Chanson de l'Ange

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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!
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We will be celebrating the CD release on our FB music page Friday May 6 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.  Join us here:
Pic below: Nathan and his dad at pianist and composer, Jennifer Thomas‘ Christmas Concert last year in Seattle
Last Updated on Friday, 6 May 2016 10:26 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!


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












I am thrilled to announce that Toni Gibson has been cast in the role of Christine for New  Zealand’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera!  As you may recall, Toni is the featured vocalist on the Chanson de l’Ange CD, now in production by Immortal Aria.  Toni has recorded 3 of our original songs, including

“The Bleeding Rose”












The following article appeared on the New Plymouth Opera’s face book page:

“New Plymouth has an “Angel of Music”

New Plymouth Operatic has great pleasure in today announcing that 21 year old Toni Gibson will play the iconic role of ‘Christine’ in the New Plymouth season of ‘The Phantom of The Opera’.

While new to both New Plymouth Operatic and Musical Theatre, Ms Gibson brings a wealth of experience to what is her ‘dream role’ “I’m bursting with excitement” comments Toni “I can’t wait to get into rehearsals – I know the words of all the songs already”

Toni began performing at the age of 7. She was part of a group called the Starlight Kids at the ages of 9-11, a group of 5 pop performers that travelled the north island performing numerous shows. Toni has studied singing and opera extensively, including under the tutelage of Ellen Barrett and two years of Classical Voice (or Opera) training under Linden Loader at the Young Musicians Academy at Victoria University Wellington.

Of recent times, Toni has performed with the NZ POPS Orchestra at the Auckland Town Hall, as well as at Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, on the Good Morning Show on TVNZ, as well as performing alongside well known New Zealand icon Gray Bartlett, and singing in numerous competitions and concerts.

In 2013 Toni released her first Debut Album ‘Echo in My Soul’ and was awarded ‘Top Female Artist’ for the New Zealand VAC AWARDS, and is working with Ambition-Fanfare Record Label, who also represent Michael Crawford (the ‘Original’ Broadway and West End Phantom)

“The audition process for this role in Phantom attracted an incredible number of very talented auditionees,” said New Plymouth Operatic president Kevin Landrigan “It was a very competitive process”.

“Toni has real star quality” said Mr Landrigan. “Her voice is angelic.” “Toni embodies much of what we at New Plymouth Operatic stand for. As a young women with exceptional potential, we look forward to seeing her develop into a true star through this role”.

Auditions for other principal roles, and the company, for The Phantom of the Opera will be held next weekend (1/2 February) at the New Plymouth Operatic rooms.

A further casting announcement regarding the role of Phantom is also imminent.

The Phantom of the Opera opens at New Plymouth’s TSB Theatre of 3 July 2014, and tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster King Street.”


Check out their website for more information: New Plymouth Opera Society


Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 09:27

countdownSPGreetings fans and friends!  Please let me take a moment to extend Thanksgiving best wishes to all of you!  I pray that as you gather around the table, you will experience warmth and happiness!

I am hoping that by now a few of you have read, or are reading Chanson de l’Ange.  If you have completed the series, I hope you will engage with me by commenting on this post.

As most fans of Phantom of the Opera know, there is a bit of mystery that surrounds the Phantom’s name.  Although “Erik” is the name he is given in Leroux’s original novel, the ALW musical never uses the name “Erik”, and we never actually learn the Phantom’s first or last name.

In my retelling of the story, I also call my Phantom “Erik”, but I also make it clear that this is not his true given first name.   Although I never tell the reader what that name is outright, I have deliberately woven clues through the trilogy, a little trail of insights into what his actual Christian name is.

I would like to invite my readers to reply to the following questions: 


  1. Did you pick up on the name clues woven throughout Chanson de l’Ange?
  2. Do you think you know what my Phantom’s Christian name is?
  3. Do you think it matters what his name is?
  4. Do you have a guess?
  5. Are you interested in knowing why his name is important to this retelling?

I will tell you that there is a remarkable true story all wrapped up in my choice for the Phantom’s name in Chanson de l’Ange.  Would you like to hear it?

Let me know!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 09:35


Greetings fans and friends!  I hope you are all having a wonderful Summer so far.  Mine has been very busy with working on CD production and still dealing with delay issues for my Chanson de l’Ange novel series.  Firstly, my publisher has run into to several formatting issues that have delayed the release date.  This has been very disappointing for us both-and it has taken a great deal of patience on my part, given that I have been working on Chanson for many years and am anxious for you all to READ THE WHOLE STORY!!!!!  The problem: My digital files were somehow  corrupted on her end.   She assures me that she is working to repair and restore these files,  meanwhile I’m keeping myself occupied by writing more songs for the Chanson de l’Ange CD.  I had not expected that we would have more than 10 tracks on the CD as originally planned, but I was inspired to include 2 additional pieces which I hope will round out the song selections.  One of the new songs is written from Raoul De Chagny’s perspective.  Raoul is a principal character in Chanson de l’Ange, so I really felt he deserved his own song.  I have not yet found the right tenor to voice him, but will be on the lookout for just the right vocalist.  The other new song that will be included on the CD is written from an older woman’s perspective as she looks back on her life.  This song portrays the wisdom she has gained through her own life experiences, and was directly influenced by a scene from my novel.  If you are over 50 you may be able to relate to “Swansong”.  Here is a snippet of the song lyric:

by Bonnie Anne Pinard
June 24, 2013

“Spring has come and gone, Autumn leaves drift behind
Summer days were golden days, when I was in my prime
Winter’s chill is setting in, now I long to turn back time

Who is that stranger in the mirror?
Was her youth a mere mirage
Beauty idolized, a photograph collage

Who is that old woman in the mirror
Time has robbed her youth
Fading pictures both lie and tell the truth

Childhood waits for the story to unfold
But the pages turn too swiftly for the old….”


If you would like to follow the CD production process more carefully, Nathan is currently working on a new website for our music production group “Immortal Aria”.  Nathan will be producing a video series to document the various stages of CD production, and we will both be blogging and interacting with fans there.  We will also be featuring interviews with our various collaborating artists so fans can get an insider’s view of the artist’s creative process and various personalities.  Nathan expects the website to go live within the next few weeks.  This website will also feature news and updates about our future projects beyond the Chanson de l’Ange CD, so stayed tuned!

If I don’t hear good new from my publisher about Chanson de l’Ange’s publication by next week-you may never hear from me again because I will have slit my throat!  Just kidding-but I may throw a major fit with swear words and object hurling!


Take care, everyone!




Last Updated on Wednesday, 3 July 2013 08:19