Who We Are

Remember when music and vocals was carefully crafted, and many songs were hauntingly nostalgic? We are all a bit nostalgic and curious at heart. Are we not? History can provide a greater understanding why songs were written?

TortoiseClimbing™ provides carefully crafted, high-quality, nostalgic songs and histories that led to those songs.

TortoiseClimbing™ is a small, privately held family business located in Maryland, just south of Washington, DC. We work with a number of others bringing music and histories together. We were established in 1992 by David Goettee when he privately released the first album, Solo Collection; songs from the WWII era, and immediately following. (Plans are to augment that recording in 2024, in keeping with our upgraded goals/mission, and publicly release for the 1st time.)

Our name, TortoiseClimbing™, derives from a combination of ideas:

  1. The story about the Tortoise's perseverence that enabled it to triumph over the Hare.

  2. That principle is adapted/melded from my father's experience as the Tortoise's perseverence climbing to heights of quality.

We specialize in nostalgic, high-quality vocals (solos, harmonies, religious and secular), accompanied by companion indepth, thought-provoking publication of histories of the times when the songs were written.

Audio is provided as digital downloads: as audiophile quality FLAC files; also as Apple (AAC) or the ubiquitous MP3; and also when demanded, CDs. Publications are similarly provided as: eBooks; podcasts of advance releases of chapters from forthcoming audiobooks.

Roots that would lead to creation of TortoiseClimbing™ go back many decades (see Our Roots on following separate Dropdown page). Then in the following story (see Duets with Terry) we began honing recording skills in 1990 when David began recording duets with good friend Terry Hamilton at Bias Recording Studio in Springfield, VA. (That story includes some playable examples of recordings.)


Produce exceptional quality music and companion history publications.


Provide customers with great listening and reading pleasure, with an intellectual challenge.

(Our in-depth website provides detailed background information on existing products, artists, forthcoming products, and links to sources where our products can be purchased.)


For those interested, lots of details are provided at links in Dropdown Submenu above left about TortoiseClimbing™.

In 2019, TortoiseClimbing™ began its transition from just a hobby, into a small business:

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