SOTD – Coming of Age by Foster the People

So it all comes down to this. One week remains in my short collegiate tenure as a man with little to no significant responsibilities. So many people have said to me over the last year, “God, I really wish I could go back in time and experience college again…do you think you’ll miss it?” The answer to that question is painfully obvious: uh, chyea, duh. Anyone who claims otherwise is probably a crazy person speaking in non-sequitur fallacies. But that doesn’t mean I’m looking towards the future with sulking shoulders and a frown on my face. It’s simply my time, and as lead singer Mark Foster proclaims, it feels like I’m coming of age.

Getting immersed in a band’s writing process can often seem strange when considering the final outcome of an album like Foster the People’s Supermodel. Coming of Age wasn’t actually written until most of the album had already been recorded, and as Mark Foster puts it, it “came out of nowhere.” He goes on to say “It’s kind of funny, it’s the last song we wrote and recorded and it is the first song everybody is going to hear.” From a struggling Californian musician who got by for years working as a commercial jingle writer, he knows more than most people that late flickers of genius can truly define a career as they have for Foster the People.

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