New Song Chosen for 9/11 Film Soundtrack 

Approximately two years ago I was sitting in my window seat on a redeye somewhere above the United States of America looking down upon the twinkling lights in the pitch black night. I was on my way to a gig somewhere where I would be paid for merely singing a song and telling a story. I would be partaking in this dreamy and uncommon profession that is called being an artist where I get to make a difference for other human beings by just opening my mouth pretty much. And not to mention the magical realization of soaring at jet speed through the night sky in a chair on a 40 ton flying machine... the miracle of flight only added to that moment where I realized how mind-bendingly lucky of a human being I am. The next thought I had however was a profound one. The first line of a new song suddenly came into my mind.  “I’ll remember you my friend.”

Here I am living this glorious life, and you are still 21 years old. Here I am fulfilling myself and working on my dreams, and you don’t get to pursue any of yours. Here I am loving and living and laughing, traveling and trailblazing and traversing each and every magical moment that is called my life and... I’ll remember you my friend.  

I didn’t have a guitar with me but I already knew what this song would sound like. With tears in my eyes I began to write the words to this song that I just knew would be among the most powerful songs I have ever written. That said, I kept it on the back burner for almost 2 years like I do with almost all of my music unfortunately. And one day I got sick of myself and called up my good friend Adam to tell him that I want to come into the studio to finally record a quick demo of this song that has been in my head for a long long time. Two days later I went in to the studio and after one take of guitar, one take of piano and one take of singing, I had my humble demo to listen to. The next day while I was stuck in traffic on the 101 freeway in Los Angeles, Adam sent  me the song to my email and I thought to myself “you should just send this out right away to someone Ron, before you stick this one on the back burner like all of the other ones...” so I hit the forward button on my iPhone and forwarded it to my good friend Martin Gui Gui- a brilliant filmmaker, music producer and much more importantly, a brilliant human being. A few days later we met up for lunch and he shared with me that he was just finishing up a new film that he produced and directed about 9/11 , that he heard my song late that night, and that he thinks it would be perfect to go on the soundtrack CD. I was surprised, I was humbled, and mostly honored that I would have the privilege to provide that to Martin, to the film, and to the memory of the victims and families of September 11. The film came out and it’s brilliant on every account. As I left the Hollywood premiere after seeing a true work of art, with a belly full of hors d’oeuvres, among the presence of beautiful and successful people, and with a beautiful young woman holding my hand as we both strolled over to my car, I thought... I remember you my friend.

 

Honoring Myself, my Art and my Word 

About a year ago I made a bold declaration that I will have created my debut album as a solo artist - a musical masterpiece - and that I would submit it to the Recording Academy (aka the Grammy’s) by September 2017. I am here to share with you that I did not do that. I’ve learned in life that though I may not always be able to keep every promise that I ever give my word to, I can definitely bring Honor to my word by acknowledging where I have failed to perform, and where/when I am going to make it up! 

The impact of my not fulfilling on what I said that I would do has delayed my music, my art, and my message that I am so committed to sharing with the world… to sharing with you. So here is what I am promising to you and what you can count on my for in the future!

I am going to soon launch a campaign to raise funds for my record. I will bring an incredible record producer on board with me so that my Art can shine and ring like it never has before. And I will also keep you all posted on how everything is progressing step by step - all in time for my record to be complete and submitted by August 2018. My commitment is not to win any award or accolades but rather to create a Masterpiece by the artist that this world as never seen before. That is my word in the matter and this is my promise to you. I request that you guys all hold me to account on my word. YOU are my partners through this <3

 

LOVE - RW

11 Years in the Blink of an Eye 

It's been 11 years... how time flies as it passes suddenly in the blink of an eye. When I look back at who I've become, I've gotten so much done, but the battle is never won. I have quite a colorful history, but when I look at me, all too often there are those whispers of insufficiency. My peers will read this and ask "are you insane?!" - you've moved mountains, conquered hearts and transcended pain... But there's too much to do, too much to see, so much that it's too damn hard to simply be. And is there something that I have to prove? Perhaps that in the absence of my mobility, I can make this world move? Ah how life is given by the imminent past. I try to run away but it runs real fast. So I keep running and practicing and training and developing myself, so that I am not tethered to my circumstance - to be free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I'm free at last. And when they stand one day around my grave, there's a little something that I'd like them to say... not a conversation about my missed potential and regrets and where I got stuck... they're going to say that that son of a gun took that life that he got and he USED IT ALL UP! 💪🙏💗😉

 

Evolution 

I find it funny sometimes when I stumble on a song that I've recorded a while back and find out that I would produce it differently today then I did back then. My musical tastes started from Phantom of the Opera, to Yanni, to the Beatles, to KISS, to Iron Maiden, to Stevie, to Bob Dylan, to Sting, to black Gospel music, back to Aretha, Tom Jones and Little Richard, and the list goes on... so I've been traveling the musical spectrum for quite a while now. I wrote this song "Sweet Mystery" with an acoustic guitar while I was road tripping across the country by myself trying to find what the heck God wanted from me and which direction He wanted me to go. Every word and note that came out of me in this song came from my gut and my spirit; a sort of frustrated yet bittersweet primal scream. And though I will love this song forever, if I were to re-record and reproduce it today, I'd have it with some more soulful and rhythmic elements to offset the "rock"iness of it. The older I get, I find the farther I evolve from Rock, but I ain't forgetting where I came from y'all. I'm a child of Rock N Roll.

