I must admit that my radio listening nowadays is limited to sports talk radio and an occasional visit to the Adult Contemporary station during its 80s weekend, just so my kids can hear Wham! or Dexys Midnight Runners.
Why is that? Because nothing that I listen to is ever played on Clear Channel’s monopoly on the airwaves. Nothing.
Take, for instance, Bleu’s “B.O.S.T.O.N.” from his album Four. It’s tailor-made for radio: Energetic and playful, it has several memorable melodies that are so infectious, my 9-year-old scolded me the other day because I was singing it, and she couldn’t get it out of her head.
Bleu probably doesn’t earn much of a living selling his records. Instead, he writes songs for the people who are cute enough to be noticed by record companies – namely, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers. Quite ironic, isn’t it? (But it does make the teeny boppers’ music more palatable.) But I will put up any song of Bleu’s against Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne or Justin Bieber.
“B.O.S.T.O.N.” is about Bleu’s love of Boston, of course, and the Boston Chamber of Commerce would do well to make it their theme song. Bleu even calls it the “heart of the universe.” And, to make it even more appealing, he name drops other cities a la Huey Lewis and James Brown. Radio hits do that, you know.
I don’t even try to pontificate why radio stations ignore gems like this. I’m just glad I have the Internet to bring it to me.