A beginner’s guide and 12 step program for becoming a fan of the indie band Enation.
1. Watch General Hospital and become intrigued by Lucky Spencer and Jonathan Jackson. (This first step can be swapped with many others, such as watch One Tree Hill, watch Saved By The Bell: The New Class, eat at Galeotti’s Restaurant, hear about this band from a friend, etc.)
2. Visit the official Enation website. Follow the link to CD Baby to check out the music. Listen to the music samples. Order three of the CDs because you can’t resist a good sale, but don’t tell anyone because it’s embarrassing to buy three CDs before you’ve heard a full song.
3. Receive your three CDs in the mail and start playing them constantly. Find a small problem with one of the CDs and feel delighted, because it means you get to send the band an email. Get a response to your email and feel stupidly excited.
4. Go to Ustream and watch the archived live concert, live rehearsal and live interview. Find the answer to the question, what does the name Enation mean? Then go to YouTube and watch the videos on EnationMusic’s channel, Daniel Sweatt’s channel (which are the funniest!), Jonathan Jackson’s channel, and then check out the fan videos.
5. Go to facebook and “like” Enation’s fan page, and while you’re at it, “like” Jonathan Jackson’s page and Richard Lee Jackson’s page.
6. Go to twitter and “follow” Enation, Jonathan Jackson, Richard Lee Jackson, and Daniel Sweatt. Add their twitter feeds to your Google Reader.
7. Go back to the Enation official website and join Enation Army. Don’t hold your breath waiting for your first “monthly” newsletter.
8. Go to the band’s Myspace page, if you can remember how, just because it’s there and you’re obsessed now. Find some other fans online to chat with about the band, because you’re starting to annoy your friends and co-workers.
9. Go to Amazon.com and order your first mp3 player so you can buy the Enation albums at CD Baby that are only available as downloads.
10. Go back to the official Enation website, order an autographed Enation photo from the band’s store. Feel a little bit of disappointment when the photo arrives because it doesn’t have Luke Galeotti’s autograph on it. Then see it as an opportunity to get it autographed when you finally see the band perform live. Print out a small photo of Luke, because you’ve downloaded hundreds of photos off the internet, then stick it on the band photo and pretend he’s in the picture.
11. Start buying lottery tickets, and hold off planning your vacation until the band announces another set of tour dates.
12. Wait patiently (or impatiently) for the next concert, the next CD, the next tee shirt, the next tweet, the next DVD, the next book of poetry, the next video, the next monthly(?) newsletter…because now you’re hooked.