Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #253

03-09-17   Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #253 is an hour of songs and visionary improvisations from The Gaea Star Band, recorded at Singing Bridge Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and featuring Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, acoustic guitar, baritone ukulele, percussion and sitar, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and percussion.  Today we begin with the uptempo, dancing rhythms of Mariam’s “Oh The Angels Are Coming”, a lovely air driven by Mariam’s insistent acoustic guitar and alternately bluesy and modern minimalist piano from Bob.  Mariam’s gorgeous native flute decorates an extended coda as the piece draws to a close.  “Snow Full Moon” ravishes with a melismatic, mystical melody from Mariam, a lyric of love and reverence to the moon, stately congas and jazzy, stretching piano.  “Oh, We’re In The Shadows Of The Light” begins as a whisper with Mariam’s close vocal and feathery guitar and grows into a lovely folk ballad that flows peacefully with love for nature’s endless variety.  “We’re Gonna Find The Way” follows the break with a folky, ukulele-driven vibe decorated by nimble piano that builds to a racing, dancing climax and culminates in a lovely native flute and piano conversation.  “Awakening” flows out from the preceding piece and is a song to hope and peaceful resistance.  Mariam strums her beautiful sitar and unleashes lush Indian poetry for today’s closer, the beautiful eastern raga “Manakiya”.

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