Santana Finds Musical Inspiration By Talking To The Mona Lisa

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Carlos Santana is an artist who has spent his life enveloped in all forms of creativity, so fans may be shocked to learn that he had never visited the prestigious Louvre museum in Paris, France, until recently.

While he had toured there many times before, Santana’s first chance to to pay a visit to works like the Venus de Milo, Liberty Leading the People, and most infamously, the Mona Lisa, changed his life.

“I heard her say to me, ‘Hi.’ It was stunning, and I didn’t know what to say back, so I just said, ‘Hi.’ And then she said, ‘Do you remember me? When we were lovers in another time?’,” says Santana in a press release. “It was the most incredible occurrence, and in a way, it was kind of perfect that I had never been to the Louvre before, because this might not have happened at another time. I had to be who I am now, knowing that God is everywhere and that He was saying, ‘I love you,’ by sending me this message of inspiration and visualization.”

The visit with his wife (drummer Cindy Blackman Santana) and family inspired a 3-song EP titled In Search of Mona Lisa, months after the visit, Santana awoke from a dream with the lyrics for “In Search of Mona Lisa” and “Do You Remember Me” presented to him. The latter was recorded in one take at producer Rick Rubin’s famed Shangri-la Studio in Malibu and features five minutes of Santana soloing.

“Miles Davis and Bob Dylan always said that the first take is the best, and I have to agree,” Santana says. “You can hear the innocence in the music. That’s a nutrient that’s missing on this planet right now.”

Not only will 2019 bring new music from Santana, but the year also marks the 20th anniversary of his massively popular Supernatural album and the 50th anniversary of his Woodstock performance. He will bring a collection of his most treasured songs on the road for the Supernatural Now tour later this year.

Take a look at tour dates below:

SAT 6/22/19 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
SUN 6/23/19 – San Diego, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
MON 6/24/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
WED 6/26/19 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
THU 6/27/19 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
SAT 6/29/19 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre
SUN 6/30/19 – Portland, OR – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
TUE 7/2/19 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
WED 7/3/19 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
SAT 7/6/19 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
TUE 7/9/19 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
THU 7/11/19 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
FRI 7/12/19 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
SAT 8/3/19 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
SUN 8/4/19 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
TUE 8/6/19 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
WED 8/7/19 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
FRI 8/9/19 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
SAT 8/10/19 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
SUN 8/11/19 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
TUE 8/13/19 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
WED 8/14/19 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
FRI 8/16/19 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
SUN 8/18/19 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
TUE 8/20/19 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
WED 8/21/19 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
FRI 8/23/19 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
SAT 8/24/19 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
SUN 8/25/19 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

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