Nathanael Johnson

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. 

Ben Trefny

While San Francisco can’t compete with places like Yosemite for wildness, you’ll find the city is teeming with nature if you just take a moment to see. From slugs to oaks to falcons, we share our sidewalks with a variety of life. 

Nathanael Johnson grew up in the kind of house where kids ate lots of kale and brown rice, played outside in the woods, and sang together before dinner. His parents tried to raise their kids the “natural” way, and for a long time, he thought that was the best.