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Welcome! ‘Infinite Bounty’, my 7th album is now released! The album includes collaborations with six outstanding musicians from around the globe. Click here to watch the promotional video. I’ve also released a piano instrumental CD entitled ‘Glimmerings’. Welcome to browse my music page to listen to other releases.

Infinite Bounty Cover
Instrumental piano album Glimmerings

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Recent Blog Posts

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Music is one of the Important Arts

This quotation by Abdu’l-Baha is one of the reasons I’m so passionate about music…

Music quote

 


A song composed for my daughter’s 15th birthday

Turning 15 is a huge milestone on the spiritual journey of life. Baha’u’llah referred to it as the commencement of maturity and in the Baha’i Faith it is the age at which a young person begins to take on for him or herself the practices of prayer, fasting, meditation and the study of the Holy Writings. Through these devotional acts one strengthens their connection with the Creator and lays the foundation for a lifetime of service.

For the last several months I have been preparing some surprises for my daughter who turns 15 today. One of her gifts is a song that I composed in her honor entitled ‘Daughter of the Kingdom’, the words of which are from a prayer revealed by Abdu’l-Baha for women. In addition, I decided to create an album for women that will be dedicated to my daughter and which I will be working on in the near future. I have already composed three of the pieces which I look forward to sharing with you. To listen to ‘Daughter of the Kingdom’, please click below.  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.  Just enter whatever amount you wish after clicking ‘download’ below or ‘Buy Now’ on the website.

Recording ‘Daughter of the Kingdom’ was an emotional experience as I felt inspired while singing certain phrases in the piece. The lyrics that moved me the most while recording were, ‘Make her exalted among the daughters of the Kingdom’. This phrase is repeated near the end of the song and continues to build. I wanted the music to symbolise the angels surrounding and guiding her as she enters this next phase in her life. I was so moved singing this part of the piece as the words resonated deeply within my heart.

A few years ago, I also composed a piece for my son’s 15th birthday. It is entitled ‘Heavenly Wings’ and is taken from two prayers for youth. You can read more details about the song and hear it on a previous post.

My wish is that these prayers will inspire youth all over the world.

Amelia 15th birthday collage


Free From Hatred

Another inspiring quotation by Abdu’l-Baha which is so pertinent today. If only we could all practice this…

Act in such a way


The meaning of life…

An inspiring quote by Pablo Picasso…
 
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Commemoration of the Martyrdom of The Bab

Today, all around the world, Baha’is commemorate the Martyrdom of The Bab.  I would like to share one of the prayers that The Bab revealed and that I have set to music. It is entitled, ‘Remover of Every Anguish’.

 

 

Remover of every anguish


Our High School Graduate

It is hard to believe our son, Taraz, has now graduated from high school and soon will be embarking on the next adventure in his life.  The graduation was a unique and moving event that was held at the Confucius Temple in Beijing.  The graduates were seated on the steps leading to, and their families and friends in the courtyard of, this majestic example of Chinese architecture, a temple dedicated to learning and scholarship. What a perfect setting for a graduation!

Afterwards we had a family celebration for our son and his friends. We asked all the parents to write words of advice on cards called ‘Keys to success’.  The graduates then read aloud all the wisdom and guidance written on the cards.  One of my favourites was from my father: “In a world where ‘self’ has become the centre of all attention, practice selflessness.  Where looking after #1 has become the conventional motto, practice service to mankind.”

We had great fun creating treats for the party. One decoration involved attaching photos of each of the graduates to helium balloons which hung from the ceiling.  My daughter made a special graduation cake for the graduates and marshmallow graduation cap treats!  I think the most time-consuming treat was the Hershey chocolate kiss messages as each one had to be cut out and glued on the chocolate!  It was well worth it… (see photos below).

As we embark on this new change in our family, we feel blessed that our son will be spreading his wings and starting his life as an independent young adult. We pray that God will guide him and protect him on his path of learning and that he will flourish intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

At the Confucius Temple for WAB 2015 graduation

At the Confucius Temple for WAB 2015 graduation

Taraz, our graduate!

Taraz, our graduate!

The dining table covered in treats for the graduates and their photos hanging from helium balloons

The dining table covered in treats for the graduates and their photos hanging from helium balloons

Amelia's graduation cake

The graduation cake made by my daughter

Marshmallow graduate caps

Marshmallow graduate caps

Graduation cupcakes made by a family friend

Graduation cupcakes made by a family friend

Hershey chocolate kisses for the graduates

Hershey chocolate kisses for the graduates

'Keys to Success' - words of guidance from family and friends

‘Keys to Success’ – words of guidance from family and friends

Words of guidance from my father to my son

Words of guidance from my father to my son


An interview with 9 Star Media

I am thrilled to share an interview with 9 Star Media (a Baha’i inspired media website) about my album, ‘Infinite Bounty’. The in depth interview discusses what inspires me to create, what effect I hope my music will have on the listener and what I learned in the process of creating the album (among other questions).  The interview also includes two videos that were created for the album.  I so enjoyed answering the questions as it enabled me to reflect more deeply about the process of making this CD and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share more about the making of the album.  Here’s the link to the interview.

I would appreciate if you could kindly spread the word about the interview with friends who may not know about ‘Infinite Bounty’. And please do add your voice to the comments section below the interview.

Infinite Bounty cover


Final Journey – composed for a special lady

Five years have flown by since the passing of my dear mother-in-law. On the day of her passing, I felt inspired to compose an instrumental piece in her honour entitled ‘Final Journey’. This is one of the most moving pieces for me on my piano album ‘Glimmerings’. After hearing of her passing, I felt the best way for me to feel her presence was to sit at the piano and play what spontaneously came to my heart. Those are the moments when something truly miraculous works through you. When one is used as an instrument, something creative flows through. It is an experience that is difficult to describe.

There is symbolism in the piece that I would love to share. ‘Final Journey’ is about the ending of a chapter in her soul’s journey and the beginning of her adventure in the next level of existence. The piece ends with the piano without the cello which symbolises her ascending into the next realm. Finally the piano plays an octave higher which symbolizes her soul dancing in the next existence. The cello stops playing and allows the piano to give a whisper of her existence here and the beginnings of her journey in the realms beyond.

In the weeks before her passing, my mother-in-law used to say that she felt she was on a plane ready to take off and looked forward to reaching her destination. I know she is in a very special place now!

Here is the song, ‘Final Journey’ in honour of dear Ann Mahony Byington.

 

 

I blogged about the uniqueness of my mother-in-law 5 years ago.
You can read about it here.


I Adjure Thee chant for Declaration of the Bab

A couple of years ago, I composed a call and response piece called ‘I adjure Thee’ and would like to share it today for the Declaration of the Bab.  Feel free to download it as a gift.   Here is the link to the piece.   To download it, click on ‘Buy Now’ and enter the amount of 0.  The words of the prayer are:

I adjure Thee by Thy might, O my God! Let no harm beset me in times of tests, and in moments of heedlessness guide my steps aright through Thine inspiration. 
(The Bab, Baha’i Prayers, p. 28)

Below is a video my son created a few years ago for this Baha’i Holy Day using beautiful images of the Shrine of the Bab in Haifa, Israel.  Enjoy!

 

Shrine of the Bab


An inspiring quote for Mother’s Days!

Dedicating this beautiful quotation to all my friends who are mothers. May your day be filled with love, joy and blessings!
O ye loving mothers