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Tu Vez Blast-From-The-Past Truck: Carlos Santana

Marty McFly and Doc Brown had the Delorean to go travel through time; We have the Tu Vez Blast-From-The-Past Truck. Every week, we’ll hop in our time traveling machine, gun it to 88 MPH, and go back in time to bring you the best from the good ol’ days. Will it be a clip from an old telenovela? An old school music video? Stick around and find out!

By Jack Tomas

As you get older your relationship to your parents changes. One day, they stop treating you like a kid and start treating you like a buddy. Sometimes, this can be very uncomfortable. You don’t want to talk to your dad about the stuff you talk about with your buddies. Take for example the time my father took my wife and I out for dinner in Miami Beach. He stopped his car in front of a little apartment complex off of A1A and said, “You see that window? That’s the room you were conceived in.” I tried to make him stop, but my throat had seized up. “We were studying for an exam, and I put on Santana’s “Abraxas” album. Specifically, track 3 “Samba Pa’Ti. That’s how you were made.” Then he continued driving. So, there you have it folks, without Carlos Santana I would not exist.

Not that I’m the first baby to be a result of Carlos’ sensuous riffs or the last. Carlos Augusto Alves Santana, was born in Autlan De Navarro, Mexico in 1947. From a young age, all he wanted was to be a guitar player. His hero as a kid was Ritchie Valens, the Mexican-American guitar player and singer who was the first big Latino rock star. You know, the guy from “La Bamba“. Carlos moved to San Francisco in his teens, just in time to be hit in the mustache by the whole psychedelic hippie thing. He started playing around at some of the acid parties and rock venues with bands like The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. But Carlos’ music was different. For one thing, it didn’t suck like a lot of that other acid rock crap. Secondly, Carlos set about creating a whole new sound. He mixed salsa, jazz, and rock together and invented Latin fusion rock. His band Santana became one of the biggest groups of the late 60’s and early 70’s. This at a time when people thought that only white dudes like The Beatles could play rock and roll. Hey, you know where The Beatles didn’t play? Woodstock. You know who did? Carlos Santana.

Carlos has toured non-stop since then. He continued to be crazy successful into the late 70’s and 80’s, spreading his gospel of rock, salsa, and spirituality. In the late 90’s, he came out with a multi-platinum selling album called “Supernatural”, where he played with people like Lauryn Hill, Rob Thomas, and Mana. “Supernatural” won the Album of The Year Grammy. Still, I prefer his classics like “Black Magic Woman”, “Oye Como Va”, and yes “Samba Pa’Ti”. Now if only I can listen to it without thinking about my parents doing it…

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