If you were walking through the LSC Plaza Tuesday afternoon, you may have seen him â€” a caped man in bright blue shorts armed with a ukulele and 140 love songs about the earth.
When asked what heâ€™s playing on his ukulele, the songster, Boulder resident Stele Ely, also known as EarthE Man, simply replies, â€œa romantic little ditty, John Lennon-style.â€
Today his message was to dry laundry on clotheslines instead of drying them. With an upbeat melody, he sang, â€œSo I dry our sheets and hankies on a clothesline. Baby kisses on laundry day, mighty fine.â€
While most students on their way to class canâ€™t help but smile at the man cloaked in what he calls a â€œTeam Earthâ€ uniform, undeclared sophomore Tyler Johnson prefers to sing along.
â€œIt feels like not enough communication about Earth is going on,â€ Johnson said as he took a pause form harmonizing. â€œItâ€™s a really bad situation; weâ€™re not really treating Earth right.â€
Promoting his project to create 140 love songs about Earth, Ely is committed to saving the planet.
Thatâ€™s one hit environmental song for every 1,000 endangered species to help save them from extinction, according to the website written across Elyâ€™s shirt â€” voxerth.net.
All of Elyâ€™s songs, from â€œWolverine Dreamsâ€ to â€œSet The Water People Freeâ€ are available for download on voxerth.net for free; however, there is a link to donate to his project.
â€œIâ€™ve been an environmentalist all my life,â€ Ely said. â€œI play for tips at the mall.â€ Ely, who offers himself to play at parties or events, co-writes songs with other musicians and performs custom songs for anyone in need of inspiration.
â€œI want to get people to start thanking each other for doing the right thing,â€ Ely said of his motivation to come to the CSU campus. â€œGive a hug to someone for using a water bottle or biking in the rain for a week.â€
Next time you spot Ely on the plaza â€” during the rest of this week â€” stop and chat for a while. He may just give you his signature tattoo of an X and an O, symbolizing a human giving the Earth a hug â€“â€“ with his non-toxic ballpoint pen.
Collegian writer Bailey Constas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.