TV Episodes

Songs of Freedom
Viewing Schedule

every other
at 10:30 pm

Spectrum (formerly Time Warner)
RCN  82
Verizon  33

Next episode:
February 25, 2016

webcast at mnn.org

Channel 34


2017 viewing times
in January 2017

Monday 4:00 pm
Spectrum (formerly Time Warner)
Channel 56
RCN 84   Verizon 36


Sunday 6:00 pm
Spectrum (formerly Time Warner)
Channel 79
RCN 85   Verizon 37

Wednesday, 11:00pm

Channel 35/68/83/43
watch it online

7:30 pm
Channel 70

webcast at bronxnet.org
Channel 70/36

More Songs
of Freedom


In March of  2016
I had the pleasure of singing
at the Society of Ethical Culture
in NYC in order to raise
money with Democracy Spring to hire busses that
took nonviolent demonstrators to
Washington DC in April of that year.
The intention of the protest

was to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice.  We raised $200 at the event. You can find out more about Democracy Spring and how you can still get involved at the link below.



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What do you know about NATO?   Isn't it a relic from World War II?   What is its function now?     
Click here to find out.



Faith danced the night away on New Years Eve.
Take a look and join the fun!




the website for the 
Songs of Freedom 
 television show, and a connection
 for activists and artists sharing their vision
and the dignity of human struggle


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Brooklyn:   Wednesday, 11:00pm, New York Time  at    Watch Online!

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President Trump?

a poem by Kristin Lems

I hope that I shall never meet
a land whose leader rules by tweet
a tweet whose hungry mouth can spew
without a thought to me or you
a tweet excreted night or day,
that servile media ricochet
a tweet that can so easily bear
to agitate, incite or scare
whose brevity does not restrain
from bullying or seeking gain
tweets by fools may pick a fight
but real leaders read and write.


Many of us are still figuring out what happened and what will happen in 2017 and beyond.
I remind myself that most voters did not vote for Donald Trump and many more stayed away from the polls altogether. That does not even include the votes that were not counted and disallowed and may have decided the election.
(For more about that important truth, read the work of Greg Palast.)
No doubt, we have work to do. Step one is remember who you are and that you are not doing this work alone.

Donald Trump will disappoint the people who voted for him. This process has already begun. (example: Those coal jobs he promised are not coming back.) There will be an opportunity to shake hands and create alliances with people who do not live where you live, associate with people you associate with, or vote as you just voted.

My big question is will we forge a working understanding and friendship or will spin doctors and pointed fingers from the self-promoting chaos makers keep us from each other?

This is our future and our future chance for meaningful change.

I hope we make the most of it.  Stay strong and stay well.

In spirit and solidarity,

Joel Landy

S h a d e s   of   P e r  s p e c t i v e

American Tune 

words and music by Paul Simon

Many's the time I've been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and often felt forsaken
And certainly misused
But I'm all right, I'm all right
I'm just weary to my bones
Still, you don't expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home

And I don't know a soul who's not been battered
I don't have a friend who feels at ease
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
or driven to its knees
But it's all right, it's all right
We've lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the road
we're traveling on
I wonder what went wrong
I can't help it, I wonder what went wrong

And I dreamed I was dying
And I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me
Smiled reassuringly
And I dreamed I was flying
And high up above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying

We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age's most uncertain hour
and sing an American tune
But it's all right, it's all right
You can't be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow's going to be another working day
And I'm trying to get some rest
That's all I'm trying to get some rest

This song got many laughs during the campaign.
It does not seem as funny now.

Joel Landy
"I Can't Help Falling In Love With Me"

This take on the election is more brutal.
Parents, the language used in this video may not be appropriate for your kids.

Jonathan Pie
"Who Elected Trump?"

(What�s so funny about ) 
Peace, Love and Understanding

words and music: Nick Lowe

 As I walk this wicked world
Searching for light in the darkness of insanity
I ask myself, is all hope gone?
Is there only pain, hatred and misery?
And each time I fell like this inside,
there�s one thing I want to know
What�s so funny �bout peace, love and understanding?

And as I walk through troubled time
My spirit gets so downhearted sometimes
Where are the strong and who are the trusting?
And where is the harmony, sweet harmony?
�Cos each time I feel it slipping away,
it just makes me wanna cry
What�s so funny �bout peace, love and understanding?



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  Highlights from 2016


In late November I assisted Donna Stein raise money for the environmental efforts of the Clearwater organization. I meet the most interesting people, including performers, when I volunteer for movements I believe in.

