All kidding aside Spinditty is a great site! In fact there is an outstanding article by Bob Craypoe “Know Your Equipment”
A great source of info if you’re new to the music world and want to expand your knowledge base.
Born July 20th 1947 Carlos is 73 and can still burn leads like he was 21!
While I am in no way endorsing the use of drugs, one must admit that Carlos and his band members who had taken acid (LSD) on the performance at the original Woodstock Concert and played the way they did, reminded me of Kenny Stabler of the Raiders Football team, Kenny would party and drink all night long at a biker bar in Oakland, then at dawn go to practice and work out, while the other party members would sleep the next day. FYI Carlos was a devout Raider Fan!
But try this one one. How many great guitarists can make this claim? –
Carlos and his then wife Deborah started the Milagro Foundation (Milagro is Spanish for ‘Miracle” and to this day the Milagro Foundation has donated more than $3,000,000 to established charities such as UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, and many, many others. If you wish to help –
But honestly Carlos was one of my biggest inspirations growing up in Oakland.
His melodic and compositional ability of lead in songs like ‘Samba Pa Ti’ (if you have not heard this song, you must listen to it! To know what a guitar can do to the soul when in the right hands, in this case Carlos Santana) Any guitarist that can make simplicity and virtuosity a common thread in the fabric of their music is going to make an indelible mark in music history. Listen to a few of his greats like ‘Europa’. Or do yourself a favor, check out “Caravanserai” album, 1972 “Song Of the Wind” If by that you don’t get it, you never will, and that’s okay. But you will struggle to find more expressive leads on planet earth. And to those who do get it Well… you know. Words are not going to express what Carlos leads do .