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The Words of Chanson de l’Ange Intricately Woven into Orchestral Works

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I believe there are people who are born to imbue us with beauty through artistic talent. As if it is a part of their nature to create the ebb and flow of the universe into something tangible that we can see, touch, smell, taste or hear. I’ve always been slightly envious of these creators, especially those that have become pieces in my life.

Nathan Pinard and I bumped into each other while I was spending time in the Machinima community where many artists used their skills to create movies from MMORPG’s (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game). I had shared about his original pieces in Gemini Rue last year. He has a natural talent for evoking emotion through his music that is awe inspiring, but it wasn’t until he had recently asked me to take a peek at his new website that I really grasped the magnitude of his art. The soundtrack for Gemini Rue was incredible, but I honestly think that his new work for Immortal Aria brings out his essence and true artistic capabilities.

Immortal Aria is a collaboration of Nathan and Bonne Anne Pinard’s talents. Bonne Anne is not only a talented musician and songwriter, but she is also known as Paisley Swan Stewart, the author of Chanson de l’Ange – a 3 part series re-telling of Phantom of the Opera. After noticing that her son Nathan had a gift for orchestrating music, she encouraged him in his art and together they had created Immortal Aria. Their first CD, The Bleeding Rose, is based on the original songs and story from her novels.

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Vocalists & Musicians Featured on The Bleeding Rose is:

To showcase the incredible talent of Immortal Aria, here is a featured lyrical video of The Bleeding Rose, with vocalist Toni Gibson and violinist Maria Lazareva. This specific piece is inspired and based on the 2nd book in Chanson de l’Ange of the same name.

“The Bleeding Rose continues Christine’s journey into an unorthodox attachment to her invisible teacher, and a bond of obsession and music is forged as her dark Angel methodically makes himself known. Through the illusory dreams of her adolescent desires, Christine will discover that not all angels have wings and not all devils are what they seem to be…for there are two sides to the Angel’s enchanted mirror.”

I believe The Bleeding Rose orchestral and operatic piece is an elegant compliment to the inspired vision of the original Phantom of the Opera. The lyrics come directly from The Bleeding Rose novel and are sung with such poetic passion that it makes you ache. I hadn’t heard of the 3-part series until being introduced to Immortal Aria, but after hearing the words dancing in the air it makes you want to consume the story along with the music. What better way to spend an evening then reading by candlelight with a glass of wine while Immortal Aria whisks you away into some other realm of beauty?

Take a moment to listen. These are incredibly talented and gifted creators and musicians, but most endearing is that they are also family. We strive to push our children towards their dreams, to uplift and inspire them to become what they desire above all things and I feel that Bonne Anne Pinard & Nathan Pinard, with their creation of Immortal Aria, is the manifestation of that hope.

Connect: You can find more information about Immortal Aria and upcoming releases by visiting their Facebook Page and/or @ImmortalAria on Twitter. You can listen to available tracks on their Youtube Channel and find more information on the inspired novels by Paisley Swan Stewart on Chanson de l’Ange.

Purchase: You can purchase the single The Bleeding Rose on iTunes & CDBaby.

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Last Updated on Monday, 2 September 2013 09:19

Greetings fans and friends!  I know it’s been forever since I posted a new blog, but I have been extremely busy working on revisions with my beta.  It has been a huge undertaking, but I’m just finishing up the revisions for Orphan in Winter~Book One of the new Chanson de l’Ange 4 part series.  I expect to submit the revised manuscript for Book One next week, which will then be formatted and edited by my publisher.

So now it’s on to revising The Bleeding Rose~Book Two of the new Chanson de l’Ange 4 part series!  You know, as a writer I must confess that it is much more enjoyable to write fresh material than to be constantly revising, but at the same time I’m so thrilled that the work is being done for my readers, who deserve the best from me!   I expect my revisions on Book Two to be completed by November. (books 3&4 have already been revised and formatted and are now in the hands of my publisher)

In other Chanson news, work on the CD is going well!  Toni Gibson, the guest artist who will be performing The Bleeding Rose has just completed her recording session of the song, and now Nathan will engineer her vocal recording with his orchestral accompaniment.   Michele Karmin, who will be performing Firelight Through Diamonds, has now received Nathan’s accompaniment track and is in rehearsal for the song, which she will record in the near future.  Next we begin work on composing the song for Carrie Shaw’s lovely voice, That Summer by the Sea.

