About, above and beyond
You’ve got questions, I’ve got lots of time on my hands:
Q: Hey, I thought Elvis was dead!?
A: No, he’s just been recycled. Elvis will live forever. In 2000 years, two people will be remembered, Elvis and Jesus. Who knows, maybe they’ll even be in a movie together: “Do Unto Others, Babuh!”
Q: Where did you come up with this idea?
A: My alter ego was working at a boring recycling program kick-off event at a local office building back in 1997. Suddenly, in walked none other than an Elvis impersonator and the seed was planted: I realized that the world needed a “green” Elvis to make going green fun and fabulous!
Q: Why do you do this?
A: Why do you do the voodoo that you do? Well, because we’re destroying our home planet, and because I’m passionate about nature, music and humor. I spent my entire childhood outdoors, have been playing music since around age 11, and I’m a strict Pythonist (Monty Python), religiously speaking. So it all adds up, or does it? Don’t know, who cares.
Q: Do you do this regularly?
A: All the time, man. I’ve performed at the Missouri state capitol, Arrowhead stadium, The Kansas City Star, University of Missouri Kansas City, city council, conferences, schools, libraries, parades, churches, parties and community events around Kansas City and throughout Missouri and Kansas. I also do the occasional out-of-town show. My goal is to perform at every imaginable event, so stuff like the annual meeting of the Royal Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things, any Touch-A-Truck event (good touch, not bad touch, of course), the Lint Collection Annual Trade Show, etc.
Q: Who is your target audience?
A: Mostly humans, though other species actually show more promise. Whether they’re 5 or 95, every human needs to hear the same message and take basically the same actions.
Q: Are those pop tabs on your costume?
A: Yes, I try my best to include recycled items on my costume. My current costumes feature pop tabs, bottle caps, frozen juice lids, and my belt is an old weight lifting belt turned bass ackwards. The dried sweat is all recycled Blue Sky soda.
Q: So do you do “regular” Elvis impersonation?
A: If you mean the white jumpsuit kind, no, that ain’t my gig, babuh. I’m 100-percent green. Look on the Web for “Elvis impersonators”. Over one million Elvis impersonators can’t be wrong, can they? I didn’t think so.
Q: How do you come up with your songs?
A: I order them all pre-shrunk from Amway. But seriously, man, my subject matter is anything that has to do with the environment that requires humanity’s attention and action. For now, I do only cover songs because of their recognizability, and because they allow me to focus on lyrical content. To qualify, a song must be something I personally like, and/or one that is really well known.
Q: What do you think is the most important thing people need to do to save the environment?
A: Two things actually: 1. Stop using fossil fuels and nuclear for energy production, and 2. Practice a two-child limit. ‘Cause every cause is a lost cause if we don’t stabilize the human population.
Q: Hey man, “Hunka, hunka burnin’ love”, “Uh thankyuh, thankyuh very much!”, “TCB, babuh!”, “Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building!”
A: Right back atcha, man!
Q: One more question…
A: Sorry, my hair needs quaffing. Send me an email, babuh.