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  posted on 10/5/2008 at 08:15 PM
Rock legend Carlos Santana plans to quit music in six years time so he can devote his life to the church.

The guitar great, 61, has turned to religion to help him through his most difficult of times, including his divorce last year from his wife of 34 years, Deborah.

And now he wants to serve his faith by becoming a priest in a church in Maui, Hawaii.

He says, "I'm going to stop playing when I'm 67 and work on what I really want to do, which is to be a minister, like Little Richard.

"I'm not sick of what I do, but I find that God gave me the gift of communication even without my guitar and with the ability to get people unstuck with certain sections of the Bible having to do with guilt, shame, judgment and fear."

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  posted on 10/5/2008 at 08:45 PM
Sounds like Carlos may be feeling some "guilt, shame, judgment and fear" after screwing around on Deborah which ended their marriage.

 

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  posted on 10/5/2008 at 09:07 PM
he should stop now so we don't have to hear another album of carlos + some random modern singers
 

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  posted on 10/5/2008 at 09:50 PM
I've always thought he was over-rated as a guitar player. He's a good but he really never did anything for me. I like the band Santana but Carlos himself BFD. I don't think he'll suffer to much living in Maui either regardless of what profession he chooses to do.

[Edited on 10/6/2008 by StratDal]

 

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  posted on 10/5/2008 at 09:54 PM
I love Carlos as a guitarist. I think he is a better player than songwriter. Juicy tone! Thick licks! Luscious blend of blues and jazz and rock. Great percussion.

He does crack me up, though, because he sounds like me. I'm gonna be a priest....later....um, in 7 years.

 

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  posted on 10/5/2008 at 10:27 PM
Santana is great guitarist because he has developed an instantly recognizable style which at it's best is very emotive. As far as a being human; I guess he's like the rest of us - flawed but trying.
 

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  posted on 10/5/2008 at 11:15 PM
I love his guitar work,alway's have....hope he's happy w/whatever path he take's....totally different situation,but it seem's to have worked out for cat Steven's....

 

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  posted on 10/5/2008 at 11:35 PM
I love to hear Carlos play the guitar, and I'm glad I got to see him a few years ago.

Whatever choice he makes about his life is none of my business, and fine with me.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 06:57 AM
I do not like his current guitar tone at all.... For atleast the last 10 years it has been over compressed and distorted to hide the slop.
 

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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 07:57 AM
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he should stop now so we don't have to hear another album of carlos + some random modern singers


You said it .... that was the true beginning of the end for Carlos . The last Santana album I enjoyed was Brothers .

 

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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 08:17 AM
Carlos can still bring it, or he could as of May of this year at Jazz Fest.

In my opinion, he is one of the few guitarists alive who can hold their own with Derek. That alone tells me he isn't over the hill.

I'll be trying to see as many Santana shows as I can in the next 6 years.

 
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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 08:27 AM
I've been a fan of Carlos for a long time now, and enjoyed his show in April with Dtb. Still, I wonder why he feels the need to announce a retirement 6 years from now. Just a little strange, but genius often is.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 09:29 AM
Carlos has had a weird life: sexually abused as a child and carrying all that anger around didn't help. He sought solice in con-man guru Sri Chinmoy for many years. He forbid Carlos and Deborah to have children for ages. They had three children, I beilieve, once the couple broke from the "guru." That also led him into many years of pot smoking to numb the pain of that childhood trauma. He later cleaned up and got therapy.

He's always been a spiritual seeker so this doesn't surprise me.

As a musician - those first three studio albums with the Woodstock era lineup of the band (Santana, Abraxas and Santana III) are astounding and have never been topped. Everyone in that band is on fire. He made a few decent jazz-influenced albums (Caravanseria, Welcome, Lotus, Borboletta) and Clive Davis of Columbia forced him back into a more commercial direction, starting with Amigos (1976). Since then, he rarely gets to record the kind of music he really wants to - commercial considerations always play a bigger role. Maybe he's sick of all that: playing the game, etc.

