Lara, here's more for your present-wrapping soundtrack.
1. Emmy Lou Harris and the stellar McGarrigle sisters. (Kate is, of course, Rufus Wainwright's late mom.)
2. Joan Jett, who needs no explanation.
Like Lara, I'm thinking a lot about this past year, and what I've learned from blogging about it nearly every day. One thing I immediately think of is the 2012 stands out in sharp relief from other years--I feel like I remember so much more about it and can gaze back on it as having dimension, an arc?
This sounds inane. And it doesn't sound like much. I must keep thinking.