At age 62, responding to music is still the way I process the world, the place I feel most in my element. Evidently it's the same for these musicians, and together we're all aging if not always gracefully than certainly gratefully.
Though it still makes me smirk two decades later, maybe I should adopt Gateway to a Great Getaway as a slogan for Mining the Audio Motherlode. What a better way to describe the worldly adventures teed up for you here on a weekly basis.
We're going to go all meta-scalable on this thing with a "best of" list of other people's "best of" lists. Here are the best lists of the best music of 2011 in no particular order, because as with music itself, lists are subjective.