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Wikipedia Summary for Carlos Santana

Carlos Humberto Santana Barragán audio (born July 20, 1947) is an American guitarist who rose to fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock 'n' roll and Latin American jazz. Its sound featured his melodic, blues-based lines set against Latin American and African rhythms played on percussion instruments not generally heard in rock, such as timbales and congas. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2015, Rolling Stone magazine listed him at No. 20 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, and was inducted along with his namesake band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Quote: The more choices we give patients affected by depression, the better we will serve them. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of brown pencil on white surface
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

The more choices we give patients affected by depression, the better we will serve them.


Quote: The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of mountain during night time
Photo Credit: Vincentiu Solomon

The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.


Quote: Stay in your heart. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Stay in your heart.


Quote: Just as Jesus created wine from water, 
we humans are capable of transmuting 
emotion into music. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Just as Jesus created wine from water,
we humans are capable of transmuting
emotion into music.


Quote: One day there will be no borders, no boundaries, no flags and no countries and the only passport will be the heart. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

One day there will be no borders, no boundaries, no flags and no countries and the only passport will be the heart.


Quote: Surrender your whole being to a note, and gravity disappears...wi th one chord. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Surrender your whole being to a note, and gravity disappears...wi th one chord.


Quote: The worst thing you can become in life is cynical. Cynical is like concrete. and nothing grows in concrete. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

The worst thing you can become in life is cynical. Cynical is like concrete. and nothing grows in concrete.


Quote: There is divinity in your DNA. Live your light. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

There is divinity in your DNA. Live your light.


Quote: Some musicians, man, you hear the note almost before they hit it. Jimi, Coltrane and Charlie Parker were like that. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Some musicians, man, you hear the note almost before they hit it. Jimi, Coltrane and Charlie Parker were like that.


Quote: You're always cursing, you're always praying and you're always making love. It ain't do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

You're always cursing, you're always praying and you're always making love. It ain't do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do.


Quote: You cannot behave appropriately, unless you perceive correctly. Once you perceive you are a beam of Light, that comes from the mind of God, you will carry yourself differently. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

You cannot behave appropriately, unless you perceive correctly. Once you perceive you are a beam of Light, that comes from the mind of God, you will carry yourself differently.


Quote: Everything is a battlefield. If you fight with anger, you are part of the problem. If you fight with joy, you're part of the solution. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Everything is a battlefield. If you fight with anger, you are part of the problem. If you fight with joy, you're part of the solution.


Quote: If you stay in your heart you will always be inspired and if you are inspired you will always be enthusiastic. There is nothing more contagious on this planet as enthusiasm. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

If you stay in your heart you will always be inspired and if you are inspired you will always be enthusiastic. There is nothing more contagious on this planet as enthusiasm.


Quote: You are not realistic unless you believe in miracles! by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

You are not realistic unless you believe in miracles!


Quote: Peace has never come from dropping bombs. Real peace comes from enlightenment and educating people to behave more in a divine manner. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Peace has never come from dropping bombs. Real peace comes from enlightenment and educating people to behave more in a divine manner.


Quote: Whether you are doing it in the bar, the church, the strip joint, or the Himalayas, the first duty of music is to complement and enhance life. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Whether you are doing it in the bar, the church, the strip joint, or the Himalayas, the first duty of music is to complement and enhance life.


Quote: I know I'm not the kind of person who's gonna wind up a walking jukebox, like many rock 'n' roll artists. They just play their hits and that's it. That doesn't appeal to me. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

I know I'm not the kind of person who's gonna wind up a walking jukebox, like many rock 'n' roll artists. They just play their hits and that's it. That doesn't appeal to me.


Quote: He just seems as cool as ever. I can smell him. Even on the other side, there is smell. Like, when babies are born, there's two smells-one is chicken soup, which is the flesh, and the other is lilacs, which is coming from the spiritual garden. The spirit has a lilac smell. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of Carlos Santana quote; white text on black background

He just seems as cool as ever. I can smell him. Even on the other side, there is smell. Like, when babies are born, there's two smells-one is chicken soup, which is the flesh, and the other is lilacs, which is coming from the spiritual garden. The spirit has a lilac smell.


Quote: We want to extend an invitation to healing... Turn off the news and turn on the light in your own heart. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

We want to extend an invitation to healing... Turn off the news and turn on the light in your own heart.


