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Itinerary

I started off 2019 in the same way I have for the past few years, with a trip to Nashville. It was my busiest trip yet. In fact, with each trip back to this magical city (it really is) I…

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Summer Camp

Did you ever go to summer camp? Do you remember what it felt like to come home? You know, that sinking feeling that nothing about everyday life was ever going to match the electricity of a week of the most…

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A Basic Update

When I first set up my raymykrumrei.com website my main goal was to take anyone who wanted to go with me on this journey to getting my first country cut (a song recorded by another artist.) The site has been…

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What's in it for me? Them.

Back in February (yes it has been a while since my last entry) I attended the Durango Songwriter's Expo in Ventura California. I can honestly say that it was the best music conference experience that I have had to date…

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A Reason to Collaborate

For five years now I have been teaching songwriting at Antelope Valley College in California. My Facebook feed reminded me of this fact on Wednesday with a flashback to five years prior, the day I taught my first class. Wow…

It Began with a Scarf

It is a small thing, but it is really indicative of my recent trip to Nashville which concluded yesterday. A few days before leaving for the trip, I was wandering the mall while Jen was shopping and I found a…

Nashville... Now

Happy New Year Everybody! I hope your holidays were relaxing and filled with family and love. I know mine were. As I look back on last year I realize two things: 1. The steps I have taken towards my goal…
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I Made it to Sunday... Finally

OK, OK, I know I promised this song two months ago. It is simply amazing how time flies. Anyway, I couldn't be more happy with the home demo (work tape) on this song. I spent the entire weekend in the…
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A Good Kind of Sidetracked

Last time I wrote (which was over a month ago, sheesh) I was on the verge of posting a new song called "If I Make it to Sunday." I did make it to Sunday, but the song did not. That…
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No Pain, No Durango

Did you ever notice that when you take action you begin to see results? I mean it sounds simple, right? So how come when we desire something we often take no action towards our goal? One reason might be that…
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If I Make it to Sunday

If you're a songwriter, you know some songs are just plain hard to write. Although it is a labor of love, it can take hours, days or even weeks of pouring yourself over a lyric or a melodic phrase to…