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.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #305

05-10-18 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #305 was taped in late April 2018 at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington Massachusetts and features songs by Mariam Massaro and visionary acoustic improvisation from the Gaea Star Band with Mariam on vocals, native flute, acoustic guitar and ukulele, Craig Harris on congas and drums and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s first piece is the minimalist groove “Here In The Beauty” that features a driving, funky rhythm section from Bob and Craig and inspired lyrics and flute passages from Mariam.  Mariam picks up her new eight string ukulele for the outstanding folk ballad “Moonlight”, a gorgeous, flowing piece with a lush melody and bittersweet piano.  “”We’re Holding On” is a misty, mystical minor ballad with a classical heart wrapped in progressive minimalism and an evocative melody from Mariam.  “Hail To The Rain” is a prayer to a lush, wet spring day and “Wake Up To The Beauty” is a gorgeous, windswept ballad featuring chiming acoustic guitar from Mariam.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #304

05-03-18 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #304 is an hour of visionary improvised music and songs by Mariam Massaro and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam on vocals, celtic harp, native flute, acoustic guitar and 8-string ukulele, Craig Harris on congas and drums and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Recorded at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts, today’s episode of the Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour begins with a pretty folk song from Mariam called “Grateful For Spring” featuring her lyrical native flute.  The lush, minor ballad “We’re The Ones Who Care For Each Other” follows, and then the hypnotic, minimalist “She’s Touching Down”.  “Happy Go Lucky” is a light Hawaiian folk song with a ragtime bent, and Let’s Make A Wish” is a jazzy, mesmerizing soul improv with adventurous piano from Bob.  “Following The Path” is a pretty, austere piece led by Mariam’s chiming ukuelele and “Simply Enjoy” is a languid, prayerful narrative with lush, electronically enhanced piano and throbbing drums from Craig.  We close with another folk ballad from Mariam, the clear-eyed “Sometimes Life”.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #303

04-26-18 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #303 is an alternately stately, nimble and intimate duet between Mariam Massaro and Bob Sherwood of the Gaea Star Band with Mariam on vocals, native flute, acoustic guitar, celtic harp and ukulele and Bob on piano and congas. We begin with Mariam’s instant classic “The River Is Running” and run through Mariam’s older tunes “Gather Together” and “Freedom” before running through improvised pieces “The Path Of Light” and “The Temple Of Sweet Beauty”. “I’m Going To Keep On Sailing” is the second chapter of Mariam’s “Sail On” from the “Vision Quest” album. “Windy Windy” is an unsettled, rocking jam with Mariam on ukulele and “Puffy’s Covered In Baby Rain” and “All The Ancient Ways” close the show with stately, mystical improv.