How precious that my parents are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary today! I am in awe! They are an example of steadfastness and commitment and have overcome many obstacles to be where they are today and I am so proud of their accomplishment.
Our family will be visiting them in a couple of weeks to celebrate this special time with them (and to visit my sweet nephew that I have not yet met).
I greatly appreciate my parents for all their love and am grateful for their generosity and support all these years towards their 4 children, the spouses and 5 grandchildren!
Tonight is the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá which is commemorated by Bahá’ís all around the world. For this occasion, I wanted to share this video I recently created titled, ‘Hold Thou My Hand’.
Creating a video for ‘Hold Thou My Hand’ has been a truly heavenly experience. I was surprised to find so many beautiful photographs of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá that I could include.
As I placed the photographs in the slideshow I was moved by how several of them fit perfectly with the lyrics of the poem. In one part, as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá raises His hand, the poem reads ‘Hold Thou My Hand’.
I felt inspired to end the slideshow with the staircase in Abdullah Pasha where one feels as though one is walking up the stairs to approach Him.
I hope you were as uplifted by the slideshow as I was creating it.
I’m thrilled to share with you the release of a song and video about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá titled, ‘Hold Thou My Hand.’ This song has long been a favorite of mine, and I have yearned for many years to record my own arrangement.
After finishing the recording and mastering of the song, I thought the best way to share it would be to accompany the music with images of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. As His Ascension will be upon us in a few days, it seems most fitting that the video is ready now.
Finding the images of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and creating the slideshow was such a heavenly and moving process. I hope the song and the video inspire you as much as I was inspired creating them.
Feel free to share with any friends you think would want to use them for the commemoration.
Thank you for sending in all your nominations! I was so touched reading through them all. I could feel so much love and appreciation for your friends.
Choosing whom to give the ‘Infinite Bounty’ gift downloads to was challenging as there were so many lovely comments. So I decided to give out 11 album downloads instead of 5! Because of all the enthusiasm, I will have more music giveaways in the future to allow more friends the opportunities to share the love.
Below are the winning nominations for the ‘Infinite Bounty’ gift album. I will be emailing each of you individually with a gift code that you can email to your friend. Congratulations!
Two years have passed since the release of my album ‘Infinite Bounty’ and I am celebrating by having a music giveaway!
Nominate one person you wish to receive an ‘Infinite Bounty’ digital album by writing their name and what you appreciate about them in the comments section below and they could win a free download of the complete album (you can nominate yourself if you don’t have it). I will randomly pick 5 people (or more depending on how many entries there are) and send them a link to the album. I look forward to choosing 5 winners on Tuesday, November 22nd (Beijing time)!
Music is a healing balm so I thought I would share a quotation from Bahá’u’lláh set to music for all those who are feeling tested today… I hope this passage brings some solace.
For the next few days, I am giving this piece, ‘The Power of Thy Name’ as a free download so please feel free to click the title link above. You can download it by entering 0 in the amount when checking out.
‘Sweeten Their Souls’ is one of the more upbeat and creative pieces on the album in terms of instrumentation and style. When I first consulted my producer about how to arrange this song, he felt it needed an underlying rhythm that would bring the song alive. When he suggested adding drums, I was a little hesitant at first but after some reflection, I was excited by the diversity it would bring to the album so I told him to go for it!
Once again I had the pleasure of working with talented musician, Ali Youssefi. His voice truly beautifies the piece. I love how our voices combine at 2:17 on the word ‘comforted’! The most creative part of the song happens at the end when the phrase ‘Sweeten their souls’ echoes over and over again. I was hoping the listener would take these words to heart as they reflect on the essence of what the quotation is about.
Something extraordinary happened while I recorded this piece… I sang it many times over the course of an hour or two and all of a sudden, as I immersed myself into the full meaning of the words and truly let go of the outcome, my voice took on a completely different tone during the recording. My vocals took on a silky, smooth tone which I had not heard before. I think it was as a result of allowing myself to become an instrument of inspiration to pass through. It was truly magical!
I chose to set these powerful words to music because of all the prejudice that exists in the world today. This quotation is truly a healing balm to those suffering from injustice. When I think of the Bahá’ís in Iran and the religious prejudices they endure, I am in awe of how they put this very quote into practice by their love, forgiveness and steadfastness.
‘Lay Not on Any Soul’ is a collaboration with talented musician, Ali Youssefi, who sings his part beautifully in Spanish. Composing duets is a passion of mine as I love the intermingling of languages and how they influence each other. At 1:52 magic happens when our voices harmonise together as the song builds. At the end of the piece you can hear how the two languages mesh with one another in one voice of unity.
I chose to set these potent words to music as it is an important reminder for how we should care for one another as family members of one human race.