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.

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.

This classic Al Green song reminds Mayor Ed Lee, of San Francisco, that if people face challenges together, they'll have a better chance of finding solutions.

Judy Beck of San Francisco loves this Dave Easley track, especially because of the surprising yet serendipitous rooster crows and wind chimes that were worked into the song's final mix.

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.  

"Regulate" by Warren G

Jun 12, 2014

This rap song was released when Oakland's Martin Schatz was in high school. He must have listened to it hundreds of times, without his parents finding out.

Erica Peters of Mountain View still remembers this Syd Barrett track she would listen to as a teenager.

From Amy Winehouse's warm vocals, to the lyrics focused on memories, listener Ava Kennedy thinks that Valerie is a soothing, calming tune. 

Carl Irons of Sausalito, chose this Arlo Guthrie track about railroads, because it helps him focus and stay on track to achieve his long-term goals. 

San Jose's Chuck Reed appreciates the Star Trek theme song, because he appreciates how it focuses on the future and progress.  

"Vocab" by The Fugees

May 19, 2014

Devorah Heitner loves The Fugees' " Vocab," because it represents a strong, female viewpoint about expression and communication.   

Lately, Gregory Hurcomb has been hypnotized by this low-fi, surf rock tune by the Dirty Beaches.   

"Crest" by Stereolab

May 19, 2014

This Stereolab track reminds Robin Grossinger that we, as people, will shape the physical landscapes of our future, whereever it is we'll inhabit.  

"The Real Me" by The Who

May 19, 2014

Berkeley's Peter Skarpelos credits this The Who's drummer, Keith Moon, for helping him and his girlfriend get together.

This song helps Anand Rajarman remember the train trips he took between his home in southern India and his college in the north.

Jody Ames in Albany remembers how lovely it was to receive lyrics of this song from a sweetheart.

The title translates to, "The people are crazy and the time is blurred," but for Oakland's Lillian Maring, it's the distorted bass line and Dutronc's sense of humor that really hook her.

"The A-B-C Song"

Mar 10, 2014

San Francisco's Zachary Schwartz gives us a treat this week. Instead of just playing his Mix Tape selection, he actually sang it!   

For Luis Sanroman, this Skrillex track was the perfect cure from non-stop distractions.

"Grenade" by Bruno Mars

Mar 1, 2014

Yuging Kuang of San Franciso chose this Bruno Mars' title track because of the love story it conveys, and the lesson to be learned from it.

Sam Stander's life began with this song, and you can even hear it on his family's outgoing voicemail message.