“When we first met… well, we were briefly introduced at one point, we were both playing at a festival together. I was playing with Lenny Kravitz and of course he was with his band Santana, and I just might have seen him passing, I didn’t talk to him. And in 2010, he needed a sub for a drummer, and then he called me to do that. Of course, I wanted to play with that band. So I said yes. It was just the one gate thing. But we started talking and really connecting. And there was something that was lacking in my life at that point, which was having a partner who was on a spiritual path that was parallel to mine in terms of the quest of that desire. Not that it had to be exactly like mine, but in terms of the intention and the intent and the importance in that individual’s life. And so I hadn’t had a guy like that in my life in quite a while. When we started talking, it was like, whoa, I really like how this is going. And then, on top of that, he loved Miles Davis and he invited me to listen to some Miles Davis and some Tony Williams.
And then he got me. He got the spiritual, and he got Miles and Tony — okay.”
Cindy Blackman Santana,
63 on this day,
in an interview
Her words say everything. Respect and love and gratitude to Cindy, happy birthday!