The Musical Advent Calendar is over, and the Christmas songs are all packed away until the day after Thanksgiving. But the party isn't over, because there's still a few days left to celebrate what were my favorite songs of 2011.
We start off with the incomparable Alison Krauss, who released an outstanding album this year ("Paper Airplane") with her longtime band, Union Station. This song, Richard Thompson's "Dimming of the Day, is just further proof that her voice is one of the most memorable in music.
"Dimming of the Day"