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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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A gift song for Ridvan: Rejoice with Exceeding Gladness

I’m thrilled to share that I have been working on a song composed specially for the Baha’i Festival of Ridvan.  Ten days ago I had the idea of setting a quotation to music in different languages that the whole community in various parts of the world could sing together. I found a beautiful quotation revealed by Baha’u'llah for Ridvan and asked friends around the globe to help me find the translation in six languages. We now have it recorded in English, Swahili, German, Chinese, Spanish and French!  Friends in several countries recorded the different languages and sent the files which were then combined into one song. Each verse is followed by the chorus of ‘Allah’u'Abha’ where everyone can join in.

I would like to thank several friends for their time and wonderful talent who contributed to this song.  Firstly to Larry Magee who played all the guitars parts.  Many thanks to all the singers: Ali Youssefi (Spanish), Wang Jia Ni 王佳妮 (Chinese), Auntieclare Rezin (Swahili) and Nasim Anayati Maani (German).  Thanks also to Jon Rezin, a producer who helped with Auntieclare’s recording and finally my deepest gratitude and thanks to Jarome Matthew, another talented producer, who took the time to edit it all and put the song together despite his hectic schedule!

Hopefully in the next week I will release the short version of the song in separate languages so that the communities have the choice of singing the Ridvan song in their own language.  I will let you know when they’re up on the website.

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

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.

I hope you enjoy the song!

Rejoice with exceeding gladness


Special Springtime Sale: Hands of the Cause book & Infinite Bounty

It has been just over a year since we published our book entitled ‘Hands of the Cause of God: Dorothy Baker, Tarazu’llah Samandari and Amelia Collins’.  The book was published in India and I have shared in a previous post what inspired us to start this project and who it was written for.

For the month of April, I will be having a special springtime sale.  You can purchase the bundle of the ’Hands of the Cause of God’ book + ’Infinite Bounty’ CD/book (my latest release) at a reduced price.  Click here to view the bundle. 

I’m thrilled to share that I’m working on a song composed in several languages specially for the Baha’i festival of Ridvan.  A couple of friends around the globe are recording their beautiful voices on the song to be shared next week, hopefully just in time to be used for Ridvan. I’m especially excited to include a language from the country I was raised in (in Africa)! More about the song coming soon…

Cover of Hands of the Cause

 

Infinite Bounty Cover


See Ye No Strangers…

If only we all saw life this way… how different a world we would live in…

See ye no strangers


Music as a Ladder

From time to time I will be sharing inspirational quotations on my blog.  Here is one of my favourite quotes on music by Baha’u'llah.  Please feel free to share.  Enjoy!

We verily have made music


Fasting Prayer – music gift download

A couple of years ago, I recorded this beautiful fasting prayer with my son.  We piece came together very naturally as I sang what came to my heart as he was playing some chords on the guitar so we decided to record it spontaneously.  It was so moving to be a channel and allow the inspiration to flow through to guide me to sing on the spot without practising. I recently asked one of the producers I work with to touch up the piece and improve the sound of the guitar and vocals. He didn’t spend too much time on it but it already sounds a lot better.

For the first time I am making it available as a gift download on my website (if you would like to contribute, there is an option to do so by clicking the ‘Buy now’ button on the website). I posted a blog about this piece a couple of years ago with some detail about the composition process.

Below is the edited and improved quality for the fasting prayer. Enjoy!

And here is the link to another prayer for the fast that I composed more recently called ‘Every Hour of these Days’ which is also available for download.

Fasting prayer


Video playlist of my music on Youtube

I am delighted to share with you a video playlist of all my music videos from different albums posted on my youtube channel. When one video finishes, the next one will start automatically.

Enjoy and let me know if you have any favorites.


Every Hour of These Days – A song for the fast

All around the world, Baha’is fast during a period of 19 days from sunrise to sunset from March 2-20. I find this period to be one of the most creative times for me during the year.  Every moment seems to be filled with a creative spirit if only one taps into it.

On the first day of the fast, I studied certain passages which describe the purpose and importance of the fasting period and wanted to be able to share some of the Writings through music. Below is the song called ‘Every Hour of These Days’ with several passages from the Bahá’u’lláh, Abdu’l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi (lyrics are below).

I am making it available as a gift download (if you would like to contribute, there is an option to do so by clicking the ‘Buy now’ button on the website).

