9/12/17: Santana (ft. Everlast) “Put Your Lights On”
The music in my head today will really brighten up your day! Carlos Santana teamed up with Everlast for the Grammy-winning song “Put Your Lights On,” and I just can’t get it out of my head!
Erik Francis Schrody is the man behind Everlast, though some people know him as Whitey Ford. That was the name of his first solo album, and it seemed to stick. He’s the same guy who spent some time as the frontman for House of Pain… the group you probably know from the beginning of every Carolina basketball game that makes sure you know that it’s time to “Jump Around”! Everlast is a rapper, and a talented singer/songwriter. The story goes that he gained a greater appreciation for life itself while recovering from a heart attack and converting to Islam. Facing your own mortality has a tendency to show you just how small everything is, and it inspired him to write lyrics like “Hey now, all you sinners, put your lights on, put your lights on.” My favorite line comes right at the end, when he closes with “We all shine like stars, then we fade away.”
Carlos Santata is one of the greatest rock n’ roll guitar players out there, and also has a deep appreciation for the spiritual… easily seen both in his music and his personal life. Santana’s music has often shown influences from Latin and African cultures, and he’s clearly a fan of being part of an ensemble. I first became aware of Carlos when he and his amazing band performed a spectacular set at Woodstock in ’69, and I’ve been a fan ever since. He’s had a stellar music career, and enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the late ‘90s when he began recording new music featuring guest vocalists… like the one with Rob Thomas that most of us know by heart: “Smooth.” This one, though? “Put Your Lights On”? It’s my favorite of Santana’s collaborations.
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