Tuesday, October 6, 2020

My Photo Goes On A Joy Ride


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!



  1. Nice picture and it's perfect for that CD. Apparently the singer thought so too! You should be proud!

  2. Fantastic, I hope you can find your CD player and enjoy the ride all the way. Congratulations on having your photo on the cover of a CD.
    Hugs, Julia

  3. What a neat story and you DO have bragging rights! Love the photo and how cool that it is on the CD cover. You are famous! Glad you shared this. I'll go look for that CD too! Hugs, Diane

  4. Good thinking on your part to get credit. That often fails to happen. It's a really good shot, and I can see the attraction. What a treat to see it again. I hope the CD shows up.

  5. What a great great story! And you gave all of us joy watching your joy ride and thinking about his Joyride. And now you have something else to do you can go on a treasure hunt and find that CD and now I'm wondering just what kind of music they played. Glad you found it and decided to post about it

  6. You should be quite proud of that. I once had an author request to use one of my photos as book cover. I was completely chuffed at that.

  7. Wonderful Inger - what fun ... and yes I just looked - it's available here in the UK too - with your photo as the front CD cover. Great vista of the road ahead ... here's to joy as time goes on ... take care - Hilary

    1. Thanks for checking. This has cheered me up!

  8. Wow, what a surprising and strange thing to happen! This is so cool!! I know I would be really proud!

  9. Wow, be proud lady. That is pretty darn special and I hope you find the CD.

  10. I can imagine your beloved Errol is smiling big.
    little did you know that day's simple photo would become its own adventure!
    I'm glad you shared it with us! I'm going to see if I can hear a clip of it on the web.
    sometimes you can. and to think... even in the UK! isn't it FUN though!!! XO

  11. Dear Inger, I think this is just great! So happy for you. Peace.

  12. I love it! What a fun joy ride rediscovering this story. Perhaps you should buy the CD?

  13. that is so cool that he used your photo and I agree with you ...these years later it must feel like a joy ride to see it again. it's a beautiful photo.

  14. Great story Inger!! Congratulations 👍 not many blogers get published like that😊


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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