08-09-18 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #318 was taped live with the Gaea Star Band and special guest Sondra Lewis on a July afternoon at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts. The Gaea Star Band consists of Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, celtic harp, banjo and ukulele, Robert Sherwood on piano and bongos and Craig Harris on congas and native drums. Today we begin with the upbeat but deeply mystical “It’s A Robin Morning” a folk song by Mariam with some interesting variations on piano and a fine supporting vocal from Sondra. “Sweet Moments After The Rain” is today’s centerpiece, and revolves around Mariam’s native flute and vocals and an insistent and pleasantly disquieting piano figure from Bob. “Chattering Squirrels” is a playful, casually virtuosic performance with great vocals from Mariam and Sondra over a rhythm bed led by Mariam’s ukulele. “Bless” is a jazzy, piano-led jam featuring fine vocals from Mariam and Sondra “Surrender Me” and “Yemanja” both feature Mariam on piano and Bob on bass guitar, the former a gorgeous lyric set to an elegant ballad form, the second a prayer to the ocean goddess from Mariam’s “Gaea Star Goddesses” album. We conclude today with a lush raga led by Mariam on her sitar.
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