Meeting your favorite anyone of all time can be a daunting process. Here are ten easy tips to have you face-to-face with those immortals who soundtrack your days:
1. Decide on your favorite.
Before you meet them, you must know who they are. After listening to countless bands in your twenty odd years on Earth, you’ve come to the conclusion that this one unit of three people and their artistic output is your favorite in an infinite amount of units and outputs. Perhaps there was a shortlist, perhaps Jewel made it (totally fine), but after much soul seeking and navel contemplation, you arrive at say, Yo la Tengo.
2. Make your declaration.
The world must know and you must tell them. Send this epiphany to those you love or even those who would appreciate you for figuring it out. Email or text or snail mail. They will be happy you made such a big deal decision. By putting it in ink you make it especially indelible, you make it real.
3. Don’t just read the Wikipedia.
Listen to everything they’ve recorded. If you’ve done it once, do it again. Just be careful not to devour, but to experience each album with intent. Be sure you know the band is from Hoboken and that they consist of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley (husband & wife team!) and James McNew. Find out where they are playing next in your town. They are performing an in-store at Amoeba Records in the Haight District of San Francisco followed by a meet-and-greet record signing. How perfect! It’s time you meet Yo la Tengo to inform them of their All Time status, among other things.
4. Prepare your statement.
Know what you are going to say. Decide to thank them and tell them they are your Favorite Band of All Time and what a difference they have made in your life. How they helped your drive through the Mojave Desert the year after you graduated college and how you won’t forget that it’s because of them you weren’t alone. And how you listened to only them when you were on major painkillers for a broken back. And how you’re considering naming your future child Madeline, after one of their most sublime songs. And when you have friends around, you put on I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One. And when your heart hurts, you put on Painful. And when you retire in an old farmhouse in upstate New York, you vow to put on Fade.