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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.

"Water with the Wine" by Joan Armatrading

Jun 19, 2014

When Jewelle Gomez first heard Joan Armatrading's voice on the radio of a hired car, she was so struck by it, that she had to ask the driver to pull the car over.  

"Regulate" by Warren G

Jun 12, 2014

This rap song was released when Oakland's Martin Schatz was in high school. He must have listened to it hundreds of times, without his parents finding out.

"Effervescing Elephant" by Syd Barrett

Jun 1, 2014

Erica Peters of Mountain View still remembers this Syd Barrett track she would listen to as a teenager.

"Valerie" by Amy Winehouse

May 19, 2014

From Amy Winehouse's warm vocals, to the lyrics focused on memories, listener Ava Kennedy thinks that Valerie is a soothing, calming tune. 

"City of New Orleans" by Arlo Guthrie

May 19, 2014

Carl Irons of Sausalito, chose this Arlo Guthrie track about railroads, because it helps him focus and stay on track to achieve his long-term goals. 

The Original Theme Song to Star Trek

May 19, 2014

San Jose's Chuck Reed appreciates the Star Trek theme song, because he appreciates how it focuses on the future and progress.  

"Vocab" by The Fugees

May 19, 2014

Devorah Heitner loves The Fugees' " Vocab," because it represents a strong, female viewpoint about expression and communication.   

"Sweet Seventeen" by The Dirty Beaches

May 19, 2014

Lately, Gregory Hurcomb has been hypnotized by this low-fi, surf rock tune by the Dirty Beaches.   

"Crest" by Stereolab

May 19, 2014

This Stereolab track reminds Robin Grossinger that we, as people, will shape the physical landscapes of our future, whereever it is we'll inhabit.  

"The Real Me" by The Who

May 19, 2014

Berkeley's Peter Skarpelos credits this The Who's drummer, Keith Moon, for helping him and his girlfriend get together.

"Chaiyya Chaiyya" by Malaika Arora & King Khan

Mar 31, 2014

This song helps Anand Rajarman remember the train trips he took between his home in southern India and his college in the north.

"Time to Kill" by The Band

Mar 24, 2014

Jody Ames in Albany remembers how lovely it was to receive lyrics of this song from a sweetheart.

The title translates to, "The people are crazy and the time is blurred," but for Oakland's Lillian Maring, it's the distorted bass line and Dutronc's sense of humor that really hook her.

"The A-B-C Song"

Mar 10, 2014

San Francisco's Zachary Schwartz gives us a treat this week. Instead of just playing his Mix Tape selection, he actually sang it!   

"Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" by Skrillex

Mar 1, 2014

For Luis Sanroman, this Skrillex track was the perfect cure from non-stop distractions.

"Grenade" by Bruno Mars

Mar 1, 2014

Yuging Kuang of San Franciso chose this Bruno Mars' title track because of the love story it conveys, and the lesson to be learned from it.

"The Hut on Staffin Island" by Relativity

Mar 1, 2014

Sam Stander's life began with this song, and you can even hear it on his family's outgoing voicemail message.

"I'm Sensitive" by Jewel

Feb 10, 2014

Maya Litauer first heard Jewel's song as a young adult -- as a shy, self-conscious girl, she found affirmation from the song's message. It gave her the self confidence to feel comfortable in her own skin. 

"I Have Known Love" by Silver Apples

Feb 10, 2014

For Hannah Lew of San Francisco, this song proved the perfect soundtrack to one of her favorite stories by Italo Calvino.  

"Embryonic Journey" by Jefferson Airplane

Feb 10, 2014

Judith Seeger, from Mountain View, made mix tapes for almost 40 years, starting in the late '60s. She always filled the remaining few seconds of the cassettes with Jefferson Airplane's "Embryonic Journey." 

"Holiday Road" by Lindsey Buckingham

Dec 29, 2013

Raven Mahon, from the San Francisco band Grass Widow, has a special love for "Holiday Road." Her attachment to the Lindsey Buckingham tune began with a VHS from her childhood.

"That's the Way of the World" is the song that sends listener Mark Decena right back to the night of his first slow dance.

"Time" by Pink Floyd

Dec 29, 2013

For listener Justin Hill, Pink Floyd's track "Time" holds an emotional and physical weight. Not only are the lyrics impactful, but the guitar solo can make the hairs on the back of his neck stand on end.

"What is Hip" by Tower of Power

Dec 29, 2013

"What is Hip" is the type of song that reminds Don Reed to ask himself, "Are you being yourself? Are you being authentic?" Plus, he also digs its poppin' 70s horn section.

"Beautiful Soul" by Jesse McCartney

Nov 25, 2013

Do you know the recent movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks? When Tina Kwok looked up the actor (Jesse McCartney) who voiced the littlest chipmunk, Theodore, she found a song that inspires her to be herself. 

"I Can't Get Started" by The Bunny Berigan Band

Nov 11, 2013

You may remember hearing Bunny Berigan's "I Can't Get Started" in the film, Chinatown. For listener Eric Sylvester, the song means more than just a killer addition to a soundtrack.   

"Someone Like You" by Adele

Nov 4, 2013

Adele's ballad, "Someone Like You" means a lot to Julia Kernan-Woitalla. It was the first song she learned on the piano, and her mother just can't get enough. 

"Gravity" by Sara Bareilles

Nov 4, 2013

Ken Helman has listened to Sara Bareilles' "Gravity" over a thousand times, and the song's story keeps him coming back for more.

"Crystallize" by Lindsey Sterling

Oct 17, 2013

Lindsey Sterling's violin track, "Crystallize," inspires Alice Lu to research how water is connected to human consciousness and emotions.

"Try" by Pink

Oct 17, 2013

High school student Sherry Fong appreciates the message of Pink's "Try": If there's a fire, there's going to be a flame, but a little burn won't hurt you.