baha’i choral festival

For those of us who were unable to attend the first ever choral festival at the Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, the American Baha’i National Centre offers a video highlight of the experience.

une échelle pour vos âmes

photo des vaillants grimpeurs 2lors de mon pélérinage baha’i à Haïfa, en Israël, j’ai pu faire la rencontre d’une famille baha’ie super sympa et dotée de talents musicaux massifs et entièrement hors norme! La famille Martino vient du pays des Alpes et des noix de Grenoble, et nous avions tous eu la grande bonté de faire partie du même mini-groupe de pèlerins (le groupe francophone, bien sûr). C’était un groupe tout plein de chansons; les Martino nous ont appris tout un répertoire de belles chansons chorales baha’ies lors de nos visites aux lieux saints à Haïfa et à ‘Akka. Je me souviens très clairement des prières chantées vers le Point d’Adoration, le Tombeau de la Beauté Benie, Baha’u’llah—cette journée chaude et claire lors de notre deuxième visite à Bahji; de la soirée que nous avions passés ensembles sur les escaliers des terrasses autour du Sanctuaire du Bab, à chanter sous le clair de lune, contre la silhouette de ce Mausolée sacré, partageant notre héritage musical de tous les coins du monde.

C’est donc en me rappelant de ces moments sacrés que je reprends ces mélodies, puisque cette merveilleuse famille a pris le temps de rendre accessible ces chansons au monde entier à travers la Médiathèque Baha’ie: il s’agit de l’album “Une échelle pour vos âmes”. Ci-dessous vous y trouverez quelques exemplaires; je vous encourage à télécharger l’album au complet et commetre ces beaux airs à votre mémoire! Rendez visite aussi au blog de Silène en Inde (elle est à droite dans l’image, avec sa soeur Mélissa et moi-même).

Fais déborder mon coeur d’amour

La Rose martyre

baha’i music: devon gundry

devon gundrymany of you reading this post may know who Devon Gundry is, so the following won’t come as news to you—I’m just shocked that I didn’t discover his music earlier! We ended up crossing paths at the Cultivating the Roots conference at Bosch Baha’i school last weekend, where he performed for a “music night” on the Saturday evening—giving me a chance to witness his talent first-hand. His sound is energetic, clean, and insistent, with “a sense of urgency, as there indeed should be in conveying the message of Bahá’u’lláh to an ailing mankind” (as observed in a comment on the YouTube video included below). He performed two songs that evening: “Loving Eyes” (listen to my video) and “A Healing Prayer”, which you can watch below. That’s just a sample, of course; you really need to listen to some more of his music and discover his talent for yourself. He’s on Myspace (aka Facespace?), and his CD is for sale on his website— If you like it, you can also come and share the love on his Fan club on Facebook!

ieva’s polka

I’ve become addicted to this song lately, so I thought I’d share it with everyone. It’s a traditional tune called Ieva’s Polka, performed by Finnish quartet Loituma. It’s also the source of the infamous leekspin fad. If you find yourself getting addicted too, try checking out the Loituma Remixes Collection.

my heart will go on

most hilarious thing ever:
I was just watching a documentary about Beijing’s preparations for the 2008 Olympics… besides the ground-breaking ceremonies and the construction of venues, they also had a whole bunch of people learn English. This is apparently a real big image thing for China – they want to appear more open to the world and all that. So they had this big old press conference with a bunch of people all dressed up in fancy suits and speaking English, soldiers in uniform sounding off in English, and so on. And how do they end the spot? With a musical number, naturally – everyone singing Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On“.


knowledge of self (determination)


The first Taráz and the first effulgence which hath dawned from the horizon of the Mother Book is that man should know his own self and recognize that which leadeth unto loftiness or lowliness, glory or abasement, wealth or poverty.

Bahá’u’lláh, Tarazát

Knowledge Of Self is like life after death
With that you never worry about your last breath
Death comes, that’s how I’m livin, it’s the next days
The flesh goes underground, the book of life, flip the page
Yo they askin me how old, we livin the same age
I feel the rage of a million n***az locked inside a cage
At exactly which point do you start to realize
That life without knowledge is, death in disguise?

Talib Kweli and Blackstar, K.O.S. (Determination)