With the release of my latest song “A Window Seat” out November 19th I thought I’d share what inspired it. Listen
The first line of lyric in the song is: “A little red suitcase goes underneath riding a Badger bus to Milwaukee.” On the cover art for the song, I’m sitting on a red suitcase.
Here’s a picture of the suitcase on the chair I now use for songwriting. It was mine when I was a little girl and I still have it.
The story behind it is actually something I’ve written about before. Before I started songwriting I began this blog, which is “The Annie Lynn Club,” posting on a regular basis about memories and nostalgic stories I recalled while looking at old things I’d kept from my childhood. It was a way for me to get to know myself better and escape from daily worries and stresses being a mom of two young children. What I’ve gathered has been a source for lyrics to other songs I’ve written, like Carry On.
This little red suitcase was one of the items I chose to write about. This collection of stories here on this blog are under the category of “Annie’s Micro Museum.” It’s kind of a way for me to share what I’ve captured and things about my past, while preserving my unique history growing up as a little girl in the early 1980s and 90s.
I must have been about five when I got the suitcase, around the same time I learned to ride a bike. The blog post I write about that adventure, which includes more about this suitcase, is here: How I learned to ride a bike.
Here’s a picture of me with it at my grandparents’ house in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
I’d taken the Badger Bus to visit them to stay for the week. I actually rode alone! I know. In those days, it wasn’t a big deal. Read how I flew to Florida alone at 11 here: Flying to Florida alone when I was eleven.
When I started writing “A Window Seat” I remembered taking the bus on more than one occasion and how I always, always had a window seat. That way I could look out the window and see the scenery, and of course see my grandparents waiting for me at the park-in-ride where my stop was:
“To Goerke’s Corner the stop in between,” which was between Madison and Milwaukee.
So there you have it.
Can’t wait for you to hear “A Window Seat” out November 19th!
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Did you ever take a bus trip somewhere? I’d love to hear your story. Leave a comment below.