Santana – “Somewhere in Heaven” Live
A Slow, Beautiful Instrumental Tune — Santana Shreds It Like A Boss
“Somewhere in Heaven” was written by Carlos Santana and Chester Thompson. It was included in his sixteenth studio album, “Milagro” which was released on May 1992. It peaked at number 102 in the Billboard 200. The title of the album was inspired by and dedicated to Miles Davis and Bill Graham. It was given four out of five stars by the Rolling Stone.
“I wanted to reaffirm some of the effervescent feeling that I have towards life and towards a lot of things,” says Santana of his new LP from his San Francisco Bay-area home.
Last year Graham died in a tragic helicopter crash, barely two months after the death of another of Santana’s closest friends, jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.
“They both did the same thing for me,” notes Santana. “They sharpened my tenacity, they sharpened my convictions.”
The overall feel of the song was relaxing but the guitar solo in the middle was nothing short of electrifying. Santana owned the stage and ripped it. There’s so much soul into that piece that it made the entire performance magical. He’s reaching out to people with his music and it’s simply touching!
One key to Santana’s unique spin on reinterpreting the music of different cultures, from Latin to reggae and blues to bop, lies
in his close relationship with Davis.
“He made me realize that all music is important if it comes from the heart,” explains Santana. “And he was open to everything. He wasn’t just into jazz… He taught me the art of music by understanding the beat of the street.”