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10-26-17  Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #281 Part One was recorded on a mid-October afternoon at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts and features the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, percussion, 12-string acoustic guitar, ukulele and celtic harp, Craig Harris on congas and balaphone and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Today’s first number is Mariam’s beautiful “Let Love Bloom”, a spacious, folk-flavored ballad featuring chiming 12-string Martin guitar and a sweet melody from Mariam.  “Reaching For The Sky” is a minimalist, classically-inflected piece with a soaring melody and ambitious piano from Bob.  “Rain Lullaby” is a little swiss watch of a song from Mariam that blooms into a stately operatic ballad in the hands of the Gaea Star Band with sprightly balaphone from Craig and pretty ukulele from Mariam.  Mariam plays entrancing, far-flung native flute to a dramatic backing of piano and swelling drums on the elementally jazzy “Hiya Maheyo”, a dreamlike prayer to all of life’s journeys.  For the celtic harp-led “Oh The Wind She Loves To Dance”, Mariam plays her harp and records her vocal and flute outside with the sounds of the autumn evening accompanying this trancelike, dreamlike song.

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