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InRandom.com: The Words of Chanson de l’Ange Intricately Woven into Orchestral Works

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Latest News, Mentions

A good friend of ours over at InRandom.com wrote an article about us. Check it out here, or click on the link leading to the article at InRandom.com.

http://inrandom.com/immortal-aria-the-words-of-chanson-de-lange-intricately-woven-into-orchestral-works/

About inRandom: “Angie and I decided to create inRandom when we wanted a place to express ourselves as mothers, as wives and as women; a place we could go to open ourselves up when the world felt claustrophobic. inRandom began as a word that referred to acts of kindness, which were without intention or expectation. Now it has expanded to encompass many things about ourselves: our stories, our hopes, our ideas, passions, beliefs and vision. “

 

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.

Chanson de l’Ange novels

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

The following is a message that was posted on my FB page by my publisher:

“Beyond the amazing artistry of the storyteller which Paisley Swan Stewart definitely possesses, she has not only titled her chapters to add character to the books, but has directed Tell~Tale/TreasureLine to use embellishments that make each of her books in the Chanson de l’Ange series works of art. Truly beautiful and available soon!!!”

  *does happy dance*

And I posted this message on my own FB page a day later:

Finally, we have some movement on the Chanson de l’Ange CD. Last week I composed the melody to the lyrics of the song, ‘That Summer By The Sea’. Nathan composed the violin part for Toni Gibson‘s recording of ‘The Bleeding Rose’, and the music is now in the hands of Maria Lazareva, our violinist for the piece. Nathan re orchestrated the Chanson de l’Ange aria accompaniment, and I am now in the process of getting my voice in shape to re record it. Nathan will be sending our vocalist, Carrie Shaw, a recording of ‘That Summer By The Sea’; just the chords and melody so she can check out the range. Then if she approves, Nathan Allen Pinard will orchestrate the song so that she can record it.

Our other vocalist, Michele Karmin, is all set to record ‘Firelight Through Diamonds’ within the next week or so!  So at last, it’s all coming together!
Update:  Michele goes into the studio tomorrow to record Firelight Through Diamonds!
More news to come soon!
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Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:56

My Christine (Actress Maude Fealy)

Greetings fans and friends!   I hope you are all enjoying the early spring season.  So far, ours has been quite soggy and they are predicting more of the same.  I hope it’s drier where you are!  Well, my mother is now all moved into her new assisted living home.  Watching her go through this has been a huge eye-opener for all of us as we get a true picture of what life is like for the elderly.  For a while she was refusing to eat and was becoming quite frail, and it has been a very difficult and sad experience for my mom to lose her home.  But after a few weeks of being miserable about the move and the loss of her independence, she is now adjusting and feeling much better about things. 

Her new apartment is quite spacious and very lovely, and my sisters did a wonderful job decorating it and arranging all her belongings .  She is now beginning to meet other people in residence there, and although the bad break in her shoulder will take a long time to completely heal, she is on the mend and is now able to move her arm a little.  My sister is working with her to get her sewing again…so hopefully she’ll be back to making the quilts she loves.

Meanwhile, my hubby and I are making more adjustments to accommodate the changes in our own lives as we try to make peace with the early stages of his Alzheimers.  In fact, I’m seeing some improvements in his cognitive function as we implement a few cutting edge supplemental and dietary changes in his daily routine.  Based on updated FDA warnings about statin drugs and their role in cognitive impairment, I sill believe my husband’s condition was caused by the Lovastatin he was prescribed for 10 years before the connection between statin drugs and dementia was made.  I am still hopeful that my Bill will not progress to the moderate and final stages of the disease, and despite the difficulties and disappointments of his condition, we are living our lives as if we have many more glorious years together.

Now, on to Chanson news:  The woman whose photo I’ve posted above is beautiful silent screen actress, Miss Maude Fealy.  I had originally discovered a different photo of her a few years ago (which has been previously posted here) which then became the muse for Christine in my book, but at that time I did not know who she was.  Upon discovering photos of her on Pinterest that were labeled with her name, I’ve started my own gallery of her photos, and this particular one is my favorite.  Does she not make the perfect Christine as written in my book?

I am now just ONE chapter away from being finished with revisions.  There have been MANY unavoidable interruptions…but I expect to begin submissions by May. 

To view more stunning, evocative images that will make the story come even more alive for you, please visit  Chanson de l’Ange on Pinterest

My best wishes to you all!

Swannie

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 March 2012 04:54

Greetings fans and friends!   Just a quick update.  My sisters and I are in the middle of packing up my mother’s house and moving her to a lovely assisted living “resort”.   We call it a resort because it has EVERYTHING on site that a person could want.  We made this decision very quickly last week after my mother had another fall and badly broke her harm.  We agonized about our decision but it seems the best place for her.  She won’t be so isolated and will have lots of opportunities to socialize.  She even told us that she would get to wear all her pretty clothes again to go to dinner each night.  This statement was a relief, as she has barely been eating lately.  It has been an extremely stressful and heartbreaking experience packing up her things, because she is downsizing from a large 3 bedroom home to a small but very nice 2 bedroom apartment.  Sadly, we cannot fit all her belongings in the new place, so a very large estate sale is forthcoming.  My mother is now in the early stages of dementia but rapidly declining, so at least we can be assured that she is safe and will be moved to the memory care unit when the need arises.

Somehow I’ve been able to keep up revisions and am happy to report that I have only 4 more chapters left to revise!  I confess there are days when I don’t have the energy to work on Chanson, but I do when my brain is working well and when I’m not so stressed.  Also, I hope you will all visit my boards on Pinterest where I have been pinning images that pertain to Chanson de l’Ange, my retelling of Phantom of the Opera.  There are some hints about what is to come in the revised 4 part series, so check it out! (no spoilers though)   Here is one of the images from my Pinterest board:

Gown

And here is the link where you can see much more:  Chanson de l’Ange Pinterest

 

 

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Last Updated on Sunday, 4 March 2012 11:47

Swan

Greeting fans and friends!  So how many of you have received your POTO 25th anniversary DVD?   Mine will be arriving on Thursday and I cannot wait to see the production again.  Seeing it one time at the theater was not enough.  It amazes me that after all these years-and from the time I was 11 years old, I still have Phantom on the brain!   Good thing too, because my passion for the Phantom story fuels my efforts in getting the revisions done for my own POTO retelling.  Revisions are going well, but as you will see, the challenges in my life are many right now, so it is often difficult for me to really concentrate on what I am doing.  Still, I am persevering and WILL get the 4 part revised series published and released within the next 6 months.

Now I must bring up a personal matter and I would like to invite those of you who have been following me here, to follow me on my new personal blog as well: Alzheimers From Darkness to Light  This is where I will chronicle my husband’s battle with Alzheimers Disease, and my own personal challenges as I too, deal with the many changes in our lives.

As always, thank you for your support and encouragement.  Keep checking this site for updates and announcements!

Swannie

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