The sounds and silence of Art Garfunkel

There’s something unsettling but sublime about hearing a voice that has accompanied anyone with ears over the last 50 years gamely hum his haftorah portion into your cell phone.

“I remember the nusach, but not the words,” laughs Art Garfunkel after a singing few lines of the familiar melody in his even more familiar, lilting tenor that’s graced dozens of classic songs recorded with his erstwhile partner Paul Simon. “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” “The Boxer,” “Sounds of Silence” are just some of the Simon and Garfunkel standards that defined a generation and cemented their status as the greatest duo in pop history.


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