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Chanson de l’Ange CD: Introducing Carrie Shaw

Carrie Shaw

Greetings fans and friends!  I would like to introduce you to Carrie Shaw, one of the guest vocalists who will be featured on the Chanson de l’Ange CD, now in production!  Carrie is a singer-songwriter from the UK whose voice was the inspiration for ‘That Summer by the Sea’, an original song with lyrics written by me, and music composed by Nathan Allen Pinard.  Please visit Carrie’s website to hear samples of her vocal and songwriting talent:  Carrie Shaw


Carrie’s voice inspired me to write this particular song after I had already chosen Toni Gibson to record ‘The Bleeding Rose’. I was drawn to the childlike fragile quality of Carrie’s voice, and after hearing her ethereal soprano a few times, the idea for this song came to me….(Click the MORE button to read entire article)

‘That Summer by the Sea’ is a song about Christine’s early childhood traveling with her widowed father, and it speaks of those idyllic summer months when she and Gustave Daae were guests at Madame Valleria’s beach-side mansion.  This time period is explored often in my book because I feel that so  much of who Christine is and why she responds and acts the way she does in my retelling, stems from an unusual upbringing where her father (a sort of Hans Christian Anderson figure) was literally the center of her world.  Unlike the 2004 POTO film Gustave who is referred to as a famous violinist, my Gustave Daae is more or less a storytelling fiddler who performs his music at country fairs and small concert halls.  He is extremely gifted but lacks the ambition to achieve true success, and his bohemian lifestyle is crucial in understanding Christine’s somewhat childish worldview.

I will be so excited to reveal this song to you all when the CD is released, and so thrilled that Carrie will be recording it.  I would like to share the lyrics with you now:

That Summer by the Sea
by Bonnie Anne Pinard
copyright March 24, 2011

Running along the shores, Papa’s paper kite soars
He spins a tale, as the pink clouds sail

Splashing through waves, exploring sea caves
bucket in hand, fetching shells from the sand

Red scarf in my hair, spraying ocean air
‘Neath the sunshine, this paradise is mine

That summer by the sea…

Wish I could return to that summer by the sea
When life was a dance for papa and me
When he was near, my path was clear
But now that he’s gone, I must carry on
And if I close my eyes I can still hear his song

Down to the fair, a fiddler’s tune to share
The day is breezy, the way is easy

Later that night, performing by moonlight
Life is enchanted, every wish granted

Violin tucked ‘neath his chin, let the magic begin
The bow in his stride, plays the music he writes

That summer by the sea…

Wish I could return to that summer by the sea
When life was a dance for papa and me
When he was near, my path was clear
But now that he’s gone, I must carry on
And if I close my eyes I can still hear his song

The crowds clap and cheer, for they’ve all come to hear
A sweet melody, to set their spirits free

He tucks me in at night, a story by firelight
The old wicker chair, salt breeze in his hair

Kissing my cheek, he sings me to sleep,
An angel lullaby, beneath a spangled sky

That summer by the sea…

Wish I could return to that summer by the sea
When life was a dance for papa and me
When he was near, my path was clear
But now that he’s gone, I must carry on
And if I close my eyes I can still hear his song

(instrumental interlude)

It was snowing, the wind was blowing
On that winter day, when they carried him away

Send an angel to sing me to sleep, my soul safely to keep
An angel to calm my fears, to kiss away the tears

Oh, take me back…take me back…take me back to that summer by the sea!

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3 Comments

  1. CommentsElizabeth Mueller   |  Thursday, 21 April 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Congratulations, that’s way exciting! 🙂

  2. CommentsAlexandria   |  Thursday, 21 April 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Can’t wait for the CD. I am really looking forward to hearing the Bleeding Rose 🙂

  3. CommentsAlison   |  Thursday, 21 April 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Love the lyrics, Swannie..this sounds awesome, and I can’t wait to hear them put to music!

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