My Mixtape | KALW

My Mixtape

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 we've found.

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This song reminds Meisha Sanders of getting through a tough time with her boyfriend.

This song helps Kayla Ritchie consider the experience of loss.

Twelve-year-old Diana Esquivel can't help but sing this song, even if she doesn't know the lyrics. 

Fifteen-year-old Deyonte Newson sees this song as a source of good advice.

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Cynthia Strauss says listens to this song twice a day sometimes. She first heard it live at a concert.

Steven Short remembers his father teaching him to play this song on the harmonica.

This song reminds entrepreneur and educator Joanna Rees that everyone needs a little care.

This song reminds KALW listener Curt Yagi of the young people in his life who depend on him.

Having just moved to Germany, KALW's Chris Hoff bonded with another American over this somewhat obscure song.

This song gave Your Call producer Ali Budner a new perspective at a significant time.

This song reminds KALW reporter and producer Casey Miner of the bluegrass music her father plays back in her home town. 

This is the first song KALW's Ben Trefny learned to play on the guitar. Since then, he's learned many more to play for his family every night. 

This song repeats often in the soundtrack of Holly McDede's life.

Seth Samuel, sound engineer for KALW News, reflects on the art of film scoring.

KALW's Jayme Catsouphes and his high school swim team would get pumped up for their meets listening to funk.

This is the first song KALW's Martina Castro learned to sing. She listened to it for the first time with her parents.

Much like Sly Stone, San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos believes we've got to live together. 

This song reminds California State Senator Leland Yee of the Vietnam War protests he witnessed as a student at UC Berkeley.

This song helped Kyle Tabuena-Froli through a tough summer job.

Charlie Mintz listened to this song as a patient 6th grader, waiting for a crush's feelings to change.

This song changed Hana Baba's opinion of Frank Sinatra  – with a little help from her husband.

This song took KALW's Jen Chien on an unexpected journey.

Phil Ting, San Francisco's Assessor-Recorder, appreciates the tribute this song makes to civil rights movements.

This song inspired City Attorney Dennis Herrera during his 2001 campaign for office.'_Alive

KALW's Erica Mu loves to dance – and it's thanks to this song and her dad.

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi's father used to sing him this song.

Adachi passed away on February 22, 2019.

David Chiu, President of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors, chose this song as a tribute to the streets that make up the soul of a city.

California Assemblymember Sandre Swanson originally heard this song when he was driving in his first car, a Chevrolet. Today, it reminds him of the important women is his life: his mother, wife and daughter.