One day, several years ago now, I got an email from this guy named Robert Strickland. He wanted to know if he could use a picture he saw on my blog for a CD cover. His band was coming out with a new CD called Joy Ride and he felt my photo would be just right for the cover.
When I took the picture, Errol and I were most likely not on a joy ride, but on our way to see some doctor in Bakersfield. But it's true, I always tried to make an adventure out of our trips down the mountain.
I wrote back and told Robert Strickland that of course he could use the picture, as long as I got photo credit for it. He agreed to this, used my photo, mentioned my name on the reverse side of the cover, and sent it to me with the CD inside.
This was a fun and totally unexpected experience. Goes to show that you never know what life may bring.
I had forgotten about this CD and never posted about it on my blog. When it popped up in my old photos, I decided to post the story now.
Then I checked to see if the CD was for sale on Amazon and there it was.
Seeing my photo on a cover that many people bought, evoked an interesting feeling of, could it be pride?
This was just a snapshot, after all. It required absolutely nothing other than looking down the road and clicking a button.
I thought about this for a while. I thought about people who are incredibly accomplished. I wondered how they may feel when, say a book gets picked up by a publishing house, or a painting is displayed in a museum.
Then I got it: What I felt thinking about my effortless CD cover, out there traveling the world, was just another kind of Joy Ride.
The CD came out in 2014, I haven't thought about it since then, as you know, my life was turned upside down and I had other things to think about.
And now that it popped up in my old photos and I checked it out online, I felt joyful. I had fun writing this post.
Oh, and then I went looking for my CD, I wanted to play it now that I have my new CD player.
I couldn't find it anywhere!