“I play the guitar every day. It’s where I go for solace”: Paul Simon shares the challenges of his unexpected hearing loss

Paul Simon
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Paul Simon has revealed more about the impact that hearing loss is having on his career and well-being, and said that he still played his acoustic guitar every day, finding the instrument a source of comfort in difficult times.

The legendary American songwriter’s condition is serious enough that he has threatened to force his retirement from the stage, but speaking at the premiere of In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon, the Alex Gibney documentary that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Simon said that he is not ready to call it quits just yet.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.