Storytime with Keaton Klepper

April 2, 2014

Keaton KlepperMy names Keaton Klepper. I’m 17 and go to Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City.

I have been a fan of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for about 2 and 1/2 years. I became a fan when I first met my girlfriend. At the time, she was really into them, so I said to myself, ‘Alright, I’ll learn all these songs and impress her with my knowledge of her favorite band.’ But as it turns out, I really liked Edward Sharpe, and the more I listened to the music, the more and more I enjoyed it.

As her and I got to know each other we got to enjoy the tunes Edward Sharpe put out even more. And as every guy is with all girls they think are “mega babes,” they get nervous around them and don’t know what to talk about. But Edward Sharpe was something I could always talk to her about and a common interest we both had.

I first saw the band with her last summer in Guthrie, Okla., at the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover. They headlined a two-day festival alongside Mumford and Sons. It was definitely one of the coolest live shows I have ever been to. The interaction with the crowd was great, and they were having so much fun on stage; it was a blast watching them. That concert was one of the coolest concerts I’ve ever been to, and one of my best memories with my girlfriend. We plan on seeing them again in Tulsa this summer.

Getting the Edward Sharpe Twitter account to tweet the “prom proposal” took some work. The night before they posted it, I contacted Edward Sharpe through about every way imaginable. I Facebook messaged them, went onto every band members’ individual Instagram accounts and left a huge paragraph comment about how I was trying to ask my girlfriend to prom by getting the account to tweet: “Jill, Prom? -Keaton.”

Bprom_371x383ut they went above and beyond with what they actually did. The Edward Sharpe drummer (Josh Collazo) replied and said he would see what he could do. He even threw in a “thumbs up” emoji; I knew I had a good chance of getting in. The “megababe” was a reference to the comment I left on Josh’s photo, which read “People are asking girls at my school to prom and I think this girl is a mega babe so if you could help that would be really groovy” … so I guess I just lucked out with the comment on Josh’s photo.

I first saw it not on Twitter but when my friend texted me a picture of the tweet and said, “How did you pull this off?” I instantly started freaking out. I went to the room where my girlfriend had class, and she hadn’t even seen the tweet yet, and all the girls in her class were saying, “Check Twitter!” so I got to see her actual reaction which was pretty priceless. The tweets are actually going to make it into my schools yearbook as well. But I am super grateful for the help I got from the band members, and it’s safe to say Jill and I will forever be Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros fans.

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