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At First Light, Vol. 1

by Soulrise Melodies

This album features 20 short quotations revealed by Baha’u’llah set to simple tunes. Accompanied by lively guitar and upbeat percussion, the songs will help make memorizing the Baha'i Writings easy and fun. Available as MP3 downloads.
Genre: Spiritual: Scriptures
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1. Cleanliness Quotation
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2. Courage Quotation
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3. Courtesy Quotation
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4. Forgiveness Quotation
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5. Friendliness Quotation
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6. Generosity Quotation
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7. Gentleness Quotation (feat. Zorion Smith)
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8. Helpfulness Quotation
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9. Joyfulness Quotation
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10. Kindness Quotation
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11. Love Quotation
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12. Obedience Quotation
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13. Patience Quotation
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14. Peacefulness Quotation
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15. Responsibility Quotation
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16. Service Quotation
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17. Thankfulness Quotation
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18. Truthfulness Quotation
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19. Unity Quotation
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20. Ayyam-i-Ha Quotation (feat. Zorion Smith)
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21. Cleanliness Quotation (Instrumental)
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22. Courage Quotation (Instrumental)
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23. Courtesy Quotation (Instrumental)
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24. Forgiveness Quotation (Instrumental)
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25. Friendliness Quotation (Instrumental)
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26. Generosity Quotation (Instrumental)
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27. Gentleness Quotation (Instrumental)
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28. Helpfulness Quotation (Instrumental)
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29. Joyfulness Quotation (Instrumental)
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30. Kindness Quotation (Instrumental)
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31. Love Quotation (Instrumental)
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32. Obedience Quotation (Instrumental)
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33. Patience Quotation (Instrumental)
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34. Peacefulness Quotation (Instrumental)
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35. Responsibility Quotation (Instrumental)
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36. Service Quotation (Instrumental)
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37. Thankfulness Quotation (Instrumental)
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38. Truthfulness Quotation (Instrumental)
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39. Unity Quotation (Instrumental)
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40. Ayyam-i-Ha Quotation (Instrumental)
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41. At First Light
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“At First Light” Volume 1 is comprised of 20 short quotations revealed by Baha’u’llah plus instrumental versions for each song. The CD was created to aid families with young children to recite the Writings of Baha’u’llah every morn and eve. Therefore the quotations are short (one sentence each) and repeated several times, each track averaging one minute, and there is a "sparkle" to show where the singing should begin. One quotation can be selected to focus on memorizing each Baha’i month, plus there is a special selection for the period of Ayyam-i-Ha. The quotations selected match those in the Radiant Hearts program.

The album was recorded by Soulrise Melodies, a musical duo consisting of husband and wife, Zafar and Chelsea. Chelsea is co-creator of the website Enable Me To Grow, along with her sister-in-law Penina (Zafar’s sister).

Chelsea and Zafar have enjoyed singing, playing, and composing music together since their first days of knowing each other, but their desire to write music to selections from the Baha’i Writings intensified after they became parents. They found that singing prayers and selections from the Baha’i Writings allowed them to share the beautiful words in an accessible and heart-warming way with their two sons, Zorion and Zavian. Singing also encouraged the whole family to memorize the Baha’i verses in an enjoyable way.

Chelsea and Zafar endeavor to write simple, easy-to-learn tunes that follow a Baha’i quotation straight through so it can be recited later without pause. Their songs can also be sung well without accompaniment since there are no long breaks in between the verses. This has been done intentionally so that anyone can perform the selections or use them during daily devotions without the accompanying CD.

Amongst simple percussion instruments, you will also hear Zafar on the djembe and piano and Chelsea playing the violin. During the recording process they have worked to create a natural sound, with uplifting instrumentals and soft beats that will appeal to children and parents alike. Their four-year-old son Zorion is also featured in two tracks, the Gentleness Quotation and the Ayyam-i-Ha Quotation.

