My Mixtape

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. For today's installment, Truc Nguyen tells us why she chose this song by Cyndi Lauper.

My Mixtape: "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver

Sep 24, 2016

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Edward Miguel tells us why he chose this John Denver song.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Natalie Rodriguez tells us why she chose this song by Celia Cruz.  

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Phillip Coffin tell us why he chose this song by The Runaways.

My Mixtape: "Hey Ma" by Chance The Rapper

Sep 12, 2016

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Erick Cortez, an artist associated with Sunset Youth Services and Upstar Records, tells us why he chose this Chance The Rapper tune.   

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Drew Ackerman, host of the Sleep With Me podcast, tells us why he chose this Neil Young tune.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Megan Quintana tells us why she chose to add this track to our ever-growing mixtape.  

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Jean Pimentel tells us why she chose this WWII standard. Because she didn't specify which recording she was thinking of, the artist presented here is Anne Shelton.

Sunset Youth Services

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. San Francisco's own Cameron Collier chose a song of his that he collaborated on with his friend Erick Cortez. Together they performed this under the names Grizzly and ECFunk. Thanks to Dexter Lotz of Sunset Youth Services for producing this piece. You can listen to the entire song here

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Originally from Oakland, California, Brittani “Brittsense” Sensabaugh is a New York-based documentarian who chose this song (performed by several different artists) for us.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Barbara Lee is the Congresswoman for the 13th District of California. She chose this song by Nina Simone because it has echoes in today's Black Lives Matter Movement. Listen, think, and react appropriately.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Bay area journalist Nathanael Johnson tells us why he chose this choral piece by French composer Gabriel Fauré, which he first sang while in choir as a teen. The recording presented here was by Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. 

Kenneth Monteiro, the dean of the college of ethnic studies at San Francisco State University, chose this uplifting anthem for our latest entry to the mixtape.  

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Jinho Ferreira aka "The Piper" is a hip-hop musician and police officer. Jinho chose to contribute this song by his group Flipsyde that is featured on the soundtrack to his play "Cops and Robbers." You can listen to the full song here.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Investigative journalist Shane Bauer tell us why he chose this song by  Swedish band Little Dragon, which he listened to while he was working undercover as a prison guard in a private prison. You can watch the official video and listen to the full song here.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Wired Science Desk correspondent Nick Stockton lives in Point Richmond, CA and chose this song by Chance the rapper because he finds it uplifting. You can listen to the full song here.  

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Mill Valley's Matt Jaffe, guitarist and founder of the band Matt Jaffe & The Distractions, chose Hank Williams' "Hey Good Lookin," a song that grew on him as he grew to recognize Williams' songwriting skills.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Isadora Duncan Dance Award winning choreographer Jo Kreiter chose this song because it showcases some powerful female voices voices in bay area hip-hop.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Bay Area muralist and founder of the Community Rejuvenation Project, Desi Mundo, offered up this powerful track by Rebel Diaz. You can watch the video and listen to the full song here.  

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Local musician Gren Coffee tells us why this song lets him know that even those who don't fit in can find their own place.




My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. San Francisco artist Josefa Vaughan picked this song that showed her that difficult emotions could be processed and evoked and made into great art.   

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Local author Kevin Smokler chose this song about love by Rufus and Chaka Khan.    

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf's mom sang this for her, and she sang it to her children.  Call your mom, because Mother's Day is coming up!

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Ziggy Canales shares this song by The Archies that makes him think about his relationship with his mom.  

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Jinho Ferreira aka "The Piper" is a hip-hop musician and police officer. Jinho chose to contribute this song by his group Flipsyde that is featured on the soundtrack to his play "Cops and Robbers." You can listen to the full song here.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them.   Sunset Youth Services affiliated artist Sire chose this Slim Thug track (featuring none other than megachurch pastor Joel Osteen) because of its personal message about letting go of those who bring us down.

Today it is best known as the anthem "Jerusalem", with music written by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916.
William Blake / Public Domain

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Author Janice Nimura contributes the song "Jerusalem," the William Blake poem set to music by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916. The performance here is that of English singer Billy Bragg.

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