An Inspiring Conference in Manila

A few days ago I returned from a wonderful regional Baha’i conference in the city of Manila – the capital of the Philippines.  There were over 1,000 Baha’is attending from 8 different countries in Asia to celebrate achievements that have been made and to consult about how to be more effective in our service to humanity.  The conference was a short and intense 2 days, yet very inspiring as there were talks and workshops to enable the participants to plan and set goals for the upcoming months.
I had the bounty of being asked to sing at the conference so I chose a piece from my CD, Fire and Gold which I sang in English and Arabic.  I was informed the day before the conference began that I would have that blessing and realized how important it is for a musician to be prepared to perform at any given time.  I had a couple of hours to think about which piece I wanted to sing and managed to practice it several times.  Luckily I brought a CD of backtracks for the pieces just in case I needed them.  The performance went very well and I felt extremely blessed to be able to sing at the conference.
I had an unexpected gift during those 2 special days – and that was knowing how many new friends I met at the conference appreciate my music.  I had no idea that ‘Melodies of the Nightingale’ and ‘Fire and Gold’ have spread so far and to so many countries.  I met one woman who mentioned that she has tears in her eyes when she listens to ‘Fire and Gold’ every morning.  Another lady recounted that her daughter has memorized and can sing all the pieces on ‘Fire and Gold’ word for word!  This brings me so much joy as my goal for my music has always been to bring upliftment and inspiration to the listener!

6 Comments

    jaleh December 8, 2008Reply

    Elly these stories are beautiful and on a daily basis i hear people’s appreciation of the prayers and writings that when they listen, get such comfort and spirit from. Thank you thank you , thank you love for all that you are doing and have done to bring this joy to the hearts.

    Sarmad December 8, 2008Reply

    Lovely! Thank you for sharing, dear Elika. We miss you all. 🙂

    Elika December 11, 2008Reply

    Thanks Jalehjoon for all your support, love and appreciation. So glad the friends are benefitting from them.
    Dear Sarmad, you are always so kind with your comments and consistently write to encourage me. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and all your encouragement. 🙂

    Naree December 18, 2008Reply

    Oh WoOW! What a beautiful gift you give to us all! I am so happy that friends in Manila were able to hear you perform LIVE!! From Memphis to Manila, you are truly a nightingale :o) Ruth Enslow and I met up in Atlanta and were completely amazed at the wonderful talent our loving community has to share… this includes you!

    gabi December 29, 2008Reply

    Qué emocionante leer sobre las conferencias! En mi región será celebrada la conferencia en Nicaragua (Centroamerica). Yo soy de El Salvador y vamos más de 200 bahá’ís.
    Qué alegría!

    gabi January 3, 2009Reply

    Mi conferencia será a mediados de enero y estamos muy ansiosos por estar ahí! Será en Managua, Nicaragua en América Central.

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