This morning I’m off to cover the induction ceremony of 2 new toys to the National Toy Hall of Fame.

This year's nominees are:

Atari Game System, Baby Doll, Big Wheel, Game of Life, Hot Wheels, Kite, My Little Pony, Pogo Stick, Raggedy Andy, Skateboard, Spirograph, and Yahtzee.

Only 2 of the 12 nominees will get to take their honored places in the hall.

Personally, I’m rooting for Yahtzee and Atari. I was the reigning family champ of the 1980’s classic Kaboom!

Despite my personal biases, I promise to bring you completely objective, comprehensive coverage of this developing news story. Check back later.

In music news, I just found out that cellist David Ying and pianist Elinor Freer appear on a brand new CD playing Carter Pann’s eclectic Differences for cello and piano. Freer performed on “Live from Hochstein” Wednesday.

The Cedille Records CD “Composers in the Loft” presents five diverse works — four in world premiere recordings.

I listened to Differences. It’s not as wacky as I’d imagined it would be, but I liked the 13:00+ piece. I'm still trying to figure out how to upload an audio clip for you, but in the meantime, if you’re curious, click on this link for more info and some audio clips.