Musician, Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Artist

Elika Mahony

Welcome! My passion is creating music that inspires the soul and nourishes the spirit. Thanks to friends all over the world we just successfully ended a Kickstarter campaign for my next album in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of The Báb.

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Inversion of Love – a story for parents

A friend of mine sent this beautiful story to me a couple of days ago after I shared that our daughter just left for her year of service.  I hadn’t read the story before and loved it so I thought I would share it with you.

If you’re a parent or an empty nester, it’s a must-read:

Love Inversion (Abdu’l-Baha, cited in Sohrab’s Diary)

The fathers, and especially the mothers, must always think how they can best educate their children; not how to fondle and embrace them and thus spoil them. By every means at their disposal they must inculcate in their growing bodies, souls, minds and spirits the principles of sincerity, love, trustfulness obedience, true democracy and kindness toward all the races; thus hereafter the world civilization may flow in one mighty current and the children of the next generation may make secure the foundations of human solidarity and good will.

From the tenderest childhood the children must be taught by their mothers the love of God and the love of humanity; not the love of the humanity of Asia, or the humanity of Europe, or the humanity of America, but the humanity of humankind. There are some mothers who have a strange, inexplicable love for their children. One may call it the inversion of love, or as we call it in Persia “bearish love.” This kind of love does more injury to the child than good.

When I was in Acca, during the life of Baha’u’llah, I entrusted the son of one of the believers to a German carpenter. After a month, his mother went to Baha’u’llah and lamented and bemoaned, “I want my son, because he is unhappy with this carpenter, who curses his religion. Baha’u’llah told her to “go to Abba (the Master) and whatever he says, act accordingly.” She came to me, and after she had told her side of the story I told her: “The Germans never curse anyone. They are not accustomed to it,”. She went away, and after another month she came again to Baha’u’llah with another complaint that this carpenter had forced her son to carry on his back a load of wheat. Again I told her that if he had done so it was for discipline. I quieted her, but she was murmuring inwardly. A few months rolled by, and she returned with another set of complaints, frankly confessing that she did not want her son to be away from her, that he was the apple of her eye. Realizing how selfish her love was for her son I told her at last that I would not take him away; that he must stay with the carpenter for eight years until his apprenticeship was over. Well, she yielded to the inexorable situation. After eight years of study he left his master, and his mother was very proud of him, everywhere praising his industry because his work was demanded on every hand.

In short, the mothers must not think of themselves but of the progress of their children, because upon the children of today whether boys or girls depends the molding the civilization of tomorrow.”

(Star of the West, Vol. VII, No. 15, p. 143)

Our last day with our daughter before she left for her year of service to the Bahá’í World Centre


A bittersweet moment…

Hi there!  I know it’s been awhile since I last blogged but there has been a lot going on…

We have now joined the rank of emptynesters!

Two days ago, it was extremely bittersweet saying goodbye to our daughter, Amelia, as she embarks on a year of service at the Bahá’í World Centre.  I am excited as I know it will be an incredible year of growth and learning for her.  At the same time, it is a huge adjustment in our lives ending as the children are no longer at home.  I was reflecting today what a gift it has been to parent two children who are now out in the world spreading their wings.

As we were driving to the airport, I sat with my daughter in the back seat of the car so that I could enjoy being close to her for a few more minutes.  I suggested we sing one final prayer together before leaving. Fighting the tears, we chanted in unison and treasured the precious moment.  We have sung together since the day she was born (well almost)! :)

I’m grateful that I am now fully occupied with my upcoming album in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of The Báb.

Amelia recorded her last vocals the night before she left!  Thankfully we got everything done just in time.

Next week I look forward to announcing the title for my new album.  Stay tuned!

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Milly and me :)

Milly’s first visit to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh


Performing with my daughter in Japan

Japan, beautiful Japan!  Our family just returned from an adventurous visit to the historic cities of Fukuoka, Yamaguchi and Kyoto!  The trip was in honor of our daughter’s high school graduation.

Japan has always had a special place in my husband’s heart as he discovered the Bahá’í Faith as a student in Yamaguchi.  So visiting as a family was a precious experience to see the places where he spent time as a youth.

My daughter and I had the pleasure of sharing our music while in Japan.   We performed three evenings in three different cities.  We sang compositions from several of my albums as well as a couple of our daughter’s new pieces for my upcoming CD for The Báb’s 200th birthday.

I have posted our performance in Japan on Youtube of one of my daughter’s songs titled ‘God is Sufficient’.  The recorded version will be on my upcoming album.

Click here to watch the performance.

I hope you enjoy!

Visiting Temples was a highlight of our trip but singing with my daughter is a memory I will treasure.

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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.

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.

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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