05-13-21 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #441 is an hour of intrepid visionary acoustic improv music played live by the Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, Native flute, Celtic harp, acoustic guitar, sitar and ukulele, Craig Harris on congas and Native drums, Bob Sherwood on piano and Robin Rooney on djembe, percussion and vocals. Recorder at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington Massachusetts on an afternoon in May 2021, today’s show begins with the delightful folk ballad “May Day”, a bouncing, energized song driven along by Mariam’s ukulele and buoyant melody. “Mighty River” continues the folk feel as it moves into a minor key and Mariam establishes a flowing melody over a powerful, gradually developing theme from Bob on piano. “Breath In The Sweetness” is a harp-led fantasy featuring beautiful call-and-response vocals from Mariam and Robin and a smooth, narrative feel with imaginative piano. “Harmonize” is today’s centerpiece, distinguished by powerful vocals from Mariam and Robin and a simple and unusually powerful gospel piano motif from Bob. “Believe You Can Change” is a bluesy, afro-cuban-derived jam featuring evocative vocals and Native flute from Mariam over a rocked out backbeat. “Purify” echoes the powerful “Harmonize” with granitic piano from Bob and Mariam’s excellent flute, and “Set Your Wings In Flight” is a serene minor trance piece with fine vocals from Mariam and Robin. Mariam plays her sitar for today’s final song, the mystical raga “All We Have Is Our Hearts”, an evocative piece that features shining performances from the whole band and a beautiful vocal from Mariam.
Learn more about Mariam here: http://www.mariammassaro.com