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.

Chinaka Hodge shares a song that speaks directly to her heart.   

Richie Unterberger, from San Francisco's Inner Richmond District, shares a story about the very first record he ever bought. 

"En mi Viejo San Juan"

Feb 9, 2015

Musician John Santos shares a story about his grandmother's favorite song, and her journey to Puerto Rico.

"Fly" by Kyla La Grange

Feb 2, 2015

This song makes Deena Hammond want to hit the silk -- silk rope, that is. With its beats and hook, it's just right for aerial dancing.

"Baltimore" by Cex

Feb 2, 2015

Before Aladdin Collar moved to Oakland, he lived in Baltimore. The song "Baltimore," by the musician Cex, reminds Aladdin of the new freedom he felt when his friend back home in Baltimore received his driver's license.

Laura Fraser, of San Francisco, says that this X track is right in step with her leanings as a "friendly anarchist."

Every time Redwood City resident Pat Bernard visits pianist Larry Martin, without fail, he'll begin to play this song. 

When San Francisco resident Sebastian Walker arrived in Haiti, shortly after a devastating earthquake in 2010, this song was playing over and over on the car radio.

"Let Down" by Radiohead

Jan 5, 2015

Noah Arroyo's usual music selections are much angrier, but this slow, Radiohead jam really moves him.

"Carey" by Joni Mitchell

Dec 29, 2014

"The wind is in from Africa..." are lyrics that bring tears to the eyes of San Francisco resident Melissa Rodgers.

Rene de Guzman chose this Magnetic Fields' anthem because of its powerful lyrics, and the overall story it tells about not wanting to let go of a memory.

"Der er et yndigt land"

Dec 15, 2014

For Danish resident, Sonia Bistrup, the nation's anthem is her favorite "unfavorite" song.

Berkeley musician Lyrics Born shares a special moment he experienced on his wedding day, that this Curtis Mayfield track served as the soundtrack for.

This Big K.R.I.T. song resonates with Oakland's Aundray Rodgers, because it serves as a daily reminder of his inspirational grandmother.

This is one of Sheri Shuster's favorite songs, because "It just stirs something inside of me."

"It's the first time I fell in love with music," says singer Thao Nguyen of one this Smokey Robinson hit. "It was my first example of the juxtaposition, the really happy upbeat melody, with darker, sad material."  

For Safiya Martinez, this Jimi Hendrix ballad marked her transition into teenage-hood.

Anna Lamassonne has attended many Grateful Dead shows, and this is the one song she's hoping to hear the most.

This song is particularly special to Nick Bilogorskiy. "Revolution" sums up a lot of his thoughts on the current state of the world, but also, it was the first track he ever learned on guitar.

Susan Craig's favorite song at the moment is Ani DiFranco's "32 Flavors," because she really enjoys the empowering message at its core.

Author, and West Oakland resident, Novella Carpenter, recalls the song her father used to play for her, when she was a child.

Nina Pick was driving home, surrounded by an East Coast winter scene, when this song took on a particular weight and meaning.

San Francisco writer and poet Alejandro Murguía appreciates the way "Tiempo Pa' Matar" captures the beauty that can come when you're just killing time.

"Back in Black" by ACDC

Sep 8, 2014

Skipper Jimmy Spithill shares with us the song that summed up his race team for the 2013 America's Cup Finals the most.

Tracey Grose associates this Sinatra standard with a time of love and heartbreak that brought a lot of meaning to her life.

"Revival!" by Me Phi Me

Aug 18, 2014

For her funeral, Julia Scott pictures her friends and family boogeying down to this upbeat track that she's loved since she was a pre-teen.   

For Judy Silber, this Paul Simon song reminds her of camping road trips with her family, and feeling comforted while moving from childhood to early adulthood.

After many late-night car rides with "Hotel California" on the radio, Mahmoud Khafagy not only began to love the song, but perhaps it became the inspiration for an even bigger trip.

"The Fear" by Lily Allen

Jul 21, 2014

It's the way Lily Allen's lyrics capture the hectic atmosphere of the human "rat race" that make this song a winner for Dale Stevens.

Whenever Emil Lawrence gets frustrated, this Rolling Stones' hit comes to the rescue.