B.o.B.'s "Airplanes" was written by a kid from Rockville
If you've turned on the radio for as much as a minute this summer, you've probably heard B.o.B.'s hit "Airplanes." It's everywhere. Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams sang the chorus, and Eminem even threw down a verse.
Tim Sommers, a guy who grew up in Rockville, wrote the song with his friend when they were freshmen at Cornell a few years ago. True story. I did a piece about it in today's paper. Check it out.
Something that didn't make it into the story: I asked Sommers if he ever brags about writing the song, or even just tells people about it. I chuckled at his response ...
"Honestly, I feel weird telling people," he said. "Sometimes when I'm DJing, I like to put it on. There's always random people who are talking to me, I put it on and they're like, 'I love this song' and I'm like, 'I wrote it.' People are like, 'What? No you didn't.' They don't get it. I find it's a lot better when someone else says something. If it comes on the radio and they're like, 'Tim did this.' That makes it a little easier. It's weird."
Sommers is 22 now, and he's already written a song that's affected millions of people. Talk about a promising start.