Unfortunately for more serious musicians and admirers, he re-teamed with Clive Davis for those guest star albums. They are all like Carlos as guest star on his own albums.

Some of the music closer to his heart will be on a new two disc compilation out shorly "Multidimensional Warrior." It collects recordings from his jazz and spiritual side from all labels and phases of his career. Last year's 2 CD/DVD of his 1988 performance at the Montroiux Jazz Fest with Wayne Shorter is very good, too.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 09:42 AM
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Carlos has had a weird life: sexually abused as a child and carrying all that anger around didn't help. He sought solice in con-man guru Sri Chinmoy for many years. He forbid Carlos and Deborah to have children for ages. They had three children, I beilieve, once the couple broke from the "guru." That also led him into many years of pot smoking to numb the pain of that childhood trauma. He later cleaned up and got therapy.

He's always been a spiritual seeker so this doesn't surprise me.

As a musician - those first three studio albums with the Woodstock era lineup of the band (Santana, Abraxas and Santana III) are astounding and have never been topped. Everyone in that band is on fire. He made a few decent jazz-influenced albums (Caravanseria, Welcome, Lotus, Borboletta) and Clive Davis of Columbia forced him back into a more commercial direction, starting with Amigos (1976). Since then, he rarely gets to record the kind of music he really wants to - commercial considerations always play a bigger role. Maybe he's sick of all that: playing the game, etc.

Unfortunately for more serious musicians and admirers, he re-teamed with Clive Davis for those guest star albums. They are all like Carlos as guest star on his own albums.

Some of the music closer to his heart will be on a new two disc compilation out shorly "Multidimensional Warrior." It collects recordings from his jazz and spiritual side from all labels and phases of his career. Last year's 2 CD/DVD of his 1988 performance at the Montroiux Jazz Fest with Wayne Shorter is very good, too.

I agree Sax. I think he made the same comment in the 70's before Amigos came out about retiring. Carlos really is searching for happiness. I hope he finds it.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 10:23 AM
Usually an announcement like that is immediate. But that is his call. I love Santana. Sounds like it will be a very nice church to visit if we ever make it to Hawaii..............

 

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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 11:14 AM
I think if Jesus were around today, he would mark on His calendar 6 years hence to split Chicago and head to Maui. Especially if he was a reformed greenery fan, Maui is where he would head alright. And Lord knows six years is a Heap "O" Sin!

 

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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 11:18 AM
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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 03:44 PM
I will miss Carlos. His music moves me beyond what I could possibly describe in words and I think of him as one of my all time favorite guitarists.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 03:58 PM
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he should stop now so we don't have to hear another album of carlos + some random modern singers


Are you kidding ...he has more emotion in 3 notes than most so called guitar wizards that blow speed scales to nowhere could ever lay down.
Check out the DVD Sacred fire recorded in 1993 live from Mexico.
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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 04:03 PM
Why is he talking about it now. Just do it! 6 years dang!



[Edited on 10/6/2008 by warjag]

 

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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 04:41 PM
I interviewed Carlos recently for the next issue of HTN, and I think everyone will find what Carlos has to say about his music and his religion to be very, very interesting
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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 05:39 PM
Daddy was a preacher and Mama was a go-go girl...

 

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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 05:53 PM
I love Santana's playing and always have. He plays with much soul. It's good to see him playing with the next generation, not many of the old 'uns left to pass the inspiration along. He has weathered the crash and burn side of rock and roll and is still living - quite an accomplishment for his generation.

As an aside, I love his designer shoe collection - lovely!

 

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Daddy was a preacher and Mama was a go-go girl...


I was not expecting a Southern Culture on the Skids reference today.

Thank you.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2008 at 10:06 PM
There is a church on a hill on "The Road to Hana", that is where I am imaging Carlos will be preaching at. Somebody famous is buried there, Lindbergh maybe? I forget. But it is a beautiful spot.

 

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