Wynton and Paul Simon on CBS This Morning

Posted on May 30th, 2012 in News | Tags: cbs, cbs this morning, new york, paul simon

(CBS News) For 50 years, Paul Simon has been a leader in American pop music. He’s written dozens of classic songs like “The Sound of Silence” and “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and “You Can Call Me Al.”

Famed jazz instrumentalist and composer and CBS News cultural correspondent Wynton Marsalis recently sat down with the 70-year-old Simon – musician-to-musician – to talk about how Simon became one of the most important artists of his generation.

Simon opened up to Marsalis about the roots of his inspiration and how he expresses himself through music now.

“When I was in my 20s and 30s really pretty much what I thought was really good and liked, so did everybody else,” Simon said. “That’s not the case anymore. But I’m past that point in my life, I am only concentrating on what I can make and how I can do this without lying.”

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