Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Scent of Santana

After successful forays in the cuisine business with Maria Maria Restaurants, the clothing business with Carlos by Carlos Shoes, Latin guitar legend Carlos Santana has added another arrow to his quiver: fragrance.

Carlos Santana for Men offers products with a "woody," subtle fragrance that is captured in the cologne, body wash, and deodorant. You can buy them separately, or together in a gift pack.

Carlos Santana for Women includes perfume (3.4 oz. size or 1.7 oz. size), moisturizing body wash, and silk body lotion. The women's products blend florals with some exotic fruits and complete the picture with soft, sensuous musk to create a warm, seductive fragrance.

Valentine's Day shopping just got easier for guitar nuts (and lovers of guitar nuts)! Of course all products share some of the profits with The Milagro Foundation: Santana's association that donates money to charities that work for the benefit of children.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Jingo: Santana's Trademark Song

When I first started playing with a Santana Tribute band, I liked Santana's music, but didn't have a true appreciation for it. No song has changed that opinion more than "Jingo": a one-chord "chant" piece from the band's debut album, Santana by Santana.

Not only is Jingo a simple song harmonically, but the bass line literally does not change from start to finish. Playing Jingo has given me a true appreciation for Carlos Santana's melodic prowess, as well as the power of arrangement to drive a song.

Though "Soul Sacrifice" was immortalized in the Woodstock Film, and "Evil Ways" had the most radio success, I believe it is Jingo which best exemplifies the deceptively simple power of Santana's early music.

While Carlos achieved his greatest commercial success with Supernatural (driven by hits like "Smooth" and "Maria Maria"), he launched his career decades before with music that -- although more than 40 years old -- is still relevant today.