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

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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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