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01-21-21 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #427 is an adventurous and wide-ranging hour of songs and improvised musical magic from the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, ukulele, native flute and acoustic guitar, , Robin Rooney on vocals and djembe, Craig Harris on native drums and congas and Bob Sherwood on piano.  Recorded live in January 2021 at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts, today’s show begins with Mariam’s ukulele leading us into the hip, psychedelic “A Little Bit More”, a hypnotic groove with an inspiring vocal from Mariam that culminates in a funky, extended flute solo section heavy on driving percussion from Craig and Robin.  Mariam’s ukulele takes lead once again on the lovely, misty gypsy ballad “Let’s Take a Breath”, a lushly dark, Eastern European-derived harmonic journey with gorgeous vocals from Mariam and Robin and an ever-expanding harmonic agenda from Bob on piano.  “Climbing Up The Walls”  is a blues-rock workout led by Mariam’s chiming acoustic guitar and Ray Charles piano from Bob and “Into The Forest” is a pine-scented, mesmerizing nature prayer that leads us deep into the winter woods.  “Life Is Like A River” is a hushed, gorgeous hymn with a unique harmonic signature from Mariam’s capoed acoustic guitar and today’s closer is the epic, journeying “Where The Gentle Waves Are Flowing”, a multivaried musical geography lesson that begins with the prayerful tones of Mariam’s native flute and evolves into a harmonically deep and affecting ballad with a lush, mystical lyric from Mariam and always more and richer native flute passages.

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