Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #309

06-07-18 The Gaea Star Band #309 present another hour of visionary acoustic improvisation and songs by Mariam Massaro, recorded live at Singing Brook Studio on Worthington, Massachusetts in late May of 2018.  Featuring Mariam on vocals, native flute, ukulele and acoustic guitar, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and native drums, the Gaea Star Band begin with the half-hour multi-movement song cycle “Just A Lovely Flow” which flows from mystical native grooves to lush piano-led jazz to spirited gypsy jump and finally to an unusual, mesmeric climax built on an unsettled, haunting cycle of chords from the piano.  Mariam picks up her acoustic guitar for the folky, minor ballad “Returning To Balance” and finally today we reprise Mariam’s “Full Moon Parts One And Two”, a silvery, reverential moon waltz that evokes the night sky in gorgeous detail.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #308

05-31-18 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #308 features an hour of songs by Mariam Massaro and visionary acoustic improvisation from the Gaea Star Band with Mariam on vocals, native flute, ukulele, acoustic guitar and dulcimer, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and percussion.  Recorded live at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts, today’s show begins with Mariam’s entrancing “Ruby Red”, a lush, elegiac and languid reflection on a hummingbird featuring imaginative vocals from Mariam and angular gospel piano from Bob.  “Taking The Time” continues the unhurried pace of “Ruby Red” with an added psychedelic slant that takes us into a cool, misty night.  A long, lyrical, echo-treated native flute solo from Mariam enchants at the top of the mystical soul number “Let’s All Revive Believing” and a chiming dulcimer leads the way into the beautiful “Blessed By Our Life”, a breathtaking prayer full of joy and gratitude.  We finish today with the aching, soulful “It’s Gonna Be All Right”, a song of hope built on an aching, cyclical piano motif and Mariam’s impassioned vocal.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #307

05-24-18 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #307 was taped live at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts on a warm spring day and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, six- and 12-string acoustic guitars and dulcimer, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and drums.  Today we begin with the varied, lush improvisation “Ode To The Stars” which features a visionary melody and lyric from Mariam and imaginative, shifting accompaniment from the band.  “Loving Lingeringly” and “Just Slow Right Down” are continuations of the first number, the first featuring beautiful, languid native flute from Mariam and the second is a mystical, 12-string led prayer to mindfulness and the moment featuring dramatic piano from Bob.  We finish today’s show with the dulcimer-based “Roses By My Bedside” and “Spring Is Mighty Fine” in a long, unhurried expression of serenity and gratitude.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #306

05-17-18 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #306 was taped at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, 8-string ukulele, native flute and acoustic guitar, Craig Harris on drums and congas and Bob Sherwood on piano.  We begin today with the mesmerizing “The Toads Are Singing”, a languid, late spring song featuring Mariam’s 8-string ukuelele.  “Mandiya Viaje” begins with a torrent of native flute and echoed piano and develops as the story of a solitary musician who lives in harmony with the earth and devotes his music to the full moon.  “Home Sweet Home” is a lush gospel piece with a lovely vocal and stately piano from Bob.  Mariam’s native flute and lovely vocals trade space in this mesmerizing song.  “I Only Want To Serve In The Light” is a devotional, inspired groove featuring acoustic guitar from Mariam and “Spirit Of Fire” is an impassioned prayer from Mariam’s “Vision Quest” album.  We finish today’s session with “I Bid You Adieu My Sweetness”, a lovely, spontaneous love song by Mariam punctuated by dancing ukulele from Mariam and balaphone from Craig.