My Mix Tape

9:04am

Mon August 12, 2013
My Mix Tape

"I'd Rather Go Blind" by Etta James

What makes this Etta James' classic so important to PJ Johnston? Well, it's not everyday you get to meet Ms James herself. Johnston did just that at a party thrown by (then) Mayor Willie Brown in 1997. 

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9:04am

Mon August 12, 2013

10:00am

Mon August 5, 2013
My Mix Tape

"Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin

The first time Seth Rosenfeld heard Janis Joplin's voice he was sitting in his family's Chevy Impala, parked in the driveway, listening to the radio. 

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4:03pm

Mon July 29, 2013
My Mix Tape

"Jesus is the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me" by James Cleveland

Oakland pastor, Bob Jackson chose one of James Cleveland's gospel ballads as his favorite song. Pastor Jackson's reason why? "Because 'Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me'".

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3:43pm

Mon July 29, 2013
My Mix Tape

"I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra (feat. Ramona Davies)

Women in stunning gowns, men in black tie and tails... these are just a few images of the Art Deco party scene of yesteryear that Russell Piti imagines as he's listening to this tune from the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.  

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