Updated: Oct 27
Borderless Melodies was born from sheer, unadulterated love for music and people. In our first ninety-nine articles, we tried to not only showcase our love for both of those things but also be an unbiased source of information. The media tends to have a narrative and can be quite unbearable to take in sometimes - and we do our best to ensure that we’re an enjoyable place to take a break from your day, whilst also still talking about important matters.
Our team has grown from the day that it was dreamed up, until even this very week. We’ve had room for expansion, been able to interview all sorts of artists that we love listening to, been able to share our passions and our dreams, and foster a sense of community with all of our readers. It has been a great, fun journey so far, and we’re excited to see where this road leads all of us along the way.
Here’s to our first 100 posts! We couldn’t have done this without all of you and we’ll never be able to adequately express our gratitude. You’ve been alongside us on the journey of our lives, and we hope you’ll be by our side as we continue to expand and educate.
Below, some of our staff has decided to give you a glimpse into the reality of who we are and why we do what we do. We’d love to hear from you! Whose playlist do you best relate to? What songs would you have chosen for yourself?
Hi everybody! I’m Rikki, the founder of Borderless Melodies! Firstly, I want to thank all of you for supporting us so far, we appreciate all that you do whether it be reading and sharing articles, listening to and sharing playlists, checking out the podcast, engaging with us on social media, or whatever it is that you do! You make this journey fun for everyone involved and we’re so grateful to you!
Sparing you the details, I have had a life filled with a significant amount of trauma… Music always met me wherever I was at and made me feel validated and a part of something. That’s why I wanted to create Borderless Melodies, to bring everyone who needs someone (or anyone who simply just wants to rock out for a while) together, from one side of the globe to the other.
It’s difficult to pinpoint just five songs to share with you, but I’ve given it my best shot! Whenever you’re feeling alone, check these songs out and know that somewhere in the north, I’m vibing right along with you. You’re never really alone if you listen to (or even create) music.
One thing we discussed sharing was what we considered our best article to date. I've spent most of my time heading up the team and not nearly enough time writing as of late, but I think I would choose my Woodstock 2020 article! It sort of gives you a hint at who I am as a person if you read it through. The outlet felt very true to me!
Moving on to the really exciting stuff...
Cherry Wine (Live) by Hozier, most meaningful lyric to me: "Open hand or closed fist would be fine, the blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine"
I Need My Girl by The National, most meaningful lyric to me: "I know I was a lot of things, but I am good, I am grounded"
Fine Line by Harry Styles, most meaningful lyric to me: Either "We'll be alright" or "You've got my devotion, but man I can hate you sometimes"
Mansion by NF, most meaningful lyric to me: "Congratulations, you'll always have a room in my mind, the question is, will I ever clean the walls off in time?"
'Til It's Over by Anderson .Paak, most meaningful lyric to me: "Would you stay if your heart had the power?"
Check the playlist out HERE (exclusive to Apple Music!)
Hello listeners, readers, family and friends!
For our 100th post, we’d like to thank you for the endless support. My name is Megan. While I originally started as a writer here at Borderless Melodies I’ve been given so many more opportunities. Outside of what I do here, I am pretty laid back. My connection to the ocean is unmatched, and my taste in music/movies is quite eclectic. I miss going to live shows—where words fail, my music speaks. If you ever really wanted to get to know me—-it’s all in my music. I grew up listening to 90s and 2000s alternative rock and punk music—it’s what I have most in common with my dad. Many things inspired my decision to write music but those moments are a part of that—-wanting to connect with people in the way I did to those artists.
The top songs that describe who I am:
Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charmed Life
Okay, so you might think this is an oddball choice being that the song is about crystal meth addiction but the lines “I want something else to get me through this life,” I can and have related to quite heavily.
Toto - Africa
The idea of a love so strong nothing can break it is pretty much how I try to embrace my relationships, familial and otherwise. Sometimes that can come off a little intense to people but (as Rikki would say) just makes room for the right people.
