My Mix Tape

What's your favorite song? Or a song that holds meaning for you? KALW News has been asking these questions to people all around the Bay Area and here's what they've found.

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Apr 22, 2016
Today it is best known as the anthem "Jerusalem", with music written by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916.
William Blake / Public Domain

My Mixtape: "Kiss" by Prince

Apr 21, 2016
Flickr User Penner. Used under CC BY. Cropped

A tribute to Prince from KALW's Luisa Cardoza.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them.

"Formation" by Beyonce

Apr 11, 2016

"Stars" by Sylvester

Apr 4, 2016

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Actor Anthony Wayne portrays disco singer Sylvester in the musical Mighty Real. This is one of his favorite songs from the musical... and beyond!

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Artist Rene Yung tells us that she plays this song from time to time when she settles down into moments of truth and beauty.

Sandra Chen chose to add this song to My Mixtape because of its melancholic beauty.

Joshua Bloom adds this piece of conscious hip-hop to My Mixtape, because it is a piece of radical music with the potential to reach people.  

Karla Ceja adds this track to My Mixtape because it makes her think of self reliance and independence.

"Horses" by Patti Smith

Mar 18, 2016

SF punk Penelope Houston adds a very important track to My Mixtape.

Lawrence Chan adds this song by a former San Francisco resident to My Mixtape because it makes him dance.

Adrian Graham adds this enigmatic Nick Cave song to the mixtape... but why?

Today we revisit one of the earlier entries to My Mixtape, a song that Kyle Tabuena-Froli had on repeat to psych himself up for a very difficult summer job.  

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.

"María Elena" by Lorenzo Barcelata

Feb 29, 2016

SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza added this song to My Mixtape because of its personal significance for his family.

Alex Aroche drops this summery track onto My Mixtape - it might just make you want to get in your car and take a drive.

"Linus and Lucy" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio

Feb 22, 2016

Comedian Rob Baedeker chose to add this song to My Mixtape because it takes him back to childhood.

Reporter Amy Harris has been using this song to help her write while on a deadline since she was in high school, so of course it had to make it onto My Mixtape​.  

"Tighten Up" by Archie Bell & The Drells

Feb 8, 2016

The wicked bass line and killer drum break are only two of the things that would make Chris Gould want to add this song to My Mixtape.  

Novella Carpenter tells about why this song makes her think of her father.  

"Sanctuary" by Utada

Feb 1, 2016

Jeannie Doan chose this piece from the soundtrack to the video game "Kingdom Hearts 2" because she feels like it brings her closer to her friends.

"The Fear" by Lily Allen

Jan 29, 2016

Dale Stevens chose this song for our mixtape because of its sleek satire of materialism and the modern condition.

"What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye

Jan 25, 2016

Roxanne Murray chose this track because it reminds her of coming of age in the Civil Rights era, with Vietnam, student activism, and Women's Liberation as a backdrop to the music.

Bobb Harris picked this song because it reminds him of how hard his father worked to support his family.


Gerard Koskovich tells us about a song that took on a whole new meaning during the height of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco's Castro district.


Alex Calder shares a song that reminds him how to escape the constant conflict in the world around us.


Mar 23, 2015

Chris Dogherty shares an American spiritual that he's heard in many different forms. Recently, he heard it played by a jazz trio on KALW. 

Chinaka Hodge shares a song that speaks directly to her heart.