God Gave Rock N Roll to YOU - Ronny W

 

Reborn. Recalibrated. Revived. Record. 

Sometimes a man has to look at it all from far away and see that any and all endeavors are either doomed to fail, or doomed to fail along the way towards the grande, glorious final'e! After 4 years of living in Los Angeles and recalibrating again and again, all of the recalibration comes together and culminates to tell a story that only the brave and stubborn Artists can write. I was reborn as a new man in another form after the war that I've fought, and the Warrior whom I thought I was, was no longer. I became an Artist, and I lived my life feeling like an imposter - a warrior in an artist's world. When I looked in the mirror again and again, and stood on the very verge of quitting again and again, I suddenly discovered that I am not a Warrior nor an Artist. I am neither and I am both. I have no sides to choose and that I am dealing with exactly what every man does... I am just another human being, just like everybody else. 

And now I can start singing you guys some songs...

Let's begin this record    -  RONNY W.

 

 

Grammy Creation Day 1 

Ronny and his band hit the studio last week to begin the experimentation phase on creating his upcoming album that will be submitted to the Recoding Academy by September 2017! Stay tuned and sign on to Ronny's mailing list to receive exclusive behind the scenes footage of the whole process!



 

A Night of True Music 

Ronny and his band hit the stage at the Sayers Club last week to showcase their talents before a full house of friends and fans - The show was spectacular to say the least. Though Ronny had arrived back in the US from Israel 4 days prior to the performance and got off the plane with a cold he was able to pull off the concert with a raspier version of his voice. Detainee Allen (drums) strained his hamstring while running a few days earlier which resulted in a rehearsal being cancelled at the last moment. All of this did not stock the group of talented musicians from providing a performance that put musicality and art at the forefront. From Ronny's contemporary Soul/Pop to the more upbeat Middle-eastern grooves, the crowd was moving and the energy was through the roof.
 






 



Additional shows are currently being booked for the next months - stay tuned for tour dates. 
Photo Credit: Joe Shalmoni

FIRE! 

Tonight's the night! Ronny's Showcase at the Sayers club is happening TONIGHT and the band has never sounded better! Though Ronny has been a bit sick since returning from his performances in Israel a few days ago, nothing will stop him and his crew from providing a truly transformative musical experience! BE THERE!
Ronny, Adam, Yuki, Ido, Leo and Deshaun are psyched and looking forward to seeing you at the Sayers Club tonight at 10PM!
1645 Wilcox Ave
Tickets are running out and can still be purchased here on the website homepage!

Ronny's White House Excursion 

While touring in New York during May. the Ambassador to Israel sent an official request for Ronny to perform at his Independence Day banquet in Washington DC. Upon Ronny's arrival at the distinguished event it was brought to his attention that the White House Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough will be speaking at the event after Ronny's performance. After Ronny sang before the beautifully dressed and enthusiastic crowd, the Ambassador (Ron Dermer - right) went on to speak before the audience and after him the Chief of Staff (second from left) took the stage for the key-note speech. When they all met back stage, McDonough and Dermer commented on Ronny's performance to which Ronny thanked them and responded... "Isn't there supposed to be a Chanukah party at the White House sometime?..."  The Chief of Staff smiled and said to Ronny, "Why don't you drop by the White House next week and we'll talk about it".

Three days later Ronny, his manager Avram (left), childhood friend and supporter, Israel Schachter and Israel's son Sam were in the West Wing of the White House to meet with the Chief of Staff for a private tour of the wing where they got a breathtaking inside look at the deep history and secrets of the White House. At some point, while chit-chatting in the Oval Office, Ronny didn't actually comprehend that he was sitting next to the president's desk until a few minutes into the conversation when he suddenly got that it was the real deal!

The incredible experience of being at the White House and being hosted by Mr. McDonough was an experience beyond powerful and inspiring to them all. Though the Chanukah party will be in December, right after the election, we are looking forward that Ronny will receive the invitation to perform there before the NEW president of the United States of America - whoever She/He may be! As for the Chief of Staff, Mr. McDonough - the group was enchanted to find that the man with his hands on the wheel of the USA is one of the most down to earth and gracious men that they have men in their lives - a man of honor and integrity. A true "MENCH" - look it up!