Welcome to This Song Changed My Life 🤯 Created by Grace Lilly

Join hundreds of music lovers in a growing online community

"Such a great idea, and so much better than just a song rec." - Madeline

"It's making me feel so grateful to realize all over again how healing and clarifying music is." - Ashley

"It feels like a wonderful medium for artists to see fans reflect on their work and feel that reward." - Cole

What is This Song Changed My Life?

This Song Changed My Life is an independent music publication from visual artist Grace Lilly, featuring essays from people all around the world about the songs that mean the most to them.

Who reads TSCML?

Anyone who loves music 

My readers are sentimental music lovers who dig a good story.

They’re open-minded enthusiasts who believe in the power of a great song.

They’re curious, creative, and always ready to discover new tunes while enjoying a sense of connection with contributors, the artists they write about, and one another.

Join them: 

What you’ll get:

  • Community Essays
    (Free every Friday)
    People share personal stories about the songs that changed their lives

  • Monday Bites
    (Free every other Monday)
    Bite-sized spotlights on artists I love, readable in 3 minutes or less

Why sign up?

Real people, real stories

It’s like a totally subjective human music-recommendation machine

I believe we feel most connected to one another when we open up and share our experiences. In an increasingly lonely world, TSCML exists as an antidote to the sterility of the algorithm.

Here you’ll find ultra-personal stories from real people all over the world, gathered intentionally to make you feel more connected to others through music.

Supported by readers like you

Each week I spend significant time writing, contacting writers, editing, illustrating, publishing, and promoting every post.

When you subscribe, you let me know that it’s time well spent and I should keep doing it.

And when you support TSCML financially, you make a concrete impact on its continued existence.

You’ve got options, baby:

Paid subscribers get:

($5/mo or $50/yr)
  • Friday essays & Monday Bites plus:

  • Grace’s Diary (monthly)
    My own memorable, meaningful, sometimes embarrassing music stories

  • Private Playlists (monthly)
    Each month I make a hand-picked playlist for you to listen to

  • Community Access
    Connect with fellow music lovers through the TSCML Chat

  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings
    The sweet satisfaction of supporting independent, ad-free writing

Angels get:

  • Everything plus:

  • Thank you video
    A personalized video just for you

  • Hand-drawn portrait
    I’ll illustrate you (or a loved one), digitize it, and send you the file

  • My eternal gratitude
    You contributing at the Angel level is so meaningful to me

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Other stuff you should know

Wanna write an entry?

You, yes you! I want to hear from you. If you’d like to write an essay for This Song Changed My Life, please fill out this form for consideration.


How we got here

It all started in 2007… For curious minds, I wrote The Origin Story of how this project came to be.


Get to know me

I’m a New York City based artist. You might know me through Instagram as @gracefullyweird. To learn more about me and my other projects, check out my personal newsletter, Weirdly Good <3

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Essays from people all around the world about the songs that mean the most to them. Created (and illustrated) by Grace Lilly.


Grace Lilly is an artist living in New York City
Editor at This Song Changed My Life