Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #301

04-12-18 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #301 was recorded at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts in early April and features songs by Mariam Massaro and dynamic acoustic improvisation by the Gaea Star Band with Mariam on vocals, native flute, ukulele and acoustic guitar, Craig Harris on congas, balaphone and drums and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s first piece is the plaintive “High In The Glory Of The Night Sky” which features expressive native flute from Mariam above a gently arpeggiated piano in minor.  “The Snow Queen’s Last Goodbye” bids a hopeful farewell to winter with a chiming ukulele part from Mariam over a rock-steady conga and piano groove.  “All Right- Just Shine” is a native chant that slowly transforms into a ballad of generosity and common purpose with a powerful vocal from Mariam.  “O Mayo” is a stirring minor ballad with more fine ukulele work from Mariam and a hypnotic piano.  “The Toad On The Path” tells of a surprising wildlife encounter of Mariam’s and “Oh I Love The Way” features silken acoustic guitar from Mariam and a steady, minimalist rhythm framework from Craig and Bob.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #300

03-29-18  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #300 recorded live at Singing Bridge Performing Arts Lodge in Cummington, Massachusetts on March 4 2018, we bring you the 300th episode of the Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour featuring the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, acoustic guitar, ukulele, dulcimer and percussion, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and drums.  Today’s very special broadcast begins with Mariam’s  “Oh The Rain”, a somber, mystical piece driven by Mariam’s chiming acoustic guitar and a driving conga track from Craig.  “Pele”, “Pachamama” and “Your Eyes Shine” are inspired takes of songs by Mariam from her “Gaea Star Goddesses” and “Smooth Sailin’ Love Songs” albums.  We conclude this special anniversary hour with the epic, multi-themed “Turning Point Of Love” which features lush, floating native flute from Mariam and imaginative, expectation-dashing piano scenarios from Bob.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #299

03-22-18  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #299 at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, MA in February 2018 and is an hour of visionary improv and songs by Mariam Massaro featuring the Gaea Star Band with Mariam on vocals, acoustic guitar, celtic harp, native flute and ukulele, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and percussion.  Today’s first piece is the pretty, affecting Hawaiian folk of “Time To Plant The Seeds” featuring a hypnotic ukulele part from Mariam and a slowly building epic piano accompaniment by Bob.  “We Can All Come Home Now” is a stately ballad with dramatic rolling drums from Craig and Mariam’s always-lyrical, expressive native flute.  “Full Sweep” is a hypnotic, soul-inflected ballad with a mesmeric conga and piano pattern that extends and expands and an inspirational lyric from Mariam.  Next up Mariam picks up the acoustic guitar for the energized folk pop of “Bountiful Blessings Bursting Brightly”, a swirling, mysterious piece characterized by Mariam’s soaring melody and deeply evocative piano from Bob.  “Everywhere” is a jazzy, nuanced epic ballad that pulls in elements of gospel and Beatlesque pop and “So Many Ways” is an aching, triumphant improvisation built around a lush, soaring melody from Mariam, both vocally and on her native harp.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #298

03-15-18  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #298 was on a cold February afternoon at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, MA and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, percussion, dulcimer, ukulele, native flutes, harmonica and acoustic guitar, Craig Harris on congas and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano.  On the Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour we feature songs by Mariam Massaro and visionary acoustic improvisation and today we begin with the impassioned, elegiac “Standing Our Ground”, a prayer for the planet and honoring our spiritual connection to the Mother Earth.  Next up is Mariam’s driving, powerful “Reborn” a rocking, elemental song here rendered as a meditation on life and mortality driven by Mariam’s acoustic guitar work.  From “Reborn” we move into Mariam’s “Sail Into The Universe” a lush, interdimensional love song from Mariam’s 2012 cd “Smooth Sailing Love Songs”.  An open-hearted folk love song with a strong ‘50’s feel, today’s take is driven by Bob’s over-the-top piano.  Another piece strongly featuring piano dramatics alongside a rock-solid rhythm section of acoustic guitar and congas, “Let’s Grow All Our Medicine” is an assertive and impassioned plea to return to nature’s medicines.  Mariam strums her shimmering dulcimer for today’s last improvisation “Loving, Healing Ways”, a modal rocker carried on Craig’s conga work and Mariam’s steady, jangling dulcimer.  Mariam decorates liberally with harmonica and Bob creates a backdrop of mystery with fundamental, basic modal frameworks.