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Special Thanks

This program would not have been possible without the help and dedication of many wonderful individuals in France and in the United States. Without question "Tant Qu'Elle Chante, Elle Vit: apprendre le français grâce à l'héritage de Carole Fredericks" is a true Franco-American collaboration.

Our appreciation begins with God for giving us the gift of Carole Denise Fredericks and for granting her the grace and inspiration to follow her muse to France. There, her talent and hard work blossomed and all that she was given was appreciated.

We owe a debt of gratitude to friend and teacher of French, Mme Nancy Gadbois, who, encouraged by her colleagues in the Springfield, MA school system, developed lesson plans that brought Carole's life and music to American classrooms. Un grand merci to Michel Berjoan (Lexington, MA) for editing Mme Gadbois' work and for ensuring precise use of the language.

Our appreciation goes to Dr. Jayne Abrate, who understood the validity of the program and determined a way to involve the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). Additional thanks to Margot M. Steinhart, president of AATF and former president, Jean-Pierre Piriou, for their continued support of our partnership. Many thanks to the foreign language organizations who have embraced "Tant Qu'Elle Chante, Elle Vit!"; Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA), American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and The Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL).

For unparalleled friendship, support, and musical acumen, deepest thanks to Jean-Jacques Goldman, Michael Jones, Erick Benzi, Jacques Veneruso, Christophe Battaglia, Gildas Arzel, Christopher Satterfield, Frédéric Kocourek, Joelle, Nicole Amovin-Camus, Yvonne Jones, Maria Popkiewicz, Didier Mouret, Théo Allen, and the many vocalists and musicians who worked with Carole.

Continued thanks to Robert Goldman and the JRG Editions Musicales team for their unending commitment to Carole's legacy; Claude Canteaut whose daily e-mails and calls resulted in contracts, video tapes, permissions, and everything necessary to make this program a reality.

Enormous thanks to the production houses, directors, and music publishers for permission to use the music videos in this program: SHOOT AGAIN Productions, Jean-Louis Carrasco, C'EST LA VIE Productions, Yannick Saillet, Micheal Mandero, Bernard Schmitt, Michel Meyer, BMG Music Publishing France, M6 Interactions, and SONY Music Entertainment/France.

Much appreciation to Claude Gassian, and his assistant Amélie for photographs that captured Carole's essence; Alain "Pingouin" Régis, Carole's personal assistant, photographer and friend; web masters Pascal Mutez and Jean-Michel Royer.

Fortune smiled on this project when media/marketing consultant Gloria Smith of Media Connection volunteered to "make a few calls and review a few press releases." Gloria's guidance brought local, regional and national press coverage to Tant Qu'Elle Chante, Elle Vit! and CDF Music Legacy. Thank you for your input.

CDF's website is powered by an awesome web goddess - Jennifer Weber of Solius Web Solutions, Canandaigua, NY. Thank you, Jennifer, for your expertise and easy spirit. Hostbaby.com - you're the best.

Special thanks to the attorneys for CDF Music Legacy: in France - Timothy P. Ramier, and the law office of Porter, Reeves, Ramier and Suret; in the U. S., Thomas R. Hischmann and the law office of Augello, Pezold & Hirschmann, P.C.

A special thanks to David, Jason, Christina and the entire LaBarge Media team for outstanding video production. Thank you also to Stephen High and the UPS Store team in Geneva, NY for printing the workbook, making copies and scanning at a moments notice.

Further gratitude is extended to family and near-family whose support and encouragement made this process most worthwhile: Barbara Summers who coined a phase that became a title; Claudette Blackwood, Jackie Simmons-Eide; the Fredericks / Williams family: Harry, Mildred, and Hughan Sr., Taj Mahal, Edward, Richard, Robert, Winston, Hughan Jr., and Osborne, our spouses and partners Georgia A. Fredericks, Jim Malone, Laurie Williams, Robin Gregory, our sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

And lastly, it is with heartfelt appreciation that we extend our thanks to the many teachers of French in the United States and around the world who use "Tant Qu'Elle Chante, Elle Vit: apprendre le français grâce à l'héritage de Carole Fredericks" to awaken students to the French language, and, simultaneously, tell the story of an African American singer whose voice and personality brought joy to the hearts of people in two great nations.

Merci beaucoup.

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