Along with all this great news, just today I received the mock-up cover design for the new Book One~Orphan in Winter from Frannie, the same amazing graphic artist who designed my previous covers.  Let me just say that I cried when I opened the file because it so perfectly captures the title!  I am soooooo blessed to have all these amazing people working with me on the Chanson projects!

I literally sent Frannie a whole bunch of individual images and left it up to her to piece together the cover idea!  I could not be more thrilled!

Now, because I’ve been keeping you all in the loop throughout Chanson’s creative process, I’m going to give you a sneak peek of the cover mock-up, but please remember that, because this idea is only a quick sample image, we used low rez water-marked photos straight off the istockphoto site.  The final version will be highly detailed, utilizing very high rez images, and it will be much larger.  Again, this is only a mock-up and it will likely undergo a few changes on the way to publication.  Also, there is no cover text on this sample.

Orphan in Winter

So what do you think?  It’s going to be gorgeous, yes????

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 04:22

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)

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 April 2011 08:26

Gerard Butler

On November 13, 1969, this man was born.  It was a good year.  No, it was a GREAT year!  In case you don’t recognize him, this is Gerard James Butler, the Scottish actor who portrayed the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s film version of Phantom of the Opera.  Since the release of POTO in 2004, he’s gone on to play many diverse roles including: Leonidas in the mega hit film, 300; Beowulf in the independent film, Beowulf and Grendel; The Stranger in Dear Frankie; Gerry Kennedy in PS I Love You…and many more.

I first discovered Gerry a few years before his Phantom role when he starred in a television mini-series called Attlia.  The series wasn’t great, but Gerry’s performance stood out despite a bad script and the wooden performances by other actors.  He was simply beautiful to look at, but beyond that he brought heart to the story and made Attila less one dimensional than he was written to be.  Yes, I found him very attractive, but having very little interest in the internet at that time, he dropped off my radar quickly.

It was in 2004 on December 22 when I  stood up and took notice of this man as the Phantom, and he’s now become a part of my life through the various fansites I belong to, and the friends I have made because of our mutual admiration of him.  Six years is a long time to remain a fan of any actor, especially when you consider the many changes that have occurred in my life, and in his.  Over the past six years I’ve watched him fluctuate up and down in his popularity; in his choice of films, in his weight, and in the size of his fan base.  During that time, I’ve heard every criticism and outrage leveled at this man, both by the press and by the public.

Following his success in 300, Gerry became a popular target, not only for the internet based entertainment media, but also the bottom dwellers who feed on negative energy, also known as “haters.”  From week to week over the past six years, Gerry’s dating habits have been discussed and dissected.  Because he is not married and does ‘appear’ to date a lot of women, he is quaintly referred to as a “manwhore” by one segment of his haters, while another segment insist that he is a closeted gay.  His clothes are criticized, his ability as an actor is questioned, and in short, he’s the target of gossip magazines and websites who often create a negative spin on their Gerard Butler related articles and interviews.

Discontent has increased among fans who are not happy with Gerry’s film choices.  Many have moved on to other “fandoms,”  waiting for Gerry to make the one film that will be both a critical and box office success.  Meanwhile, he presses on with his career, following a path known only to himself and his closest family and friends.

I am not without my own strong opinions regarding Gerry’s film choices.  There are some films I like and some I don’t.  There are some film roles I think he played to perfection, and others I thought he could have done better, but I try to keep my opinions from degenerating into overly critical attacks…or my own personal disappointment in the man.  I try to remember that I do not possess background knowledge about the film business, nor do I understand the complexities of an actor’s career.  Where Gerry is concerned, I always hope for the best, and I am confident that his greatest roles are still ahead of him.

