This is the first year my son is observing the Baha’i fast and so I decided to take one of my favorite fasting prayers and print it on a beautiful illuminated card for him as a gift. Today I gave him the card and encouraged him to memorize and recite the prayer whenever he feels that the fast is becoming challenging (the prayer card is below). As I shared the prayer with him, he was playing the guitar (as he often loves to do) and I suggested we compose a piece together and see what we could come up with. He started playing some chords on the guitar and I spontaneously began singing the prayer as he played. I was so surprised at how well the prayer fit with the chords and the rhythm he was playing. We immediately recorded my son playing the guitar part and I recorded the vocals (you can hear it below).
I’m feeling so elated to have the opportunity to compose with my talented and sweet son – a memory that we can keep from this very special day and fasting period! The piece has now been released as a track on the album ‘Meditations for the Fast’. You can listen to the Fasting Prayer below.