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

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Our daughter’s beautiful composition

Today was a special day!  I am beyond excited that we recorded vocals for a composition by my daughter that will be on my upcoming album in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of The Báb.  The prayer is titled ‘God is Sufficient’. We are recording it as a duet — I love singing with my daughter!

The song is sounding beautiful! I’m such a proud Mama right now.

You can hear a short teaser of her vocals on my Instagram stories for the next 24 hours.

As summer approaches, we will spend some family time together before our daughter embarks on the next chapter in her life adventure (I just posted a blog about her graduation with photos at the Confucius Temple).  As a result, we are working hard to finish the two pieces my daughter composed for the upcoming album!  They will add so much beauty to this project.

There have been some exciting developments on all the songs.  We are recording musicians and singers from different parts of the world as I write this and the album is starting to come together.

I look forward to sharing more as the project continues.

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Our daughter’s graduation

Our daughter just graduated from high school!  The graduation was exquisite as it took place at the Confucius Temple – a site to behold!

I am immensely proud of our daughter as she worked hard to achieve excellence in her studies, sports, music and service.  Over the last two years I have often marveled at how she managed to balance her time with all the different projects and demands.

Daughter of the Kingdom

On her 15th birthday I composed a piece for her titled, ‘Daughter of the Kingdom’.  The words in this prayer are equally significant on this latest milestone.

I remember recording this piece for her in the studio and became very teary as I sang the beautiful prayer from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.  (I describe the experience of recording this piece for her in another blog post).

 

The lyrics of the prayer are below…

I look ahead in the next chapter of my life and look forward to serving with my husband and working on my upcoming album in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of The Báb.

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Above rose photo by Glenn Franco Simmons

Collage of photos of my daughter

Graduation photos at the Confucius Temple


Music for the Declaration of The Bab

As celebrations for the Declaration of The Báb begin, I am thinking of all my friends around the world.

I am excited as I continue to work steadily on my new album in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Birth of The Báb next year in November.   The songs are beginning to take shape as diverse musicians and singers around the world contribute their talents.  As the album evolves, I look forward to sharing more developments with you.

(If you are not yet on the mailing list and would like to receive updates about the upcoming album, click here.)

For now I hope you enjoy this video that my son put together a few years ago of photos of the Shrine of The Báb.  The piece that accompanies the photographs is titled ‘The Hallowed Beauty’ from the album ‘Fire and Gold’.

Lyrics:

O Man Of Two Visions! Close one eye and open the other. Close one to the world and all that is therein, and open the other to the hallowed beauty of the Beloved.
-Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words, Persian #12.

Grieve thou not over the troubles and hardships of this nether world, nor be thou glad in times of ease and comfort, for both shall pass away. This present life is even as a swelling wave, or a mirage, or drifting shadows.
-‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, pages 177-178.


A Humble Angel

Just a few hours ago my beloved uncle, Abbas Ehsani, winged his flight to the next world.  He was one of the most humble and gentle souls.  I feel so grateful to have known him and to have grown up in his presence.

When I woke up this morning I couldn’t stop thinking about my uncle.  I decided to compose a spontaneous instrumental piano piece in his honor knowing that his earthly life would soon be coming to a close.  I sat down at the piano, thought about his precious soul, pressed record and then began to play what came to my heart.

The piece is called ‘A Humble Angel’ (you can listen below).  

I later learned that as I was spontaneously recording his piece at the piano, he was taking his last breaths in this world.

Kindly pray for the progress of his soul and keep his family in your prayers. (In the photo below, my uncle is seated next to me in the grey sweater).

Below is the piano piece ‘A Humble Angel’ :
(Click the arrow to start playing the song).


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