Fresh from landing his first No. 1 studio album in the U.K. in 26 years, Paul Simon has dished-up another surprise: he’s on the cusp of retirement.

“It’s an act of courage to let go,” Simon told The New York Times. “I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I’m going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did? And if that’s gone, if you have to make yourself, who are you?”