The title “At First Light” was inspired the following selection, which is read for Track #41:

“Every day at first light, ye gather the Bahá’í children together and teach them the communes and prayers. This is a most praiseworthy act, and bringeth joy to the children’s hearts: that they should, at every morn, turn their faces toward the Kingdom and make mention of the Lord and praise His Name, and in the sweetest of voices, chant and recite. These children are even as young plants, and teaching them the prayers is as letting the rain pour down upon them, that they may wax tender and fresh, and the soft breezes of the love of God may blow over them, making them to tremble with joy.” (Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 139)

Starting on Track #1, there are 19 quotations centered around the spiritual qualities that the songs are named after. Track #20 is a quotation about Ayyam-i-Ha. The second half of the CD contains the instrumental tracks for each of the 20 songs. These instrumental versions can be used for sing-alongs and to aid in memorization.

CD Length: approximately 44 minutes.

The quotations can be downloaded from our website in PDF form.

Track # 1 Cleanliness Quotation
Be ye the very essence of cleanliness amongst mankind.
(Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 46)

Track # 2 Courage Quotation
The source of courage and power is the promotion of the Word of God, and steadfastness in His Love.
(Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 153)

Track # 3 Courtesy Quotation
…observe courtesy, for above all else it is the prince of virtues.
(Baha'u'llah, Tablets of Baha'u'llah, p. 88)

Track # 4 Forgiveness Quotation
He should forgive the sinful, and never despise his low estate, for none knoweth what his own end shall be.
(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 265)

Track # 5 Friendliness Quotation
Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship.
(Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 14)

Track # 6 Generosity Quotation
Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.
(Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 93)

Track # 7 Gentleness Quotation
If it be Thy pleasure, make me to grow as a tender herb in the meadows of Thy grace, that the gentle winds of Thy will may stir me up and bend me into conformity with Thy pleasure, in such wise that my movement and my stillness may be wholly directed by Thee.
(Baha'u'llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha'u'llah, p. 240)

Track # 8 Helpfulness Quotation
It behooveth man to show forth that which will benefit mankind.
(Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 49)

Track # 9 Joyfulness Quotation
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.
(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 328)

Track # 10 Kindness Quotation
A kindly tongue is the lodestone of the hearts of men.
(Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 15)

Track # 11 Love Quotation
Let the flame of the love of God burn brightly within your radiant hearts.
(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 325)

Track # 12 Obedience Quotation
Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty.
(Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 20)

Track # 13 Patience Quotation
Be patient under all conditions, and place your whole trust and confidence in God.
(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 296)

Track # 14 Peacefulness Quotation
It is incumbent upon all the peoples of the world to reconcile their differences, and, with perfect unity and peace, abide beneath the shadow of the Tree of His care and loving-kindness.
(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 6)

Track # 15 Responsibility Quotation
Be…a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge.
(Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 93)

Track # 16 Service Quotation
Arise thou to serve God and help His Cause.
(Baha'u'llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 47)

Track # 17 Thankfulness Quotation
Reflect, O people, on the grace and blessings of your Lord, and yield Him thanks at eventide and dawn.
(Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 30)

Track # 18 Truthfulness Quotation
Beautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and adorn your souls with the ornament of honesty.
(Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 296)

Track # 19 Unity Quotation
The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established. (Baha'u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'u'llah, p. 286)

Track # 20 Ayyam-i-Ha Quotation
It behoveth the people of Baha, throughout these days, to provide good cheer for themselves, their kindred and, beyond them, the poor and needy, and with joy and exultation to hail and glorify their Lord, to sing His praise and magnify His Name…
(Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 25)


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Leanna

Uplifting
These songs are so beautiful and uplifting, both for me and my two young boys. It is such a great way to start our day. A really useful tool to help them learn and memorize quotations about virtues.

Ellie

enjoyable resource
Sweet voices, catchy tunes, and sacred verses...not only is this album of music helpful for virtues classes, it's just plain nice to listen to as well!

Pari

Fantastic
Beautifully assembled, thanks to the Smith family for such wonderful work. We'll definitely be using these in our weekly class to memorize the quotations. Thanks so much!

Mehrtash

Helped us memorize sacred texts
Our family continues to enjoy these well-crafted songs which bring delight to our devotional moments, and aid us to commit to memory these important verses.

Kertu Kelem

Beautiful music for children
Beautiful music for children and all alike, inspiring quotes and lovely voice.