What Others Are Saying: Articles on Santana

A Homeboy Salutes Santana -- One Of "The Essential Ones"

By Roberto Lovato, 02/25/00

"Santana was and is as much Devadip-hippie as he was Mexicano, as much classic Rock n' Roller as godfather of Roc en Espanol. He taught me that great artists, those who change lives, have an organic link to community, to movements of people."


Who Says Artists Don't Give Credit Where Credit is Due?


Carlos "Mr. Grammy" Santana wants the world to know that a Santa Claus-resembling angel named "Metatron" is responsible for his hit album "Supernatural."

Santana tells Rolling Stone that Metatron visited him with the following message: "You will be inside the radio frequency for the purpose of connecting the molecules with the light." The strange prediction inspired him to make his new album, get back on the radio and deliver his spiritual message to the masses.

But Metatron is more than just his career counselor. "Metatron is the architect of physical life," Santana explains. "Because of him, we can French-kiss, we can hug, we can get a hot dog, wiggle our toe."


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Carlos Santana's Magic Touch
By Blair Jackson, Onstage, January 1, 2003

January 6, 2000

"Almost every day of my life I always remembered Santana got out. He got out of the Mission. He got out in both body and spirit. And he always came back." http://www.pacificnews.org/jinn/stories/6.04/000225-santana.html
 Santana and his wife of 30 years, Deborah Santana, were the honored guests Saturday at a rainy fund-raiser to benefit the California-based Hispanic Education & Media Group, a nonprofit organization that is sponsoring a New Mexico dropout prevention program for Hispanic high school students.



©1992 D.S. Rotenstein

The Charlotte Observer
October 23, 1992

Milagro. Translated from Spanish, the title of Carlos Santana's latest
album means miracle. For the guitarist whose career spans 26 stellar
years, life is nothing short of miraculous.

"I wanted to reaffirm some of the effervescent feeling that I have
towards life and towards a lot of things,'' says Santana of his new LP
from his San Francisco Bay-area home.




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Amazon listing of CDs by timeline


Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group. 2003

Religion News Blog : Santana: An average guy and his angel

Nov. 3, 2002 Repost of L.A. Times/Agustin Gurza review of Concord Pavilion Concert where his large extended family gathered backstage.

Santana consulted a therapist and was forced to confront the trauma of childhood molestation, which he revealed in February in a Rolling Stone magazine interview and again last month on "60 Minutes II." "I adore my wife," says Santana, as lean and longhaired as in his prime. "I adore my kids. So I felt I had to become brave and have the courage to go inside the ring and face my bull. You know, face the moment of truth. And the moment of truth for men who have been molested is to go see a psychiatrist or an analyst and shed your skin."

The average man, though, doesn't shed his skin on national television. That public disclosure is something Santana would have rather avoided.

But the angel said he must do it.
 "No, man, I'm still the same guy who crossed the border, who was washing dishes," explains the guitarist, 55, during an interview in his dressing room. "I'm still my mother's son. I have four sisters and two brothers. When I go home, I feel like a shrimp that's chopped and diced like a Benihana by my two daughters and my wife. I still take the garbage out."

Nothing supernatural about that.

http://www.rollingstone.com/features/featuregen.asp?pid=1537 A tale of angels, devils, gurus, Tijuana whorehouses, buried secrets and redemption after thirty years of Rock & Roll. By Chris Heath March 16, 2000
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Carlos Santana on Spirit Guides,Rainbow Music & Passionate Guitar
By Andy Ellis From Guitar Player, August 1999

Carlos Santana on Jimi Hendrix

This interview was originally published in `UniVibes' issue 17, February 1995. © UniVibes 1995

UV: Do you know how many Hendrix live tapes you've got?
CS: No, but I have a lot. And I have a lot of friends that have even twice as much than I have, you know. It's amazing because most of this music comes from Indian reservations [laughs], of people who are doctors and medicine men in Indian reservations and the stuff that they stack up is just two people - Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, you know. So there's a big pool of things that are yet to come out, you know, from both.

