Songs of Freedom
at 10:30 pm
Time Warner 34
watch it online
webcast at bronxnet.org
No Fracking in
New York State!
Cuomo 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
Also contact him online (click here)
Life Story of
~ 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
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
world changes for the better
start some time.
that time was today.
People's Climate March
place in NYC on September 21.
Day in New York City many years ago brought attention and direction to
an environmental movement, the People's Climate March was an iconic
event. Tens of thousands of people of diverse and unified
interests marched in the streets together. This can only be the
your interests are. Whatever you hold dear and wherever you live, please
get involved. It's about the planet, it's about economics, it's about
justice, it's about food, air and water. It's about young, old, rich,
poor, you, me, and everyone else. It's about our future and our present.
It's about power and peace. And it's about time.
yourself and act now. And stay strong. We need you.
spirit and in
Here is the
People's Climate March Facebook page.
Take a look for more pictures and conversation.
Where did the Summer Go??
Hello, everyone. I hope you had a lot of fun during the summer. Lots of
music. Lots of good times.
I had the pleasure of enjoying all of that and more and the company of a
precocious six year old.
The end of the summer season began on the 23rd of August with
the New York City Friends of Clearwater.
had our annual Water Festival at the Lower East Side Ecology Center
with music and environmental education being featured.
I was responsible for
organizing the music performances once again. It was our sixth annual
event. The first one featured Pete Seeger. This time we remembered Pete
with songs and spirit. Thanks to Edie Kantrowitz, Donna Stein and the
rest of the NYC Friends crew for another successful day in the sun and
on the water. Thanks also to all of the speakers, including Ken Gale,
who organized that part of the afternoon. Thanks also to the Lower East
Side Ecology Center and my music co-captain, Mercy Van Vlack.
at my Facebook photo album page.]
Here is a 90 second video of my performance contribution to the
It is a vaudevillian view of fracking. And, yes, singing can save
Now it's onward into
September and the new season of school, business, weather and all that
goes with it. It is also a new season for me personally. My birthday is
September 3rd. One more journey around the sun. That's right. As a
teacher I get to start school again. I ain't complaining. I have a
job. We'll hold off on the partying until the weekend.
Sometimes my birthday
falls on Labor Day. I always call my mom and tell her we are famous and
they declared a national holiday in our honor.
Speaking of Labor Day
and its weekend, it is always the last celebration and the last dying
breath of what we call summer. But it needs to be more than that. Here
is a big shout out for everyone who works for a living and here is a
sincere THANK YOU to everyone, passed and living, who made
sacrifices for a way of life so many of us take for granted today. Let
us remember and preserve what we have won. These are dangerous days
where corporations masquerade as people and are determined to make us
all desperate wage slaves once again while ruining our precious planet.
This Labor Day let us remember what brought us to what we enjoy, educate
those who do not know and resolve to move our spirit and economic
Music Faith Work Love,
2014 Labor Day
Parade in NYC
I marched in the NYC Labor Day Parade on
September 6 with my hard working brothers and sisters from every borough
and beyond. I made a point of speaking with Michael Mulgrew, President
of the United Federation of Teachers, my union. He has taken heat lately
because he was seen with Al Sharpton making a statement about
unfortunate actions by some policemen. I asked Mulgrew how he was
holding up. I then told him that the New York Post and the Daily news
salivate while they post stories about unions disagreeing with each
other. The Koch brothers have parties and cater it and amplify it any
way they can. I told my union leader not to let dissent divide us and
make us weak. He told me he is holding up just fine and that he feels
the presence and strength of our membership is with him and that what we
read in the paper is a difference of opinion between leaders, not the
brothers and sisters of the rank and file. Union members are not
disagreeing about who our friends are and who would like to see us fall.
put my hand on his shoulder and told him to "stay strong!"
Here are some photos from the parade.
