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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Musician Carlos Santana performs onstage at the Clive Davis Grammy Party at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 12, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

I’m on vacation. But, I came into work today. Because when you have an opportunity to talk with someone you respect and whose music has made your life so much richer, you grab that opportunity and run with it. Even if it’s only eight minutes and forty two seconds of opportunity.

There are many reasons I love Carlos Santana.

His playing, of course. His story. His sense of humor. His perspective on life. His humility. His relationship with sound.

But mostly, I love the the fact that Carlos Santana vibrates at a higher frequency than many of us. He is plugged into the divine and he relishes in sharing that divinity, something we all have access to.

I acknowledge his humanness. I read his first wife’s book. Like the rest of us, he’s had moments of falling from grace.

And also like the rest of us, he’s used those moments to become the best version of himself.

He continues to make soul reaching, inclusive music and share his joy.

His new album is called Africa Speaks. You can see him at the Xfinity Center August 20th.

Here’s our conversation: