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March 9, 2011

If you’re looking for my blog, you’ll need to head over to roniweiss.com, as I’m no longer using WordPress.com.

It’s been a great blogging service, which is why I’m continuing on, this time with self-hosted WordPress.org.

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Roni Sings

October 13, 2010

 

Australia - 2007

 

I really enjoy singing, but I’ve never had any training. I studied Drama at the University of Washington. I was in a few plays in school and it always surprised me how much I sang, despite never having lessons and not being in any musicals. For Orpheus, I even wrote the song that I sang as Charon, Ferryman of the Dead.

 

Cast of Blood Relations - University of Washington, 2001

 

Karaoke

My first experience doing karaoke was at Circus Hostel in Berlin in 2004. I sang “Man in Motion” from St. Elmo’s Fire. It was totally out of my minimal range and was a miserable experience. I said that it felt like stepping in dog shit. You feel the nasty squish and then question, “How did I not see that coming?” The people at the hostel bar thanked me, because my performance made other people feel more comfortable that they couldn’t really do worse than my red-faced act (due to lack of oxygen, not embarrassment).

 

Berlin - 2004

 

Further experiences in karaoke were in Vietnam and Japan.

 

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - New Year's Day 2008

 

In Asia, karaoke isn’t a bar-wide event; it’s something you do with a group of friends in a little rented karaoke room.

1) Vietnam: I was in such a room with some Vietnamese people who sang a fairly simple song about a Vietnamese village. (Bimbo? Something like that?) It was fairly easy, so I started singing along a bit. Turned out (not very surprisingly) that it was an anti-American song from the Vietnam War. An odd song for me to be bouncing along with.

2) Japan: I went with a Bangladeshi lung surgeon and a Japanese woman. The Bangladeshi guy and I belted out duets. Great fun.

 

Nishinomiya, Japan

 

 

Nishinomiya, Japan

Busking

My first experience busking (performing on the street for money) was with Sarah, a girl that I was working with in Taiwan. She played guitar and backed up my singing of 4 songs. The three that I remember singing were Phantom Planet’s California, Deep Blue Something’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Leaving On A Jet Plane. It was a blast. We made enough money for a couple meals and even had one of Sarah’s former students show up and cheer us on. I always say that I would busk again.

Bar performance

My first time performing in a bar was in Izmir, Turkey. Ozan, my host, and I went to a bar wherein various singers and bands performed. While we were hanging out, we talked to a guy that was either an owner or manager. Ozan talked to the guy about us performing. I said sure, not thinking it would ever actually happen. That’s the only one with photographic evidence.

The shortened one is here:

The full version is here on my Facebook fan page.

So, a progression, of sorts. I imagine from here it is American Idol (as kind foreigners and delusional Americans have said I could succeed on) and stadium tours (something no one has suggested).


S2: United Nations – NYC

October 12, 2010

Amsterdam: Gay Pride 2010

August 9, 2010

Part One:

Part Two:


Ordering “secret” fast food menu items (via Cavalcade of Awesome)

June 26, 2010

My first time trying this ‘reblogging’ function. Is it something to keep using?

Ordering "secret" fast food menu items Fast food menus are constantly in flux. They will add and remove things as times and tastes change. However, since everything uses the same basic ingredients, it's usually still within a fast food restaurant's power to make these discontinued items if they are so inclined. This is how a "secret menu" is created. Items that have been discontinued but can still be ordered because they still have the stuff there to make it, they just don't advertise … Read More

via Cavalcade of Awesome


S2: Lisbon

June 15, 2010

As featured on TravelBlogSites.com

April 16, 2010

Travel Blog Sites - Site of the Day

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Another website has featured little ole me.

You can follow them on Twitter, as I do.


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