Musician, Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Artist

Elika Mahony

Welcome! My passion is creating music that inspires the soul and nourishes the spirit.  My new album, ‘The Ancient Beauty’, created in honor of the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh, has just been released!  Join the mailing list to be the first to hear new music and updates!

The Ancient Beauty cover

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Joyous Twin Holy Days!

I’m in awe thinking about how in every corner of this earth there will be celebrations in the next 24-48 hours taking place in honor of the 200th birthday of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

I wanted to write a quick note to wish you a joyous celebration!

Starting within the next few hours, there will photos and stories of activities from around the world and video streaming of selected events from Bahá’í Houses of Worship.

I found a beautiful video called ‘Flowers of One Garden’ that I thought I would share with you.   The video was created by Alina Suleimanova.  She writes: “Our differences make us beautiful. Our differences make us strong. Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings help us understand that God has created every human being from the same substance, that no one should exalt themselves over another and that the differences between us can be likened to a garden, in which each flower has its own fragrance, colour and form but together create something very beautiful.

This art project of portraits of people from 68 different countries is inspired by the upcoming Bicentennial Celebrations Baha’i communities are holding around the world. In commemoration of the birth, 200 years ago of Bahá’u’lláh, and an expression of love for His vision of a united world – He writes “So powerful is the light of unity, that it can illuminate the whole earth.” Baha’u’llah

Wishing you joyous celebrations wherever you are.

So powerful is the light of unity


Interview about ‘The Ancient Beauty’

Interview with Bahai Blog

I’m excited to share an interview with Baha’i Blog about my most recent album, ‘The Ancient Beauty’ in honor of the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh.  They asked me some great questions about what inspired the album, what I learned in the process, my greatest challenge in creating it, how this one differs from other albums and what delighted me as I was making the CD…

To read the full interview, click here.

 

9StarMedia now carrying ‘The Ancient Beauty

In other news, 9StarMedia is now carrying the CD so you can order directly from them also (and they will have faster shipping as they ship from within the US).  Click here to order from 9StarMedia.

Interview with Baha'i blog

Wishing you joyous celebrations for the bicenentary of Bahá’u’lláh wherever you are!

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New Chinese album for the Bicentenary

Look what just arrived on our doorstep!

I’m excited to share that the Chinese CD titled, ‘King of Peace’ is released!  The CD was created in honor of the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh.  The album is a collaborative effort that includes many talented Chinese and international musicians participating in the project.  We worked on this project for the last year and a half and I’m thrilled that it has been released just in time for the Bicentenary.

I contributed four pieces to this particular album, all of which were  translated into Chinese from my previous CDs. The songs are: ‘This is Faith’ and ‘Intimation’ – from the album ‘Fire and Gold’, ‘Detached from All Things’ – from ‘Infinite Bounty’ and ‘Amame’ – from ‘Edge of Forever’ (a duet in Chinese and English).

Among the songs on the album, there is one called ‘Titles of Bahá’u’lláh’ which is a duet (a different version than the one on ‘The Ancient Beauty’ CD).  I am honored to sing the English vocals and Tracy Chen, a talented Chinese musician, sings the Chinese vocals.

All the music is now available for download on Cdbaby!

The CD is packaged in a beautiful book of stories about Bahá’u’lláh and includes the lyrics from all the songs (all in Chinese).  It is a lovely gift to give to Chinese friends for the bicentenary celebrations.

The CD/books were just shipped to CDbaby and should take a couple of weeks till they are available for purchase.  For now, individual and full album downloads are available on CDbaby.

I look forward to sharing more about one of the songs on the album that is particularly important to me.  I can’t wait to tell you the story soon!  It is quite extraordinary!

Below are a few photos of the recording sessions with several talented musicians and the cover of the book/CD!

Many thanks to our producer, Jarome Matthew, for all his talent and dedication on this album!

Chinese CD musicians


Invincible – a song about bullying

I remember my daughter singing herself to sleep when she was a toddler.  She loved to hum as if she were singing her own lullabies.  My wish was that music would play an important  role in her life as it is been such a healer and a joyful gift in my own.  I’m so pleased to see how much she loves to sing and play the piano and guitar to this day!

When Amelia was 15, she composed a song titled, ‘Invincible’ on the theme of bullying and self-esteem.  The purpose in creating the song and video was to help gain a greater understanding and awareness of these issues as well as developing one’s self-esteem.

My daughter is now writing her college essay about this song and I thought it would be a lovely gift to her if we could spread the word about the video so that it could inspire and reach those in need of hearing it.

My favorite part of the video is when she sings these words as they are so beautiful and especially moving:

You are invincible,
You’re wonderful, beautiful, strong,
You are incredible,
All you need is some help to keep on.

Kindly share the video with your friends.  I know she would really appreciate your support. :)

Thanks in advance.  Here is the link to the video.

LYRICS

Verse 1:
Sometimes life gets you down,
Tired and breathless you lay on the ground.
Their laughs and taunts follow you everywhere,
Now you barely notice their glaring eyes and stares.
Its okay to be angry, its okay to cry,
Someday it will all be over,
And you will get by.

