Chanson de l'Ange

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© 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
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Last Updated on Friday, 6 May 2016 10:26

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

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Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 10:37

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!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 09:35

countdownAWell, I hope that by now, many of you have ordered your copies!   Some of you are already receiving them, and some of you are already reading them!  I would like very much to stay in touch with my readers, so I invite you to join my Facebook author page to take part in the discussions between myself and others about the Chanson de l’Ange series.

Please join (like) my author page here: Paisley on Facebook

Jump in there and let me know your thoughts, opinions about Chanson de l’Ange!

If you have not yet purchased the series, you may order both in Kindle and paperback here: Chanson de l’Ange

When you click on the book pages, you will see that the series is now being discount bundled!  Enjoy!

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 01:07

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Happy Release Day to Me!!!

Thrilled to announce that my 3 part novel is NOW available! May I humbly request your reviews on Amazon after you’ve read the series? Reviews mean everything to an indie author! You will find Chanson de l’Ange in both paperback and ebook formats here:  Chanson on Amazon

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 11:52