September 25 â For Carlos Santana, life is about light and energy and about giving and receiving happiness. It’s not just the way he tries to live his life, it’s the way he approached his music whether he always knew it or not.
Going through his catalog while putting together “Splendiferous”, a collection of songs re-recorded by his band, Santana, he says he discovered something in his music that caught him somewhat by surprise.
âTo my surprise, Santana has always brought hope and healing from the start,â he says.
âBut I knew I wanted the album to follow a sequence of increasing energy,â he explains. âSome people squirm when I say what the point was, but there is physical and spiritual energy – or spiritual orgasms,â I say. People say, âOh, my God, that word. What’s wrong with that word? An orgasm is a gift. “
Ranked at No. 20 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists list, Santana says music should trigger such powerful emotions and feelings in people. He laments that some of the music he hears on the radio has been destroyed.
âI call it music for corpses,â he said. ” What ? I am not dead. Let’s go.
Santana, whose band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, says he takes his own words to heart, choosing to challenge himself with each performance to see exactly where the music might take him.
“I assimilate myself to these monks who ignite, so the bigger the flame, the more people will come to see us,” he said.
“Once I learned that energy cannot be killed – it is just transformed – I became fearless and realized that it was all about having fun and not having to worry. someone else’s approval. “
Like many people during the pandemic, Santana says he was left alone with his family and close friends. He spent the time figuring out what was important and, of course, playing music.
âIt really crystallized what we were going to do with the rest of our lives,â he says. âWe had to reinvent ourselves. It was fun learning to be someone new every day, like a snake that sheds its skin and tries not to be a slave to the habits of the past. So for us , it was fun.”
When asked if he catches himself on stage, he laughs and replies, “Oh yeah. Two years ago in New Jersey I wanted something that I didn’t want since I was 12 years old. about years old A banana split I had a friend find one for me, and I ate it all.
âThat night on stage the energy and music just kept going to a whole new level. I don’t know if it was sugar or what, but it was this event where, like, you have this big bonfire. I’m not saying everyone should have a banana split, but it worked for me. “
He doesn’t listen to naysayers, he says, describing them as the kind of people who tell kids not to splash in the tub.
âIt should be fun,â he said. “Whatever you do for a living, keep splashing yourself.”
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