Pre-chorus:
Their words cant hurt you,
You have the strength to move on.
So when you feel broken,
Listen to this song.

Chorus:
You are invincible,
You’re wonderful, beautiful, strong,
You are incredible,
All you need is some help to keep on,
Moving towards the things you love,
Finding your place in this world.
You are invincible.
You’re invincible.

Verse 2:
Life can be painful,
Times can be hard,
But don’t let them stop your progress,
or make you restart.
You’ve worked so hard,
Rebuilt yourself everyday,
But you’re beautiful,
And worth it in every way.

Pre-chorus: Their words cant hurt you,
You have the strength to move on.
So when you feel broken,
Listen to this song.

Bridge:
You are invincible,
You’re wonderful, beautiful, strong,
You are incredible,
All you need is some help to keep on.

Chorus:
You are invincible,
You’re wonderful, beautiful, strong,
You are incredible,
All you need is some help to keep on,
Moving towards the things you love,
Finding your place in this world.
You are invincible. You’re invincible.

Invincible - Amelia Mahony

 

Milly in the studio listening to her song after she recorded it!


Blessings in Disguise

Inspiration

When I think of all the challenges that I encountered in creating two albums for the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh, I can only think of how grateful I am. Now that the journey is complete I can see how I was guided every step of the way.  I learned to listen to my intuition, to pray and rely on God and to have faith that the outcome would be victorious.  The process required patience, resilience, perseverance and the constant act of letting go and allowing God to take over.

I remember the moment I felt inspired to create an album for the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh. We were on Pilgrimage as a family in December 2016.  On our last day we were walking towards the Shrine of The Báb.  I suddenly felt this strong urge that I must seize this opportunity to create an album in English (I had already been working on an album in Chinese for the Bicentenary). At the same time I thought it would be crazy to try to produce an album in just six months as it usually takes at least one or two years to compose, record and produce a quality album. But I knew I had to do it and so I prayed to find a way to make it possible. Through prayer and some creative brainstorming, I found a collection of songs that I had recorded previously but were not on any albums and decided to take on the task of composing a few new songs, including one about the Titles of Bahá’u’lláh in honor of the Bicentenary.

Blessings in disguise

As it turned out, making the album was the most difficult project in my entire musical career. There were so many obstacles and challenges that I started making a list of them – and I counted 19 difficulties in total!  But in the end those challenges turned out to be blessings in disguise. The most striking example of this was that the sample disc we got back from the duplicator was unusable because of distortion. After trying to fix it twice (sending it back and forth to Shanghai where the duplicator was located), it was clear that we would have to find a different duplicator.  Amazingly, we were able to find a new duplicator in Beijing in a day. Only later we realized it would have been impossible to get the CDs done in time from the first duplicator because it was in Shanghai.  Being forced to find a new duplicator in Beijing ultimately made it possible to finish in time.  So what originally looked like a huge crisis turned out to be the greatest blessing.

Yet another challenge came right at the end of the process. After numerous delays we were finally set to receive the packaging the last week before we left for our summer holiday but as fate would have it one of the heaviest rain storms to hit Beijing in 25 years stopped all delivery of shipments for a couple of days just when our packaging was set to arrive. In addition the factory that produced the beautiful red and gold paper cut packaging hadn’t sealed them in plastic so we were afraid that they would arrive not only late but also water logged and completely unusable.

By the grace of God, however, they arrived just in time and completely dry and undamaged.  However, all of the delays meant that, while I had planned to spend two weeks shipping out orders, I had only two days to send them all out and ended up spending every final minute at the post office. I was half afraid my family would leave without me but I was able to send them out just in time to catch a taxi and go to the airport on our last day!

I often relied on this quote during the challenging days:

Everything of importance...

 


A new video – Intimation

At this time when Bahá’ís and their friends the world over are preparing for celebrations for the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, I am excited to share a new video titled, ‘Intimation’, from my album, ‘The Ancient Beauty’. A couple of weeks ago, I shared another video of His Titles.

The words of Bahá’u’lláh that are used in this song are taken from His own sublime description of His first experience of the descent of Divine revelation at a time when He was imprisoned in the Black Pit (Siyah-Chal) in Tihran. He describes this moment in the following words:

“During the days I lay in the prison of Tihrán, though the galling weight of the chains and the stench-filled air allowed Me but little sleep, still in those infrequent moments of slumber I felt as if something flowed from the crown of My head over My breast, even as a mighty torrent that precipitateth itself upon the earth from the summit of a lofty mountain. Every limb of My body would, as a result, be set afire. At such moments My tongue recited what no man could bear to hear.”

The song (Intimation) was first composed when I was studying Ruhi book 4 about the life and history of Bahá’u’lláh. We were asked to memorize this quotation and I thought to myself that the only way I could do so would be by setting it to music. It was a difficult endeavor as the passage contains long sentences and challenging words (such as “precipitateth”). A beautiful gift came as I was composing the last sentence, “Every limb of My body would, as a result, be set afire. At such moments My tongue recited what no man could bear to hear.” The composition suddenly flowed and blended with the words perfectly. It was one of those moments I knew I was being used as a channel for inspiration to pass through. The piece was initially recorded on my ‘Fire and Gold’ CD.  For ‘The Ancient Beauty’ album the song has been edited and harmonies have been added.

