I've never cared about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, nor for top ten lists in general, but I was unexpectedly excited on Wednesday to hear that Laura Nyro is to be a 2012 inductee. I was almost as excited as if I'd won the award myself, and I beamed about the apartment for a good half hour, humming to myself and cleaning, before I went off to teach. It's strange to be excited about such an award, especially as it comes from an operation that hasn't had a history of being too kind to idiosyncrasy or to modest record sales. At the very least, it will help to keep the work around, just at the point when it felt like Laura was about to slide out of awareness. Here are seven I love. The first two are covers, the last five are originals.