01-05-17 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #244 was recorded at Singing Brook Studios in Worthington Mass and features songs and imaginative improvisations from the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, acoustic guitar, baritone ukulele and dulcimer, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and balaphone. Today’s first piece is the swirling, mystical “It’s A May Nayo”, replete with Craig’s tribal balaphone and visionary vocals from Mariam. “Emerald Forest Sanctuary” mines a rich Arabic tonality as Mariam tells a compelling tale of the animals of the jungle. “Oh May Jayko” is the story of a wise man who lives in gratitude and harmony set to a gorgeous psychedelic rhythm and “Rays Of Light” is a pretty waltz by Mariam featuring her folky vocals and acoustic guitar. We return to a minor, trance-like vibe with “Rivers Running Pure”, a bluesy diatribe against corporate exploitation with some driving piano work from Bob. “Winter Snow” drifts on a cloud of acoustic guitar from Mariam and icy, brittle winter scales from Bob and Craig on piano and balaphone and “Sharing In The Beauty” is a psychedelic folk tune led by Mariam’s dulcimer and harmonica.
12-29-16 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #243 features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, dulcimer and baritone ukulele, Craig Harris on congas and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano. Today’s show was taped at Singing Brook Studio. We begin with a wistful and meditative ode to the sun and to Hawaii called “Soldaygo” and ease into the peaceful, lovely “Oh Mana Ki Yahey” which features imaginative, classically-inflected piano from Bob and fine native flute from Mariam. “Celebrate Diversity” starts with Mariam’s solitary baritone ukulele and blooms into echoing piano, coalescing into a mysterious and vibrant groove with the entry of Craig’s congas and Mariam’s insightful lyric. “Along In The Strands Of Beauty” finds Mariam strumming her dulcimer, her prayerful vocals trading phrases with her native flute as Craig establishes a dancing balaphone groove. “Snow Covering As Seasons Come And Go” is an epic journey of movements and moods driven by Mariam’s dancing dulcimer and Bob’s ever-imaginative and varying piano and today’s closer, “Sail On” is a smooth, peaceful take on Mariam’s song from her “Vision Quest album.
12-22-16 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #242 is an engaging hour of songs and improvisations with Mariam Massaro on vocals, 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars, native flute and percussion and Bob Sherwood on piano. At Singing Brook Studio We begin with “Water”, Mariam’s lovely romantic classical piece from the “Vision Quest” album which today we perform as a prayer for the water protectors of Standing Rock. Next up is the psychedelic jazz of “Calling On The Light/Rivers Of Rain” which features Mariam’s native flute and electronically treated piano from Bob. Moving from sophisticated jazz to gospel to minimalism this sprawling, ambitious piece is also dedicated to the Water Defenders. “You Choose Your Path” is an understated, folky lullaby with a beautiful vocal from Mariam. “Room Of Doubt” is an acoustic take on the number from Mariam’s 2009 CD “Gaea Star Crystal: Awakening The Tribes Of Light” and “Going Down Deep” is a lush, gorgeous dancing thing with a far eastern vibe, a pretty vocal from Mariam and a rhythm bed of lustrous acoustic guitar and chiming piano. “Shamatini Uncovers Elestial Crystal” is a chapter from Mariam’s “Gaea Star Crystal” screenplay presented over a soundtrack of 12-string guitar and piano and “Now Is The Time” completes the show with dramatic piano from Bob and a drifting, mystical vocal from Mariam.
12-15-16 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #241 at Singing Brook Studio and showcases the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, celtic harp and acoustic guitar, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and balophone as well as special guest Amanda Potluck on vocals and percussion. We begin today with Mariam’s “Okinatay La Majushaho”, an epic of the sea and of preordained, divine love set on a Japanese island. Mariam’s compelling narrative is decorated with Amanda’s lush, bluesy countervocal as well as Mariam’s lyrical native flute. We dedicate “Oh May I Shine Like The Sun” to our veterans on this Veteran’s Day. A bright, folky piece unfolds, driven by Mariam’s acoustic guitar and lyric of hope. “River Of Peace” is a slow and mystical round between Mariam and Amanda over a strange, beautiful piano figure and steady, meditative congas from Craig. “Shelter Us From The Rain” is a prayer for unity and support among people that plays with themes from today’s previous pieces behind a moving vocal from Mariam. Finally, “Crystal Clear” is a sparse, minimal groove that drifts lushly through a series of movements featuring a striking narrative, chiming kalimba and compelling native flute interjections from Mariam.