The 2016 New York City
Friends of Clearwater Water Festival

took place on Sunday, September 11th at the Lower East Side Environmental Center on the East River in Manhattan.  It was a beautiful day to be near the water. The panels of speakers organized and moderated by WBAI's Ken Gale were enlightening and educational and the music organized by Jeremy Aaron and
Joel Landy were entertaining and inspiring. Thanks to Donna Stein and the leadership of the New York City Friends of Clearwater for their continuing efforts to protect and preserve our precious waterways. And thanks to the musicians, speakers, and volunteers for making this year's festival a success.

Here are some photos from the the day and a video from the event.
Stay tuned. More videos will be posted shortly.


David Rovics
appeared at the Aubergine Cafe in Woodside, NY on Wednesday night,
August 17th. Songs of Freedom Television was there to record the evening of topical music featuring one of topical music's brightest stars. The night was hosted at Aubergine Cafe by Steve Suffet and the Sunnyside Singers Club.

If you missed the event you can watch videos of the concert by clicking on the links below.
Full Songs of Freedom episodes of the evening will be streaming online and cablecast via NYC's public access tv soon. Watch this space for viewing times and channels.

For more about David Rovics, go to www.davidrovics.com

For more about the Sunnyside Singers Club and weekly singing events, go to

Set One
One Day in Kenya
If This Were A War
God's Gift to the Caliphate
Send Them Back
I'm A Better Anarchist Than You
They All Sang the Internationale
If Clinton's A Progressive
No One Is Illegal
Set Two
Good Bye Portland
Letter to My Landlord
Spancil Hill
Song for My Broken Heart
If Only It Were True
Statue in the Harbor
Everything Can Change

In addition to recording David Rovics' stellar performance I was invited to play two songs.

One was about the next President
of the United States.

"You're A Joke, But Nobody Is Laughing"


The Odradeks HOOT!

Great music and great times. Here are some videos for you to enjoy.
Odradeks is soon to re-open. Stay tuned for details!



The May hootenanny at Odradeks Coffee House was a terrific evening.
Thank you to all the fine performers who came to make music and have a fun time.
They included

Jake Block, Alan Alter, David Butler, Eli, Joel Landy, Jerry Korobow, Lou Michaels,
Marie Moskowitz, Gina Moffet, and Steve Suffet.

And thanks to Jake Block and the staff at Odradeks for inviting us in. We hope you enjoyed too!

 Here are links to 3 complete Songs of Freedom Television episodes edited from the evening:
  Show 1:  featuring Jerry Korobow and Joel Landy
  Show 2:  featuring Jake Block, Lou Michaels, Marie Moskowitz, Eli, and Steve Suffet
  Show 3:  featuring  Marie Moskowitz, Alan Alter, David Butler, Gina Moffet,
                  and the ensemble finale, "This Land Is Your Land"

 Ultra cool things that happened this night included players showing up and while tuning their instruments in different parts of the room they started playing together. The whole building was filled with a jam before the evening started. So, I changed the format of the show. No formal introductions. Introduce yourself and play, accompanied by whomever you choose. The other ultra cool thing that happened was I started talking to a coffeehouse customer when I arrived.
I asked him if he played an instrument. He said he played fiddle. I asked him if he lived nearby. He said yes. I told him to get his fiddle. He did and he played. He was excellent and then he sang too. Thank you, David Butler. The entire evening was magical like that.

(See below for pics and vids from previous Thursday Night HOOTS!)



   December 2016

The Odradeks space has not yet reopened, but promises to soon.
Stay tuned!

Odradeks Coffee House in Kew Gardens, the site of our awesome hoots from December of last year to May of this year will be re-opening under
new management and with a new name in 2017.

Odradeks has been a special place serving the Kew Gardens community and providing those who come with many things, including great music. Thank you to Jake and the staff at Odradeks for everything they gave us and welcome and many thanks to Garik Aminov, the new owner of the space.

"It's a great place and we want to keep it open." said Mr. Aminov.

Stay tuned to this space for more news about Odradeks and Songs of Freedom.
See the links on this page to hear the great music we had the pleasure of enjoying and hope to enjoy again.  ~ joel

The GOOD news

is that on Thursday nights you still have a place to go to have a hoot. The Red Pipe Cafe on Austin Street in Forest Hills (between Continental and Ascam) hosts a jam session/singaround on Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Bring an instrument and songs to share, or come along to sing and enjoy. It is fun and it is free - although it is important that you purchase something to eat or drink.