As to his personal life, I will confess that in the early days of my fandom, certain behaviors bothered me that no longer do.  I am not troubled when he gains or loses 20lbs.  I don’t fret over the women he dates or the company he keeps.  I don’t mind if he cuts his hair or lets it grow long, and it doesn’t bother me that he sometimes dresses like the average guy on the street.  I would like for him to fall in love and marry a wonderful woman…but at this point, I ‘m satisfied that it’s his life and he’s living it as he sees fit.  Mostly I just want him to be happy and to find peace.

I guess what I am trying to say is that I care about this man, and I do wish him the best whether he is fat or skinny, sharply dressed or dressed like a slob; gay, straight, married or playing the field.  I wish the tabloids would stop ragging on him, and I wish the haters would back off!  That’s not likely to happen…but damn it, this is my blog and I just had to get that off my chest!!

So wherever you are, Gerry…and however you are celebrating, I wish you the happiest birthday!!!!


Last Updated on Monday, 14 November 2011 01:15

Gina Beck and David ShannonGreetings fans and friends!  I just wanted to share this wonderful email I received in my box last night!


(Posted with her permission)

Message Body:
“Dear Ms Swan

I read your book while going through the latest bout of an illness that I have had for some years and I gobbled up the pages as your words took my mind far from my sickness and into the bustling opera house.

So, what can I say? You made me fall in love with Erik and his story all over again! And I felt the same thrill reading your novel as I did when I first heard Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical when I was eight years old.  There is so much about this book that I loved that it is going to be amazing if I can get it out in some kind of order.

I loved how you created a whole universe within the opera house that sucked me in from the very beginning. It was like the whole world was inside this one building as you described its size and features.

The first time that Christine and Erik spoke together was beautiful especially with Christine’s child-like question when she asked if he lived inside the mirror – for some reason that one little line could have easily made me cry from its simplicity.

I thought the arguments between Christine and Erik (though often ending badly for them:)) were brilliant because we got to see some of her spirit – spirit which she only showed a few times in the original novel and rarely (in my opinion) in other versions of the story. One thing that I found nearly heart-breaking was that despite all of her questions and misgiving Christine was always willing to give Erik the benefit of the doubt and didn’t reject him – even when he was being an idiot about things or was committing huge crimes. And even when she did think the worse she was still trying to protect him and keep him safe from the outside world.

One of my favourite bits was when Christine said “I wish I could take it all away,” This – too me – just showed the depth of her love and caring. Those of us who love someone who we see daily in pain (emotional, physical or spiritual even) would happily take it all into ourselves to give them some peace. For some reason that little sentence from her really touched me.

I also enjoyed how you had their relationship initially begin with Christine only wanting to keep in contact with him because she didn’t want him left beneath the ground by himself and then had it grow from there.

I found your characterization of Erik just perfect. You have painted perfectly the image of a man who has both an angel and a demon warring inside him and the explanation of his motives and reason for doing thing were fantastic. And I found the sections were you had lighthearted moments between Erik and Christine lovely.

I loved how you delved into Christine mind and her feelings taking in her confusion and heart ache. You made all her emotions so real that I felt my own heart go out to her more than once as she tried to figure out just how she felt and though she love Erik she felt that she shouldn’t because of what he had done…

And despite being an Erik and Christine fan girl all of the way, I have to tell you that I love how you painted Raoul (I was falling in love with him myself). You didn’t paint him as the villain of the piece and in my opinion you made him out to be a lot better than he is in the original novel. I always found him to be very wimpy and girly (almost like a porcelain doll) through Leroux’s description and utterly unworthy of Christine but I adore your portrayal of him. You made him a real 3D man with depth and emotions. (On a side note I like how you had him not drink alcohol – mostly. That was one of the things I found very bizarre about Love Never Dies.)And I could honestly sympathize with Christine as she tried to choose between him and Erik.

And last but not least Madame Giry. I love her warmth and understanding towards both Erik and Christine and her protective instincts towards them both. She seems to be sadly neglected in the world of Phantom and I was happy to read a novel were she is not undermined and pushed into the back ground.

I will be sitting on pins as I wait for part two to come out and to see what Erik does now that he seems to have cracked.

Many thanks for our wonderful book.

Lady Rogue”

Last Updated on Monday, 1 November 2010 05:47