Publications: Overview


This is an overview of publications in process, or planned, as companions to their respective recordings from TortoiseClimbing™, and their current status.

Working title - History Through 26 Hymns and Songs

This extensive history is the companion to all the versions of the album Hymns and Songs for Living. It provides extensive footnoted, historical events around the times each of the hymns and songs were written, as well as the history of the hymn. The goal is to provide readers insights into the influences the historical events had on each of the hymns and songs on the companion recording.

It will be offered as an optional discounted package with its companion recording. See Hymns and Songs for Living.

Advanced Podcasts of chapters, followed by Audiobook of History Through 26 Hymns and Songs

The publication, History Through 26 Hymns and Songs will serve as the material for advanced podcasts of the chapters, followed by an audiobook. Details for these are found under the Recordings section (Advanced Podcasts and Audiobook).

Podcast chapters will be offered in advance of the audiobook, and will begin being offered shortly after completion of the eBook, targeted for winter 2023/24. Availability of completed audiobook projected for later 2024.

Individual Songs

No publication is currently planned encompassing the individual songs. Instead, there is a webpage on this site for each individual song, giving some history for that song. See Individual Songs.

Kathy's Songs

It is unclear at this point whether Kathy wants her other songs recorded. If not, there will not be a companion book.

Notes about Historic 1959 Annapolis High School (AHS) Recording of The Crucifixion

Instead of a standalone publication separate from the mastered and restored audio file (created from the 1959 recording), discussion materials about creation of the 1959 recording by the AHS choirs are found on this website at AHS recording of The Crucifixion. I encourage others involved in, or knowledgeable about, the 3 choirs from the 3 Annapolis High School graduating classes of 1959, 1960 and 1961 who participated in the 2 historic 1959 Annapolis High School (AHS) performances of John Stainer's The Crucifixion, to provide any additional information for inclusion in an expanded set of documentation. I will happily incorporate all additional information and make available on this website.

For those interested, further information about creation of the score for The Crucifixion is found on this website at History of The Crucifixion providing summary details of both the librettist and composer of The Crucifixion, plus how the composer, John Stainer, came to model the score for The Crucifixion, after J.S.Bach's St. Matthew's Passion.

The mastered and restored digital audio file created from the 1959 AHS recording is available as a Free download both from this website, and from the Online store at Bandcamp. TortoiseClimbing Audio™ can offer this recording free because the score became Public Domain the beginning of January 2023.

Hopefully word will spread to those involved in those choirs, and their friends and families, about this Free download of this 1st ever mastered and restored digital audio file from the 1959 record made of those historic performances. (To foster spreading the news, in early 2023 notices of its free availability were sent to the Annapolis news letter (Naptown Scoop) and the Capital Gazette.) The online documentation page at History of The Crucifixion solicits all persons with any knowledge to provide any additional notes they can to expand that history.

If you know any of the persons involved with those choirs, (singers, family, relatives, etc.) please advise them of this project and that they are encouraged to download the free mastered and restored file, and contribute any information they have via the Contact/Comments page to TortoiseClimbing™ to augment the online summary history!!

Nostalgic Solos Book

This is envisioned as the next history. It will be organized around songs of the planned companion updated, public release of the recording, Nostalgic Solos.

Romantic Duets Book

Timing for both this publication and its companion recording by TortoiseClimbing™ is unknown. That is because 1) the recorded materials are only in draft form, and 2) they use karaoke accompaniments, for which performance rights would be needed to use those accompaniments in a publicly released album, in addition to copyright mechanical licenses.


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