A San Francisco Music Chronicle

This is ironic, because Carlos Santana actually has been conversing with the Gods, his heart plugged into the muse, his soul flowing in the slipstream between the viaducts of our dreams. As trendy analysts unconsciously compare Santana’s guileless, humble, sometimes self-conscious lack of stage presence to Madonna’s new girlie show, or Live’s new video, or the Stone’s elaborate stage props, they never mention that what’s coming out of Santana’s fingers has long ago surpassed in quality all of the rudimentary theatrics that make up rock performances. Carlos Santana on stage is the look of a man in communion.


Review of the CD with brother Jorge and hard-rocking nephew Carlos Hernandez
1995 Sojourners. July-August 1995. Vol. 24, No. 3.

 [F] Interview with Carlos Santana -about growing up
An interview by Steve Heilig. August 2000 for Whole Earth magazine
When we do a show, we take you for two hours and make the hair from the back of your neck to the tips of your toes stand up. I have the passion to please people's hearts. If you can please people's hearts in Africa and Japan, then you're part of the world's family... not a tourist." (Interview article by Ernesto Lechner

In His Own Words: Quotes from Santana

"It's something more paranormal like divine synchronicity." "Happiness is in the pursuance, not in the attaining."
"To live is to dream. To die is to awaken. Please don't wake me up." "Sound vibration and resonance unifies the molecules with the light. We all come from the light."
"I try to make people identify with being eagles instead of turkeys... We're not just a beast, we're part of the beast, part of the spirit.'' "The mind is the house of questions, and the heart is the house of answers."
"If you direct your passion toward the highest good of all people, that is the best fuel. The angels open the door for you." "I play rainbow music. It's like diamonds -- all the colors are there, but it's still clear."
"Santana music is the dance of the two lovers. Melody is the woman; rhythm is the man. The bed don't matter." "Imagination is the best thing. Close your eyes or do whatever you can to hear the inner world music."
"From the heart for the heart." "Some songs are just like tattoos for your brain...you hear them and they're affixed to you."
"Spiritual warriors are the architects of today. By faith they make the invisible visible." "That’s the holy trinity for this planet: quality, liberty and justice."
"For too long, Hispanics have allowed themselves to be overlooked, to be invisible. Chicanos are very noble, but there's a limit." "I don't subscribe to the three p's: pimps, politicians, and the Pope."
"I'm still not a performer. I'm just a musician. I play guitar. I have a band." "The spark of divinity is everywhere. You can go look outside and see beautiful trees and an incredible planet, incredible blue sky, or you can see dog shit, you know? It's really your choice."
"The Earth is my mother, and God is my father, and everybody is my brother and sister. Like my mother taught me, I'm a child of God first, not a product of anyone or anything." "God listens to the one who cries from his heart. It's not how well you know the Bible; it's how much fire you have in your heart to offer something to people."
"When you have the right song you enter the arena of bringing grandparents, parents, teenagers and children together. So more important than the artist is paying attention to crafting the songs." "Musicians learn from women: in their rhythms and intuition and clarity. It’s important to dance with all the energy and make a bouquet and present it to the world."
“I don’t believe in borders, nation-states, or flags: separation and the myth of difference are the A and O of all evil. We are all of one family, the same big family." "There is only one absolute truth, and that is we all are one. We’re inner connected. Once we find that centerness we have complete and total synchronicity with incredible possibilities."

"If we teach children soulfully and tenderly, children of all ages, that they must be accountable for their thoughts and words and deeds, then truly you don’t have to ask Jesus to change the remote control channel."