Quote: Bring the brothers home, and sisters home now. Legalize marijuana and take all that money and invest it in teachers and in education. You will see a transformation in America. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Bring the brothers home, and sisters home now. Legalize marijuana and take all that money and invest it in teachers and in education. You will see a transformation in America.


Quote: You've got to change your evil ways, baby, before I start loving you. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

You've got to change your evil ways, baby, before I start loving you.


Quote: I invite you, wholeheartedly, to read books that remind you of your highest self and emancipate you from mental slavery or false beliefs and illusions. The more you invest in attracting books that resonate with the frequency of your true self, the more light you will bring to the world. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of Carlos Santana quote: I invite you, wholeheartedly, to read books that remind you of your highest self and emancipate you from mental slavery or false beliefs and illusions. The more you invest in attracting books that resonate with the frequency of your true self, the more light you will bring to the world.- black text on quotes background

I invite you, wholeheartedly, to read books that remind you of your highest self and emancipate you from mental slavery or false beliefs and illusions. The more you invest in attracting books that resonate with the frequency of your true self, the more light you will bring to the world.


Quote: There is no greater reward than working from your heart and making a difference in the world. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

There is no greater reward than working from your heart and making a difference in the world.


Quote: There is more value in placing a flower in a rifle barrel than making war. As Jimi Hendrix used to say, musical notes have more importance than bullets. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

There is more value in placing a flower in a rifle barrel than making war. As Jimi Hendrix used to say, musical notes have more importance than bullets.


Quote: You meditate and you got the candles, you got the incense and you've been chanting, and all of a sudden you hear this voice: 'Write this down' by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

You meditate and you got the candles, you got the incense and you've been chanting, and all of a sudden you hear this voice: 'Write this down'


Quote: When you play from the heart, 

 all of a sudden there's no gravity. 

 You don't feel the weight of the world, 

 of bills, of anything. 

 That's why people love it. 

 Your so-called insurmountable problems disappear, 

 and instead of problems you get possibilities. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of Carlos Santana quote; white text on black background

When you play from the heart,

all of a sudden there's no gravity.

You don't feel the weight of the world,

of bills, of anything.

That's why people love it.

Your so-called insurmountable problems disappear,

and instead of problems you get possibilities.


Quote: I can show you that I have played with just about every jazz musician, every African musician, every blues musician. It's not like I'm cashing in on a false concept. This is what I do. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

I can show you that I have played with just about every jazz musician, every African musician, every blues musician. It's not like I'm cashing in on a false concept. This is what I do.


Quote: 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. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of Carlos Santana quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Blues was my first love. It was the first thing where I said, 'Oh man, this is the stuff.' It just sounded so raw and honest, gut-bucket honest. From then I started rebelling. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Blues was my first love. It was the first thing where I said, 'Oh man, this is the stuff.' It just sounded so raw and honest, gut-bucket honest. From then I started rebelling.


Quote: I don't eat meat because meat brings out negative qualities such as fear, anger, anxiety, aggressiveness, etc. Vegetables peacefully offer themselves to the earth when ripe, thus allowing a sublime and peaceful thought-conscio usness. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

I don't eat meat because meat brings out negative qualities such as fear, anger, anxiety, aggressiveness, etc. Vegetables peacefully offer themselves to the earth when ripe, thus allowing a sublime and peaceful thought-conscio usness.


Quote: 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. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

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.


Quote: Everybody sooner or later has to drop the luggage and the baggage of illusions. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Everybody sooner or later has to drop the luggage and the baggage of illusions.




Quote: I would invite all Latin people to do nothing for about two weeks so you can see who really, really is running the economy I am here to give voice to the invisible. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

I would invite all Latin people to do nothing for about two weeks so you can see who really, really is running the economy I am here to give voice to the invisible.


Quote: The music of Hendrix wakes people up to their possibilities. It's more than just dreaming about being a guitar hero. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

The music of Hendrix wakes people up to their possibilities. It's more than just dreaming about being a guitar hero.


Quote: No one's better than me. I'm not better than anyone. Whether it's Eric Clapton or BB King we look straight at each other. And that keeps it real. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

No one's better than me. I'm not better than anyone. Whether it's Eric Clapton or BB King we look straight at each other. And that keeps it real.


Quote: Happiness is not a destination or an experience. It's a decision. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Happiness is not a destination or an experience. It's a decision.


Quote: 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. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of Carlos Santana quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: KISS is Las Vegas entertainment. A musician doesn't need the mask. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

KISS is Las Vegas entertainment. A musician doesn't need the mask.