I hope to see you soon at
the Red Pipe Cafe!

Here is a short video of what to expect.

Details about Red Pipe Cafe can be seen in the link.


Joel Landy 2016 Performances

Joel Landy

May 14th
at the
People's Voice Cafe
 in NYC

It was lots of fun playing and being with friends, despite my vocal challenges that evening, and it is always great playing along side my riding buddy and good friend, Steve.


Steve Suffet

Saturday, April 16   Ray Korona Song Night
at the Peoples' Voice Cafe

Ray Korona was a writer, producer, promoter, musician, an articulate advocate for artists and those fighting for justice and dignity, and a good friend. Many of us still cannot believe he is gone. On Saturday night April 16 at the Peoples' Voice Cafe in NYC friends and artists gathered to sing his songs and remember Ray. It was a heartfelt evening with inspired performances.
Here is the finale to the show. Enjoy!

April 17  

"Funny Song Swap"  at the New England Folk Festival
Mansfield High School in Mansfield, MA

  And what a funny song swap it was!
Thank you to Steve Suffet, Ben Grosscup and Jackson Gilman for joining me for the great session.

Sunday, April 3

was a terrific time at The fourth annual
Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot
at the Jalopy Theatre & School of Music in Brooklyn, NY

It was a great evening with a wonderful audience and memorable performances. Thanks to the folks at the Jalopy for making it so special.
I want to personally thank my fellow musicians:
Steve Suffet, Vincent Cross, Beth Kotkin, and Mike Glick for a special and fun time.

Here are 3 videos from that show recently seen on Songs of Freedom TV.

show1     show 2     show 3


Thursday Night HOOTS!


We Gave a HOOT!   and people came to

Odradeks Coffee House in Kew Gardens, Queens on

on Thursday evening, March 17

Thank you to everyone who made it another memorable evening.

Lawrence Block, Lou Michaels, Marie Moskowitz, Joel Landy, and others
continued the Third Thursday Hoot series with spirited performances.

Here are three half hour Songs of Freedom episodes edited
from the February 18th Hoot! event:

  Episode 1:   featuring  Joel Landy
  Episode 2:   featuring Larry Block, Lou Michaels, 
                        Marie Moskowitz, and Joel Landy

  Episode 3:   featuring Larry Block, Lou Michaels,
                        Marie Moskowitz, and Joel Landy

Here are episodes from the January hoot:

 Episode 1:   with Steve Suffet, Larry Block
 Episode 2:   with Joel Landy
 Episode 3:   with Steve Suffet, Larry Block, Richard Benson

Joel Landy songs at the
Thursday Night Hoots!

Running Out of Time
The Spaces In Between
Richard Cory
Pay  Me No Mind
By Any Means

Are You Going to Cut Medicare?

I  Can't Help Falling In Love with Me
I Wonder Why
Save the Last Shot for Me
Let It Melt and
I Wish Woody Guthrie Was Here

There But for Fortune
What Do You Do with a Politician?


Thursday Night Hoots!

The Phil Ochs 75th birthday concert I produced at Odradeks Coffee House in
Kew Gardens, Queens (see below) in December of 2015 was so successful I was invited to produce a monthly music event there.
Unfortunately, Odradeks closed a the end of July in 2016.  My goal is still to create a music scene in Queens similar to the one I did on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village nine years ago, where souls conspired and played together.  So, stay tuned folksingers, bards, and free spirits. We still have a world of music to make.

For more about the Phil Ochs 75th birthday celebration at Odradeks Coffee House, including videos of the evening's  performances, click here.


I have discovered that the only way I can remain in a room where Sarah Palin is speaking is to employ the assistance of a laugh track to modify the incoherence and lunacy.

The most challenging element of creating this minute long video was having to listen to this person speak again and again while editing. Donald Trump being on the stage with this marvel of public discourse did not help matters.

I did survive the ordeal and now offer this video to you better styled for public consumption.

Now please excuse me. I have a headache and must take medication and a nap.

~ Joel Landy ~

Click on the pic for the video.

Some people are best viewed
with a laugh track.



It was a joyous night for both the audience and the artists who performed at Odradeks Coffee House in Kew Gardens, NY on Thursday night, December 17, celebrating Phil's life and music.

Click on the photo links for more about that evening and video performances by David Massengill, Joel Landy, Steve Suffet, Anne Price, Lydia Adams Davis, Steve Vitoff, and Richard Benson.