Click here to watch the video (or watch it below).

Click here to view the video on youku.

Special thanks to several individuals who enabled ‘Intimation’ to come to life: Martin Kerr for his beautiful vocals, Navid Goldrick for playing the santur for skillfully, Farshid Samandari for his help in arrangement, Jarome Matthew in editing and producing the song and Adeeb Afshar for the beautiful photograph of the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh.

Intimation lyrics


The Ancient Beauty – Titles of Bahá’u’lláh

‘The Ancient Beauty’ is the title song from my most recent album in honor of the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh. The song is a powerful invocation of a number of the Titles of Bahá’u’lláh describing His unique station.

I had tried for a long time to set some of His titles to music but after several attempts I almost gave up. I wanted the melody to be fitting and appropriate but the pressure of creating an incredible composition for the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh paralyzed me.

One morning in May, however, I felt inspired to give it one more try and marveled at how the composition flowed that day.  I immediately set about recording the piece as the deadline for the project was fast approaching.

Normally I start out a song quite softly and let the vocals build gradually, but for this one I wanted there to be nothing to distract from His glorious Names.  Please listen and tell me what you think. I hope you also find it moving!

Since releasing the video, I have heard from many friends who have shared that they have used it for devotionals, Feasts  and even plan to use it for their celebration of the Bicentenary!

The slideshow is below and is also available for download on vimeo.

Titles of Baha'u'llah
(Photo by Adeeb Afshar)

 


An Inspiring Video – The Ancient Beauty

As the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh is rapidly approaching, I thought I would share with you an inspiring video of beautiful photos of the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh accompanied by the piece, ‘The Ancient Beauty’, from my latest album.

Click here to watch the video (or watch it below).  The lyrics for the piece consist of a number of the titles of Bahá’u’lláh.

I have made the video available for download on vimeo.  Feel free to use it however you wish.

Click here to view the video on youku.

Special thanks to Adeeb Afshar, Setare Rezvani, Azarnoush Dooki and the Bahá’í International Community for the beautiful photographs.

Click here to listen to the full album, The Ancient Beauty, created in honor of the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh.

 

The Ancient Beauty video


A Radiant Heart – a duet with my daughter

‘A Radiant Heart’ is one of my favorite pieces from my recent album, ‘The Ancient Beauty’, in honor of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

One of the reasons I treasure this song is because it is a duet recorded with my daughter.  Since she was very little, we have loved singing prayers together every night and continue to do so regularly.

The quotation is taken from the Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh. This particular passage has special significance for all of us as individuals as it gives us a beautiful recipe for how to live. I often feel that if the world could only live this way it would be paradise (see the beautiful lyrics below)!

The song ends with the word ‘everlasting’ repeating.  My vision was for the music to finish in a meditative manner so that the listener could ponder on this word while the music continues and fades, giving the song a feeling of continuation that reflects the endless journey of the soul.

Originally the song was composed for guitar and was recorded on my first album, ‘Melodies of the Nightingale’. I had envisioned recording the song as an acappela piece for ‘The Ancient Beauty’ but as I was practicing it, I felt compelled to play it on the piano.  The music came together instantly and I knew I had to let the song evolve in its own direction.

As we were recording the cello for other pieces on this album, we had 10 minutes remaining to record the cello part for this piece.  I was worried that the cellist wouldn’t have enough time to record it but my producer and I decided to ask her to listen to the piece and play what came to her heart spontaneously.  I was amazed and moved by the melodies she came up with on the spot and could tell she was inspired.  We managed to record her just within the allotted time!

This was the last song we recorded for this album and it almost didn’t happen as I was recovering from a severe cold and my daughter was busy with the demands of high school.  I was determined to make it happen and am grateful we managed to record it as it is now one of my favorite pieces.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Listen/download ‘A Radiant Heart’ below.

Lyrics - A Radiant Heart


Hands of the Cause of God Volume II!

I’m excited to share that we have finally received from the publisher copies of our new book ‘Hands of the Cause of God, Volume II’.  This is the second in a series on the Hands of the Cause specially written for youth and children, and it covers the lives of Martha Root, Dr. Rahmatu’lláh Muhájir and Enoch Olinga. These three souls all tirelessly traveled the world to share the message of Bahá’u’lláh, embodying the instruction of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to the Hands to “spread the divine fragrances”. We hope that their stories will inspire friends everywhere during this special year of the bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh.

Although the book was written with youth and junior youth in mind it can be enjoyed by “youth of all ages” as their stories are priceless and their photographs are precious (some have never before been published).  The volume includes beautiful professionally colored original photographs and is now for sale on my website.  Click here to order.

The first volume in the series recounts the stories of Tarazu’llah Samandari, Amelia Collins and Dorothy Baker.

Hands of the Cause of God Volume II

Hands of the Cause of God Volume II

Hands of the Cause of God Volume II