The Story of "The Lost Photo Blues"

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The Story of "The Lost Photo Blues"

Postby ray.ganong » Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:27 am

This is the story of how the track "The Lost Photo Blues" came to be. If you'd like to have a listen, check it out on Youtube:

Like photos, music is a great connector – that’s what was going through my mind one night as I watched my friend Mike Branton captivate his audience, doing what he does best. What Mike does best is create and share music – specifically the blues.

My second thought was how, not being able to find photos, is like having the blues – you get frustrated, a bit discouraged. This is not typically what one thinks about when enjoying the blues, I’ll grant you. Maybe the glasses of wine had my mind following unusual patterns of thought – I can’t really say.

This led to my third thought which was, “Why don’t we compose a blues song about lost photos?” (It must have been too much fresh air that evening that sparked this thought!) Still, it seemed like a good idea, even in the bright clarity of a new day. I mentioned it to my wife, April, and asked if she’d like to take a stab at writing some lyrics with me. (She can be quite eloquent with pen and paper.) Not at all sure of the purpose of this little adventure, she agreed so I called Mike and asked if he’d be game to put it all to music if we provided the lyrics. Like my wife, Mike gave me the distinct impression that, while he wasn’t sure why I would want to do this, he’d be happy to give it a shot.

The rest, as they say, is history. April wrote the lyrics. (I was allowed some collaborative input, albeit minimal, which was probably all for the best.) Mike provided the musical talent, allowing me to drop in and enjoy the in-studio creative process. (He also allowed minimal collaborative input, again, probably for the best.)

Why do a song for Fotobounce? Why not? Like I said, I think photos and music are two powerful mediums that can be used to bring people closer together. That’s why Fotobounce was created – to make it easy and fun to connect with those you care about. So have fun using Fotobounce so you don’t have to worry with lost photos. And I hope you enjoy listening to The Lost Photo Blues as much as we enjoyed creating it.

If you would like an MP3 version of the song please email me: ray [dot] ganong [at]

Ray Ganong
President, Fotobounce

P.S. Join our collaboration. If you have some ideas on how we might use The Lost Photo Blues to help build the “Bouncer” community, we’d love to hear from you.
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