03-10-22 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #482 is an hour of visionary acoustic improvisational music played live by The Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, Native flute, acoustic guitar and ukulele, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on drums. Recorded in late February 2022 at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts, today’s show begins with the somber, elegiac “There’s Only One Way” a tribute to the people of Ukraine that weaves around a powerful, repetitive piano motif with lyrical Native flute touches from Mariam and powerful drums from Craig. “Gather Together” and “Freedom” follow, two of Mariam’s finer folk songs given powerful treatments by the band. “Flowers Of Delight” is another gorgeous song from Mariam, this one from last year’s “Release” album and the band plays it in an imaginative waltz format, giving this elegant song an even more refined setting. “Wind On The Water” is a mysterious, whispering piece with a slightly haunted piano motif and beautiful, lyrical native flute from Mariam. “Perhaps” is a delightful blues barrelhouse song from Mariam featuring her chiming 8-string ukulele, a skipping conga groove from Craig and Bob’s Ray Charles piano with a prominent, hypnotic left hand. “Perhaps” is a vast, wide-open folk song with a bittersweet, wishful lyric from Mariam and masterful gospel piano from Bob. We conclude today with the mystical, evocative “I Am Here Now” another spacious, evocative peace that Mariam drapes in her unmistakable native flute work.
Learn more about Mariam here: http://www.mariammassaro.com