Songs of Freedom
at 10:30 pm
Time Warner 34
watch it online
webcast at bronxnet.org
On the Radio
I was interviewed for a full hour
by Pacifica Radio's
We talked about social change, the power of music and projects
such as Songs of Freedom
and the shows I produced at Greenwich Village's Yippie Cafe. And,
yes, there were songs too.
Click here to hear the music
and the entire interview.
The Continuing Life Story of
Click on the picture of the cute baby for a little
bit of Faith.
Click on the family photo to see a
first 12 months
Even More Faith
(on You Tube)
watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!
the website for the
television show, and a
for activists and artists sharing their vision and the dignity of human
that a Time !
It was an awesome event,
Saturday night, April
12th, at the Peoples' Voice Cafe in New York City there was a tribute to
the life and music of Pete Seeger at the Community Church of New York.
Artists contributed their time and talent leading songs and singing with
an overflowing audience that was more like a community that came to
share their voices, time and memories together. I had the honor of
leading one of the songs and sharing the stage with friends and my five
year old daughter. I think Pete would approve. I also recorded the
evening and have video and audio files to share of this remarkable
Here is a link to a page
of photos, audio links and video links.
here is a page telling a photo story of the entire evening.
Enjoy it all, and keep
on singing! ~ joel
Recently . . .
Here is a taste of what happened on April 6
I Wish Woody Guthrie Was Here
More video and MP3 audio files of
these shows will soon be available at this website.
and keep singing!
The Second Annual
Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot
April 6, 2014
Jalopy Theatre & School of Music
My good friend and singing
partner Steve Suffet
produced both the recent Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie events. Thank you,
Steve, for inviting me to be part of these two memorable
evenings of song, tribute and community.
and creating community is the magic of music Woody and Pete
represented. It is a gift we got to share during these
Friday, April 18th I
was originally scheduled to play Happy Hour music at the Redwood Deli in
Forest Hills. That is being rescheduled due to the holiday. Good
Friday to everyone. We will be rescheduling soon and I will let you know
about it here.
I will be featured hosting an hour
featuring funny songs at the
2014 New England Folk Festival in Mansfield, MA. on
Sunday, April 27.
I will be participating once
again in New Utrecht High School's
International Show on Friday
night, May 2. More about this
I hope to see you and sing with you soon. ~ joel
Sunday, April 27
New England Folk Festival
An Hour of Funny Songs!
festival is April 25-27, 2014 in Mansfield, MA (near Boston).
here for performance schedule.
|That's me (right) at the
Redwood Deli in Forest
Hills playing happy hour music for customers enjoying their time
after work. Dan Unter, the deli owner thinks providing some free
entertainment after work on Fridays is a good idea. So do I. We'll
be doing this again soon. Stop by! I will keep you advised.
I was featured at the United Nations Association of Queens Earth Day
celebration at the Queens Museum of Art
(far right) on March 23rd.
For the love of Pete
Here's a peek
at the music
and the evening at
the Judson Church.
It was an warm, well attended and intimate
celebration of Pete and Toshi Seeger's lives. The worlds
they moved, the movements they shaped, the hearts they
touched and the songs they helped us sing...all of that and
more was shared by those who came to the Judson Memorial
Church in Greenwich Village, New York City on
Friday night, February 21st.
There was music and stories, Pete pictures
and videos, and lots of food, but mostly there were spirits
gathering to share their humanity and the difference one
person can make in one lifetime.
I had the honor of hosting the music and
story circle in this free to the public event, including as
many people as possible to voice their tribute to Pete
Seeger. There were many who volunteered to make this evening
possible, including the staff and ministers at the Judson
Church, and Donna Stein, Edie Kantrowitz and other
volunteers from the NYC Friends of Clearwater. If you want
to join the NYCFOC in continuing the work of protecting and
maintaining the Hudson River, connect with them at
I believe Pete would approve.
to Pete Seeger is being planned by NYC Friends of Clearwater
for May 22nd in Manhattan. Details to
Friday, March 14
at New Utrecht High School
|I have been
performing in my high school's talent showcases for years.
time I led off the show with a tribute to Pete Seeger.
The United Nations Association
of Queens presented an
Earth Day Celebration
Queens Museum of Art
Joel Landy and Redwood Deli owner Dan
A delightful time
was had by all in Kew Gardens on Sunday afternoon, February 16
and again on Sunday, March 9
at Redwood Deli. The deli's owner, Dan Unter is a proud papa who
owns a store space perfect for hosting likeminded parents who
would like someplace to go with their little ones on a Sunday
afternoon. Dan coordinated this initial event inviting parents
and their children from the
Forest Hills Mommies and Daddies Yahoo Group.
music for children of all ages and we all had fun.
We will be doing this again. Stay tuned, and bring your little ones!
Thanks, Dan for providing the space.
Redwood Deli is
located at 118-18 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills.
I hope you are keeping your health and your sense of
humor as we get through this snowy winter. It makes me appreciate the
blessings in my life all the more, despite losing friends and heroes so
far in this new year. Perhaps you have been to a Pete Seeger tribute
(see above). He
touched so many people and hearts.
Taking a quick look back at 2013, it was a good one, blessed with health
and happiness. The year included performances at my favorite venues, at schools where
I teach, and in support of causes and organizations that mean a lot to
here for videos)
Venues included The Peoples' Voice Cafe, the New England Folk Festival,
The Cafe Marlene in Queens, and The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
in Brooklyn (stay tuned for the April 6 Woody Guthrie show scheduled
there for this year). I want to thank everyone who invited me to play and
everyone who came to the shows. I hope you enjoyed our time together as
much as I did.
