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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 we've found.

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Women in stunning gowns, men in black tie and tails... these are just a few images of the Art Deco party scene of yesteryear that Russell Piti imagines as he's listening to this tune from the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.  

"Hotel California" by The Eagles

Jul 22, 2013

Berkeley's Dan Huepel remembers the moment in high school when he realized just how much life was ahead of him, thanks to a soundtrack by The Eagles.

"Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" by Selena

Jul 17, 2013

Fatima Duran may have grown up, but she still holds on to one of her favorite songs from childhood -- and the memory of acting out her own Selena impersonations. Don't forget, you can pick up a hairbrush and play rockstar whenever you want.

"Bring it on Home to Me" by Sam Cooke

Jul 17, 2013

Devon Jorgensen gushes about "the best song ever written" and how the lyrics, composition, and Cooke's voice hit home during a big breakup.

"Swanee" by Al Jolson

Jun 24, 2013

Pool parties, BBQ's and other memories of growing up in the East Bay are what Lisa Davis thinks of each time she hears this favorite Al Jolson tune.

"Wishmaster" by Nightwish

Jun 18, 2013

Nightwish's symphonic style inspired Alan Worman to further explore the melodic side of the metal genre. 

"Brandenburg Concerto No. 3" by Johann Sebastian Bach

Jun 16, 2013

The period instruments in this recording of Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 3" stand out to Tim Rayborn.

"Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2

Jun 16, 2013

This U2 hit reminds Lisa Elliot the importance of thinking outside the box.

"Endless Night" from The Lion King

Jun 16, 2013

A young musician, Kyle Trefny talks about a favorite song that inspires him.

"Minor Swing" by Django Reinhardt

Jun 10, 2013

 Jules Cunningham used to jam with friends to this jazz standard back in his freshman year, and now the song is a powerful reminder to him of how playing a certain song can make everything feel alright with the world. 

"Why, Oh Why, Did I Ever Leave Wyoming" by Roy Rogers

Jun 10, 2013

When John Hoff was four-years-old, and he couldn’t help but play “Why, Oh Why, Did I Ever Leave Wyoming” on repeat every morning, much to his family’s chagrin. 

"People are Strange" by The Doors

Jun 10, 2013

For Farah Al Mousawi, this classic Doors' song takes on a literal meaning.

"I Want To Break Free" by Queen

Apr 29, 2013

Allison Swaim explores the state of freedom and imprisonment with this Queen song. 

"I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett

Apr 15, 2013

Hilltops, cable cars, and fog typify San Francisco - the beholder of Tony Bennet’s heart - and remind Leslie Spagnola why she resettled in the Bay Area.

"Gypsy" by Fleetwood Mac

Apr 15, 2013

Although at times it's hard, Michael Hurley encourages us to never give up on love with this tune. 

"Famous In A Small Town" by Miranda Lambert

Apr 8, 2013

Miranda Lambert's song gets Avi Hoen thinking that fame doesn't equate happiness. 

"Sunrise, Sunset" by cast of Fiddler on the Roof

Apr 1, 2013

The musical, Fiddler on the Roof conjures up Nan Seigel's memories of her grandfather and his stories about migrating from Russia to the United States.

"Sunshine, Lollipos and Rainbows" by Lesley Gore

Mar 25, 2013

Louis Charles Brown claps his hands to sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows. 

"Marry the Night" by Lady Gaga

Mar 25, 2013

Sean Fitzhoward reflects on wholehearted self-acceptance. 

"Learning to Love" by Mat Kearney

Mar 18, 2013

Guitar strumming and lyrics that set a contemplative mood for Suzi Esterhas.

"What A Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers

Mar 11, 2013

Despite reason it's a voice and beat that gets Janine Brito sashaying down the street.   

This song makes Gayle McLaughlin think about finding ways to connect with other people.

This song makes Steven Millhouse think of the possibilities in his life. 

This song reminds Chris Carlsson of his early days in San Francisco, but still applies today. 

This song makes Jim Fruchterman think about how good people can make a difference.

This song takes Christopher Cook on a poetic journey.

If you've never heard the official song of California, you've probably never been to David Cash's house.

This song opened Berigan Taylor's eyes to a new genre of music.

Carina Marquez doesn't trust anyone who doesn't like Frank Sinatra.

Janis Newman's son used to request this song when he was young, using his own special name for it.