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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 they've found.

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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.

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.

My 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.

My Mixtape: "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​.  

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.  

My Mixtape: "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.

My Mixtape: "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.

My Mixtape: "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.

"Ibi Dreams of Pavement" by Broken Social Scene

Jan 22, 2016

Nina Morente chose this song because of a moment of catharsis at a live concert.


"Into the Void" by Black Sabbath

Jan 18, 2016

Thomas Moniz picked this song because there's nothing else like it. 'Nuff said. 

"Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles

Jan 15, 2016

  Robert Okin picked this song because it makes him remember that even his most at-risk clients have the chance for a new beginning.

My Mixtape: Handlebars

Oct 28, 2015
Ben Trefny

Eighteen-year-old Dexter Lotz shares a song by Flobots that speaks to his concern about how governments operate. He mixed this piece at the studios of Upstar Records at Sunset Youth Services.

My Mixtape: "Beam me up" by Midnight Magic

Sep 22, 2015

Tom DeCaigny shares a song that gets him up and dancing. 

My Mixtape: "Rags to Riches" by Fat Chops

Aug 30, 2015

Fifteen-year-old Ari Liccardo's artist name is Fat Chops. The song "Rags to Riches" is one of the first songs he ever produced as a musician, and it addresses some of the struggles he's been through in his life.

"Cat's In The Cradle" by Harry Chapin

Jul 14, 2015

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

"Don’t Leave Me This Way" by The Communards

Jul 14, 2015


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.


"I Am Not At War With Anyone" by Luka Bloom

Mar 30, 2015

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. 

"Girl Blue" by Stevie Wonder

Feb 23, 2015

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

"Hey Jude" by The Beatles

Feb 16, 2015

Richie Unterberger, from San Francisco's Inner Richmond District, shares a story about the very first record he ever bought. 

"En mi Viejo San Juan"

Feb 9, 2015

Musician John Santos shares a story about his grandmother's favorite song, and her journey to Puerto Rico.