The most important gig I play continues to be with my family and
the time I spend with my daughter, Faith. She is five now, goes to
kindergarten, and is not shy about getting on a stage to sing and dance.
It was a joy to have her join me on stage at performances. It is a gift
that I give to her and is something that she will probably fully
appreciate later on in life.
Here is a sample of
Looking forward in this new year I give thanks for all I have, my
friends, my family, my work, my health, and wish all the best for you
wherever you are and what ever you do.
Peace, joy, love and Faith,
~ joel ~
2013 in Review
Highlights of the year included the pleasure of being on a bill at the Peoples'
Voice Cafe with
two awesome and talented performers on Saturday night, October 19th. It
was a terrific evening of fun and creativity. I want to thank everyone
who came and made it such a special time. What a rockin' audience you
are! If you couldn't make the performance I have posted some
videos below. In addition, you be seeing the three of us in an upcoming
Songs of Freedom TV episode. Stay tuned!
I also want to personally
thank my fellow performers,
Ilene Weiss and
It was so much
fun being on stage with them and watching them work. And then there was
my daughter, Faith . . . Thank you, kid. I think there is a place for
you in this business.
Here's a taste of what
happened on October 19th.
"I Am Selling Off
My Body When I Die!"
featuring Joel, and The Great
"If You Know an
Oxymoron, Shout It Out!"
with John, Elizabeth,
Jan, Ilene, Joel and featuring the English Language!
"Watching Too Much
and having a Tea Party
I was in Japan during the month of
August. On August 6 my family and I were in Hiroshima to observe and be
part of the annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony. I devoted an
entire Songs of Freedom episode to that day about what I experienced and
recorded. The entire episode is viewable via a link below, as are
individual segments from that show. I hope you watch them and I hope
that some day you get to go to Hiroshima to witness and feel the emotion
and energy of the people there and the peace memorial ceremony.
Here is an entire
Songs of Freedom episode
devoted to the memorial celebration.
And here segments from that program:
Speech by Hiroshima's
mayor at the event and images of the ceremony (8 minutes)
The peace ceremony
Bell ringing and people's
prayers (1 minute 15 seconds)
ceremony where paper lanterns are placed in the river to float out to sea
Hiroshima National Peace
Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and music (6 minutes, 30
During my trip to Japan, I
frequently added short videos from the time there to my Facebook account.
You can visit my Facebook account at the following link. I will continue
to add edited items over the coming weeks and months.
Here is that link.
The cover image recalls one of the coolest moments of my family's journey.
While we were in Hiroshima we went to a Hiroshima Carp baseball game. The
row behind us "adopted" my daughter. The photo reflects that. Take a look.
~ joel landy ~
From the Summer of
No Fracking in New York State!
is still considering his plans and actions
for hydraulic fracturing in NY State.
Please contact his office and tell him any fracking is poisonous to
Albany: (518) 474-8390 New York
City: (212) 681-4580 Toll Free: (866) 584-6799
Also contact him online (click here)
Click on the flyer above to see a complete schedule of cablecasts and
webcasts in 2013.
Music and video from
The Annual Woody Guthrie Birthday Bash in New York City,
Songs of Freedom Television episodes,
Labor Day 2013
Labor Day is a day where we honor the workers in this country
who created and grew a thriving middle class for so many years.
A corporate agenda and "class warfare" have diminished our
middle class and the future of our children and their children.
We all need to understand the tactics of dividing working people
and putting them against each other. I invite us all to remember
that we have more in common with working people - wherever they
live, whatever country they come from, or whatever it is that
they do - than we do with corporate minded agenda makers,
billionaires and politicians currying favor and re-election
aspirations. And they are the ones we read about and see on "the
news" creating the conversation we debate and then live from. Do
you see this too?
I also invite us to remember the work of labor unions
and how they are and have always been vital for the survival and
growth of a middle class in any country.
Here is a snapshot of my participation in New York City's Labor
Day Parade last year.
New York has become a town of working people, the underemployed
and the unemployed that has been asked to hate and punish itself
by the daily newspapers and the pervasive corporate media. They
tell us what to think and who to hate. They present us with pop
disposable distractions and hope we don't look at or demand real
issues. Real issues such as "Who owns the media?", "What is
their agenda?", and "What are they hiding?"
Let us stand in solidarity and demand real issues, real
answers, real accountability, and real solutions.
Labor Day Parade in
NYC / September 2012
Unions brought us weekends, overtime, vacation pay, the eight hour work
child labor laws and more. People sacrificed and gave their lives to
bring us the benefits of their work, yet unions today are the target of
ambitious politicians and corporate interests. Union membership in this
country is down considerably from half a century ago, when gains in
working rights and civil rights were raising our collective standard of
living. It is no coincidence that a working person's real wages and
standard of living has suffered as enrollment in and power of labor
unions has waned.
Here is to unions, working people, and a
[Here is a short video of the march.]
Songs of Freedom
(2007 and 2008)
writing for godot
a website where you
can go to
L I N K S
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And now it's time for NEFFA 2014
Last year I performed an hour of Phil Ochs music at
the festival in Mansfield, MA.
Here's a video of a Phil song we sang together.
There But for
Later this month I will be leading a funny songs song swap
Sunday, April 27 at 11am.
For more about the NEFFA music
and dance festival
songs of freedom television
"He's a real
― Pete Seeger
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
~ Ray Korona ~
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 ~
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