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Welcome! ‘Infinite Bounty’, my 7th album on the theme of detachment is now available, as well as a piano instrumental CD entitled ‘Glimmerings’, as featured in the movie ‘Grace’.  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 browse a new page on the site of resources on love and marriage.  Enjoy!

Infinite Bounty Cover
Celestial Garden

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Let each one of you…

How incredible this world would be if only we exemplified these words of Abdu’l-Baha.
Let each one be as a lamp


A song composed by my daughter!

A few days ago my daughter composed a piece titled, ‘Bestow on me’ inspired by the upcoming Holy Day celebration for the Declaration of The Bab.  We just recorded the song together and I’m excited we will be teaching our friends how to sing the piece on Sunday night at the Holy Day celebration.

As it is a rough and spontaneous recording it will only be shared with friends subscribed to my mailing list.  To join the mailing list, click here or subscribe below.

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Milly playing guitar


Release Bahai 7 now!

May 14th is the eighth anniversary of the incarceration of seven Baha’i leaders in Iran, who have been jailed for no reason other than their membership in the Baha’i Faith and their service to the Baha’i community.  I found a beautiful quotation from Abdu’l-Baha about being ‘a helper of every oppressed one…’ (see photo below).  Kindly share with others so we can spread the word.

To learn more about the ‘Yaran’ (7 leaders) who have been imprisoned, click here.

To get involved and help take action, click here.

To listen to a song I recorded a few years ago in honour of the Baha’is in Iran who are being persecuted,  listen below.  The song is titled, ‘Persecution’.  To watch the moving video, click here.

Be a helper of every oppressed one


Title chosen: “Jade Awakenings”

Thank you to those of you who sent in suggestions for titles for my newest art piece!  Congratulations to Leila Ehsani  for the creative title, ‘Jade Awakenings’.   In my last blog post, I shared a time-lapse video of the process of creating the painting.  If you haven’t had a chance to view it, you can see what one hour of work looks like in a few minutes in the video!  As you can see, this painting took a substantial amount of time!

The circles in this art piece symbolise harmony, oneness and the interconnectedness of humanity.  A Chinese carved stone decorates the centre of the painting and is surrounded by shades of green – symbols of spring, growth and renewal.  This is the perfect combination of the varying hues of green I grew up with in Kenya and the stone represents where I reside now in China!

This painting is 15.7″ (40cm) in diameter and is available FOR SALEClick here to view my painting on the Etsy site.  Inquiries are welcome on my contact page.

Jade Awakenings

Jade Awakenings close up

Jade Awakenings closeup


Title suggestions please!

I recently completed another abstract painting and would love your help finding a title for this piece.  Kindly add your suggestions to the comments section below this blog and the winning title will receive an album download of his/her choice.

I took a time-lapse video (see below) of the process of creating this painting.  Hopefully it will inspire you to come up with a suitable title.

I look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions for a title and will announce a winner in the next few days on the blog.

NOTE: A title has been selected thanks to the suggestion of Leila Ehsani.  The painting is called, ‘Jade Awakenings’. 


Jade painting


Singing in the rain

Yesterday I had the pleasure of singing at an outdoor wedding and it was the first time I’ve ever sung in the rain!  The weather has been sunny recently so it was unexpected that the day of the wedding it rained non-stop during the celebration.  Even though it was cold and wet, I appreciated the rain as it was symbolic of the bounties being showered on the bride and groom.

Weddings always move me to tears. Being a witness to the union of two souls is such a joy and a blessing.  The bride was in tears throughout the ceremony and at one point ran over to her mother, gave her a huge hug and both wept for a few minutes in each others arms.   The groom so lovingly wiped away her tears every now and then so her make up wouldn’t run!  It was priceless to watch!  The love, respect and care that pervaded the ceremony were moving.  At one point all the guests surrounded the bride and groom with all our umbrellas.  It was a special moment.

I was honoured to sing the piece, ‘Birds of Love’ for the wedding.  I composed it originally for one of my dearest friends who celebrated her marriage in our home ten years ago and surprised her and the groom by singing it during their ceremony.  Since then I have sung this piece at eleven weddings! :)  I included an instrumental version on the album to be used at weddings so that anyone can sing with the backtrack for the special occasion.

Below is the title track ‘Birds of Love’ as well as the instrumental version from the album ‘Birds of Love’.


