Garfunkel Walks His Own Road
November 9 , 2000
At 58, Art Garfunkel is a bit old to be a Backstreet Boy . But the making of his new album has taken the singer, actor, and writer to Orlando, Fla., where he's worked with a number of the people who have crafted sounds for the Boys and for fellow teen pop heroes 'N Sync and Britney Spears .
a whole beehive of different people
said, Garfunkel adds that he's not trying to re-
"I'm working with a lot of the same people that [the Backstreet Boys] work with because a great hook is a great hook," he explains. "Rock and roll hasn't really changed that much through the years. A chorus that really is catchy and memorable is just what it always was. And a record that swings and a rhythm that gets you out of your chair is essentially what rock and roll is and has always been."
hopes to have the album finished and on shelves before the end of the
year, but he has other projects on his plate as well. He calls touring
his "main activity" since re-
top of that, Garfunkel, who recently finished an incremental walk across
America, has now started a >walk across Europe. He says he's completed
three legs, hiking through the United Kingdom. The greatest difference
between the continents, he says, is that cab drivers in Europe are much
more cooperative in arranging pick-
America, if you pre-
About the only thing Garfunkel isn't planning is future work with Simon; their relationship has remained tenuous since their acrimonious split as a duo during 1971. "I don't see too much of Paul; I'm busy with my agenda, and so is he," Garfunkel says, adding that he finds the topic "boring. You don't talk about an old marriage."