“Thou hast endowed every hour of these days with a special virtue, inscrutable to all except Thee, whose knowledge embraceth all created things.” – Bahá’u’lláh  

“Fasting is the cause of the elevation of one’s spiritual station.” – Abdu’l-Bahá 

“…fasting is the supreme remedy and the most great healing for the disease of self and passion.” – Bahá’u’lláh 

“Even though outwardly the Fast is difficult and toilsome, yet inwardly it is bounty and tranquillity.” – Bahá’u’lláh 

“It is essentially a period of meditation and prayer, of spiritual recuperation, during which the believer must strive to make the necessary readjustments in his inner life, and to refresh and reinvigorate the spiritual forces latent in his soul.” – Shoghi Effendi

A couple of years ago my son and I set a prayer on the theme of the fast to music. You can listen to it here.

Fasting photo


Ayyam-i-Ha Homemade Gift Ideas

I have been enjoying creating different gifts for friends and neighbours in the last few days for the festival of Ayyam-i-Ha and thought I would share a few of them with you (as some friends have been asking how to make these).  To learn how to make each of them, click on the title which has a link with directions.

Nutella Star Bread
nutella star cake
 
Homemade Strawberry Jam

homemade strawberry jam
 
Homemade Bookmark Beads (inspired by my friend Brigitte Aiff)

Bookmark beads
 
Personalized Mug design with Sharpie pen

Mug
 
I will leave you with an Ayyam-i-Ha song that I composed specially for this occasion (feel free to download it as it is a gift). I hope you have fun singing it together with friends and family.

Happy Ayyam-i-Ha!


Ayyam-i-Ha Star Nutella Cake (9 stars)!

All around the world Baha’is are celebrating the festival of Ayyam-i-Ha which is a time of bringing cheer to others, visiting the poor and needy and giving gifts.  One of the ways I like to celebrate is by giving home-made baked gifts for Ayyam-i-Ha to show my love for friends and family.

I recently found this nutella bread recipe and thought I’d try it out today in addition to making home-made strawberry jam and banana bread as gifts for friends and neighbours.  They didn’t include a home-made dough recipe so I looked for one that would be relatively easy to make.  See below for the parts that I used for the nutella star bread but for the full recipe for making brioche bread you can refer to the original recipe by sophistimom. 

9 Star Nutella Bread

1/4 cup warm milk
1 package (or 1 tablespoon) instant dry yeast
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces
4 eggs, cold from the refrigerator, plus one for egg wash

1.  Dissolve yeast in the milk. Fit the food processor with the dough blade (This is usually the one with shorter, blunter blades). Place 1 cup of the flour, the yeast and milk mixture, salt, sugar, and butter into the food processor. Pulse a few times until it looks mostly incorporated, and it looks like a crumble topping for a pie.

2. With the processor on, use the feed tube to add the remaining flour and each of the eggs, one at a time. Process the mixture until the dough starts to come together and pull away from the sides of the bowl. Turn the power off, and let the dough rise in the food processor for about an hour, or until it has doubled in size. Pulse the dough a time or two to “punch it down.”

3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

4. Follow the rest of this recipe by Dave Hax on youtube (link to making the nutella star bread (it’s a little too complicated to explain in writing as it’s very visual).  For a 9 star cake, refer to the chart below:  1. Cut circle into thirds  2. Then cut each section into thirds (add 2 lines in each section in red)   3.  Cut each pie in     half and that will lead to a 9 star cake.

5. Brush lightly with egg wash (1 egg beaten with a teaspoon of water). Bake for 15-20 minutes. Place pan on its side for cooling, and remove when you feel like you’ve waited long enough, about 3-4 minutes. Serve warm.

How to make a 9 sided star!

How to make a 9 sided star!

Nutella Star cake before baking

Nutella Star cake before baking

Nutella Star cake after baking

Nutella Star cake after baking


Glimmerings featured in a movie!

One of my goals has been to have my music featured in a film and tomorrow that dream will be realised!  I am thrilled that my piece ‘Glimmerings’ (from my piano instrumental album, ‘Glimmerings’) will be featured in an independent movie called ‘Grace.’ and will be available on DVD and streaming on Feb 24 in the US.  This is a film about hope and redemption.  Starring Annika Marks, Sharon Lawrence and Cindy Goggins (among others), this film tells the story of a young woman who must deal with the consequences of her alcoholism.  The movie examines alcohol addiction and the way Alcoholics Anonymous helps the afflicted towards recovery and sobriety. The movie tries to express a sense of hope and healing through the process of recovery.  Here is a link to the website for more information about how to view the movie.

I haven’t watched the full movie yet but have viewed the portions where my music will be played so I’m excited to see the movie in its entirety.  I have always wanted my music to be a healing balm and was so honoured when the producer wrote to me personally and shared how my music has helped her through difficult times.

The movie was filmed on New Smyrna Beach.  Here is a link about the filming site as well as a link to the Facebook page.  Do let me know if you get a chance to watch it. Enjoy!

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