Though you may pretend you didn’t, you probably watched “The Lego Movie,” if for no other reason than curiosity. In the process, you probably found that there were many parts of the film that relate to life — especially when it comes to the music that plays on the radio.
I laughed obnoxiously when I saw it in theaters because every character constantly listens to the same song, “Everything is Awesome,” over and over again. The Tegan and Sara (feat., The Lonely Island) song becomes the anthem of the Lego town, where anybody who is cool — or aspiring to fit in — listens to it on repeat.
Isn’t that how it really works?
Granted, the snowy Monday may have caused my insanity, but during my commute to work I frantically scanned different radio stations in search of something new that I hadn’t already heard every other day of my drive. It’s like there’s some sick and twisted dude in an office somewhere interfering with radio waves, causing stations to rotate the same five songs — just to make work commutes that much worse.
Yes, there is a solution: playing music through your phone, thus disowning the Prodigal Son that is radio. This is a wonderful solution for people with technologically advanced cars, but I drive an old one with many issues; I can’t afford such a fancy life.
I can’t be the only one who notices this maddening repetition. It makes me think of the receptionists in my doctor’s office who always play the same station. Maybe they do it to annoy me, and in actuality take turns playing a variety of music from their phones once I leave. Or maybe it is all they listen to… for eight hours. If so, I commend them for such strength because a 30-minute commute, five days a week is enough to drive me crazy.
I’ve reached the point where if I like a song, I’ll change the station because I don’t want to start hating it. Yesterday I had an intervention with myself: Although I love Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” within 30 minutes I heard it on three stations (Alice, KBCO and The Party). So from now on I have to skip past it. See? Intervention.
I’m not asking radio to halt popular music, I’m just asking it to throw in a mix, rather than the same 10 songs shuffled in different rotations. And maybe throw in some unique twists: like when The Party played Biggie Smalls earlier this week, I was loving it.
This brings me to my theory. Because radio stations play what we want to hear, maybe we need to start listening to a more diverse variety. This, in turn, will create more sought-after tracks on the air and diverse playlists. Radio exists largely due to public feedback and support; we should be providing more of both.
Or we can just keep frantically scanning stations to find something salvageable every morning commute.
Caleb Dennis’ “The Scene” runs in the Colorado Daily every Thursday. Twitter.com/TheWriterCalebD.