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01-26-23 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #517 is an hour of visionary improvised acoustic music played by The Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, harmonica, Native flute, ukulele, acoustic guitar, shruti box and piano, Bob Sherwood on piano, bass guitar and vocals and Craig Harris on congas and Native drums.  Recorded live at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts in early January of 2023, today’s show begins with the uplifting “Happy To Live With Grace”, a bluesy celebration of a simple life that leads into the sweet, minor exploration “Oh To Be Alive” which features Mariam on piano and vocals and Bob on bass guitar.  Bob takes over on lead vocals and piano for his new song “It’s Just The Rain” and “Ever Higher Bridging The Realms” comes in two parts, the first a beautiful, somber folk song led by Mariam on acoustic guitar and vocals and the second a swirling, evocative piece with an inspired, beautifully surreal lyric from Mariam.  Mariam’s sprightly island song “Shamiyaya” receives an upbeat, tight reading featuring harmonies from Bob and “Spirit Of The Forest” from the Release CD is presented in a stately, elegant and deeply spiritual context.  We conclude today’s show with the rich, detailed “Gathering Our New Stories”, a lush raga that is treated to overdubs of Mariam on vocals and Native flute, Craig on Native drums and Bob on bass guitar.

Learn more about Mariam here: http://www.mariammassaro.com

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