My Mix Tape

What's your favorite song? Or what's a song that holds meaning for you? KALW News has been asking these questions to every person interviewed, and here's what they've found.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. San Francisco artist Josefa Vaughan picked this song that showed her that difficult emotions could be processed and evoked and made into great art.   

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Local author Kevin Smokler chose this song about love by Rufus and Chaka Khan.    

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf's mom sang this for her, and she sang it to her children.  Call your mom, because Mother's Day is coming up!

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Ziggy Canales shares this song by The Archies that makes him think about his relationship with his mom.  

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them.   Sunset Youth Services affiliated artist Sire chose this Slim Thug track (featuring none other than megachurch pastor Joel Osteen) because of its personal message about letting go of those who bring us down.

Today it is best known as the anthem "Jerusalem", with music written by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916.
William Blake / Public Domain

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Author Janice Nimura contributes the song "Jerusalem," the William Blake poem set to music by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916. The performance here is that of English singer Billy Bragg.

My Mixtape: "Kiss" by Prince

Apr 21, 2016
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A tribute to Prince from KALW's Luisa Cardoza.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Journalist Karen de Sá drops a song onto our mixtape that she has been dancing to since she was a kid.  

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. NPR Tiny Desk Contest Winner Fantastic Negrito chose this song (recorded 79 years ago) because of its lasting power.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Trinidad Escobar is a poet, cartoonist, and educator in Oakland, California, and she elegantly describes for us why she chose this song for the ever-growing mixtape.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Dee Hibbert Jones and Nomi Talisman made the short documentary film Last Day of Freedomand chose this song because of the echoes it has with their own work.

My Mixtape: "Stars" by Sylvester

Apr 4, 2016

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Actor Anthony Wayne portrays disco singer Sylvester in the musical Mighty Real. This is one of his favorite songs from the musical... and beyond!

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Artist Rene Yung tells us that she plays this song from time to time when she settles down into moments of truth and beauty.

Sandra Chen chose to add this song to My Mixtape because of its melancholic beauty.

Joshua Bloom adds this piece of conscious hip-hop to My Mixtape, because it is a piece of radical music with the potential to reach people.  

Karla Ceja adds this track to My Mixtape because it makes her think of self reliance and independence.

SF punk Penelope Houston adds a very important track to My Mixtape.

Lawrence Chan adds this song by a former San Francisco resident to My Mixtape because it makes him dance.

Adrian Graham adds this enigmatic Nick Cave song to the mixtape... but why?

Today we revisit one of the earlier entries to My Mixtape, a song that Kyle Tabuena-Froli had on repeat to psych himself up for a very difficult summer job.  

Kenneth Monteiro, the dean of the college of ethnic studies at San Francisco State University, chose this uplifting anthem for our latest entry to the mixtape.

My Mixtape: "María Elena" by Lorenzo Barcelata

Feb 29, 2016

SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza added this song to My Mixtape because of its personal significance for his family.

Alex Aroche drops this summery track onto My Mixtape - it might just make you want to get in your car and take a drive.

My Mixtape: "Linus and Lucy" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio

Feb 22, 2016

Comedian Rob Baedeker chose to add this song to My Mixtape because it takes him back to childhood.

Reporter Amy Harris has been using this song to help her write while on a deadline since she was in high school, so of course it had to make it onto My Mixtape​.  

The wicked bass line and killer drum break are only two of the things that would make Chris Gould want to add this song to My Mixtape.  

Novella Carpenter tells about why this song makes her think of her father.  

My Mixtape: "Sanctuary" by Utada

Feb 1, 2016

Jeannie Doan chose this piece from the soundtrack to the video game "Kingdom Hearts 2" because she feels like it brings her closer to her friends.

My Mixtape: "The Fear" by Lily Allen

Jan 29, 2016

Dale Stevens chose this song for our mixtape because of its sleek satire of materialism and the modern condition.

My Mixtape: "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye

Jan 25, 2016

Roxanne Murray chose this track because it reminds her of coming of age in the Civil Rights era, with Vietnam, student activism, and Women's Liberation as a backdrop to the music.

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