Well, no one needs to buy me anything this Christmas.

I already have the gift of getting to cover Savannah's rich arts scene.

In recent years, I've especially been writing about music, and with each passing year I've been more impressed with the talents of local performers and the passion of local audiences.

In 2014, we saw continued development of the Savannah Music Festival and the Savannah Philharmonic, and there were plenty of other big stories.

But most of my time this year has been spent following the club scene.

And what a year it has been.

We continue to be amazingly fortunate that important touring bands are playing some of Savannah's relatively small venues.

One of the highlights for me was seeing Murder By Death yet again at The Jinx, but there were plenty of other big name acts that came to The Jinx and our other venues.

Art Garfunkel performed two shows at Dollhouse Productions. Man or Astro-man? and Ian McLagan were among the acts that came to The Wormhole. McLagan passed away several weeks later, so Savannah was one of his last stops.

Consider the quality of the up-and-coming Savannah Stopover headliners, including Future Islands, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Those Darlins, The Weeks and Savannah's own Kylesa. MusicFile Productions, parent company of Savannah Stopover and Revival Fest, also brought us the legendary Charles Bradley and other excellent performers.

I could go on and on about the quality of touring acts in 2014, but the Savannah scene wouldn't be thriving if we didn't have such a supportive music community.

Our venue owners, programmers and other employees care deeply about live music, and we have more quality bands than I can possibly list here.

One of the biggest stories of 2014 was also one of the saddest - the passing of Jonathan Athon of Black Tusk. But as one would expect, the Savannah music community rallied with incredible support for Athon's loved ones, and the band will head to Europe on tour in 2015 with bassist Corey Barhorst, formerly of Kylesa and currently with Niche. Read more about that tour from Empire of Sound columnist Joshua Peacock.

Americana acts The Train Wrecks and The Accomplices were the driving forces behind the phenomenally successful tribute to The Band before Thanksgiving and also teamed up last week for another installment of the Homegrown Holiday Hoedown.

Velvet Caravan was one of the first bands to play the Trinity Sanctuary Concerts and is headed to Austin's SXSW Music Festival in 2015.

And on and on.

Almost any time I make lists in my columns, I hear from readers who think I overlooked something or made some sort of terrible mistake. Trust me, I hear you.

I could spend a month's worth of columns listing Savannah music scene highlights from 2014 and still not cover them all.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com). Email billdawers@comcast.net.