Cheers To Two Years!

Cheers To Two Years!

The Music Mermaid turned two years old a few days ago. Today, we celebrate by taking a look back at the songs we’ve covered, the people we’ve loved, and the things we’ve done. But first — we take it back to the beginning.

High school sucked. When I was in high school, I was always looking for ways to get out of it, to escape the nagging feeling that things were never as good as they seemed. I needed something to do. Something to put energy into. Something to be proud of.

That’s why I started Freerider Music Reviews, an itty bitty Tumblr blog where I’d write 100-word reviews of my recent favorite songs. I had a solid zero followers and the quality of my work was abominable, but I felt like I was doing at least something, because I was, even if it wasn’t very good or very eloquent or very important.

Soon, my tiny Tumblr morphed into Buzz Artist, a professional music review website I had the opportunity to launch with a web designer. Through the rest of high school and college, Buzz Artist was my baby. I conducted my first ever phone interview with a musician for Buzz Artist out on the rolling hills in front of the gym during my freshman year of college. I wrote hundreds of pieces for Buzz Artist. I threw business cards at people who didn’t care but politely slid one into their pocket and nodded while I maniacally spoke of a music blog they’d never commit to memory. I worked hard on Buzz Artist for a long time — it was something to call my own, to better my skills for, to grow with — but like all things must, it came to an end. It was never really mine because I had a partner dictating what I could do with it and setting limits on my creativity. I was never fully in control of it like I wanted to be. In 2017, I let Buzz Artist go.

For a few weeks, I was adrift, cut off from a passion project that had led me to so many amazing opportunities but was never strong enough to float on. I could say goodbye to Buzz Artist but what I couldn’t say goodbye to was my hunger to share good music, to connect listeners, and to give a little love to artists who deserve it.

Two years ago, I took the plunge and launched The Music Mermaid — by myself this time. I’m the only writer, the obsessive emailer, the social media coordinator, the interviewer, the playlister, the music lover, the idea-haver, the strategic planner. But I’m never alone. Since I started The Music Mermaid, I’ve connected with hundreds of fans and artists and fellow writers and inspiring, creative, hard-working music lovers who make me so proud to be a part of this industry. They’re the reason I’ve written over 400 features, curated 30 playlists, sold 40 stickers, sent thousands of emails, and fell in love with countless more songs over the past two years. You are the reason.

The Music Mermaid has never aimed to lecture or convince or shame. Its only mission has been to hug you with words, to shout out music that’s doing its best, to make you want to listen, to make you want to feel, and to make both artists and listeners alike proud of the music they make and the music they love. That’s all TMM wants to do — to have you all along for the journey has been special in ways they don’t have words for yet.

Cheers to two years!

In honor of TMM’s second birthday, here’s a (very long) list of things I’m pretty proud of: things like interviews, initiatives, playlists, and more. Check them out if you want or keep scrolling for TMM’s Cheers To Two Years playlist!

Out of over 600 songs we’ve loved and listened to on The Music Mermaid in the past two years, we chose our ultimate favorite 30 that we’ve kept in our heart. Here they are:

xoxo Savannah

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