Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #286

12-07-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #286 was taped at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, celtic harp, dulcimer, ukulele, percussion and acoustic guitar, Craig Harris on native drum and congas and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s hour reflects the coming of winter with the first piece “Under The Sky So Blue, Blue, Blue” reflecting a sunny, blustery winter day with Mariam’s chiming harp and snowy piano from Bob.  “Oh The Brilliant Sun Burst” is a lovely ukulele-driven gypsy jazz-folk excursion with an inspired, visionary lyric from Mariam as well as gorgeous native flute passages over an imaginative series of jazz piano figures from Bob.  “Good Feeling Love” is a stately ballad with elegiac piano from Bob and more graceful native flute from Mariam.  Craig holds down the fort with steady conga and percussion work.  “Glory, Glory” is a lush, mystical ballad in best Gaea Star Band form and “Beautiful Bouquets Ask Nothing” is a native-influenced excursion with a gorgeous piano arrangement from Bob and yet more evocative, lush native flute from Mariam in conversation with her beautiful vocal.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #285

11-30-17 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #285 was taped at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, acoustic guitar, native flute, celtic harp and , Craig Harris on balaphone and congas and Bob Sherwood on piano. Today’s first track is the psychedelic epic “To Begin Again”, a mystical journey underpinned by a drifting rhythm of acoustic guitar, echoing piano and steady congas. “Anything You Want To Be” drifts in as a lush, spacious, futuristic ballad led by Mariam’s poignant vocal, native flute and cascading harp. Mariam strums lustrous chords on her acoustic 12-string for the somber, elegiac “Taking It All Away”, a powerful piece of resistance underpinned by an insistent, minimalist piano figure from Bob. We finish with a lovely, throw-back pop song called “Slip On Through” driven by a ’50’s piano figure and featuring a fine vocal from Mariam.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #284

11-23-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #284 features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, 12-string acoustic guitar and dulcimer, Craig Harris on congas and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today we are joined by singer-songwriter Justus Conant of Bleu Collar Pirates who joins the band ably on a series of rich, evocative improvisations as well as leading them through two of his own songs at the end of the hour, “Goodbye” and “Maria Del Toro”.  Today’s first piece is the epic “Cast Aside”, a stormy, pushing thing underpinned by the distant thunder of Craig’s native drum.  Justus’ acoustic guitar and Mariam’s shimmering 12-string drive through a series of movements featuring lush piano commentary from Bob and, eventually, a series of flying native flute passages from Mariam.  “Don’t Turn Away” emerges from the glowing embers of “Cast Aside” with a hopeful, motion-filled main motif that opens to gorgeous native flute from Mariam and shining, driving acoustic guitar from Justus.  “Passages” is a gorgeous, jazzy piece featuring expressive, cinematic piano from Bob and a flowing, beautiful vocal from Mariam.  Justus leads the band through his bittersweet “Goodbye” and “Maria Del Toro” with fine contributions from all on these gorgeous, aching numbers.

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #283

11-16-17  Today on Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #283 we feature the Gaea Star Band with Zeke Russell on acoustic guitar.  Mariam Massaro sings and plays native flute, piano, harmonica, 12-string acoustic guitar, dulcimer and percussion, Craig Harris is on congas and balaphone, and Bob Sherwood plays piano and bass guitar.  Recorded at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington MA on October 30, 2018, today’s show begins with the operatic “From The Crystal Blue Parts 1 and 2” featuring Mariam’s gentle, melodic vocals and lyrical piano and a questing bass line from Bob that resolves into Verdian precision.  “I Am The Mother Earth” enters on a cloud of piano and native flute from Mariam before locking into a mesmerizing psychedelic groove featuring Zeke’s textural acoustic guitar and another fine vocal from Mariam.  This powerful jam dovetails into the upbeat gospel of “May Everyone Be Loved”, a driving prayer led by Mariam on harmonica as well as Bob’s energized piano.  “Happy I Am” is a simple, pretty folk song from Mariam’s 2013 “Songs For The Children” album, featuring a gorgeous melody and imaginative rhythm from the combo following Mariam’s lead on dulcimer.  The band goes out this afternoon on the Polynesian groove “Chekokopaiyo”, a song in solidarity to Puerto Rico with a conga-and-ukulele center and a fine lyric from Mariam.