In solidarity ~ joel
Tributes to the lives and memories of Pete and Toshi Seeger have been
going on since February of this year and I have been honored to be part
of a few of them. Beautiful moments, heartfelt music and a profound
sense of community are my lasting memories.
For the Love of Pete
is a link to the streaming record of the event.
What was Seeger Fest?
Seeger Fest was a five-day festival celebrating the life and work of
Pete and Toshi Seeger. Events took place throughout New York City
and the Hudson Valley. They were produced and hosted by Kitama
Cahill-Jackson, Pete's grandson.
Here is a link to a photograph of the finale of the largest event,
the one outside at Lincoln Center in Manhattan on Sunday, July 20.
Wasn't that a
May 22nd at the Ethical Culture Society in New York City
(click on flyer to the left for full size poster)
What an amazing
lineup of love and music!
Thanks to the Ethical Culture Society and the New York City Friends
of Clearwater for making this event happen.
Special thanks to New York City Friends president, Donna Stein for
her relentless love and clarity of intention.
Saturday night, April
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
Here's a peek
at the music
and the evening at
the Judson Church.
night, February 21st
at the Judson Memorial Church in
Greenwich Village, New York City
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.
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.
Sunday, April 27th, I hosted an
hour of Funny Songs at the New England Folk Festival in Mansfield,
MA. It was a really good session. To the left is a picture of
my merry crew, Steve Suffet, Paul Kaplan and myself. My shirt says
"Shtick Happens." And so it does. Sol Weber also joined us for
Maybe you will join us there next year.
I hope you do.
Here is a taste of what happened on April 6
I Wish Woody Guthrie Was Here
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.
Singing together and creating
community is the magic of music Woody and Pete represented. It
is a gift we got to share during these performances.
Coalition Against the
Rockaway Pipeline (CARP)
Sometimes fighting the good fight means supporting projects that
pay legal bills. That's what this benefit concert was all about.
Artists and activists shared a
night raising money, educating and making music on Friday night,
more information about what you can do to stop this lethal
threat to our lives and environment, click on this link to the
Here's video and pictures from
Don't Frack with Me / Joel Landy
Do It / Joel Landy
Photos from Edie Kantrowitz
Friday, March 14
Friday, May 2
at New Utrecht High School
|I have been
performing in my high school's talent showcases for years.
This time I
led off the show with a tribute to Pete Seeger.
New Utrecht's community has always been heavily
influenced by the immigrant experience. What a perfect time to
Is Your Land."
Sunday, March 23
The United Nations Association
of Queens presented an
Earth Day Celebration
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.
I provided music for children of all ages and we all had fun.
We will be doing this again. Stay tuned, and bring your little
Thanks, Dan for providing the space.
Redwood Deli is
located at 118-18 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills.
Woody Guthrie Dedication Page
Music and video from
The Annual Woody Guthrie Birthday Bash in New York City,
Songs of Freedom Television episodes,
YIPPIE Museum Café
(2007 and 2008)
writing for godot
a website where you can go to
L I N K S
go to the top of this page
"He's a real
― Pete Seeger
Flashback link to
A year in review.
"I Am Selling Off
My Body When I Die!"
featuring Joel, and
The Great Dancer, Faith!
There But for
performed at the 2013 New England Folk Festival
Mitch McConnell sings his way into your heart,
but he and his obstructionist friends are
Out of Time"
On the Radio
WBAI live broadcast on
An interview with
WBAI's Ken Gale
"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
~ 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."
The Eve Fenton Love-All
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SONGS OF FREEDOM
2013 Workmen's Circle Peace and
Justice Madison Avenue Street Fair
featuring Joel Landy, Steve
Suffet, Anne Price and Toby Fagenson
Sept 5 and 7
Tribute to Pete Seeger show #3
recorded at The Peoples' Voice Cafe on April 12, 2014
"It's the Sam Ash
Remembering Phil Ochs at the
2013 New England Folk Festival, show #1