Elika Mahony singing at a wedding


Inspiring Ridvan Video

My talented friend, Glenn Franco Simmons, has created another inspiring video for Ridvan consisting of communities from different parts of the world.  He has made it available to download on vimeo.  Click on this link to download the video.

If you have not yet had a chance to download the song, here is a link to the song for Ridvan.

Ridvan Video Glenn Franco Simmons


Rejoice Ridvan Song in Arabic

Last year while composing a song for Ridvan (‘Rejoice with exceeding gladness’), I had hoped to incorporate Arabic as one of six languages of the song.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to make it available as part of the song as we were scrambling to release the piece in time.  Since then I asked a talented friend of mine, Sonbol Taefi,  to record a version in Arabic and it is beautiful!  I love how this version sounds like a chant.  Below you can listen to her rendition of ‘Rejoice with exceeding gladness’, the song for Ridvan in Arabic.

Seven other languages (English, Swahili, German, Chinese, Spanish, French and Italian) are also available for download separately.

The song is a gift to you.  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.  Enter whatever amount you wish after clicking ‘download’ on the blog or ‘Buy Now’ on the website.

 

Arabic Ridvan song cover


A song for Ridvan!

Last year at this time, I shared a song titled, ‘Rejoice with exceeding gladness – a song for Ridvan’.  I felt inspired to compose a song that everyone could sing together for the Baha’i Festival of Ridvan.  Click here to download the song.

The song was recorded in different parts of the world in six different languages (English, Swahili, German, Chinese, Spanish and French).  In addition, we now have eight shortened versions of the piece that can be downloaded separately in each language as well as Arabic (recently recorded by talented musician, Sonbol Taefi) and Italian.  An instrumental version is also available in case any community would like to sing it in their own native language.  To download the shortened versions, click here.

The song is a gift to you (please feel free to share it).  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.  Enter whatever amount you wish after clicking ‘download’ on the blog or ‘Buy Now’ on the website.

I would like to share a video that a dear friend of mine created specially for the Ridvan song (Thank you Glenn Franco Simmons for this gift).

Hoping you have a joyous festival of Ridvan!

Rejoice with exceeding gladness - song for Ridvan


Invincible: a song composed by my daughter

A few months ago, as part of a school assignment, my daughter was asked to create a personal project of her choice.  She decided to compose an a cappella song about the issue of bullying and developing ones self-esteem as she wanted to focus on the theme of empowerment.  The powerful words, the vocals and harmonies and the rhythm are all created by my 15 year old daughter.  The purpose of the song is to help people gain a greater understanding and awareness of these issues.   The song is written, sung, filmed and edited by my daughter.

I am always so moved especially when I hear the chorus of the song as the lyrics are so powerful: ‘You are invincible, you are wonderful, beautiful, strong. You are incredible, all you need is some help to keep on.’

I had the honour of recording Amelia’s vocals in the studio.  When I heard her sing the song for the first time, I was blown away and deeply moved by the beauty of her voice and the purity and power of the lyrics.  I hope you are as inspired by the song as I was.  Lyrics and video are below.  Kindly share.

Lyrics
Verse 1:
Sometimes life gets you down,
Tired and breathless you lay on the ground.
Their laughs and taunts follow you everywhere,
Now you barely notice their glaring eyes and stares.
Its okay to be angry, its okay to cry,
Someday it will all be over,
And you will get by.

Pre-chorus:
Their words cant hurt you,
You have the strength to move on.
So when you feel broken,
Listen to this song.

Chorus:
You are invincible,
You’re wonderful, beautiful, strong,
You are incredible,
All you need is some help to keep on,
Moving towards the things you love,
Finding your place in this world.
You are invincible.
You’re invincible.

Verse 2:
Life can be painful,
Times can be hard,
But don’t let them stop your progress,
or make you restart.
You’ve worked so hard,
Rebuilt yourself everyday,
But you’re beautiful,
And worth it in every way.

Pre-chorus:
Their words cant hurt you,
You have the strength to move on.
So when you feel broken,
Listen to this song.

Bridge:
You are invincible,
You’re wonderful, beautiful, strong,
You are incredible,
All you need is some help to keep on.

Chorus:
You are invincible,
You’re wonderful, beautiful, strong,
You are incredible,
All you need is some help to keep on,
Moving towards the things you love,
Finding your place in this world.
You are invincible.
You’re invincible.

Amelia Mahony video about bullying and self-esteem