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In Music, Carlos Santana Seeks The Divine

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In Music, Carlos Santana Seeks The Divine

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In Music, Carlos Santana Seeks The Divine

In Music, Carlos Santana Seeks The Divine

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Carlos Santana uses music to reflect on his career in this week's episode of Alt.Latino. Frank Micelotta/Getty Images hide caption

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Carlos Santana uses music to reflect on his career in this week's episode of Alt.Latino.

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I was introduced to Santana in 1969, and have followed along ever since. At times, it was simply a musical path: I discovered jazz through the band's spiritual and jazz-influenced mid-'70s albums. Then, as Carlos Santana — a child of Mexico — made a name for himself in mainstream America, it was a lesson of cultural identity; of how to stay true to your roots while creating a space for your own unique voice.

I am not alone. Legions of fans around the world find something for themselves in Carlos Santana's music, and see him not just as one of the few survivors of the Woodstock generation. They also see him as a musician who stays true to a vision of spreading peace and enlightenment, one note at a time.

Santana's message as an Alt.Latino Guest DJ is simple: Stay true to your light. A deeper dive into that spirituality can be found in Chapter 14 of his new memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story To Light.

The songs he selected for this Guest DJ appearance reflect both earthly and spiritual joys. Some of the songs bring back memories of his childhood in Mexico, of his earliest days at the Fillmore Ballroom in 1960s San Francisco, and of the sound of his father singing a mariachi serenade.

Ultimately, it's best to let the music speak for itself. These are the songs that inspire Carlos Santana, as well as some of his own music. Like so many others over the past few decades, I've found enough of myself in his work that I always come back for more.

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Santana

  • Song: Fried Neckbones [Live]
  • from Santana [Legacy Edition]
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Santana [Legacy Edition]
Album
Santana [Legacy Edition]
Artist
Santana
Label
Columbia
Released
1969

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Carlos Santana

  • Song: Vereda Tropical
  • from Havana Moon
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Havana Moon
Album
Havana Moon
Artist
Carlos Santana
Label
Columbia
Released
1983

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The Doors

  • Song: Light My Fire
  • from Light My Fire
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Light My Fire
Album
Light My Fire
Artist
The Doors
Label
Duchesse Records
Released
1988

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Santana

  • Song: Samba Pa Ti
  • from Abraxas
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Abraxas
Album
Abraxas
Artist
Santana
Label
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Released
1970

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Original Broadway Cast Recording

  • Song: Maria
  • from West Side Story [Original Broadway Cast] [Limited Edition]
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West Side Story [Original Broadway Cast] [Limited Edition]
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West Side Story [Original Broadway Cast] [Limited Edition]
Artist
Original Broadway Cast Recording
Label
Sony Music Distribution
Released
1957

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Santana

  • Song: Gitano
  • from Amigos
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Amigos
Album
Amigos
Artist
Santana
Label
Sony BMG Music (Canada)
Released
1976

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Santana

  • Song: Song of the Wind
  • from Caravanserai
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Caravanserai
Album
Caravanserai
Artist
Santana
Label
Columbia
Released
1972

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