Listen to I'M STEPPING OUT OF THE PICTURE by Johnny Maestro.
Yes, we're stepping out of the picture, and Stuart is stepping in.
I picked this song less for the symbolism than because I really love it, and I owe it to Stu that I know it. On one of his Northern Soul comps that I borrowed back in the day, this song was buried down on Side 4, but I got attached to it immediately.
It prompted a pretty long search for more songs by Johnny Maestro, but I never found a whole heck of a lot, at least not much worth sharing. He was with an Italian guy from Brooklyn, and most of his recording were with a singing group called The Brooklyn Bridge, and had a minor hit with a Jimmy Webb tune, The Worst That Could Happen. Nevertheless, close readers of the blog will also know that they recorded a bombastic You'll Never Walk Alone.
So, thanks Stu, and the blog's all yours!
Photo: Snowy trees (1).