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What music relaxes you?

At the risk of losing more ground to Annie Barrett in our battle over who’s cooler (just go ahead and crown her Queen S— of Turd Island already, I can’t compete), I’m admitting that I went to a doo-wop concert Saturday night. My mother thinks I accompanied her because she begged me to, and while it’s true that I wouldn’t have instigated the purchasing of tickets, I knew I’d have fun. Oldies relax me. They’re more than an escape; they’re a time-out. It’s like because they’re from another era, time has to stand still in this one until the music stops.

While I liked Terry Johnson’s Flamingos (“I Only Have Eyes For You”) and Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners (“Since I Don’t Have You”), I loved headliners Little Anthony and the Imperials (below, a medley of their hits including “Tears On My Pillow”). They’re celebrating their 50th year in the business and they still sound amazing. Their a cappella version of “Two Kinds of People in the World,” which Ernest Wright wrote after seeing Ava Gardner on a late night show, brought tears to my eyes. I felt so lucky to get a chance to hear them sing it. Apparently, I’m not the only young admirer they’ve got: Little Anthony said Fergie and Alicia Keys are fans. He also said they’re doing Letterman in August to perform a new song.

What’s your musical time-out?