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This video features an original aria composed and performed by Paisley Swan Stewart and orchestrated by Nathan Allen Pinard

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Celebrating Release of ‘The Angel’s Song’ CD

© Bonnie Anne Pinard

4/20/16
Greetings fans and friends,
Before my husband’s dementia–our home was never happier than when creative projects were in the air. That is why my heart was broken yesterday, when, as my son Nathan and I were discussing and working on “The Angel’s Song” our first CD of original music under the IMMORTAL ARIA band name; my husband became very agitated and dropped his head back against the chair as careworn tears streaked his face.
The tears were because he can no longer truly participate as he once would have. Mine and Nathan’s discussions, our excitement and energy did not inspire him. Quite the opposite. He found our planning and plotting to be overwhelming and he felt left out. I turned my head so that neither he or Nathan would see my own tears.
Though my husband is present in body, in times like this it feels like the wonderful man who has always supported and encouraged Nathan and me in our creative interests, is missing. I strive to keep him informed, ask his opinions, assure him that he is part of all that we do, but he perceives moments like these as another of life’s pressures that he cannot contend with.
Nevertheless, when this CD is released, please know that my husband is directly responsible for any success Nathan and I might achieve. Bill made the decision back in 2006 to purchase everything Nathan needed to create his own music production studio, investing 20,000.00 of his own inheritance from his mother’s estate, so that Nathan would have the best equipment and software available at that time.
There were so many other projects Bill might have used that money for, but he believed with all his heart that music was IN Nathan Allen Pinard, and that music was Nathan’s best chance for a good life.
My husband tells the story of how one evening (would have been 24 years ago) when our church group was meeting in the fellowship hall, Bill wandered into the empty sanctuary to discover Nathan (13 at the time) sitting at the grand piano with his fingers stretched across the keyboard. Bill said he wasn’t actually playing, just sitting, contemplating. Bill recounts that Nathan then slowly began to improvise a song. Nathan never knew his dad was there listening. Bill quietly slipped out, came back to the fellowship hall where I was, and told me what he had seen, and that he believed Nathan had a special gift. Prior to that evening, Nathan played the clarinet in the school band, but had never expressed an interest in composing.
A week or so later, Bill took Nathan to a music store and bought him his very first keyboard. And the rest, as they say, is history!
You may now pre-order Immortal Aria’s first CD at: 
http://www.immortalaria.bandcamp.com
We will be celebrating the CD release on our FB music page Friday May 6 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.  Join us here: https://www.facebook.com/ImmortalAriaMusic
Pic below: Nathan and his dad at pianist and composer, Jennifer Thomas‘ Christmas Concert last year in Seattle
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 April 2016 04:07

“The Angel’s Song” Now Available for Pre-order!

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Pre-order now at http://www.immortalaria.bandcamp.com

Nathan Allen Pinard, and Bonnie Anne Pinard, are the mother-son team behind Immortal Aria. The Angel’s Song (translated from the French, Chanson de l’Ange), is the first production undertaken by IMMORTAL ARIA: A CD of original music inspired by the novel of the same name. The Angel’s Song, deftly combines Classical Crossover, Pop and atmospheric musical stylings to produce a uniquely transportive, cinematic listening experience.

Nathan Allen Pinard, has won acclaim as composer for video game soundtracks, Gemini Rue and Technobabylon. Bonnie Anne Pinard, is a classically trained vocalist, novelist and songwriter; whose popular novel series Chanson de l’Ange, is penned under Paisley Swan Stewart.

In the year 2005 when Paisley Swan Stewart, (aka: Bonnie Anne Pinard), began writing Chanson de l’Ange, her Phantom of the Opera, inspired novel series, she penned pseudo song lyrics to enrich the opera scenes depicted throughout her story. She then composed a soaring melody for the first of these, the Chanson de l’Ange aria. At the time, her son, composer Nathan Allen Pinard, was recovering from a critical illness that had derailed his music career for over two years. As his mom, Bonnie Anne was hopeful that investing his energy in music again would revitalize her son’s emotional and physical health, so she asked him to compose an orchestral accompaniment. Nathan Allen Pinard, took up the challenge and the previously dark, silent studio once again resounded with music, resulting in The Angel’s Song, a ten track album of original vocal and orchestral music, drawn from the pages of Paisley’s epic novel series.

