We Didn’t Start The Fire (Take 2)

Although the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was an accident, I can’t help myself but wonder “Where the hell are we heading?”. Is it me or does this recent catastrophe just seem like it’s kicking the snot out of us while we’re already as down as down can be. Erupting volcanoes, major earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, Michael Buble (OK, that didn’t have to be in there but you get the drift). If you don’t put any weight into the prophecies that say we’re right on track for doomsday, you have to admit one thing…

These natural disasters are occurring more frequently than in the past!

I can’t help but think of the old Billy Joel song ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ and wonder how it would apply to these natural disasters? Maybe something like this….feel free to sing along:

“Haiti, Chile earthquakes, all the lives they did take

Wild fires, mudslides, run away you can’t hide.

Hurricanes, tsunami, children screaming “Mommy!”

Twisters, typhoons, homes that now are in ruins.

We Didn’t Start The Fire, but it’s just our luck and we’re kinda stuck

We Didn’t Start The Fire, yes our world’s still turning, but right now it’s burning”

I don’t know Billy Joel, but I think he would appreciate my spin on his 1989 hit song. After all his lyrics were referring to events that kind of just fell in our laps per se, right? Isn’t this exactly what we’re experiencing right now? If you believe that these natural occurrences are the results of our actions, or just our bad luck to be residing on this sphere for the time being, either way ‘we’re kinda stuck’!

With that said, and then when you throw in the accidents like the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, do we really need any additional man-made tragedies? By man-made I simply mean what we’re doing to each other. Is the hatred that this U.S/Pakistan man had so great for us that he took it upon himself to park a truck full of explosives in Times Square with intentions to kill (his fellow) Americans? Thank God he was not successful in his attempt, but my point is ‘WHY?’ Why is there still hatred in a world that is for one reason or another preparing itself to totally obliterate its inhabitants?

I personally do not believe that we can ‘Save The Planet’. Our Earth has been around for billions of years and can totally sustain herself (yes, she is Mother Earth). We might just be the speck of infinity that tells her to refresh herself and cast us off like a bad dream. I do not know if we’re facing an impending doom, but I do recognize the frequency that these natural disasters now occur and it’s pretty scary. Scary enough to make me realize that we as co-inhabitants of this planet need to take our own measures to sustain ourselves as a race (the Human Race).


These natural disasters will unfortunately take care of that.


NEW SONG (and message): “SURRENDER”


Nothing is more gratifying for a songwriter than when inspiration comes flooding to you. It usually happens  when a life event affects you at your core and that is what happened to me. I got laid off from my job after 30 years on Wall St. In my prayers and meditation to help me get through the ordeal and the finality of it, I asked for help. I knew that I needed to ‘surrender’ all of the weight of this burden. And as soon as I said the word ‘surrender’ I immediately felt the inspiration (which means ‘in-spirit’) that led me to the melody and words. I hope you enjoy, and by all means feel free to share with any and all. Especially those who might need this advice..


JANUARY 2016:  NEW VIDEO RELEASE..I’m very happy to release this video as it helps me to ask the question I know we all have asked ourselves at one time or another when contemplating our reality..”IS THIS THE DREAM?”


INTERVIEW WITH ‘AMERICA’S HOLISTIC SWEETHEART’ DR. REN! With a huge thanks to my good friend Lauren Laurino ‘aka Dr. Ren’, this interview provides all of the insight to my latest CD ‘one bass one voice Simply ONESONG’, all of my music in general and to where my message of oneness came from and why it’s so important to me! ENJOY!


SEPTEMBER 27-30, 2015: My first trip to Nashville! I can’t wait to perform at some of Music City’s legendary open-mic venues, and let them see and hear ‘that acoustic bass guitarist from Jersey’

SEPTEMBER 6, 2015  10PM:  I’m always excited when I get the opportunity to be Danny Coleman’s guest on ‘ROCK ON RADIO’!! We’ll be discussing my new CD ‘one bass one voice Simply ONESONG’, I’ll be performing some tracks and taking your calls!

July 11, 2015; Dr. Ren film party!

July 1, 2015 – “one bass one voice Simply ONESONG” Featuring 12 new original songs, 2 cool cover tunes and a SPECIAL BONUS TRACK! AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE!

June 14, 2015:  SPRING REINS OF LIFE 2nd Annual Open House / Demo:

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OPEN HOUSE – Come Visit the Farm, Meet the Herd & See The Horses In Action!

