Musician, Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Artist

Home

Welcome! ‘Infinite Bounty’, my 7th album on the theme of detachment is now available, as well as a piano instrumental CD entitled ‘Glimmerings’, as featured in the movie ‘Grace’.  Browse my music page to listen to other releases and to view my arts and crafts projects on the Art Creations page.  I just finished painting the art piece below, ‘Celestial Garden’ which you can view on my Etsy site!  Also take a moment to browse a new page on the site of resources on love and marriage.  Be sure to visit the Merch page, a mix of items I love to create!  Enjoy!

NEW: For the month of April, with every order of a physical item from my website, ElikaArts and Nightingale Creations sites, a surprise gift will be included in the package.

Infinite Bounty Cover
Celestial Garden

Join the mailing list for 6 free song downloads and a 15% discount for your first purchase on my Etsy Nightingale Creations page. I look forward to sharing updates of new creations as they come out!

 

Recent Blog Posts

________________________________________________________

Inspiring Ridvan Video

My talented friend, Glenn Franco Simmons, has created another inspiring video for Ridvan consisting of communities from different parts of the world.  He has made it available to download on vimeo.  Click on this link to download the video.

If you have not yet had a chance to download the song, here is a link to the song for Ridvan.

Ridvan Video Glenn Franco Simmons


Rejoice Ridvan Song in Arabic

Last year while composing a song for Ridvan (‘Rejoice with exceeding gladness’), I had hoped to incorporate Arabic as one of six languages of the song.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to make it available as part of the song as we were scrambling to release the piece in time.  Since then I asked a talented friend of mine, Sonbol Taefi,  to record a version in Arabic and it is beautiful!  I love how this version sounds like a chant.  Below you can listen to her rendition of ‘Rejoice with exceeding gladness’, the song for Ridvan in Arabic.

Seven other languages (English, Swahili, German, Chinese, Spanish, French and Italian) are also available for download separately.

The song is a gift to you.  Even though the link says ‘Buy Now’ you can download it for free (just enter 0 in the amount). As there were production costs, there is an option for donation.  Enter whatever amount you wish after clicking ‘download’ on the blog or ‘Buy Now’ on the website.

 

Arabic Ridvan song cover


A song for Ridvan!

Last year at this time, I shared a song titled, ‘Rejoice with exceeding gladness – a song for Ridvan’.  I felt inspired to compose a song that everyone could sing together for the Baha’i Festival of Ridvan.  Click here to download the song.

The song was recorded in different parts of the world in six different languages (English, Swahili, German, Chinese, Spanish and French).  In addition, we now have eight shortened versions of the piece that can be downloaded separately in each language as well as Arabic (recently recorded by talented musician, Sonbol Taefi) and Italian.  An instrumental version is also available in case any community would like to sing it in their own native language.  To download the shortened versions, click here.

The song is a gift to you (please feel free to share it).  Even though the link says ‘Buy Now’ you can download it for free (just enter 0 in the amount). As there were production costs, there is an option for donation.  Enter whatever amount you wish after clicking ‘download’ on the blog or ‘Buy Now’ on the website.

I would like to share a video that a dear friend of mine created specially for the Ridvan song (Thank you Glenn Franco Simmons for this gift).

Hoping you have a joyous festival of Ridvan!

Rejoice with exceeding gladness - song for Ridvan


Invincible: a song composed by my daughter

A few months ago, as part of a school assignment, my daughter was asked to create a personal project of her choice.  She decided to compose an a cappella song about the issue of bullying and developing ones self-esteem as she wanted to focus on the theme of empowerment.  The powerful words, the vocals and harmonies and the rhythm are all created by my 15 year old daughter.  The purpose of the song is to help people gain a greater understanding and awareness of these issues.   The song is written, sung, filmed and edited by my daughter.

I am always so moved especially when I hear the chorus of the song as the lyrics are so powerful: ‘You are invincible, you are wonderful, beautiful, strong. You are incredible, all you need is some help to keep on.’

I had the honour of recording Amelia’s vocals in the studio.  When I heard her sing the song for the first time, I was blown away and deeply moved by the beauty of her voice and the purity and power of the lyrics.  I hope you are as inspired by the song as I was.  Lyrics and video are below.  Kindly share.

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.

Amelia Mahony video about bullying and self-esteem


April Surprise Gifts

For the month of April, with every order of a physical item from my website or either of my Etsy sites, I will be including a surprise gift in the package.

Below are a few photos with links to varied items from all three sites.  ElikaArts takes you to my paintings, Nightingale Creations to the arts and crafts page (which includes silk prayer book covers, beaded bookmarks, prayer beads and linen bags to carry prayer books).  The Music page includes all my music albums and the Store page is a collection of everything on the site.

If you have not yet joined the mailing list and would like to do so, click here for a 15% discount for first time purchases.  Enjoy!

Click on photos below to go directly to the items.

