Elika Mahony | Meditations for the Fast

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Meditations for the Fast

by Elika Mahony

The pieces on this album set passages from the Baha'i writings, on the theme of the fast, to beautiful melodies that uplift the soul and enchant the listener.
Genre: Spiritual: Inspirational
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1. Every Hour of These Days
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2. Fasting Prayer
1:50 $0.99
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3. Invocation from the Long Fasting Prayer
3:19 $0.99
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4. Meditations for the Fast
5:05 $0.99
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5. Happy Ayyamiha!
2:34 $0.99
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6. Happy Ayyamiha (Instrumental)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Vocalist, composer, pianist, and artist, Elika considers herself a world citizen; her parents are from Iran, she was born in the US, raised in Kenya, and now lives in China. Elika’s love of music began when she was a child growing up in Africa. In between she has lived in Israel and Hong Kong. Her music beautifully expresses the diverse cultures that have been a part of her upbringing, blending and reflecting the influences of this varied background, drawing upon classical Western structures but incorporating instrumentation and styles from Iran to Ireland and China to Spain.
Elika studied classical piano from the age of five, and its influence can be heard in the stunning instrumental pieces that she began composing when she was in college. It was at the same time that Elika began singing and setting the Baha’i Writings to music. The enchanting “Melodies of the Nightingale” was the end result by Elika and two close friends, Michelle Brown and Fiona Doomun-Rouhani. This debut CD and launch into a professional music career was followed a few years later by a solo follow up titled “Melodies of the Nightingale for the Family” produced by Paul Meredith.
Elika’s latest release is titled, ‘Meditations for the Fast’. The pieces on this album set passages from the Baha'i writings to beautiful melodies that uplift the soul and enchant the listener. The words are from prayers and writings revealed by Baha'u'llah and 'Abdu'l-Baha especially for the Baha'i fast, a time dedicated to personal reflection and meditation.
‘Infinite Bounty’ was released in November 2014. It showcases gems from the ocean of Baha’u’llah’s Revelation set to enchanting melodies and ethereal harmonies, blended with diverse instruments and styles inspired by New Age, World, Pop and Middle Eastern genres. It includes collaborations with six outstanding musicians from around the globe. This album is accompanied by a hard cover book adorned with stunning, ocean-themed photographs.

Elika’s previous release, ‘Edge of Forever’, is a collection of songs in diverse styles such as Latin, World, New Age, Pop, Middle Eastern and a little Rock. The music depicts the soul’s desire to transcend the limits of the material world and to soar in the spiritual realm. This album reflects a wider ranger of Elika’s musical influences with original lyrics for most of the songs. In January 2012 Elika released a piano instrumental CD of her original compositions entitled ‘Glimmerings’. Some of the pieces were composed over 10 years ago and others were created on the spot as she was inspired to play what came to her heart.

Elika has also completed a fourth CD called ‘Birds of Love’ on the theme of love and marriage. It comes with an elegant book of quotes on love, each hand-made with a slightly different pattern of gold silk fabric. Each page of quotes includes a traditional Chinese painting of two birds.
Elika’s third CD, ‘Fire and Gold’, blends eastern and western musical styles and features a number of languages including English, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. Elika’s music is inspired by the lyrics of the poetic and profound treasures of the Baha’i writings that cover deep subjects such as life, love, family, difficulties, the soul, afterlife, spirituality, and the progress of humanity. Accomplishing the near impossible, Elika takes these deep and complex subjects and creates music that is sophisticated and yet breathes with simple, heart-warming melodies and soaring harmonies that swell over the lyrics in elegant, diverse waves lifting the listener to ever higher realms.
Elika’s CDs have been sold in more than 25 countries and their stirring melodies and soaring harmonies have inspired people all over the world.
An artist as well as a musician, Elika loves to design and create beautiful things that bring joy to people and enhance their spiritual experience. Her current projects include making prayer beads from Chinese water pearls with matching Chinese clasps, silk (prayer) book covers and hand made specialty cards using exquisite Japanese paper and quotations from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh. You can experience these under ‘Beautiful Items’ on her website.
Elika’s greatest hope is that her music and art will bring joy and upliftment to people around the world.

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jaleh

Meditations for the Fast
The more I listen to these inspirational beautiful gem-like pieces I am awestruck with much radiance and joy more and more each time. Well done Elika! Please keep composing and illuminating our hearts and minds with these sacred and illuminating Words intertwined with your beautiful voice and harmonies.
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Vered

A timely reminder
Fasting is such a critical part of spiritual development in all religious and spiritual traditions. To have songs to listen to in preparation for fasting is marvelous. Elika does a lovely job rendering prayers into tunes for this occasion.
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zaynab

Uplifting!
Our son loved learning the beautiful Ayyam-i-Ha song on this CD and it has been a wonderful resource for our family devotionals during the Fast, where children also can feel the sacred nature of this time through the Elika's gorgeous melodies. Thank you Elika for uplifting our hearts and souls!
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jaleh

Meditations for the Fast
This beautiful spiritual selections for the fast sung by Elika are awe inspiring, deeply moving and meditative for all who long to get closer to the Divine...
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