Musician, Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Artist

Elika Mahony

Welcome! My passion is creating music that inspires the soul and nourishes the spirit. My album, Meditations for the Fast is now available. Join the mailing list for 3 gift songs and be the first to hear new music and updates!

Meditations for the Fast CD

Browse my music page to listen to other releases and to view my arts and crafts projects on the Art Creations page. Also take a moment to visit a new page on the site of resources on love and marriage. Enjoy!

 

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I often create songs that are given away for free. If you would like to contribute to cover the costs for such projects, please consider making a donation.

 

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Light up your relationship…

A number of years ago, while on a vacation to celebrate our 10th anniversary, my husband and I decided to ask each other three questions to get to know one another better.

The exercise turned out to be so much fun and so enlightening that we decided to develop it into a more extended set of questions and exercises. I am happy to share what we came up with in hopes that others will also find it fun and helpful!

Here is the link to the page on my website with resources on love, marriage and relationships.

The page includes two e-booklets. The first is called “Getting to Know You — a fun workbook for couples”. The second is a marriage booklet called “Enriching Marriage and Family Life”.

There is also some music including a recitation of Kahlil Gibran’s “On Marriage” set to a spontaneous piano improvisation (listen below). Be sure to check that out with the beautiful recitation by Arzhia Habibi.

Have a look and feel free to download free copies of the two e-booklets. Click here to go to the page.

On marriage Kahlil Gibran

 


I would love to hear your reflections…

I have been trying to figure out what niche/genre my music fits into so that I can describe it better when I share it with others.

And I thought who better to ask than you since you are familiar with my music.  :)

Would you mind taking a couple of minutes to fill out this questionnaire about my music?  I would love to hear what you think.

Your help is greatly appreciated and there’s a little reward for you at the end!

Thank you in advance.  Here is a link to the questionnaire.

*If you want a quick listen to some of my music to help you with your reflections, here is a link to my music.

Elika's Music Questionnaire

 


Beautiful embossed Greatest Name cards

A couple of days ago I was experimenting with creating a new set of ‘Greatest Name’ cards (in black with gold embossing).  It is such a thrilling experience when one brainstorms an idea, reaches a decision and begins creating a new product.

Sometimes it takes awhile to know which path one should venture down as there are several ideas that could be developed.  After some consideration and asking friends on instagram stories, I ultimately chose to create the cards below (see photo).

Just a quick reminder that for the next couple of days (until January 31st), everything in my Etsy store (including the new embossed Greatest Name cards) are 10% off. Don’t forget to enter the code: AYYAMIHA when checking out.

>View all the gift items in the Etsy shop

And in case you’re looking for music gifts, my CD ‘Meditations for the Fast’, is available in a discounted bundle of 5 CDs (and includes a gift of a beautiful silk prayer book cover).

Discounted package of 5 CDs for the fast with a gift prayer book cover

>Fast CD bundle + gift prayer book cover<

Also, in case you didn’t see it, I recently made my first live FB video sharing my art studio workspace and some new creations! Click here to watch it.

If you would like to see future live videos, click follow and then ‘See First’. Enjoy!

Greatest Name embossed cards

Antique Gold Greatest Name embossed cards

Greatest Name cards

Greatest Name cards with gold embossing

Ayyam-i-Ha cards

Ayyam-i-Ha cards handmade with elegant Japanese paper and gold ribbon


Beauty for the fast

Many people have asked where the striking picture of the ornate lantern for the cover of my album ‘Meditations for the Fast’ comes from.

There is so much beauty at the Bahá’í World Centre – everything comes alive.

One evening, on my way to the Shrine of The Báb, as I walked on the white pebbles, I noticed a beautiful lantern by the path. Against the setting sun it was so exquisite I had to take a photo of it. Thus, a cover was born (see below)!

As the Bahá’í fast will soon be upon us, I wanted to make the CD ‘Meditations for the Fast’, available in a discounted bundle of 5 CDs (they make great gifts).  Included in the bundle is a gift of a paisley lavender prayer book cover (one of my favorites). Here is the link:

>>>Discounted bundle with gift prayer cover<<<

Just a reminder that until the end of January, everything in my Etsy store is 10% off. Don’t forget to enter the code: AYYAMIHA when checking out.

>View all the gift items in the Etsy shop

Last week I posted a blog with photos of Ayyam-i-Ha and Nawruz cards that I have been making.  Check them out…

discount bundle with prayer cover


Here’s one new year’s resolution I plan to keep…

Happy New Year!  Do you have any resolutions for 2018? One of mine is to make the world more beautiful.

And here’s one way I hope to do that: until the end of January, everything in my Etsy store will be 10% off including the NEW Ayyam-i-Ha and Nawruz cards in my shop (I love making these)!  Simply enter the code: AYYAMIHA when checking out.

>View all the gift items in the Etsy shop

You may be thinking: why AYYAMIHA as the code? Because Ayyam-i-Ha happens at the end of February. And the way time moves (too quickly I might add) the festivities will be upon us before we realize it.

So now’s a chance to get your cards ready ahead of time, as well as other gift items such as inspiring bookmarks, art magnets, prayer beads and prayer book covers.

Stay tuned for another upcoming sale: my CD ‘Meditations for the Fast’, will soon be available in a discounted bundle of 5 CDs (they make great gifts).

Wishing you an awesome year ahead!

Ayyam-i-Ha cards

Ayyam-i-Ha card made with Japanese paper

Nawruz cards - set of 2

Set of 2 Nawruz cards. One card has the Nawruz prayer printed in gold.

