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¡Feliz cumpleaños, Carlos Santana!

20 July 2007

Lento y lento, I’m starting to think I might make it through the emergency, but there is a long way to go to keeping the Mex Files functional. Thanks to “eddie willers” for upping his contribution (and thanks to his kids who are doing without their milk money); David and Jochen for paypal donations today.

There’s still several hundred dollars that need to be caught up before anything else, and on-going support is still needed (and no one likes to be hit up for money… and, really, I’m not asking for much: about $30 per reader would cover all expenses for a year.

Gosh, if it hadn’t been for Burro Hall, I would have overlooked the fact that Carlos Santana turned 60 today (does that make anyone else feel… urp… OLD?)

Mariachi may not be the first thing to leap to mind when you think of Santana.. but Carlos Augusto Alves Santana learned to play the violin, thaks to his papí, a mariachi violinst who moved the family to Tijuana when Carlos was five.

In 1961, Carlos Santana — an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT — moved to the United States, to make the music Americans can’t do.

Burro put up THE ¡Oye Como Va! video so I’ll put up a different one (and not the one I put up earlier– YIKES!  I’d looked at three or four “youtube” videos and then posted the wrong link — I guess my multitasking skills are going to hell as a age.  DOH!).

Burro (or maybe Sra. Burro) mention that there are several places in Carlos’ home town of Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, but in the interest of … trivia… I’ll do him one better, having often bought my dinner at the Pollo Rey at the corner of Ignacio Zaragosa and calle Carlos Santana in Colonia Moctezuma, I’ll give you directions… take Metro Linea Uno (the pink line) to Moctezuma, exit on the Moctezuma side look for the Pollo stand.

One slight problem… it’s named for some other Carlos Santana, but nobody ever heard of him.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. 20 July 2007 8:59 pm

    Please tell me that’s you in the video…

  2. 14 April 2008 10:21 am

    Aaaargh! Why is he using a pick on that classical guitar???
    THat should have sounded so mych better handpicked!!!
    Just an impression…

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