Quote: The guitar is your first wings. It's assigned and designed to unfold your vision and imagination. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

The guitar is your first wings. It's assigned and designed to unfold your vision and imagination.


Quote: The people of Arizona, the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

The people of Arizona, the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves.


Quote: Every day you wake up is an opportunity to go beyond. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Every day you wake up is an opportunity to go beyond.

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Every day you wake up is an opportunity to go beyond, and that 's why I let my band go right now. For the first time in my life I'm just roaming around, vagabonding.


Quote: Ever since I was a child I've always been very attracted to melodies. Whether I hear Jeff Beck, a choir, an ocean or the wind, there's always a melody in there. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Ever since I was a child I've always been very attracted to melodies. Whether I hear Jeff Beck, a choir, an ocean or the wind, there's always a melody in there.


Quote: A lot of people said to me, 'Enough with the guest vocalists for a while. We want to hear the Mexican play the guitar!' by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

A lot of people said to me, 'Enough with the guest vocalists for a while. We want to hear the Mexican play the guitar!'


Quote: The best part of touring, still, is touching people's hearts and igniting my band and igniting the people into what you call a spiritual revelation is sound and emotion. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

The best part of touring, still, is touching people's hearts and igniting my band and igniting the people into what you call a spiritual revelation is sound and emotion.


Quote: I'm ready to do something with Lady Gaga or Andrea Bocelli. I'm really grateful that nothing is out of the realm of possibility. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

I'm ready to do something with Lady Gaga or Andrea Bocelli. I'm really grateful that nothing is out of the realm of possibility.


Quote: 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. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

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.


Quote: Your wrinkles either show that you're nasty, cranky, and senile, or that you're always smiling. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Your wrinkles either show that you're nasty, cranky, and senile, or that you're always smiling.


Quote: When a baby comes you can smell two things: the smell of flesh, which smells like chicken soup, and the smell of lilies, the flower of another garden, the spiritual garden. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

When a baby comes you can smell two things: the smell of flesh, which smells like chicken soup, and the smell of lilies, the flower of another garden, the spiritual garden.


Quote: If our history can challenge the next wave of musicians to keep moving and changing, to keep spiritually hungry and horny, that's what it's all about. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

If our history can challenge the next wave of musicians to keep moving and changing, to keep spiritually hungry and horny, that's what it's all about.


Quote: 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. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

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.


Quote: I knuckle down with my demons, and with my weaknesses. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

I knuckle down with my demons, and with my weaknesses.


Quote: First of all, the music that people call Latin or Spanish is really African. So Black people need to get the credit for that. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

First of all, the music that people call Latin or Spanish is really African. So Black people need to get the credit for that.




Quote: My job in this life is to give people spiritual ecstasy through music. In my concerts people cry, laugh, dance. If they climaxed spiritually, I did my job. I did it decently and honestly. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

My job in this life is to give people spiritual ecstasy through music. In my concerts people cry, laugh, dance. If they climaxed spiritually, I did my job. I did it decently and honestly.


Quote: There is no person that love cannot heal; there is no soul that love cannot save. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

There is no person that love cannot heal; there is no soul that love cannot save.


Quote: Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins.


Quote: I realised a long time ago that instrumental music speaks a lot more clearly than English, Spanish, Yiddish, Swahili, any other language. Pure melody goes outside time. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

I realised a long time ago that instrumental music speaks a lot more clearly than English, Spanish, Yiddish, Swahili, any other language. Pure melody goes outside time.


Quote: 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. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

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.


Quote: The Devil is like a strainer that separates the mud from the gold. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

The Devil is like a strainer that separates the mud from the gold.


Quote: Some songs are just like tattoos for your brain... you hear them and they're affixed to you. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Some songs are just like tattoos for your brain... you hear them and they're affixed to you.


Quote: If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.


Quote: Just as we have two eyes and two feet, duality is part of life. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Just as we have two eyes and two feet, duality is part of life.


Quote: Most people don't have that willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Most people don't have that willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims.


Quote: Your mind is a magnet. You don't attract what you need or what you want; you attract who you are. And I love who I am! by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

Your mind is a magnet. You don't attract what you need or what you want; you attract who you are. And I love who I am!


Quote: There's never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same. by author Carlos Santana overlaid on photo of photo of author Carlos Santana with quote

There's never one sunrise the same or one sunset the same.


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