10-12-23 Gaea Star Crystal Radio Hour #546 is an hour of visionary, acoustic improvisational music played live by The Gaea Star Band with Mariam Massaro on vocals, Native flute, kalimba, harmonica, mandolin, ukulele and acoustic guitar, Bob Sherwood on piano and Craig Harris on Native drums and congas. Taped live at Singing Brook Studio in Worthington, Massachusetts in early October of 2023, today’s show begins with the whispering, evocative “The Emerald Dragon” featuring Mariam’s breathless vocal and rhythmically driving kalimba wrapping around Bob’s minimalist, hypnotic piano from Bob. “The Pearl Full Moon” is a charming, ukulele-led folk song in praise of the autumn night sky that spirals upwards with ever more drama and energy and “Did You Forget You Dreamed Yourself Alive?” is a pretty, gospel-inspired piece, a steady rhythm section of congas and piano providing a frame for Mariam’s reverent vocal and bluesy harmonica as it gradually expresses more and more energy. “Let’s All Become Easy” is a gorgeous, mysterious minor ballad led by Mariam’s tight, chiming acoustic guitar that evokes a deep peace and “I Am The Mother Earth” from the “Visionquest” CD is given a powerful, spiritual outing with energized performances from the whole band and a fine, powerful vocal from Mariam. Today’s final number, the rambling, ambitious “Celebrating Our Rhythm” is an epic, affecting piece of modern blues music that the band stretches through various feels and configurations, building on Mariam’s driving mandolin and solid, imaginative congas from Craig.
Learn more about Mariam here: http://www.mariammassaro.com