LIVE DEMOS – Showing EAGALA Model EAP Services for
Veterans, At Risk Youth & Bereaved Children
(Hillsborough, NJ – Somerset County)

Crafts. Games. Bake Sale. PRIZES. Face-painting. Live Music from Gina Leigh and Danny Rongo! Food Catering Truck. Parking/Restrooms. HORSE DEMOS…And MORE!

FUND RAISER – This demo is an annual event held in the late Spring to display how Horses are helping trauma survivors cope.  We are fundraising to cover our EAP programming costs which provides sessions free of charge to Veterans with PTSD-TBI-MST, At Risk Youth Teens and Children in Bereavement.   This event is the ONE TIME during the year where the public is invited to the facility and meet the horses – all other visits must be scheduled with an appointment. Spring Reins of Life is an EAGALA Model certified program, a public charity 501c3 nonprofit and currently run by volunteers. Your support is what we provide services with. Thank You.

Sunday, June 14th, 1pm-6pm ET
*Horse/EAP Demos: 
2pm (Intro), 230pm (Veterans), 330pm (At Risk Youth) & 5pm (Children’s Grief)

Spring Reins of Life, Inc. – at Foxx Creek Farm

281 Longhill Road Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844


March 21, 2015:  ‘Swing into Spring’ Fundraiser for SPRING REINS OF LIFE: I’m very happy to be performing and supporting my second event for SRoL. They are an amazing 501c3 organization that uses horses through Equine Therapy to help so many people; bereaved children, our Veterans suffering with PTSD and individuals suffering from addiction. Please come out and support this worthwhile cause!

Sept 18, 2014:  This is the latest single I am releasing off of my upcoming CD ‘One Bass, One Voice, Simply ONESONG’. It is a dedication to all the young ladies in our lives that are contemplating and weighing their priorities and how they should set their standards in life. This is “Set Them High On Love”

July 12, 2014:  Here is the next single I am releasing off of my upcoming CD ‘One Bass, One Voice, Simply ONESONG’. I hope you enjoy my version of the classic song “When Sunny Gets Blue”


May 23, 2014:  As I continue to mix and finish my new CD ‘One Bass, One Voice, Simply ONESONG’ I want to release specific tracks as singles. Here is the first! It’s a video with lyrics to “I Am”


April 27 and May 3, 2014:  I am honored to be performing at these two very special events!




FEBRUARY 19, 2014:  Every 20 years or so something inspires me to get a new bass!  For the past year I’ve been manifesting this gorgeous instrument, and now she’s mine! Here is my new “Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V” (now I gotta learn how to play it!!)

FEBRUARY 15, 2014:  I’m very excited to be starting the recording process for my next CD: “One Bass, One Voice, Simply ONESONG”. I’ll be working with life-time friend and very talented producer, engineer and musician Stevie DeAcutis at The Sound Spa in Edison NJ.

Albeit the local charts, I’m very happy to be starting the year as:

#1 on the POP CHARTS!



The 2013 Holiday Season:  **PLEASE REMEMBER** that we have brave men and women protecting our freedom around the world. Watch and share “A SOLDIERS CHRISTMAS SONG” and keep them in our prayers..

November 11, 2013 ‘VETERANS DAY’: The American Legion Riders of NJ featured ‘Say Thank You to a Veteran’ as the background music for their special Veterans Tribute video.



October 5, 2013:  The American Legion Riders of NJ 3rd Annual NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ride.  Culminating at the PNC Arts Center, I will be performing “Say Thank You To A Veteran”

September 17, 2013:  NJ ROCKS TV

I had such a blast performing and being interviewed on my first visit to the studio! Big thanks to Host Jeff Turead and the staff at NJ ROCKS TV! Here is the video clip of “ITS ALL GOOD”. There will be 2 more songs and the interview to follow…

August 23, 2013:  “HAPPY-YO”

When you hear that inspiration can come from ‘anywhere’, that is so true! My family has been blessed with the addition of my Great-Niece Catherine Grace. Our little 1 year old angel is now talking up a storm, and this latest song of mine is based on her current favorite phrase!  HERE IS THE DEMO:


April 27, 2013:  “NJ RUN FOR THE FALLEN” fundraiser

I’m honored to be ‘the entertainment’ at this fundraiser!

April 1, 2013:  I’m proud to release the video.. “IT’S NOT ABOUT ME”


With huge thanks to singer/songwriter Annika Vitolo for her beautiful piano and strings and to City Lights Studio producer Guy Daniel, I’m very happy to release







What a treat it was to have percussionist David Halpern perform with me Saturday Feb. 2, 2013. I look forward to many more shows featuring David and other percussionists!





