Overall, the book is about Carlos looking for the angels that he wants to hear sing when he plays his chosen instrument. Born into a musical family, he tries various other instruments before settling on the guitar and the mix of blues, jazz, rock, and Afro-Cuban music that became the signature Santana sound. Along the way, the book touches on the immigrant experience, the plight of migrant workers like Santana's brother, the nonviolent resistance movement of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The author does a wonderful job of placing Carlos in his time and era and intertwining the story of the music with that of cultural history, personal history, and coming of age.
I loved this book! The illustrations are amazing, and if you're a passionate early Santana fan like I am, you will find a lot that is familiar, a lot to learn about, and a lot to admire. Sep 16, Cheryl rated it really liked it. Yet another wonderful biography among all the ones we've been seeing these last few years.
When I was growing up the kids who read non-fiction and the kids who read stories used different parts of the library and seemed to have very different interests I'm a little confused by the second-person voice, though. Why did the author give the impression that he's addressing the book to Carlos? Also, I know that if I w Yet another wonderful biography among all the ones we've been seeing these last few years.
Also, I know that if I were a kid, I'd have some questions May 05, Karen Witzler rated it it was ok Shelves: children-s-history , bio-memoir. Jan 01, DaNae rated it liked it Shelves: biography-memior , immigrant-stories , latino , latin-america , znew , art , diverse , nf-narrative , pb-bio. I feel like this might have been written for Santana fans, such as my Franki.
As someone who appreciates his music, but is a casual partaker, I don't really feel as if I know that much more about the artist after reading this book. Nov 06, Daneen rated it really liked it. Not content with merely penning a biography of Carlos Santana, Mahin Muddy, delves deep into what makes the soul of this musician sing. As a boy in Mexico Carlos loved listening to his father play violin.
To him, that was when 'the angels would sing'. Carlos tried several instruments including clarinet and violin growing up in Tijuana and San Francisco. He was never able to hear his own angels sing, however, until playing at a muddy festival in Bethel, New York in Vibrant double pag Not content with merely penning a biography of Carlos Santana, Mahin Muddy, delves deep into what makes the soul of this musician sing. Vibrant double page spreads compliment this story of yearning and perseverance.
Sep 27, Fran rated it it was amazing. This book is stellar. The art work is amazing! Mar 01, Kara Garcia rated it liked it Shelves: children-s-literature , multicultural. My dad used to put on albums like on the record player — totally old school because it was the 80s and would wander around the living room, playing along with the music on his guitar.
A lot of my musical interests are rooted in those memories. One of musicians that my dad would frequently play along with was Santana.
While other kids were listening to pop music on the radio which we also did sometimes , my dad was teaching us about the music from our Hispanic heritage by playing Santana along with music my grandpa grew up listening to, like Perez Prado. This text reminded me of those times growing up, listening to Santana, and watching dad strut around the living room, playing along, which was a large chunk of my childhood, actually. In the text, as Carlos Santana discovered his love of music and his rhythm, and it changed his world, from my own dad I learned to love music, which in turn changed my life.
Text to text: The text that this reminded me of was the book Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks.
Anatomy Of A Song – “And the Angels Sing” – Geezer Music Club
One of the chapters talks about how important exposure to music is to a growing brain — the more music a child is exposed to, the more likely it is they will be musical and have increased intelligence. While there have been studies to show the connection between intelligence and music exposure, the most distinct connection has been shown to be between music and linguistic ability. While I was reading about how Carlos Santana went back to Tijuana from San Francisco to learn to speak English better, while learning to play guitar better as well, it made me wonder if perhaps his musical practice helped him learned English faster.
In When Angels Sing, it seems like wanting to play his music and be successful and fit in in America drove Santana to work harder, but also that finding his rhythm helped him learn English faster.
In Musicophilia by Sacks , p. After reading the text, I decided to look up how Carlos Santana not only makes great music, but how his experiences captured in the text regarding Martin Luther King Jr. Specifically, I thought it was interesting, and something that I never thought of, in the text it says that he grew up poor, and that he and his music were greatly affected by civil rights pursuits in the s — especially those of Martin Luther King, Jr. In a time where sometimes the Arts are being allowed to go by the wayside, knowing that Carlos Santana grew up with creativity being encouraged, especially musical talent, and now he is investing in upcoming generations is both interesting and encouraging.
The connection that I made was that from his own experiences, Carlos Santana started the Milagro Foundation as an effort to give back to his community and those in need around him. Mahin, M. When angels sing: The story of rock legend Carlos Santana. Sacks, O. Musicophilia: Tales of music and the brain. The Milagro Foundation. Jun 13, Margarita Rodriguez rated it it was amazing.
For this book I decided to make a text to world connection. Making a text-to-world connection is making a connection between the text and real-world happenings in present time or past in history. He tried to play a variety of genres and instruments but was never impressed with himself or considered himself successful, searching for those 'angles'.
Everyone else believed in him but it took him believing in himself to hear the angels sing.
Rhonda Vincent - When The Angels Sing Lyrics
I made the text-to-world connection because not only does this share the history of Carlos Santana, and the prevailing moments in history both in Mexico, and the US, and his struggle of being a child immigrant. I think we can connect this book to the thousands of immigrants that are fleeing their homelands in South America in search of peace and freedom, and hope. Immigrating from place to place in search of a new place to call home and struggling with the assimilation of the new countries is a lot more common than people are aware.
There will be students who are English learners that will feel dumb for not knowing the language and miss their homes, and as educators and humans, we owe these students and people the right to feel accepted and valued, and be helped in time of need. Carlos Santana is one of many success stories, and is a prime example of how immigrants make the United States a more beautiful place.
Jun 13, Samantha Duncan rated it liked it Shelves: multicultural , childrens-literature. This is where you are connecting the text with something that has happened in the real world. He tried to play different genres and play different instruments but failed to ever really feel like he was successful. Everyone else believed in him but i For this book I decided to make a text to world connection. I think we can connect this book to a lot of people in this world.
Everyone is constantly looking for others to validate their success but it takes you believing in yourself for you to finally be successful. We see these sorts of people all over social media and in magazines and that is why I thought it would be a good connection to make. Mar 16, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: boy-books-elementary , c-cultural-ethnic , c-biography.
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A beautifully illustrated, well written picture book about Carlos Santana's childhood up through his band's performance at Woodstock in I can't say how much I loved the expressive pictures using Mexican style and colors. Carlos Santana's love for music and longing to catch a certain spirit--to "make angels sing" was palpable throughout the story. Would have been better to have a glossary of Spanish words used in the book at the end, even though the general and sometimes specific meaning wa A beautifully illustrated, well written picture book about Carlos Santana's childhood up through his band's performance at Woodstock in Would have been better to have a glossary of Spanish words used in the book at the end, even though the general and sometimes specific meaning was clear from context.
REcommended as a read-to for kindergardenters and first graders plus preschoolers willing to sit for it and for slightly older kids to read themselves. Dec 11, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: diverse , biography , classroom-use-arts-integrate , read , picture-book , non-fiction.