07-19-18 Today on Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #315, the Gaea Star Band spin a series of magical improvisations and songs by Mariam Massaro with Mariam on vocals, native flute, acoustic guitar and ukulele, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on congas and native drums. Recorded live at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts on a steamy July day, today’s show begins in mesmerizing fashion with the rocking “Slow Right Down”, a message from Mariam to live at a less frenetic pace. From a bluesy first section driven by Mariam’s ukulele and Bob’s jazzy piano, we move into an extended call-and-response section between Mariam’s plaintive native flute and vocals over a rock steady rhythm from Craig and Bob’s left hand. “It’s Coming Around” is a lovely folk-like ballad driven by imaginative, ever-unfurling piano from Bob and featuring an exquisite melody from Mariam. Following the extended soul coda “Oh The Light” we move into the epic “The Dragon Has Landed”, a mysterious tale supported with fine, detailed work from the whole band. “Moody Melody” is a gorgeous, minimal piece, half sunlight, half moonlight and “Mermaids Gathering” is built on a lush, mesmerizing eastern motif from Bob and features mermaid tales from Mariam. “Many Seeds Have Fallen” is a fine folk song from Mariam’s “Vision Quest” CD and we finish today with the evocative, minor key “Something Amazing”, an acoustic guitar based piece with a soothing sweep.
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