02-09-17 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #249 at Singing Bridge Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, acoustic guitar, percussion and baritone ukulele, Craig Harris on congas and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano. Today we also feature very special guest, singer-songwriter and guitarist Justus Conant playing some tracks from his albums “Going Coastal” and the brand-new “Snake Handlers And Gypsies. We begin today with Mariam’s wonderful “Pacha Mama” from the “Gaea Star Goddesses” album featuring Mariam’s compelling vocals to which Justus adds his voice on the elemental chorus. Next, Justus steps up with his maritime ballad “Buoy Ballad” as well as the powerful, aching “Snake Handlers and Gypsies” with Mariam on flute, Bob on piano and Craig on congas. Next up, Mariam and Justus duet on 6- and 12-string guitars for Mariam’s floating, lush “Oh World, Let’s Heal Our Strife” with imaginative backing from Bob on piano and Craig on congas. Justus steps up once again with the chiming, aching “Goodbye” from the “Going Coastal” album with Mariam adding lovely countermelodies. Mariam’s epic “Festival Of The 7 Stars” develops from mystical ballad to a rocking world groove, all built around Mariam’s inspired, illuminated narrative.
02-02-17 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #248 was taped at Singing Bridge Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features songs by Mariam Massaro and improvisations by The Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, acoustic guitar, dulcimer and native flute, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and balaphone. Today’s opener, Mariam’s “Moonlight Shining Bright” is an interesting piece, a taut and structured song played in, of all things, a quadrille rhythm defined by Mariam’s acoustic guitar and Craig’s steady conga rhythm. Next up is the mystical improv “Just Keep On Flowing And Stand Ever Strong” a prayer to letting go of the past and moving forward. The piece gains drive and energy and features imaginative, expansive piano from Bob and interesting electronic touches as well as a lush and inspired melody from Mariam. “Circles Of Unraveling Love” is a touching folk ballad featuring exquisite visionary lyrics from Mariam and “Mishaheyo, Blue Star Maiden” is a swirling, psychedelic epic that comes in on waves of Mariam’s native flute and dramatic treated piano from Bob. A tale of a maiden of the river walking in the peaceful moonlight, the piece moves through several movements, some lush and expansive, some urgent and rocking. Beautiful flute work, driving conga and ambitious piano abound. Today’s final piece is the eastern-influenced “May We Return To The Ways Of Old” a long, lovely and varied improvisation constructed around Mariam’s chiming dulcimer and Craig’s table-like conga work. Variety is provided by Bob’s ever-questing piano and Mariam’s focused vocal and native flute interplay.
01-26-17 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #247 features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar and ukulele, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and balaphone. Today we also feature special guest Jay Lynch on percussion. Today’s first piece is Mariam’s “Oh The Mystery Of It All”, a sacred and mysterious piece that quickly leads into “Unfold Your Treasures”, an imaginative prayer featuring fine vocals and acoustic guitar from Mariam. “Stella D’Orio” is a lush song about a peaceful and solitary little girl with an alternating major-minor tonality and beautiful native flute from Mariam. “In The Temple Of Awakening” and “Oh Happy Days” follow on without pause, creating an epic 24-minute piece featuring dramatic recurring themes in the piano and a shifting, dramatic narrative punctuated by drifting native flute. “Gina Ja Mayaheyho” is a darkly rollicking song about a cat in the middle of the night with swinging congas from Craig and Mariam’s chiming 12-string. “Grace Fell From The Sky” is a gorgeous folk ballad and “Majra Goria” is an unsettled minor ballad to a goddess, and today’s last song is a rocking take of Mariam’s classic “Pele” with a wall of percussion from Craig and Jay and reggaefied bass from Bob under Mariam’s tight overdubbed harmonies.
01-19-17 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #246 at Singing Bridge Studios in Worthington, Mass with the Gaea Star Band; Mariam Massaro on vocals, dulcimer, acoustic guitar and native flute, Craig Harris on congas and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano. We begin today with Mariam’s “We’ve Got A Long Way To Go”, a bluesy, fast folk number with a driving groove from Craig on congas. “Golden Orb Of Bright Light” follows, moving into a more mystical space with swirling, circular piano from Bob and an uplifting message from Mariam. “Happy Solstice” is a lush, psychedelic song from Mariam that opens with her beautiful native flute and mystical, electronically-treated backing from Bob and Craig. Twinkling percussion touches from Mariam and spiraling echoes create a deep, mystical and contemplative space that evokes misty panoramas and nature in all her beauty. Mariam plugs in her dulcimer and pulls out her D harmonica for the sprightly tale of “Fiora Montara”, a wise priestess who invites transformation in all who seek her. Moving from the sublime to the comedic, the next piece is Mariam’s “Bumpus McDougall”, a bumptious tale of an old clown who continues bringing joy to children in his retirement. Craig’s balaphone adds a percussive edge to this upbeat folk tune. We finish today with two songs from Mariam’s “Gaea Star Crystal: Awakening the Tribes of Light” and “Vision Quest” CDs, the light, airy “Circle Of Light” and the lovely, uplifting prayer to nature, “Restore”.