"The churches are corrupt business enterprises that sell religion as though it were Coke or Pepsi. Spirituality is a completely different matter."
"If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment. There is no person that love cannot heal; there is no soul that love cannot save." "Everybody gets wet when it rains, from the prostitutes to the pope. My music strives to communicate that message of unity."
"I'm not saying I'm Superman or Batman or Jesus or Buddha. But I am saying we all have powers that we're not using." "A shaman is a person that is a spiritual healer who brings balance to mind and body, heart and spirit with colors and sound, herbs and song, creating unity and harmony in the world."
"When you see the big picture you say, 'God bless humanity.' You don't say, 'God bless America.'"
"I tell all musicians this: remember your first French kiss when you play anything. It doesn't matter what tempo or what genre or who you're playing with."
"I'm trying to speak about compassion in my music, not about kill whitey. I never been into that. I do get angry at white people a lot because it hurts me how they set themselves up first on the table... I'm not a racist, I just detest injustice." "It's amazing because most of this music comes from Indian reservations, of people who are doctors and medicine men in Indian reservations and the stuff that they stack up is just two people - Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley, you know. So there's a big pool of things that are yet to come out, you know, from both."
"First of all, the music that people call Latin or Spanish is really African. So Black people need to get the credit for that. Number two, Latin people are very passionate, and the music that we love is definitely Afro-rooted--whether it's Bob Marley or Afro-Cuban or Brazilian--because it deals with rhythms." "Playing guitar is both a physical and a metaphysical experience. When you're a kid, you grab yourself. Even when you're in church, you still touch and feel yourself because you're discovering certain things and how they feel. Certain things that are physical and more than physical at the same time-things that come from inside your mind and heart."
"I got a lot of letters from fathers saying that because of Supernatural they were able to talk to their sons for the first time in years. They could get in the car and put the CD on and suddenly there's no generation gap, there's no animosity, there's no distance. That's a phenomenon!" "So my goal is always to play the guitar, or any instrument, really, from the heart. When I'm able to do that, I don't feel like I'm playing, I feel like I'm transmitting. And I welcome this spirit. This is the spirit that takes music beyond earthly tones. And so to play the guitar is learning to transmit, actually to both receive and transmit something beyond all of this."
"I like the spontaneity of playing live music with other people where you don't know everything that's going to happen, you don't play it the same way all the time. I want it to have the spontaneity of being with a person the first time you touch, the first time you kiss. I want newness. If you work everything out too much you kill the spontaneity."
"This is music that if you visit the wah, then all those people who come here start laughing, crying, dancing, and they forget about the rent, they forget about whether you're Mexican or Irish. They forget about all those things and all of a sudden they enter into this vortex of exhilaration that's orgasmic."
"I'm beginning to feel like B.B. King. Five years ago, ten years ago, people used to say, 'My father turned me
on to your music.' Now they're saying, 'My grandfather turned me on to your music.''
"I dream big. I'd like to work with Mr. Bob Dylan, Mr. Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha, Whitney. Why dream small, but let's see what happens. Right now I don't have anything on the table, but I do have a lot of songs. My main goal is to create music that dismantles the violence in the schools, the shootings. So hopefully we can work with other musicians, women and men, who have the same motivations."
"It's the picture that you're painting with your instrument, or the story that you're telling. If you sound like a piano player or a guitar player to me, then it's boring. I get bored really quickly, so I've got to have a Marvin Gaye or a Bob Marley, where the song takes me to these incredible locations. And I don't need to smoke ganja to listen to Marley or drink red wine and eat french bread to listen to Segovia, but they take you to a place where it's bigger than the guitar. It's life." "Now I feel like I'm getting my degrees as far as constructing a bridge that is connected to the new generation. For example, the gentleman who built or designed the Golden Gate Bridge, he had a vision too. It cost a lot of money and took a long time, but there it is – you can drive over it and cross it, you know it's a work of art that fulfills a lot of people's needs. I feel like that particular concept with this CD. We constructed a bridge together."
"I'm laughing because I know the secret of life. And the secret of life is that I have validated my existence. I know that I am worth more than my house, my bank account, or any physical thing. When I hit that note -- if I hit it correctly -- I'm just as important as Jimi Hendrix , Eric Clapton , or anybody. Because when I hit that note, I hit the umbilical cord of anybody who is listening. " Metatron is the architect of physical life. Because of him, we can French-kiss, we can hug, we can get a hot dog, wiggle our toe." He sees Metatron in his dreams and meditations. He looks a bit like Santa Claus -- "white beard, and kind of this jolly fellow." Metatron, who has been mentioned in mystical disciplines through the ages, also appears as the eye inside the triangle. source

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