Nawruz cards with prayer book cover

Set of 2 Nauruz cards with matching prayer book cover

Ayyam-i-Ha and Nawruz 4 card set

Set of 4 cards – Ayyam-i-Ha and Nawruz cards

Ayyam-i-Ha card with prayer book cover

Ayyam-i-Ha card with gold envelope and matching prayer book cover


Dominion is God’s – New video

A few days ago I shared a new piece titled ‘Dominion is God’s’, just released with my daughter.  I felt it was very timely to share it now with all the natural disasters happening all over the world.

If you know of any friends who have been affected by any natural disasters anywhere and may find some solace hearing this prayer, there is an option to share it with them as a gift (under ‘Buy Digital Track’ click ‘Send as Gift’).  Here is the link.

I have also created a video for the song.  Click here or below to watch it and feel free to share it with friends.

Download the song ‘Dominion is God’s. 

The song incorporates two different prayers, both of which are prayers for protection to be recited in times of peril. The title of the song, ‘Dominion is God’s’, comes from the first of these prayers. It was revealed by Baha’u’llah to be said in times of “natural events that invoke fear”. It reminds us that God is the Lord of Creation, the Ruler of the Universe, and our ultimate Protector.

The second prayer, Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá, is a short invocation in Arabic. It means ‘O Thou the Glory of the Most Glorious!’. This prayer is to be recited in times of danger and great need, so I thought it would pair beautifully with ‘Dominion is God’s’. Together, these prayers instruct and help us to put our faith in God’s protection in all circumstances.

The song itself also has certain symbolism built into its composition.  The piece purposefully starts abruptly without any introduction, just as many natural disasters occur without prior warning.  Later on in the song, the key changes twice to depict intensity and to give weight to the song.  At 2:17 the cello plays a long, deep note to represent a pause and uncertainty as to what will happen next.  Throughout, the song keeps rising and building to give dramatic effect to the feelings associated with the words of the prayer.

 

Dominion is God's


Dominion is God’s

Lately there have been so many natural disasters in the world that I wanted to share with you a special prayer that Bahá’u’lláh wrote “to be said in times of natural events that cause fear.”

The piece is titled, “Dominion is God’s” and is a powerful reminder that God is the “Lord of Creation”.

The prayer is special to me as I was able to record it with my daughter whose voice melts my heart. I was also blessed to have it recorded professionally with talented cello player, Rhonda Branneky, from the Netherlands!  

As the world is suffering from the turmoil and tragedy all over the world, I pray that this prayer will bring some protection and solace to those impacted by such events.

Download the song Dominion is God’s

I look forward to sharing a video for the song that I recently created.

Dominion is Gods

If you missed the video last week for ‘Immerse Yourselves’ click here.

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Immerse Yourselves – NEW video!

In the spring, I was asked to sing for our Bahá’í New Year celebration.  I decided to choose a song titled ‘Immerse yourselves’ from my ‘Infinite Bounty’ album which was released exactly 3 years ago.  Since this is my daughter’s last year of high school, I chose to sing the song as a duet.  Every opportunity to sing with her while she’s with us is priceless!

Once we chose the piece, I set out to make a visual slideshow of beautiful oceanic photographs to accompany us in the background as we sang.  I believe there is a great power when music and imagery is combined and hope this creates a moving experience for the viewer.

You can watch the video below — feel free to share it with others.

Gift Download

‘Immerse Yourselves’ is the first gift download (of 3 songs) on my mailing list.  Click here to join to receive your music gift downloads including ‘Immerse Yourselves’.

For my friends in China – click here to watch the video on Youku.

Immerse Yourselves lyrics


A New video – The Power of Thy Name

I’m excited to share a new video just released today!  The piece is called ‘The Power of Thy Name’ from my ‘Fire and Gold’ album.

I have often turned to these words for strength and courage and I hope it will inspire you also.  Click here (or below) to view the video.

Thanks to my talented friend, Adeeb Afshar, for the beautiful photographs that accompany the music.

Today is the last day of the 4 day 50% off everything sale. 

ALL music, prayer covers, and prayer beads are 50% off. With every purchase of a physical item you will receive a free ‘Fire and Gold’ CD as a gift!

Please visit my website and enter this code at checkout for your 50% discount: fireandgold10years

If you enjoyed the video, click here and click Subscribe to join my Youtube Channel.

The Power of Thy Name


The Bird which Soareth

I can hardly believe it has been 10 years since the release of my album, Fire and Gold!  Over the years, I have been touched by the many stories people have shared about how the album has affected their lives.

In order to celebrate 10 years of its release, for the next 3 days I am having a 50% off everything sale on my website.  Click here for more detailsHead on over to the website and enter this code at checkout for your 50% discount: fireandgold10years

I also wanted to share a video (below) for a piece on the album called ‘The Bird which Soareth’.

In this passage, Bahá’u’lláh describes the relationship between the material and the spiritual aspects of our lives through the metaphor of a bird. He depicts how the bird, despite being free to soar through the heavens, struggles in its longing for the things of the earth and at times finds itself so trapped by its desires that it is unable to fly. Bahá’u’lláh concludes by exhorting us not to allow ourselves to become stuck in the mud and clay of vain desires, nor to be hindered by the dust of envy or hate. I find this image very helpful when facing material challenges!

Here are Baha’u’llah’s words:

“Ye are even as the bird which soareth, with the full force of its mighty wings and with complete and joyous confidence, through the immensity of the heavens, until, impelled to satisfy its hunger, it turneth longingly to the water and clay of the earth below it, and, having been entrapped in the mesh of its desire, findeth itself impotent to resume its flight to the realms whence it came. Powerless to shake off the burden weighing on its sullied wings, that bird, hitherto an inmate of the heavens, is now forced to seek a dwelling-place upon the dust. Wherefore, O My servants, defile not your wings with the clay of waywardness and vain desires, and suffer them not to be stained with the dust of envy and hate, that ye may not be hindered from soaring in the heavens of My divine knowledge.”

 

The bird which soareth