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Sen. Ben. Nelson, D-Neb., talks to journalists before the weekly caucus luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington Nov. 3, 2009.
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Art Garfunkel may be best-known as one-half of "Simon and Garfunkel." In fact, just a few months ago, Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon were awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the Grammy's.

The 61-year-old Garfunkel has been a solo artist since 1970. But his music career started with his neighborhood friend, Paul Simon, in New York. In 1957, when they were still 15, the duo, recording under the name Tom & Jerry and had their first hit with "Hey, Schoolgirl." It reached the Top 50 on the charts and landed them a spot on American Bandstand.

In 1965, their "Sounds of Silence" reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and was followed by more top singles and Grammy wins. The duo eventually split up to work on their own projects.

Since then, Art Grafunkel has recorded several solo albums, married and fathered a son. James, now age 12, often joins his dad for a song during a concert. Garfunkel's hobby is taking long walks – very long walks. A few years ago, Garfunkel walked across America; he's now working on walking the European continent. He divides his walks into segments, each time picking up where he left off.

His latest musical project marks his debut as a songwriter. It's a first-time collaboration with Maia Sharp and Buddy Mondlock called "Everything Waits to be Noticed."

Garfunkel had never met his soon-to-be vocal partners when he was first asked to participate on the album. But when they agreed to bring Garfunkel's poems to music, he decided he wanted to be a part of the project.

Buddy Mondlock is a Nashville mainstay who has released a few albums of his own and written songs that have been recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez and Garth Brooks.

Maia Sharp had written songs for artists such as The Dixie Chicks, Cher, Kim Richey, Amanda Marshall and others.