Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #269

07-06-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #269 was recorded on a late June afternoon at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, percussion, 12-string acoustic guitar, ukulele and celtic harp, Craig Harris on congas and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s first number is Mariam’s beautiful “Let Love Bloom”, a spacious, folk-flavored ballad featuring chiming 12-string Martin guitar and a sweet melody from Mariam.  “Reaching For The Sky” is a minimalist, classically-inflected piece with a soaring melody and ambitious piano from Bob.  “Rain Lullaby” is a little swiss watch of a song from Mariam that blooms into a stately operatic ballad in the hands of the Gaea Star Band with sprightly balaphone from Craig and pretty ukulele from Mariam.  Mariam plays entrancing, far-flung native flute to a dramatic backing of piano and swelling drums on the elementally jazzy “Hiya Maheyo”, a dreamlike prayer to all of life’s journeys.  For the celtic harp-led “Oh The Wind She Loves To Dance”, Mariam plays her harp and records her vocal and flute outside with the sounds of the summer evening accompanying this trancelike, dreamlike song.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #269

06-29-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #269 was recorded on a late June afternoon at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, percussion, 12-string acoustic guitar, ukulele and celtic harp, Craig Harris on congas and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s first number is Mariam’s beautiful “Let Love Bloom”, a spacious, folk-flavored ballad featuring chiming 12-string Martin guitar and a sweet melody from Mariam.  “Reaching For The Sky” is a minimalist, classically-inflected piece with a soaring melody and ambitious piano from Bob.  “Rain Lullaby” is a little swiss watch of a song from Mariam that blooms into a stately operatic ballad in the hands of the Gaea Star Band with sprightly balaphone from Craig and pretty ukulele from Mariam.  Mariam plays entrancing, far-flung native flute to a dramatic backing of piano and swelling drums on the elementally jazzy “Hiya Maheyo”, a dreamlike prayer to all of life’s journeys.  For the celtic harp-led “Oh The Wind She Loves To Dance”, Mariam plays her harp and records her vocal and flute outside with the sounds of the summer evening accompanying this trancelike, dreamlike song.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #267

06-22-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #267 is an hour of improvised acoustic music and songs by Mariam Massaro, played live by the Gaea Star Band with Mariam on vocals, celtic harp, native flute, acoustic guitar and ukulele, Craig Harris on congas, drums and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s show begins with the folk strains of “Heyo To The Golden Summer”, a blissful evocation of summer featuring an inspired visionary lyric from Mariam and sprightly rhythm from Craig and Bob.  The lush, contemplative “Tupalsan Heyo” is a deeply mystical and beautiful evocation of the morning punctuated by Mariam’s evocative native flute.  The band steers directly into the jazzy and rhythmically inventive “Rise Above”, slowly arriving at a driving climax before drifting away in clouds of piano and flute.  Following the break is a stately, spacious take of “Spirit Of Fire” a lovely track from Mariam’s “Vision Quest” album.  From here we drift straight into the atmospheric ballad “Memories” and finally to a dreamy interpretation of the lovely “Sail On”, another track from “Vision Quest”.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #266

06-15-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #266 was recorded live at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, celtic harp and ukulele, Craig Harris on congas and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s first piece is the lovely, meditative “The Moon And The Stars Side By Side” featuring a languid vocal and expressive native flute from Mariam.  “Streaks Of Love” follows, a pretty minor ballad with imaginative piano from Bob and an inspiring lyric from Mariam.  Mariam plays her tenor ukulele for “Transform”, a piece with several movements that honors change and growth.  “Shades Of Green” is a mystical, floating piece with minimalist piano patterns and compelling balaphone rhythms from Craig.  We finish today’s show with “Where Is The Sun”, a folk song about an unusually rain-drenched early summer.