For this festive season: This Earthly Plane

It has been a long time since I have been able to post to my blog with all the final decisions I’ve had to make for my new CD Birds of Love.
I’ve been thinking of the holiday season upon us and was thinking about how many listen to certain kinds of music during this festive, almost magical time of year. It seems people’s attitudes change and they become almost more spiritual, compassionate, and generous in their nature. Pretty lights come out, and the landscape changes. But for many, it is also a reminder of destitution and loss experienced through the hardships of life.
The song I composed from Fire and Gold ‘This Earthly Plane’ came to mind when thinking about this because of it’s magical music style and ethereal lyrics. The words assure us of “days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight” in the realms beyond this earthly plane, despite whatever earthly disappointments we experience.
You can listen to it below while you read:

I wrote it originally on the piano, but we wanted to use the harp on some of our songs, and my producer Jarome felt this one would be perfect for harp. He suggested an internationally renown Baha’i harpist, Caroline Mackay, to take the piano melodies and embellish them using celtic harp to give the piece that other worldly feeling the words evoke. Despite the challenges of harp tuning when there is a key change in the song, Caroline did an amazing job. From there, Jarome added layers of voices and some synthesizer and flute parts to take the other worldly feeling even further (it does after all mention other ‘worlds’ in the lyrics…).
At one point there was so much going on, I told Jarome to remove the flute at the end as I felt it was getting too busy. But then, I missed it so much, we added it back again. If you have a good speaker system, you will even hear low celtic drum percussion in the song!
So that is a little insight as to how this song came about. I hope this is a wonderful time of year for you all and you enjoy some good food and heavenly music!
Very soon I will be posting about my family reunion in Africa, and the launch of my new CD and website.
Divine Light
or this one:

Thought Of The Day:
“Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace. To each and every one of them you will, no doubt, attain.”
– Bahá’u’lláh


    Sigi January 5, 2009Reply

    Dear Elika,
    I was surprise to see that there’s translation to Hebrew!!! Now I get to read your quotes from the Baha’i prayers in Hebrew, I’m so happy.
    Congratulations for all the new staff that you’re working on, it sounds interesting and exiting as well.
    Love, Sigi

    Sarmad January 8, 2009Reply

    The harp sounds heavenly, dear Elika. 🙂

    Elika January 8, 2009Reply

    Thanks dear Sigi. Yes it is exciting that the blog can now be translated into so many languages – even Chinese! Can’t wait to share Birds of Love with you (the marriage and love project).
    So glad you enjoyed the harp Sarmad – that is courtesy of Catharine Mackay – a talented celtic harp player.

    jaleh January 16, 2009Reply

    Elly love
    thanks for sharing your passion for music with us all and giving insights into your amazing music. it is truly heavenly…

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