The Angel’s Song is available for preorder at http://www.immortalaria.bandcamp.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:52

Many Changes

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Bonnie Anne dressed up as Aria Nightingale, a Renaissance fair fairy.

Greetings fans and friends,

I know it has been a very long time since I posted anything on this site.  In fact, I have been thinking about shutting it down, given that the focus of my life has changed drastically.  I have neglected those of you who at one time did follow my writings here, but real life is now my priority.

My husband is in the mild-moderate stage of Alzheimer’s disease, and although he is still very much present and with me–he does require my care and attention most of the time.  In addition to being his full-time caregiver, I have been fighting severe anxiety and depression for the past 3 years.  When everything started to spin out of control over the last few months, I decided it was time to seek professional help and I am currently taking prescription medication for the condition.

I continue to find outlets for my creativity on a limited basis, but my writing is now focused on a blog where I journal my husband’s experiences and thoughts, and write from my point of view as his caregiver and wife.  I had hoped to follow through with the new novel I started working on a couple of years ago, but I find it very difficult to concentrate my limited energy on such a large undertaking.  For now that novel is on the shelf.

There are no updates about Chanson de l’Ange, which is still available through Amazon, Kindle and other booksellers.  Book sales continue to surprise me and are easing the financial strain of life changes.

Nathan and I are still working on the Chanson CD as time and energy allow.  In addition to his full time job, Nathan has been very busy scoring and doing sound design for a video game. He expects to get back to work on the Chanson CD after the video game launches on May 21.

I think fondly of those that have followed me from the beginning and look forward to sharing the CD release announcement here when the time comes.  Meanwhile, I offer my thanks to all who have purchased and loved my Chanson de l’Ange series.

I share a photo of myself dressed as a fairy for a Renaissance fair last Summer.  This is something I do for myself as an escape from troubled times. We could all use a little fairy dust in times like these, so consider yourself fairy-dusted!

The Lord Jesus Bless you all,Bonnie Anne

Last Updated on Tuesday, 5 May 2015 08:45

Phantom of the Opera: Animated Full Length Feature!

1149653_610336792386394_1511542587_oGreetings Phantom of the Opera fans!

First off, I’m pleased to announce that Book One of my 3 part Phantom of the Opera based novel series is now available for  FREE Kindle download: April 8-12, so be sure and get yours today!

Free on Kindle: Book One~Orphan in Winter

As a longtime fan of The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, and as a lover of many other Phantom of the Opera adaptations in book, film, and stage-I am always excited when new Phantom of the Opera-based projects arrive on the scene!  I’m especially excited when these projects are conceptualized by independent artists who possess the talent and courage to breathe new life into my favorite story.

I am excited to inform you about an “in development” Phantom of the Opera project I recently became aware of.  A talented group of animators are working on a full-length animated adaptation of the Gaston Leroux’s classic.  The animators are promising to create a Leroux accurate animated film, and are eager to please the fans in remaining faithful to Leroux in all aspects of the beloved novel: character development, facial features, clothing, the selection of voice actors, as well as the artwork and storyline.

The production team is asking for your feedback and YOUR financial commitment through their Kickstarter campaign, where fans may pledge their financial support and submit  suggestions, as they become partners in getting this production to the big screen!  Like all independent filmmakers, the artists behind this film are not being backed by a large studio, so they require the help of supporters to develop and promote this ambitious and visionary project.

Please take a look at the beautifully put together Kickstarter page for more detailed information about how YOU can get involved!

