Musician, Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Artist

Elika Mahony

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

Limited edition album ‘The Ancient Beauty’ released in honor of The Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh

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.

 

Recent Blog Posts

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Bahá’í Temple Video for Ridvan

Rejoice with Exceeding Gladness – a gift song for Ridvan

A few years ago I released a song titled, ‘Rejoice with Exceeding Gladness’ – in honor of the Festival of Ridvan. I found a beautiful quotation revealed by Bahá’u’lláh for Ridvan and asked six friends around the world to sing it in six different languages representing all continents (except Antartica!).  Each verse is followed by the chorus of ‘Allah’u’Abha’ where everyone can join in.

I have just completed making a video for the full song using beautiful photographs of Bahá’í iTemples from around the world. (See below)

Last year I had the pleasure of making a slideshow with photos of the Ridvan garden to accompany all 11 languages for communities around the world to enjoy (see below).

The songs are gifts for you

The song is a gift to you (please feel free to share it).  Even though the link says ‘Buy Now’ on the website you can download it as a gift (just enter 0 in the amount). As there were production costs, there is an option for donation.  Just enter whatever amount you wish.  Here is the link to download the song in different languages. There are also instrumental versions of each language available so that communities can sing with the backtrack.

I would like to thank all the friends who were a part of this project and who graciously recorded their voices so that these songs could be shared and downloaded as gifts for you!   The video links in each language are all below. 

There are now individual tracks available of the Ridvan song (shortened versions) in each language.  Click here for more info and to download the individual songs & instrumental version.

Video of Baha’i Temples for Ridvan

Language videos with photos of the Ridvan garden

Below are the individual videos for each language for the Ridvan song. 

Ridvan song in English
Ridvan song in Arabic
Ridvan song in Japanese
Ridvan song in Swedish
Ridvan song in Portuguese
Ridvan song in Chinese
Ridvan song in French
Ridvan song in German
Ridvan song in Swahili
Ridvan song in Spanish
Ridvan song in Italian

Lyrics

Click the link to download the lyrics in 6 languages:  Rejoice with exceeding gladness – a song for Ridvan-LYRICS

Rejoice with exceeding gladness

A Special Thanks

A special thanks Larry Magee who played the guitars and to Jarome Matthew for editing all the languages and making sure they were mixed and mastered professionally.  I’m also extremely grateful to Adeeb Afshar for sharing several of his beautiful photos from the Ridvan garden and also Shira Trick for her lovely video of the fountain.  If you listen closely at the end, you can hear a slight trickle of the water flowing from the fountain.


my next music project…

I hope you had a wonderful Nawruz!

I have been gearing up to let you know that I’m working on my next album. So excited about it!

I found a wonderful producer in Colombia (Daniel Rinaldi) who is collaborating with me on this next album for the Bicentenary of the Birth of The Báb. Almost all the pieces have been composed except for one…

I would love your help…

I am looking for a quotation from the writings of The Báb to set to music for my last piece and would love your help finding one.

If you have a favorite quotation from The Báb that you would like to have set to music, please write the passage in the comments below. Depending on the length of it (shorter ones are easier to use) and compatibility for the project, I may end up using it on the album. Thanks in advance for your help!

I’ll let you know in the coming weeks which quotation I have chosen.

Stay tuned as I share more developments and progress.

Meanwhile, I look forward to hearing from you.

To join the mailing list and be updated about the process of making the new album, click here.  You will also receive 3 gift songs.


Inspiration for the Baha’i Fast

The Baha’i fasting period is in full swing and it has been a treasure – a time for slowing down and reflecting on life and connecting with the spirit.  It is my favorite time of year. Many friends have shared that they have been listening to my album ‘Meditations for the Fast’ and I am grateful for all the kind and encouraging words I have received.

Below are a few resources for the Fast for you to enjoy:

I would like to share a video for one of the pieces called ‘Invocation from the Long Fasting Prayer‘ as well as a post about the song and how it was inspired.

Here is another video for the fast titled, ‘Every Hour of These Days’.  I hope you enjoy it.

Below are a few blogs I wrote during the Fast

Moments of inspiration during the Fast

Baha’i fasting and creativity

Music inspirations during the Fast

A Time for Reflection

Recording while Fasting

Facebook live video about the Fast and the inspiration behind ‘Meditations for the Fast’ album

Favorite quotations from the Fast

Bend into Conformity – Reflection

May these precious days bring you many blessings!

Fasting photo - Elika Mahony


A fast inspiration

The Bahá’í fast has begun and it is one of the most inspiring times of the year for me. Yesterday I made a Facebook live video sharing some thoughts on the fast (see below) and what inspired my album ‘Meditations for the Fast’.

I talked about the following:

  • the secret ingredient to the fast and why I treasure it so much
  • what inspired the album ‘Meditations for the Fast’ and each song on it
  • how we prepared our son for his first fast
  • the process of composing the music for the fasting prayer (together with my son)
  • my favorite quotations for the fast
  • what a typical day looks like during this special time
  • the prayer we recite together as a family every morning and why I set part of it to music
  • my wish for you… :)

>>>Here’s the link to watch the Facebook live video<<<

To ensure you catch me on the next Facebook Live video, press the “like” button on Elika Mahony’s Facebook Music page, hover over “Follow”, choose “See First” and “All On” from that drop-down menu.

If you are fasting, let me know how it’s going and what inspires you during this time.

I also wanted to share the good news that ‘Meditations for the Fast’ CD is on Spotify!

Look out for the next email on my music mailing list – I have some exciting news to share…

If you are not on there yet, here is a link to join.

Fasting photo - Elika Mahony


Happy Ayyám-i-Há Video

This morning I had the pleasure of teaching this Ayyám-i-Há song to friends and families in our community. It was a such a joy to sing together with everyone! Listen to the song below…

Last night as I was thinking about this special festival, I had a sudden urge to make a video for the Happy Ayyám-i-Há song so that it can be used and enjoyed (click on the video below to watch and sing along).

Feel free to use it for your festivities and share with your friends.

A few years ago I made another video of me singing the song just after I composed it. Enjoy!

Happy Ayyam-i-Ha lyrics

 

 


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