Here is a review of the evening  
by Carene Lydia Lopez


2015 Performances


Second Annual Pete Seeger Sing-Along Celebration

Saturday, May 9th  at the
Peoples' Voice Cafe

Here is a sample of the music
shared that evening.

"Where Have All the
Flowers Gone?"

with Joel Landy and 
The Great Dancer Faith





NEFFA: The New England Folk Festival Association

NEFFA, the New England Folk Festival, was a blast.
I led two sessions. One was The Ultimate Parody Jam and the other was a Funny Song Swap.
What fun!
Check out the video here for a sample.  
More at www.neffa.org

The 3rd Annual
Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot
on April 12
at the Jalopy Theater and School of Music was an awesome show

We will be doing it again on April 3, 2016.

Join us! 

I had the pleasure of participating
at the MLK open mic

at my favorite progressive coffeehouse,
the Peoples' Voice Cafe in NYC. I thought it would be most appropriate to sing a song written by Matt Jones.

[click here]

Reaching Back to the Year 2014 

December 12, 2014 at the

I was featured at this showcase in NYC. The night before the House of Representatives voted for the bill that will fund and keep our government running. Republicans stuck goodies for the banking industry in there at the 11th hour written by their friends at CitiGroup. Enough Democrats voted for it to pass. There was other stuff in that bill too that the Senate passed and the President signed in the days that followed.
I am still livid. I took my energy about it and my attitude to the stage and began my set with the video to the right. -->


[click pic for You Tube link]

December 15, 2014 at the
UTES Got Talent at New Utrecht High School
song: "When I Was Young" by Matt Jones

Matt Jones devoted his life to the struggle of social justice in this country. Some time after the 1960s he articulated what we all now know - that the fight for freedom and equality has not ended at all. His song frames this stark perception vividly.

[click on the photo for You Tube link]

 ... more '14 ...

"For the Love of Pete"

A celebration of the life and music of Pete Seeger

Summer Fun!   2014

2014 Labor Day Parade
in New York City   September 6

New York City Friends of Clearwater


Water Festival  August 23

The People's Climate March in


New York City  September 21

2014: A Year to Remember

The New England Folk Festival

The Second Annual Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot

The Pipeline Follies  (Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline)

New Utrecht's Got Talent  ◊  The New Utrecht High School Talent Show

The United Nations Association of Queens  presents
an Earth Day Celebration at the Queens Museum of Art

Music For All Ages at The Redwood Deli


Where I've Been

Performances  2013 and 2012"

He's a real live wire ! "  

~  Pete Seeger  ~







pages and pages of them at youtube.com

Kiss Your Ass Goodbye

Close Indian Point NOW!


The Eve of Depression
With apologies and thanks to Barry McGuire and P.F. Sloan


click on pic   click twice for You Tube MP3 version

The International Express
more than a subway train, it's the world in motion




Songs of Freedom
YIPPIE Museum Cafe Archive

(2007 and 2008)


A season of topical music, free to the public in
Greenwich Village, New York City, hosted by Joel Landy








Without Borders





writing for godot


Brasscheck TV
a website where you can go to
educate yourself



More Links



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"He's a real live wire!"
~ Pete Seeger ~


Flashback link to


A year in review.

 Quick Vids 

"I Am Selling Off My Body When I Die!"   
featuring Joel, and
The Great Dancer Faith!

There But for Fortune.
performed at the 2013 New England Folk Festival

"By Any Means"  
Mitch McConnell sings his way into your heart,
but he and his obstructionist friends are
"Running Out of Time"

  On the Radio 

 Legal Illegal  (MP3 file)
WBAI live broadcast on
Bob Fass's
Radio Unnambeable

An interview with
WBAI's Ken Gale

(from 2008)


"Joel's engaging performance style has been nurtured through real experience in the TV studio and on the demonstration stage. 
He draws you in with the opening song and you're with him right through the encores!"

~ Ray Korona ~


"Joel is a dynamic performer who is able to connect with kids with special needs and adults alike. We consider Joel a Dream Team sponsor for his theme song and all of his voluntary efforts."

~ Vicki Fenton ~
President and Founder,
The Eve Fenton Love-All Foundation


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The Continuing
Life Story of

Faith Maya
Nagumo Landy

~ The Early Years ~

Click on the picture of the cute baby for a little bit of Faith.

Click on the family photo to see a movie.

Faith videos,
first 12 months

More Faith Videos

Even More Faith
(on You Tube)

Hey Rocky,
watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!