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
This one is particularly personal for me although it mainly connects me to my childhood as well. It’s about domestic violence and sexual abuse. For me, it is incredibly healing and heartwrenching simultaneously. It’s a tale of struggle but it’s also a tale of triumph! Love it. Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” is another one similar to this for me.
Celine Dion - That's The Way It Is
Call me crazy but I feel as though this song comes on whenever I’m being given a reminder from beyond of my mom, may she rest.
Neck Deep - In Bloom
Because who doesn’t have anxiety, right?
My favorite article would have to be Megan’s! We had fun going over stuff in our personal lives that spilled over into the interview, and it felt like just a conversation between friends. It was very natural and free-flowing. How strange it was that we’re so similar in some ways — right down to our names and where we’re from, I couldn’t believe it when I found her. I also really enjoy connecting with Bri Feel over chicken nuggets!
It’s exciting to see what Borderless Melodies has achieved so far and what’s to come. Writing has been something I’ve always loved and especially talking about music with others. I’ve had several articles that I’ve enjoyed writing so much. One of them was when I got to interview Abe. He’s a Chicago native and makes great music to bop to. I love getting to know artists and their goals in music. I also loved collaborating with Emma and writing about Virtual Lollapalooza and enjoying some amazing sets from the past. I can’t wait to write more and collaborate with other musicians and artists in the industry. Music has been something for many of us to keep us positive during these times and I couldn’t be more grateful to be part of such an amazing team.
Top 5 songs:
- The Weeknd - Blinding Lights
- James Bay - Let It Go
- Post Malone - Congratulations
- Harry Styles - Falling
- Avicii - Without You
A little tribute to Borderless Melodies:
As a celebration of our 100th article, I definitely would like to send an appreciation post to all our readers, followers and fans of our articles. We are humbled by your support and would like to continue growing with all of you. Music is borderless, and wherever you are from, we can all appreciate and learn from various artists and the music around the world. Continue to spread love, positivity and kindness and we continue to share great content to you all. Rock on! All the love x
Ever since I recently joined the BMEL team I have been met with nothing but open arms and creative freedom. It was a bit intimidating at first but now I'm learning what I want to write about, and also how to retain inspiration for ideas! It's also teaching me to stay on top of information and trends in the music industry. I have tons of other stuff I want to do in the industry and I believe this was a great first step. I can't wait to put out more content and continue growing with the team.
I'm a huge fan of hip-hop/rap, rock, alternative, trap, electronica/dance, house, and some edm. I'm also a photographer and I specialize in portrait and event photography. Once the world opens back up I'm excited to get back into shooting live shows. Also, pray for me because I'm a full time college student that is almost done with her college career.
“Sabotage” was one of the first Rock/Hip-Hop songs I ever listened to, convincing me to become curious in songs in both of those genres. “The Rockafeller Skank” was not only a dance song from a favorite teen movie of mine but was also the first song I ever sang in public at age five. “Come Clean” was my favorite song off of the album Metamorphosis, the first album I bought with my own money. I first heard “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” at my dance recital in 2000. When I found out what the song was, I replayed it on my music playlist every day for four years! Last but not least, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” was my favorite song of 2003 and the first song by Daft Punk I’ve ever listened to, not to mention it makes me want to listen to Kanye West afterwards!
When I was nineteen, I changed my undergrad major to Communications because I realized I wanted to be in the music industry. My dad told me that I would be great at writing about music, which I thought was insane. However, I began writing with Borderless Melodies, and it made me realize what it felt like to answer one’s true calling. Because of Borderless Melodies, I began to write and research more music, making me happy to know that my decision to switch majors wasn’t a mistake. Out of all articles I’ve written, my two favorites are The Future: Will K-Pop Be Recognized?and Billboard Top New Artist- Who Will Win? Each article has helped me express my beliefs in aspects of the music industry, which is something I’ve done for a number of years. Here’s to 100 and to another 100 more!