Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #325

 


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10-11-18  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #325 is an hour of visionary, varied, evocative, lush and accomplished acoustic improvised music and songs featuring the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, tenor ukulele, acoustic 6- and 12-string guitars and percussion, Craig Harris on congas and native drums and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Recorded on an early autumn day at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts, today’s show begins with the hypnotizing, magical ambience of “Like The Morning”, a steady, prayerful ballad built on a relentless groove of piano and congas and draped with lovely improvised melody and native flute from Mariam.  Beginning with a mysterious flute fanfare, “Let’s All Be A Little Stronger” is a mystical meditation on resistance in our time led by Bob’s minimalist, echoing piano and a profound message from Mariam on resilience in all things.  “The Last Of The Moonlight” is a light and unusually pretty ballad to the moon that skips and plays to the tune of Mariam’s tenor ukulele like moonlight on the surface of a lake and “Nothing New” is a powerful, mesmerizing epic that moves through several motifs to express the beauty of the circularity of the seasons.  Mariam plays her chiming Martin 12-string acoustic to set the tone for “Today”, a relaxed ballad that celebrates the everyday through Mariam’s lush vocal and the firm and steady support of the band.  “Room Of Doubt” is a classic from Mariam’s “Gaea Star Crystal:  Awakening The Tribes Of Light” album and “Gather Together” is drawn from the “Best Of The Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour 2013 compilation album.  We finish today with the hushed, gentle “The Sun’s Calling” featuring a gorgeous vocal and native flute passages from Mariam over Bob’s classical piano motifs.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #324

10-04-18  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #324 was taped live at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features songs and acoustic visionary improvisation from the Gaea Star Band and special guest vocalist and percussionist Sondra Lewis.  Featuring Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, celtic harp, acoustic guitar and ukulele, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and native drums, today’s show begins with the lush, atmospheric “The Mighty Wisdom Channel” driven by an evocative vocal from Mariam and hypnotic backup vocals and guiro from Sondra.  “Waves Of Love” begins in a minimal, earthy space with heartbeat native drumming from Craig and Mariam’s elemental native flute and vocals.  The intensity increases throughout with a lovely tension between Bob’s classically inflected piano and the native flute and drumming.  “In Due Time We Are All Going Home” is a beautiful, mystical atmospheric piece built around Mariam’s celtic harp trills and electronically treated piano from Bob.  Once again a build in intensity creates a lush, expansive experience with mesmeric piano and steady congas holding the frame for Mariam’s expressive melody and spoken words.  “Seize The Opportunity” is a light, ragtime-influenced folk piece with a message of resilience from Mariam and lovely echoing vocals from Sondra.  “As Far As The Eye Can See” wraps up today’s show with more gorgeous, expressive native flute from Mariam over a backdrop of evocative piano that visits and revisits several themes.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #323

09-27-18  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #323 is an hour of visionary, improvised acoustic music performed live by The Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, dulcimer, native flute, acoustic guitar and ukulele, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and native drums.  Taped on September 17 2018 at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts, today’s show begins with the the prayerful, gentle “Grateful For This New Day” which features a lush improvised lyric and beautiful native flute passages from Mariam and ambitious, detail-rich piano accompaniment from Bob.  Moving through moods and motifs, this lovely, epic track finally segues into Mariam’s classic, dulcimer-driven “All Life Unfolds”, here given an energized, elemental reading with steady congas from Craig and ambitious, multifaceted piano from Bob beneath Mariam’s elegiac melody.  “Let’s All Be In The Beauty” is a pretty, minor key exploration of gratitude built on the earthy thrum of Craig’s native drum and Mariam’s precise ukulele.  Bob teases out the motif with driving, minimalist piano amidst psychedelic treatments and clouds of echo.  Rising from the denouement, the stately “I Am The One” arrives on clouds of electronic treatments with a dramatic, swirling presence and an evocative, fundamental lyric from Mariam that speaks to the forest and nature’s somber perfection.  “Searching For So Much More” is a pretty, rich folk song from Mariam given sensitive, lovely accompaniment from the Gaea Star Band; a gorgeous and unhurried prayer to surrender and faith.  Lush, lyrical native flute abounds in long, languid passages until yielding to the driving, insistent “This Planet We Call The Gaea Star”, driven by Mariam’s acoustic guitar and Bob’s questing piano.  A lovely melody and visionary lyric from Mariam complete an all-around remarkable hour of beautiful, powerful improvised song and music.

 

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #322

09-06-18 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #322 was recorded in late August at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington Massachusetts and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, celtic harp, acoustic guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar and 4- and 8-string ukuleles, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and native drums.  Today’s first number is the languid, summery folk song “Beyond The Richness Of The Night”, featuring a fine vocal from Mariam and imaginative piano from Bob.  “Oh The Moon’s Sacred Space” is a mystical, autumnal improvisation driven by Craig’s native drum and Mariam’s visionary improvised lyric.  “Oh She’s Casting Rays” is another lovely improvisation driven by Mariam’s lush vocal and chiming acoustic guitar and “Can You Touch Your Dreams?” is a minor folk ballad built around Mariam’s languid 12-string acoustic guitar.  “Savor Every Moment” is a formally-structured, Beatlesque ballad featuring lush piano from Bob and featuring Celtic harp and 8-string ukulele from Mariam.  “Heart Of The River” closes the show with an earthy, native vibe provided by Mariam’s lyrical native flute and Craig’s fundamental drumming.