Joan Armatrading

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. In this installment, activist, musician, and educator Melanie DeMore tells us why she chose "Willow," by Joan Armatrading.

When Jewelle Gomez first heard Joan Armatrading's voice on the radio of a hired car, she was so struck by it, that she had to ask the driver to pull the car over.