Animated Phantom of the Opera Kickstarter

The Phantom Animated Website

You must take a look at their beautiful film trailer!  Leave a comment and ‘like’ the video on the youtube page to help spread the word:

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 8 April 2014 03:57

Chanson de l’Ange Kindle Giveaway!

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-little-girl-sitting-beach-teddy-bear-image32005679Greetings fans and friends!  I have two exciting items to share with you, but first let me get to an update about the Chanson CD.  We apologize for such a long gap between postings, but we are happy to announce that as of two weeks ago-Nathan was finally able to block out time enough from his regular work schedule to resume work on the Chanson de l’Ange CD, to be released in 2014.  He is currently orchestrating That Summer By The Sea, a song I wrote in 2011 that will feature the ethereal vocals of UK artist Carrie Shaw.  This song takes us back to Christine Daae’s childhood, where we get a taste of the extraordinarily strong bond she shared with her widowed father, and where we are swept away by the magical world he created for her. 

I particularly love the antique music box sample Nathan used in the intro.  You can even hear the pings and gears!

Those of you who have read the favorably reviewed Chanson de l’Ange novel series will be able to visualize the chapters in the novel that this song depicts, and those of you who have not read the series, will, I hope, be inspired to order your own three volume set of this epic Phantom of the Opera retelling here:

Chanson de l’Ange by Paisley Swan Stewart

Nathan has given me permission to post a teaser clip of the work he has completed so far on the instrumentation for That Summer By The Sea.  Please be aware that this clip is only a partial glimpse into what the song will be like.  Nathan works in layers, so there will be more instruments and musical voicing in the final piece than what you hear in this clip, which is a sort of outline for Nathan and me to work with as we map out the song.  (Also, this is the accompaniment for about half of the actual song.)  We probably won’t share anymore of TSBTS’s progress until it is officially released.

Listen to sample:

 

That Summer By The Sea
Lyrics by Bonnie Anne Pinard
copyright March 24, 2011

Running along the shores, Papa’s yellow kite swirls and soars
He spins a tale, as the white gulls sail

Splashing all through the waves, exploring the pirate caves
My bucket in hand, fetching pearls from the sand

Red scarf in my hair, came loose in the wild ocean air
Beneath the sunshine, paradise was mine
 
That summer by the sea…

I long to return to that summer by the sea
When life was a dance for Papa and me
When he was near, I was happy and secure
All the years he’s been gone, I still hear his song.

Down we would ride to the fair, a fiddler’s tune to share
He spins a tale, as the white doves sail

Later that silver night, performing by bright moonlight
Life is enchanted, all wishes granted

Violin tucked beneath his chin, let the fairy tale begin   
The bow in his stride, plays the magic he writes

That summer by the sea…

I long to return to that summer by the sea
When life was a dance for Papa and me
When he was near, I was happy and secure
All the years he’s been gone, I still hear his song

The crowd lifts its voice to cheer, they’ve come all this  way to hear
A gypsy melody, to set their hearts free

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

Kissing me on my cheek, he sings his child to sleep,
A gypsy lullaby, ‘neath the Milkyway sky

That summer by the sea…

(instrumental interlude)
 
Bridge: It was snowing, the wind was blowing
That winter day, they carried him away

Come to me again, my angel, Father friend
Papa calm my fears, kiss away my tears

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

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In addition to introducing you to the new song, I am pleased to present the book trailer for the Chanson de l’Ange series; produced by Nathan Allen Pinard and me.  We used a medley of orchestrations from the Chanson de l’Ange CD soundtrack for the trailer’s background music.  The trailer is being released in conjunction with the Kindle FREE Giveaway for Book One~Orphan In Winter: set for April 8-12!  So if you haven’t yet read the series-now is your chance to get started for FREE!  To get your FREE Kindle download, simply visit this link April 8-12: Orphan In Winter

Please enjoy the trailer!   ‘Like’ and comment on the youtube page to help us spread the word about Chanson de l’Ange!

Thank you for your support!  Paisley

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 10:37
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