Sing Out for Earth Day Videos


Mike Fedel was an original member of the "Hali Hammer Band" trio in the mid-80's. Mike and Robin Sturgeon have both moved out of the Bay Area but we're still close. When I asked Mike about getting a group together in Ann Arbor, he immmediately went for it.
It was a cold and windy day, but this group got together to be part of the Sing Out. Mike and his mother Margaret are to the left (Mike's head is unfortunately turned away from the camera most of the time). A name that got left out of the credits (reported in too late to add) for the Liberty Plaza Players is Kent Peterson. - Hali

La to tierra ye



Jack Jamison and Judy Clericuzio have been friends since I spend three months in Madrid in 1996.
When I emailed Judy about the Sing Out, she got in touch with Michael Wolfe. Several people suggested metronomes, but it was a big enough task to get folks to sing in the same key, and musicians have a hard enough time with metronomes and click tracks! I didn't want to discourage people from participating, and I believe that the tempo variations actually added a lot of charm.

Here's his initial email to me:
From Judy I got the idea to get my Pink Rangers together (3 woman who do harmony singing with me on country and blues material. Youtube link: to film us singing this song somewhere picturesque around here. Asturias is green and probably not unlike San Fran. Beautiful coast and mountains. Judy loves it when she makes it up this way. I have old friends there but I am from Pittsburgh.

So. The idea is to record a version of This Land is Your Land, in D and send it to you via yousendit or however you prefer. Is this okay? I don´t think we can get a whole event together up here though maybe we can drum up a crowd to watch us sing it. We want to do it in spanish and maybe invent a verse or two. Please let me know if this is appropriate and can be used.

One other thing. This is surely something you´ve considered, but if you´re going to put together a whole video of this from around the globe, wouldn´t it work better to not only have everyone in the same key (D) but also in the same time? I.e.: bpm/beats per minute? Everyone singing at the same speed? All you´d need is to pick a good number on a metronome and have everyone do the same and ask them to keep decent time!! I don´t mean to meddle, it´s just something I thought I´d mention.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Best regards,
M. Lee Wolfe

As you can see, Michael got an incredible bunch of musicians together! A later email:
Supposedly our video guy has sent you this authentic spanish masterpiece!!!:

Hasta el día en que nos conozcamos-
(the accordeon player is an incredible zydeco player and the girl on the string string is a great bass player. I think we should play in California. Hot band with 2 woman? Link to Maraya Zydeco:
- Hali

This Land Is Uke Land



I first saw this video on YouTube, had to do some detective work to find them. Found out that the Southeast Ukers got together every Sunday at the Waikikie Barbeque, called there and left them a message.
Glad I saw it! - Hali

Elise and Steve in flight

Baltimore to Vegas airplane


Elise Bryant is, among other things, Director of the DC Labor Chorus. When she couldn't participate locally, she had a flight attendant video via camera phone from the air! I initially met Steve Jones, who is singing with her, at a Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival, but just got to know him at this past June's Great Labor Arts Exchange in Baltimore.
Elise informed me that they sang exactly at 3 p.m., and that yes, the passengers did sing along! - Hali

4/22/2012 Earth Day Berkeley



Max Ventura coordinated this Sing in Berkeley, my home town for the past 27 years. Berkeley Earth Day was the day before, so Occupella did a warmup there to kick off Berkeley Earth Day, but I coordinated an event at SF Earth Day on the 22nd. Thanks to all the Berkeleyites who came out to Sing Out for Earth Day at Civic Center Park! - Hali

Earth Day meets Nepalese New Year



I was told that Earth Day coincided with Nepalese New Year, and Surendra Shrestha, President of the Nepalese Association of Boulder, coordinated this event at the Boulder Central Park Bandshell with the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center ( Occupy Boulder.
A march through the Boulder Mall followed the sing out.
Special thanks to Boulder's Pretty Good Folk Band for leading the singing!

Sunset Park



I first heard about Paul Stein and the Occuponics ( Dave Lippman. New York got a huge rainstorm on Earth Day, but the Sunset Park group voted to put up tarps and sing outside rather than find an alternate spot. This intrepid group sang through the pouring rain (you can hear it in the video) in English, Mandarin and Spanish. Much thanks for their spirit and determination! - Hali

Hoffner Park/Northside



I got this brief camera phone clip from Caitlin Thomas who caught it on camera phone via Barbara Boylan, who organized the Sing. Northside neighbors and passersby joined in.

BePeace Conference



I had asked my friend Cecilia if she could lead a sing, expecting she'd be in NY. Turned out she was leading workshop at a BePeace conference in Costa Rica. She sang during a break with Sharon Abreu (who I knew!) and Mike Huricz. Thanks, Cecilia! - Hali


Poor David's Pub was among the first groups who sent a video. Watch the whole thing to spot a lot I couldn't fit into the montage. - Hali