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As someone who’s had the opportunity to travel a whole lot over the years, I’ve had the fortune of attending a variety of different Baha’i-related gatherings around the world, and one of the things I’ve enjoyed immensely is being able to listen to songs performed by members of these various communities, who have been moved to put the Sacred Baha’i Writings to music.
I’ve always wished others could hear these songs, and so now we’ve started what we call Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” in order to share some of these beautiful compositions with the rest of the world. In this new series of videos found on our YouTube Channel, we invite individuals or groups to come into the studio to perform a song or two while we record and film it.
In our very first Studio Session episode, we start things off in Sydney, Australia, with a song called “What A Power Is Love” performed by sisters Shireen and Carmel Zein.
We want these songs to serve as a resource for you and your community, so you can find the song lyrics — meaning the Baha’i Writings used — and the chords to the song in the text below the video on our YouTube Channel. You can also download the audio version of the song from Baha’i Blog’s Soundcloud page too!
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.
This is awesome!! I feel so uplifted, and am so impressed with the artistry of the video, and also the musicians 🙂
Lacey (July 7, 2015 at 1:29 PM)
Awesome! Thanks so much for your encouragement Lacey! We’ll be releasing a new one every week or two, so please subscribe to Baha’i Blog’s YouTube channel for more of these! 🙂
Naysan (July 7, 2015 at 1:40 PM)
Yay! Great music!
Rich Young (July 7, 2015 at 7:48 PM)
This is beautiful and I look forward to the rest of this series. Thank you, it’s a wonderful idea
Sonbol Taefi (July 7, 2015 at 10:05 PM)
Thanks for your support and encouragement Sonbol! 🙂
Naysan (July 7, 2015 at 1:02 AM)
Thanks Rich! Glad you like it! 🙂
Naysan (July 7, 2015 at 1:02 AM)
So beautiful & clean. What a great idea. I like the cinematography & the harmonies in this first session. Can’t wait to see what’s to come, Naysan! [Will you be touring us around the world? Cause that’d be amazing / enlightening / inspiring…]
Cheryl (July 7, 2015 at 5:39 AM)
we are about to produce a singbook with CD, with Young Friends who put music to the Holy Words – but it is in Swedish, and some in English.
Lena Johansson, Sweden (July 7, 2015 at 7:28 PM)
sukhum abhasakun (July 7, 2015 at 7:37 AM)
What an amazing idea! Thank you so much for this–it’s going to come in so handy pretty much every day.
Sahar (July 7, 2015 at 9:10 PM)
As God would have it, we just met a mutual friend, Flavio (sp) wearing one of your t-shirts! We are so happy to be reading Baha’i Blog!
Connie Bacalzo Ticeson (August 8, 2015 at 4:04 AM)
Yay!!! Thanks Connie! So cool! 🙂
Naysan (August 8, 2015 at 6:43 AM)
So happy to see this! Loving the podcasts too!
Btw, I am the composer of the melody of Blessed is the Spot and really enjoyed the Spanish Bendito recording.
Elizabeth Hahn (September 9, 2016 at 8:01 PM)
Wow! What an amazing legacy you have created for the Baha’i community — I just sang your melody to my little one!
We are so glad you are enjoying the Studio Sessions and the podcasts! Happy listening!
Sonjel Vreeland (September 9, 2016 at 9:42 PM)