Sky blue water pearl prayer beads packaged in floral silk box

Sky blue water pearl prayer beads packaged in floral silk box

Music albums from oldest to newest!

Music albums from oldest to newest!

Silk prayer book cover with beaded bookmark

Silk prayer book cover with beaded bookmark

Celadon green linen bag to carry prayer books or other small books

Celadon green linen bag to carry prayer books or other small books

Silver, mint green and deep forest green specialty card

Silver, mint green and deep forest green specialty card

Beaded bookmarks - Etsy site

Beaded bookmarks – Etsy site

Celestial Garden

Paintings – large and small ElikaArts site

 


An important reminder

With all the chaos, disunity and unhappiness in the world today, I wanted to share this beautiful quotation and important reminder from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha.

Cleanse ye your eyes


Title chosen – Celestial Garden

Thank you all for your proposed names for my new painting.  I love reading all the varied suggestions and creative ideas.  The title has been picked and congratulations goes to Beto Alvarez for the title, ‘Celestial Garden’.  The painting is now SOLD FOR SALE on Etsy!

Painting was a huge passion of mine growing up in Kenya.  The vibrant colours of the landscape, the various shades of green sprinkled throughout the countryside and the dynamic culture influenced my art greatly.

I have been asked why I paint circles.  What intrigues me about this shape is that there is no beginning and no end.  The circle symbolises a sense of wholeness, of healing and of completeness.  I recently discovered another reason after watching a video that a friend of mine posted on Facebook entitled, ‘The magnificence of the 3, 6, 9’.  As I was watching it, I was blown away by how it captured exactly how I feel about the mystery of a circle.  It states that there are 360 degrees in a circle and the video explains how this is not arbitrary.  A pattern develops when bissecting a circle.  The resulting angle always reduces to 9 converging into a singularity.  Conversely, polygons reveal the exact opposite.  Their vectors communicate an outward divergence. The number 9 reveals a linear duality. It is both the singularity and the vacuum.  9 models ‘every’thing and ‘no’thing simultaneously.  To further explain, the sum of all digits excluding 9 is 36. 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8=36. (3+6=9).  Paradoxically, 9 plus any digit returns the same digit. i.e. 9+5=14 (1+4=5).  So 9 quite literally equals all the digits (36) and nothing (0).  Therefore, vortex based mathematics says there is a divine code embedded in our number system.  Here is a link to the video in case you missed it.

Creating this painting was a meditative experience especially as I was working on it during the Bahai fast.  I spent hours layering the circles in different shades of green (I’m drawn to this colour because of my upbringing).

Once again here is the link for the painting on my Etsy site.  I can paint similar custom order paintings with any colors requested.  The painting will be created in a similar style, color and size.  Each circle is lovingly painted with a brush by hand.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Celestial Garden

 


New Painting – title suggestions?

After several months it is finally done!   I just finished this painting and would love your help on finding a suitable title.  In the next few days I will announce the winning submission who will win a gift of a digital album download.

I look forward to sharing more about the painting in the next blog and what the inspiration was behind it.

Circular Painting


Happy Nawruz – Rose of Love!

On the eve of March 20th, Baha’is everywhere celebrate the festival of Nawruz.  This special day marks the beginning of spring and the New Year.  This lovely explanation describes Nawruz so eloquently:

The Baha’i New Year is “an occasion for all to celebrate and rejoice, to show forth love and kindness, to leave aside rancour and enmity, and to seek inward and outward renewal; a time to explore how better to contribute to the material and spiritual welfare of others and to build a society in which the innate talents of every individual can flourish without regard to distinctions of class, creed, gender or ethnicity.”
– Universal House of Justice

Hoping you enjoy ‘Rose of Love’, a duet in English and Chinese of a Hidden Word from Baha’u’llah.

Happy Nawruz - Elika Mahony
 
Rose of Love


Remover of Every Anguish

I’m delighted to share a new video that my talented friend, Glenn Franco Simmons, has created for my piece ‘Remover of Every Anguish’ from the album ‘Fire and Gold’, released in 2007.  The album is on the theme of tests and difficulties.  I specially selected a theme we all connect with, a subject we all have in common in life.  I chose to set this prayer to music as it has been a gift to me.  I often read it in times of difficulty as it is a reminder to ask for His aid and assistance.  The words have been a constant healing balm.

Below is the song ‘Remover of Every Anguish’ as well as the slideshow Glenn created. I hope you enjoy!

O Lord! Thou art the Remover of every anguish and the Dispeller of every affliction. Thou art He Who banisheth every sorrow and setteth free every slave, the Redeemer of every soul. O Lord! Grant deliverance through Thy mercy and reckon me among such servants of Thine as have gained salvation.
~ The Báb

¡Oh Hijo de la Luz! Olvídate de todo menos de Mí y entra en comunión con Mi espíritu. Esto pertenece a la esencia de Mi mandamiento, por tanto vuélvete a él.
~ Bahá’u’lláh

Glenn Franco Simmons ocean photo