October 16, 2013

Margie Lucido

Name: Margie Lucido

Location: New Jersey

Santana Fan Since: I never envisioned myself as a subscriber to a “fan newsletter”, or someone who would write a “fan letter”. However, 15 years ago, I did write a letter to the Carlos Santana expressing my admiration and connection to his music. I just felt it was something I had to do. I have been listening to Carlos Santana since 1967!

Why You Love Santana’s Music: From reading about Carlos’ childhood, I am grateful that he pressed on, using his gifts to bring amazing music to the world. He is a true survivor. His music resonates not only the voice of hope, but encourages the young and our future to do as he has done…send a message of peace, love and harmony in our world. This is the FIRST and LAST reason I love Carlos Santana and his musicians. Besides…he is THEE most extraordinary, best and talented, beyond measure, number ONE guitarist this world has known. He has remained steadfast in his mission and journey.

Carlos Santana, an icon. His music will live forever.

How Many Times You’ve Seen Carlos Live and Where/When: I am not ashamed to say I am 62 years old, and have attended Santana concerts, at least 10, with my husband Joe, everywhere we have lived in the country. After 4 years in the Air Force, in Germany, our first Santana concert was in central NY. We attended concerts in St. Louis, while living there, and after moving to NJ in 1982, attended all of our remaining concerts here. I think a big part of my dedication and affinity to Carlos’ music is that over the years I have seen the transition in his music come full circle in his life, as I have gone through much in my own life.

Where would I love to see Carlos Santana most?! That is an easy one! Now that he is soon to be a constant at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Casino & Hotel, Las Vegas, THAT would be my venue of choice!

Random Santana-related Fact: Hmmm. Woodstock 1969. I was in Germany. My brother was in Woodstock (as close as he could get)! He saved me the newspaper clippings which included pictures of Santana on stage! He heard Carlos, but he could not SEE him!

2nd Random fact: We were at a Santana concert in NJ, and were surprised with the debut of “Smooth” with Rob Thomas on stage with Carlos! It was an amazing night, fabulous concert and the crowd was crazy psyched!

My #3 random Carlos moment was winning the SIGNED Shape Shifter album from the fan website! It hangs between my framed Abraxas and Santana albums. Thanks again from a very grateful fan…Margie