Carlos Santana is a Mexican-born American musician, songwriter and band leader, widely regarded as the pioneer of Latin and rock fusion music. He was the front man of the band Santana and turned it into one of the most popular groups through a kind of music that was truly revolutionary in the annals of music history. Santana is widely regarded as one of the most gifted guitar players of all time and his skills with the instrument is considered to be one of the biggest reasons why he has reached cult status in the history of music. As a matter of fact, he has been ranked among the greatest guitarists of all time by ‘Rolling Stone Magazine’ and throughout a career that has spanned several decades, he has raked in a total of ten ‘Grammy Awards’. Some of his most famous albums include ‘The Swing of Delight’, ‘Santana Brothers’, ‘Oneness-Silver Dreams Golden Reality’, ‘Illuminations’ and ‘Love Devotion Surrender’. As is to be expected from such a gifted songwriter, Santana has also expressed his thoughts on varied subjects which have been quotable quotes over the years. Take a look at the famous quotes and thoughts by Carlos Santana that will make your day.
You can take things that Jimi Hendrix took, from Curtis Mayfield or from Buddy Guy for example, because we are all children of everything, even Picasso. But if you want to stand out, you have to learn to crystallize your existence and create your own fingerprints.
I have been accused of being a very simplistic, very lyrical player, and that's okay. That just comes from the blues, which is my background. But every day you wake up and transcend. You can't ever rest on your laurels.
When you fly to New York, sometimes they put you on hold and you just go round and around in a holding pattern. Sometimes in a concert, I feel other spirits in a holding pattern that they want to land through my heart and through my fingers.
I have come to the conclusion - and I don't know why it took me so long, but nevertheless, I'm here now - that a lot of people tell me they don't get enough guitar on my albums. So I decided to do an album where the guitar would be the singer, playing the melody.
There's a melody in everything. And once you find the melody, then you connect immediately with the heart. Because sometimes English or Spanish, Swahili or any language gets in the way. But nothing penetrates the heart faster than the melody.
My dad's a beautiful man, but like a lot of Mexican men, or men in general, a lot of men have a problem with the balance of masculinity and femininity - intuition and compassion and tenderness - and get overboard with the macho thing. It took him a while to become more, I would say, conscious, evolved.
I grew up in the sixties watching B.B. King and Tito Puente and Miles Davis and Coltrane, everybody, Marvin Gaye, Jimi. And at the same time, with my left eye I was watching Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Mother Teresa.
I realized that it's all really one, that John Lennon was correct. We utilize the music to bring down the walls of Berlin, to bring up the force of compassion and forgiveness and kindness between Palestines, Hebrews. Bring down the walls here in San Diego, Tijuana, Cuba.