections, I’m not like other people, I don’t own a car, I don’t have a cell phone, I read a lot so I listen to things I choose and it’s not so much the state of pop music now. If it’s going to come through to me it has to be really great and I’d become like a laymen, I’m a Michigan house holder, who finally got to see Ed Sheeran, is great you are just finding that out, then whole country knew that 2 years ago. Well he is good. So, I am very much not in the know when it comes to what’s going on, I’m not proud of it. It’s because I don’t think the scene is fertile, if I get into a rented car and turn the dial and I look for whats happening with music I just keep turning and turning, why aren’t I getting an answer? Why isn’t there not a cut from someone’s new album that’s on the Hurts car radio that is exciting? Where is that? I’m sure I am talking about my own blind spot I’m just not in world, my ears are not hooked up to whats going on. I’m a man who is out of it and I don’t want to be proud of it.
SFL Music: who were some singers that were influential to you when you were starting out?
Garfunkel: Am I old and jaded or did the world just all go flat? Once you are an icon, if you made it, now I wonder about words like that. Who were my icons when I was growing up, did you say that Tom? Oh Tom, Don and Phil for sure immediately. The Everly Brothers excited me to the extreme I just thought their sound, their charisma, the way they worked a microphone, their blend, the tightness of the two brothers you could hear the DNA, the genes and the chromosomes giving them this complete sonic understanding of each other’s vocal cords, this really spoke to me when I was 13, 14 years old, when I was growing up in Queens, after we all got smitten with Fats Domino and Chuck Berry and Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, then came the Everly’s and that took it to another level for me. Who else sang great that killed me? Are you old enough to know “it’s not for me to say you love me” there was a new singer in the 50’s named Johnny Mathis, and his first hit was It’s Not For Me To Say, and he exhibited a vibrato in that song that to my ears was extremely exciting, nobody had such beauty in his vibrato. (so far as I can see) these held notes had a very fervent from the heart quiver, the right amount of quiver. That was a brilliant new sound. As a singer, I was influenced by the warmth of Nate King Cole, those rhythmic tones that was great for recording. This is a great question I am in danger of going on and on, because Michael McDonald what a fabulous super exciting rock and roller. I love James Taylor for his perfect pitch, when I warm up I go to James Taylor because I know I will be hitting the notes, bullseye right in their proper tone and intonation. I have a lot of people I went through my Joan Baez faze when I was in college, she had a beautiful fluty soprano, and then politics entered her vocal cords.
SFL Music: And it seen like today there are a lot of similarities between the 60’s and our political world and what’s going on.
Garfunkel: It does seem, for those of us who know. Do you know the 60’s, I know this is an age question, I don’t want to put you on the spot. You remember those days.
SFL Music: Yep
Garfunkel: They don’t get portrayed properly in the media, they don’t come off as joyous as they were, I remember the 60’s as being wonderfully releasing, everybody would put on a swim suits and jumped into the ocean in the 60’s. it was freeing, we were busting out of the Eisenhower tract housing America and we got much more imaginative in the 60’s. that’s how I remember it.
SFL Music: do you think that there is a change that another duo could come along today and so what Simon and Garfunkel did?
Garfunkel: Why not. All you have to do is rehearse a lot. You know your question maybe is wrapped up with the times and how we Americans as an audience get excited by anybody. It has things in it, your question, has the whole record thing played itself out over the last 50, 60 years? We love Lady Gaga she sings that’s an exciting new name, like Madonna once was, she busts on the scene, ok now the excitement of her career so far and it’s young faze what about that. Is that as exciting as things used to be? Maybe I need to be 20 years old to really answer this question. Maybe a young person would say there ain’t nothing wrong with the modern scene, its hot. Did you hear Bruno Mars last album? Its great!’ I’m just trying to show you how we have to respect our own blind spots. I don’t know, it seems to me that the American scene is a little uninspired. I’m having a tough time with the Donald Trump era.
SFL Music: Yes, I think a lot of us are. I feel like we did more back in the day to be further along than we are now and its sad to see that we haven’t progressed more.
Garfunkel: Your question took us into that place and I’m not sure why. I was saying there was a lot going on how we get excited could it be that the whole structure of the audience, the outlets, the music people, we are connected to each other, the singers woo the audience, the audience gets smitten by listening, it’s a dance. Is it really as cool as it used to be? Suppose the Beatles, now along comes 3 French girls who speak English and boy do they have style, and they are funny as all get out, they are Persians and they make great rock and roll, they are blues killers, 3 French girls, Michelle, Dominique and, well I’ve given you the makings that sound like if their records are really wonderful and if they can get that humor across, Art, isn’t that everything the Beatles were? Full of personality, great rock and roll, wonderful style. Any reason why it can’t happen again, well maybe yes. Maybe It happened already, and we are jaded. The Western world won’t allow getting excited by that anymore, we got excited.
SFL Music: Do you think that today record companies expect a big hit right out of the box and you no longer see the grooming that you saw with Motown or with other labels that allowed an artist to fail and grow?
Garfunkel: Like with Aretha, Aretha was really brought along very wisely, the A&R men really knew that she had talent that wasn’t happening for a whole bunch of years in the early part of her career, that’s a wonderful nurturing case of corporate faith. I suppose it gets shorter and shorter, there is a greater interest in short term profits. Business men have more of an appetite to grab the money and run and that instinct gets keener and keener as the years go by, lets grab the money and run, look I won’t have this job next year. I won’t have to worry about the consequences, I’ll move on. It’s a tragic thing you know, this to me says the soul of everything is getting weak.
SFL Music: and it seems to be more people in the music business that it is just a business where back then it was a business and there were some shady guys in it but there were a lot of people who were in it for the love of the music.
Garfunkel: You know we day these things but as you saying it, I’m thinking somebody is now in a studio in Denver Colorado who came home late from the record he was working on and he loves it and the whole scene is completely un cynical to this guy. So, he disagrees, he just looks at it differently, he is younger than us. He loves the effort, he just put in all the effort in my imaginary picture here in Denver Colorado in the studio last night it was great they went home at 5 in the morning, and they can’t wait to finish it tonight. He knows his game plan when they release it, he has a video meeting with some guy later next week. I don’t know. Well Tom one more question. What would I ask if I were Arthur, if I were interviewing me.
SFL Music: You are a huge reader, who are you reading right now?
Garfunkel: I am reading two books right now. One of them is called How To Think, it’s a very good book I am enjoying it. The other one Mountains Beyond Mountains, Dr. Paul Farmer, this came out a couple years ago, its nonfiction, we track this guy who is at Harvard, who gets great training as a doctor but he is very unpretentious he’s such a soulful upstate New York hard working guy who has his hands in the muck of reality and people’s health problems, we follow him to Haiti, for some reason he wants to do his work in Haiti, it’s the most suffering place in the western world, so he has, you might say, the most charitable calling of all, he’s Harvard trained from real poor roots, completely unpretentious, Paul Farmer, and he takes his training to Haiti and sets up, he begins to know the Haitians and there problems, he is so cool, he is a wise one, the book is really about the mixture of practical dealing with the people, what works and what doesn’t and all there voodoo beliefs. What works and what doesn’t, mixed with science. You have to have faith. They have faith in Voodoo, he has faith in penicillin, the book is a mixing of these things. It’s all about how well its written and this is a good book, Mountains Beyond Mountains. Read it you will like it, it’s very spiritual.
SFL Music: I want to thank you, it’s been an honor to speak with you and thank you for sharing this information and the stories and I still have that copy of Angel Clair right here in front of me from your parents and I’ve always treasured it. We look forward to seeing you at Parker Playhouse.