October 2, 2010 at ‘BEDSTOCK’ fundraiser for Autism, here I am meeting singer, songwriter icon and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame John Sebastian (‘Do You Believe In Magic’, ‘Daydream’, ‘Summer In The City’, ‘Welcome Back’)



Thursday Sept 23, 2010 at the annual ‘VETWORK RECOGNITION BREAKFAST’ here I am with Vetwork President Joe Arata as he presents a special plaque of appreciation to me for last years ‘Say Thank You to a Veteran’ fundraiser. (see photos in gallery and video on video page)




At Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival at Monmouth Park June 2010, I presented the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Jazz Guitarist Legend John Pizzarelli





THURSDAY MAY 5: Sunrise of Lincroft


In addition to my performances as a solo artist, I am also available to perform my ‘ONESONG’ show (singing your favorite hits from the 50’s through today) or an acoustic event (performing my songs and specific cover tunes on my acoustic bass guitar) at your PRIVATE PARTY.  I also perform as a bassist/vocalist with many of our area’s most energetic and exciting bands etc, like:  “DARREN DEMARCO” (original/classic rock), “GOLDENSEAL” (classic rock, originals), “ACOUSTIC GOLDENSEAL” (lighter versions of classic rock), “DANNY & ERIC” (Blues and Rock acoustic duo)  “LINDA & MIKE PADULA” (pop, jazz, r&b)… I am a bassist/vocalist for hire as well..

CONTACT ME FOR BOOKING INFOdannyrongo@gmail.com



FRIDAY MAY 13  9PM:  American Spirits Roadhouse 1090 NJ-173 Asbury NJ (with The Darren DeMarco Band): Darren and the boys are really excited for our ‘Debut Performance’ at this well known classic roadhouse! We’re planning an extra special treat as this will be our first show using our ‘two’ amazing guitarists Stevie D and Larry Tripp! There will be an abundance of face-melting on May 13!!

Here’s the website…SEE YOU THERE!!



THURSDAY MAY 5, 2016:  2:30-3:30PM:  Sunrise of Lincroft, Lincroft NJ (private show)

THURSDAY MAY 12, 2016:  2-3PM:  Atrium Healthcare, Matawan NJ (private show)

FRIDAY MAY 13, 2016:  10PM-1AM:  American Spirits Roadhouse Asbury (not Park) NJ (with The Darren DeMarco Band)

THURSDAY MAY 19, 2016:  7-9PM:  Java Haus Cafe Brick NJ (with Danny & Eric)

SATURDAY JUNE 4, 2016  8-10PM:  Green Planet Coffee Point Pleasant Beach NJ

SUNDAY JUNE 12, 2016  3-6PM:  Rooneys Oceanfront Tiki Bar Long Branch NJ (with Acoustic Goldenseal)

SUNDAY JULY 17, 2016  3-6PM:  Rooneys Oceanfront Tiki Bar Long Branch NJ (with Acoustic Goldenseal)

SUNDAY AUGUST 7, 2016  3-6PM:  Rooneys Oceanfront Tiki Bar Long Branch NJ (with Acoustic Goldenseal)

SATURDAY AUGUST 13, 2016  6-10PM:  Ocean Place Spa & Resort Long Branch NJ (with Goldenseal)

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2016  8-12PM:  Colts Neck Inn Colts Nect NJ (with Danny & Eric)

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2016  7-9PM:  Java Haus Brick NJ

SATURDAY OCTOBER 8, 2016  8-10PM:  Green Planet Coffee Point Pleasant Beach NJ

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2016  7-9PM:  Java Haus Brick NJ

SATURDAY DECEMBER 3, 2016  8-10PM:  Green Planet Coffee Point Pleasant Beach NJ “4TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW”



SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6:  Stage House Tavern Somerset NJ (with Darren DeMarco)

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13:  Green Planet Coffee Point Pleasant Beach NJ

SATURDAY MARCH 5:  Java Haus Cafe Brick NJ

FRIDAY APRIL 1:  Stage House Tavern Somerset NJ (with Darren DeMarco)

FRIDAY APRIL 8: Rooney’s Oceanfront Long Branch NJ (with Acoustic Goldenseal)

SATURDAY APRIL 9:  Green Planet Coffee Point Pleasant Beach NJ (with Danny & Eric)