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.

"Sunrise, Sunset" by cast of Fiddler on the Roof

Apr 1, 2013

The musical, Fiddler on the Roof conjures up Nan Seigel's memories of her grandfather and his stories about migrating from Russia to the United States.

"Sunshine, Lollipos and Rainbows" by Lesley Gore

Mar 25, 2013

Louis Charles Brown claps his hands to sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows. 

"Marry the Night" by Lady Gaga

Mar 25, 2013

Sean Fitzhoward reflects on wholehearted self-acceptance. 

"Learning to Love" by Mat Kearney

Mar 18, 2013

Guitar strumming and lyrics that set a contemplative mood for Suzi Esterhas.

"What A Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers

Mar 11, 2013

Despite reason it's a voice and beat that gets Janine Brito sashaying down the street.   

This song makes Gayle McLaughlin think about finding ways to connect with other people.

This song makes Steven Millhouse think of the possibilities in his life. 

This song reminds Chris Carlsson of his early days in San Francisco, but still applies today. 

This song makes Jim Fruchterman think about how good people can make a difference.

This song takes Christopher Cook on a poetic journey.

If you've never heard the official song of California, you've probably never been to David Cash's house.

This song opened Berigan Taylor's eyes to a new genre of music.

Carina Marquez doesn't trust anyone who doesn't like Frank Sinatra.

Janis Newman's son used to request this song when he was young, using his own special name for it. 

"Happy Birthday" by Various

Jan 22, 2013

Jazz legend and Bay Area resident Bobby Hutcherson says he is  always grateful to live another year. He celebrates his birthday this Sunday, January 27. 

To contribute your own story of a significant song to KALW's My Mix Tape project, leave a message at 415-364-7106 with your full name, where you live, the name of your song, and the story behind it. 

"Ibi Dreams of Pavement" by Broken Social Scene

Jan 2, 2013


"Eres" by Cafe Tacuba

Jan 2, 2013


"Smokestack Lightning" by Pigpen, Grateful Dead

Jan 2, 2013


"Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac

Dec 31, 2012


"Amber" by 311

Dec 3, 2012

This song reminds Isabelle Jimenez of going to the beach with her family.

This song gives Ethan Watters inspiration before he speaks in public. 

Gristan Grispol always loves when September comes around.

Caty Ballister's mother used to sing this song to her when she was a girl. 

Erling Wold draws musical inspiration from this song. 

Kelly Lawrence relies on this song as fatherly advice. 

Karen Davidson first heard this song in the sixth grade and her whole world changed.

Madison Vorva is an environmental activist who thinks it's important to always have hope. 

Kirby Hammel thinks this song is one of the greatest rock 'n' roll recordings there is. 

Tania Pulido lives in San Pablo. She chose this song because it speaks to the gang problems that have affected those around her. 

This song reminds Bridget Quinn of her brothers in the 70s.

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