More Music? Say What?? Yeah! It’s Rocktober. Dig it! #RocktoberMusicFest

(NOTE: If you’re looking for my Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) post, scroll down or hit the link in the sidebar at the right…)

My friend Mary at Jingle Jangle Jungle has wanted to do a Rocktober Music Fest Blog Hop for a long time and this year is it! So what exactly is this Rocktober Music Fest? It’s a month-long celebration of Rocktober. And it’s super simple to play along. The cool thing is there is no commitment; do it once, do it twice, do it 10 times, do it 31 times…it doesn’t matter. It’s totally up to you how you participate. However there are rules. See below for how it works.

As posted on Mary’s blog, Here’s how it will work:

Each day (yes, *EVERY* day) in the month of October, she will be making a post sharing a song that falls under the category of ‘Rock’.  (One song, that’s all. No pressure!)

If you want to join in the fun, all you need to do is write a post with a song and video that also falls under the category of ‘Rock’. This can any sub-genre of Rock. (Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Alternative, Punk, Acid, Classic, Rockabilly, Southern, etc)

Mary will have a fresh linky posted each day for you to include your link.

Copy the code for the linky to include into your post. If you don’t include the linky in your post, please include a link back to her blog. Her posts go live at 12am Eastern, so you’ll be able to grab the code anytime after that.

Visit all the participants and comment on their posts.

You don’t have to participate every day – however, if you drop your link in the linky, the link must go to a current music post of yours – otherwise – it’s buh-bye to your link on her list. (She’s tough! Not mean, really. She just has high standards). 

And that’s it! So I’ve decided to support her in the #RocktoberMusicFest Blog Hop by posting one of my very favorite Rock songs today. I know, I’m always saying “that’s one of my favorite songs!” I have a ton of favorites. But if someone were to ask me “What is your ultimate favorite song?”

I’d say (and I can’t even tell you WHY) “Stealin'” by Uriah Heep.

There’s no special reason why this is at the top of my list of favorites. It doesn’t have anything to do with the lyrics; there are no particularly special memories tied to it or anything like that. It just harkens me back to a time in my life that makes my heart sing: the 70s. And it’s just a really kick-ass song, musically, and it absolutely MUST BE TURNED UP LOUD! Crank up the Volume!

Here’s “Stealin'” by Uriah Heep, the song by the British hard rock band, from the concept album Sweet Freedom, released in September of 1973. The song was written by keyboardist Ken Hensley. The lyrics tell the tale of an outlaw on the run, and points out the regrets that come with living a self-obsessed life.
FUN FACT: The line, “I’ve done the rancher’s daughter” got the song banned from radio airplay in some areas.

Here is the studio version in a lyrics video for you:


And here’s a live performance from 1973. They might be a little high. But then, c’mon, it was the 70s…


And finally, here’s Uriah Heep, much later in life (and a few different band members), when the song is being referred to as an “old song” — from the Future Echoes of the Past album, released in 2000:


So what do you think of Uriah Heep’s “Stealin'” ? Have you heard it before? Do you like it? Is it one of your favorites too? Tell me in the Comments section.

Let’s celebrate Rocktoberfest y’all! Thanks Mary for the invite!

Be sure to stop by and visit the other Rocktober Music Fest Blog Hop participants. This is Day One, We have 30 more to go! Join us!

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I is for Illusion

All is Vanity image by Charles Allen Gilbert

Charles Allen Gilbert completed the classic black & white optical illusion in 1892. It can be seen as a pretty girl admiring her reflection in a mirror, or as an ominous skull in the background. The tableau is exquisite and the message is clear.

Illusion: the image created by imagination and having no objective reality. Things look different than they really are. Illusion is something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality, a false impression.

Do you get caught up in the constant drive to achieve some ideal and seemingly unattainable version of yourself and your life? I do. Or I should say I used to. I don’t so much anymore because after 50 years it’s finally sinking in that so much of what I see is illusion.

I see model-thin women, making self-deluding statements with their latest must-have fashions, and for years I’ve been insanely jealous but now I know that what lies beneath the veneer of confident smiles is a woman who is just as unsatisfied with her body as I am with mine.

Every day I see façades of happy couples but I know that behind the façade is a pair of individuals who are essentially miserable being married.

I see those who have so much money they couldn’t possibly spend it all in a lifetime, yet they hold on to it so tightly as if that money defines their identity and is inextricably tied to their core being. I can’t help but yearn to have that kind of money and I tell myself, with me, it would be different; I wouldn’t fall victim to its spell. But is that the truth?

I look to all the mansions and expansive homes with indulgent envy but I’m pretty sure now that the people inside are just as fucked up as the rest of us.

TS Eliot said “Humankind cannot handle very much reality.” I’d say that’s probably not far from the truth. We all seem to live in a land of illusion and for the most part, we seem to be pretty okay with it…maybe because we don’t even realize it.

So, is reality overrated? What do you think? Is illusion a preferred state?

Welcome to the grand illusion
Come on in and see what’s happening
Pay the price, get your tickets for the show
The stage is set, the band starts playing
Suddenly your heart is pounding
You’re wishing secretly you were a star

But don’t be fooled by the radio
The TV or the magazines
They’ll show you photographs of how your life should be
But they’re just someone else’s fantasies
So if you think your life is complete confusion
‘Cause you never win the game
Just remember that it’s a grand illusion
And deep inside we’re all the same
We’re all the same

So if you think your life is complete confusion
Because your neighbor’s got it made
Just remember that it’s a grand illusion
And deep inside we’re all the same

America spells competition
Join us in our blind ambition
Get yourself a brand new motorcar
Someday soon we’ll stop to ponder
What on earth’s this spell we’re under
We made the grade and still we wonder
Who the hell we are

Lyrics to “The Grand Illusion” by Styx, the title track of their 1977 Grand Illusion album



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