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A jubilant Art Garfunkel says, 'My voice is back'

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In an interview with Rolling Stone published Feb. 19, Art Garfunkel says he's “96 percent” recovered from the vocal problems that have plagued him the last couple of years.

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“Oh, I'm in a state of ecstasy. The voice has come back, slowly, slowly. I did 49 shows through 2013 and the audiences have grown in size. The sound in my own ears of vocal strain keeps increasing. For the last two dozen shows I can say I'm pretty much there. I can sing again,” he told writer Andy Greene.

Garfunkel said the problems started with some vocal chord problems that became worse after almost choking on lobster in a restaurant.

“When I went to a doctor, they put a snake down my throat with a camera to check things out. They said, "Yeah, one of your two vocal chords is stiffer and fatter than the other one." So I had to assume that therein lies the issue because it was in approximately the same time period [as the two incidents].”

He says he wants to record again and would also be receptive to a new tour Simon & Garfunkel tour with his longtime friend and collaborator Paul Simon. But most of all, he's happy.

“I'm a rock & roll kid. I'm particularly young now that I have the thrill of a returned voice. I'm so grateful. I have a beautiful wife and two kids I'm rising. I'm full of riches and I feel them. I feel pretty light, ageless.”


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