Art Garfunkel @ Smith Center For The Arts

Art Garfunkel

Smith Center For The Arts

October 23, 2015

GENEVA, NY—Art Garfunkel’s show on October 23 at Geneva’s Smith Center for the Arts was equally as memorable as an exceptional performance as it was a story of healing and perseverance. Without question, Garfunkel’s voice has taken some measured, reassuring steps back, far away from the perilous brink of blown vocal cords. Now completely healed, Garfunkel is touring again, delighting audiences with Simon & Garfunkel favorites, original songs, and covers from Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” to Newman’s “Real Emotional Girl”. Never lagging for a minute, the performance included read excerpts from Garfunkel’s forthcoming autobiography (expect it on shelves sometime in 2016) and bits of humorous, improvised banter about his life’s experiences, family, and philosophies (“Life is a fabulous mystery. Be kind to people.  That’s about all there is to it.”). Despite thinking he might run the risk of “boring [us] with a couple autobiography excerpts” the audience was obviously engaged and enjoying what was billed and delivered as an “Intimate Evening” with the iconic vocalist.

Proclaiming that his “heart is still young and his voice is back” Garfunkel and “premier player “ acoustic guitarist Tab Laven segued, appropriately, into “The Boxer” and made me realize both men must …

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