I don't even know what's going on any more... We all know that Carlos Santana was into some stuff back in the day. He used to eat copious amount of psychedelics and meditate a lot. Heck, I do both of those still to this day. Who doesn't? Big whoop.
But Santana was also running around with John McLaughlin trying to assure the world that Guru Sri Chimnoy was in fact God. He even wrote songs about it, such as Guru's Song and Guru Sri Chinmoy Aphorism. That's not where the weirdness stops, not by a long shot.
Let me introduce you to Santana's homeboy, the angel Metatron...
So apparently one time during his meditations in 1994, Santana was taken over by a transcendental spirit. He was made to grab a yellow legal pad and start automatic writing whatever he was channeling from this being.
"It's kind of like a fax machine"
Turns out it was this New Age character named The Archangel Metatron, who can heal you with his love through the transmissions of the spiritual radio. And it was to be Santana's mission to re-broadcast this spiritual radio to the children of the world.
"I'm not Carlos anymore. I'm not bound to DNA anymore."
Metatron told Santana explicitly, "You will be inside the radio frequency for the purpose of connecting the molecules with the light."
He knew what that meant. It meant he was to set out and finally record some new material, but it wouldn't make up just any album.
"Metatron is the architect of physical life."
What kind of album would this be? Well, Santana explained it to Rolling Stone in 1999 during an interview...
“I know it sounds New Age… but in my meditation, this entity - which is called Metatron - he said, 'we want to hook you back to the radio airwave frequency. We want you to reach junior high schools, high schools and universities. Once you reach them - because we are going to connect you with the best artists of the day - then we want you to present them a new menu."
Yes, target the kids. That doesn't sound supspicious at all... And yes, it does sound New Age...
"Let them know that they are themselves, multidimensional spirits with enormous possibilities and opportunities. We want you to present them with a new form of existence that transcends religion, politics or the modus operandi of education today'” – Rolling Stone, Summer, 1999
So the game was not only to release an album, but an album that would go beyond all human social structures altogether... Enter Supernatural.
Here's the creepy part. This mofo hadn't been on the charts in any serious way for over a decade or longer. It just wasn't popping off for him. But Metatron had the solution. As you read above, Santana was told to connect with the pop stars of the day.
Basically it was his spiritual mission to sell out as hard as possible. And it worked.
Santana went out and scored collaborations with artists including, but not limited to:
In 1999, this heater slammed straight up the charts. It went 15 times Platinum! It won the frickin' Album of the Year at the Grammy's plus eight other Grammy Awards. It even scored three Latin Grammy's including Record of the Year. It has sold over 30 million copies and took the number one spot on the charts in ten countries.
Maybe there's something to this whole Metatron business...
Included on the album was this smash hit with Rob Thomas, called Smooth:
I mean, you can't say that the song isn't awesome and he wasn't smart to slide himself back into relevancy like this. I don't think he achieved his goal of launching humanity into the 4th Density or whatever, but he made a boatload of money.
The flame of love hasn't extinguished. Three albums later, the record Shape Shifter would include a track named after and dedicated to Metatron.
You know, I'd heard of guys going down to the Crossroads and selling their soul to Satan for some rock and roll fame, but this is some next level business. Santana went too deep. Even Morpheus was like "nah, I can't follow you there, brah."