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11-28-19 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #373

Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour is an hour of visionary, varied, evocative, lush and accomplished acoustic improvised music and songs featuring the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, native flute, tenor ukulele, acoustic 6- and 12-string guitars and percussion, Craig Harris on congas and native drums and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Recorded on an early winter day at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts, today’s show begins with the hypnotizing, magical ambience of “One With Spirit”, a steady, prayerful ballad built on a relentless groove of piano and congas and draped with lovely improvised melody and native flute from Mariam.  Beginning with a lovely flute fanfare, “Midnight Snack” is a mystical midnight meditation led by Bob’s minimalist, echoing piano and a fun message from Mariam on simple pleasures.  “I Am Happy Now” is a light and unusually pretty ballad that skips and plays to the tune of Mariam’s tenor ukulele like moonlight on the surface of a lake and “Healed By The Beauty” is a powerful, mesmerizing epic that moves through several motifs to express the beauty of the circularity of the seasons.  Mariam plays her chiming Martin 12-string acoustic to set the tone for “Dancing Fingers Of Light”, a relaxed ballad that celebrates beauty and truth with Mariam’s lush vocal and the firm and steady support of the band.  “Waves Of Life” is lush, mystical, pulsing piece with a driving rhythm and we finish today with the hushed, gentle “Potential” featuring a gorgeous vocal and native flute passages from Mariam over Bob’s classical piano motifs.

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