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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.

My Mixtape: "Police and Thieves," by The Clash

Sep 11, 2020

Owen Hill is a writer and co-editor of the anthology Berkeley Noir. In this week's My Mixtape, he shares a song that brings him nostalgia for Berkeley protests past.

Tureeda Mikell is a Bay Area poet and storyteller. In today's My Mixtape, she tells us about a song that carries spiritual significance for her.

Do you have a song that always takes you back to a specific time in your life? In this week's My Mixtape, Kevin Smith tells us about a tune that reminds him of a woman he met in the summer of 1993.

Sometimes you just need to hear something that's going to get you pumped up. In this week's My Mixtape, Virgie Tovar shares the ultimate self-love anthem. Tovar is an author, activist, and expert on body image. Got a tune of your own to share? Tell us about it!

James Cagney is a Bay Area writer and poet. In today's edition of My Mixtape, he shares a song he recently discovered that's become the soundtrack to his shelter-in-place.

Paul Lewin is an Oakland-based artist and painter. In this week's My Mixtape, he shares a song that has been a pillar of hope throughout his life.

Paul's art is inspired by Afro Caribbean/ African folklore, nature and sci-fi. You can view his work at his website.

Ashara Ekundayo is an Oakland-based curator. In this week's My Mixtape, she tells us about a song that always gets her dancing — and provides an important message.

Do you have a tune that reminds you of your parents? In this week's My Mixtape, Stevie Wilson tells us about a song that her dad used to sing to her when she was growing up.

Edward Perotti is a global event designer known for his creative and immersive events. In this week's My Mixtape, he shares his secret weapon for times when he needs a boost of confidence.

Want to share your own story of a significant song? Click here to find out how.

La Doña is a singer and songwriter from San Francisco. In this week's My Mixtape, she tells us about a song that reminds her of the people she loves.

Ariel DeAndrea is an artist whose paintings combine technical elements of Photorealism with her own surrealistic stylization.  Originally from San Francisco, she now lives and works in Vallejo. Ariel shares a song that speaks to the complexity of one boy’s journey.

Want to share your own story of a significant song? Click here to find out how.

Vanessa Rochelle Lewis was bullied for her appearance and sexuality. She redefined ugly to mean Uplift Glorify Love Yourself. Vanessa is the founder of Reclaim UGLY, a movement that helps people heal from “uglification” and celebrate their beauty. In this week's My Mixtape, she shares a song that's all about those good vibes.

Aliada is a cohost of the monthly comedy show Invisible Disabilities. In this week's My Mixtape, Aliada tells us about a song that helps articulate what it's like to live with anxiety.

Heklina is a San Francisco-based drag queen and founder of the long-running weekly show "Mother." In this week's My Mixtape, she shares with us a song that never fails to conjure memories of childhood summers.

In today's edition of My Mixtape, Swedish electronic band Little Dragon shares what they're listening to. Not to be confused with the David Schwimmer character, Ross From Friends is the stage name of British electronic music producer and DJ Felix Clary Weatherall. Little Dragon is currently touring and preparing to launch their new album New Me, Same Us at the end of March. If you've got a song of your own, submit it to us here.

Local comic book writer Jaimel Hemphill began a life long obsession with visual story telling medium at the age of seven. His love for comics and creating only grew, and one particular song gave him the extra superpowers he needed. 

Do you have a song that reminds you of a specific family member? In today's edition of My Mixtape, Alison McCauley tells us about a song she's been listening to with her kids for over a decade. Got a tune of your own to share? Tell us about it!

 

Farah Yasmeen Shaikh is an internationally acclaimed Kathak artist, and the Founder and Artistic Director of Noorani Dance. Kathak is a traditional Indian dance form associated strongly with storytelling. In this week's My Mixtape, Farah shares a song from The Forgotten Empress, a multisensory production that encapsulates the rise and influence wielded by a female empress in Mughal India.

Sara Moore is known to wear many hats as a performer, writer, director and teacher. She is even known as the "Poet Clown," of San Francisco. In this week's mixtape she talks about a song that captures what it is like to look back on your many lives and consider the roads not taken. 

Do you have a song that's special because you first shared it with a crush or a significant other? In this week's edition of My Mixtape, author and educator Lisa Gray tells the story of a song just like that. Got a song of your own to share? Tell us about it!

What songs make you think of romance? This week Madihha Ahussein, who serves as special counsel for anti-Muslim Bigotry at Muslim Advocates talks to us about how one song will always make her heart sing. Do you have a song that reminds you of that special someone? If you do tell us about it!

Bay Area singer, songwriter, and guitarist Graham Norwood found himself gravitating back towards music after his marriage began falling apart. He now sees it as a survival mechanism — a way to work through the heartbreak, loneliness, and confusion. In this edition of My Mixtape, Graham talks about a deeply personal song, pulled from the pages of his own life. Got a song of your own? Submit it to My Mixtape here.

Carina Ho is a musician, dancer, and choreographer who performs as Onikho. In today's edition of My Mixtape, she tells us about a song that helped her get her start as both a music-lover and a music-maker. Got a song of your own? Submit it to My Mixtape here.

Joey Sandin is an elementary school teacher living in Hayward. Most music doesn't evoke a strong emotional reaction out of her, but this song from Feist really hit her in the feels. Check out today's addition to My Mixtape to hear what memory popped back into her brain.

My Mixtape: "Symphony 9," by Beethoven

Dec 12, 2019

Joel Ventresca, recent San Francisco mayoral candidate, came into the studio and let us know which music suits him best when he's got a heavy workload. For this week's mixtape we're bringing it back to Beethoven. Time to get contemplative! 

My Mixtape: "Soul Vibrations," by Dorothy Ashby

Dec 9, 2019
Album Art: Afro-Harping

Do you know an artist who doesn't get enough credit? For local writer and editor Mimi Lok, that would be Dorothy Ashby. Check out this week's My Mixtape to hear more from an underrated Detroit jazz musician.

My Mixtape: "This World," by Malvina Reynolds

Dec 5, 2019

Local artist Elisheva Biernoff brings us a favorite childhood tune from a Bay Area musician: Malvina Reynolds. Check out the latest edition of My Mixtape! And if you'd like to submit your own story, learn how here.

My Mixtape: "Ironman," by Black Sabbath

Dec 5, 2019

What was the first song you listened to that really expanded your adolescent mind? For these week's addition to My Mixtape, Paul Robertson takes us on a journey from Boy to Iron-Man.

Want to share your own story? Find out how here.

Sawyer Rose is a local artist who takes a look at the unpaid labor of women in her show Counting the Hours. And as any artist knows, it's not always easy showing up worry-free for your own show. If you need a confidence boost, check out today's addition to My Mixtape and step into your power.

Do you have an artist who helped you learn a language? On today's My Mixtape, Michael Mei turns to The Beatles for exactly that.

This edition of My Mixtape is brought to you by KALW's own Audio Academy fellow Julia Goodman. If you've got a song of your own, submit it to us here.

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