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.

"I Scare Myself" by Dan Hicks

Oct 9, 2013

When Terry McGovern first heard Dan Hicks' "I Scare Myself," he was instantly blown away by the unstoppable, symphonic nature of the guitar-laden track.

"Do Like You" by Stevie Wonder

Oct 9, 2013

Kania Tucker's father played the entire Stevie Wonder album "Hotter Than July" during every summer camping trip, and she recalls the special connection she shared with a surprise skit at the end of his favorite song.

"Automatic" by Weezer and LA Riots

Oct 8, 2013

For Kelvin Chen, his love for this dancy Weezer track is tied to the excitement he feels when playing video games.

"Evening Star" by Robert Fripp and Brian Eno

Aug 26, 2013

Rob McCoun has been listening to Robert Fripp and Brian Eno's "Evening Star" for three decades and it still gives him the chills.  

"I'd Rather Go Blind" by Etta James

Aug 12, 2013

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. 

"Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley

Aug 12, 2013

The value of good satire isn't lost on Michael Stoll. He adds Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry" to our ongoing My Mix Tape series.

"Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin

Aug 5, 2013

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. 

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'".

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.  

Berkeley's Dan Huepel remembers the moment in high school when he realized just how much life was ahead of him, thanks to a soundtrack by The Eagles.