Overview of Tortoise Climbing Recordings


This is the overview list of recordings in process to accompany their respective companion publications from TortoiseClimbing, and their current status.

Hymns & Songs for Living

A bit over a year after Mr. Goettee's father died, in early 1998 his mother asked him to record their favorite hymns, including several religious songs.  Thus, then ongoing efforts on the Romantic Duets’ album were put on hold to focus on the Hymns and Songs for Living project.

The hymns were selected from the hymnals his parents had collected over their lives as their churches replaced them. Plus, several additional religious songs important to them are included.  This album is also largely in the style of ballad music.

Work on this album was accomplished in two phases. For phase I, Mr. Goettee and Ms. Gerber-Salins were working with the traditional congregational hymns and songs they grew up with.  Ms. Gerber-Salins was producer, vocal arranger on several hymns, audio engineer, and a significant duet partner on most numbers, in a mix of solo, duet, and multi-part harmony singing.  Ms. Gerber-Salins' voice is part of most numbers, and she also sings the lead on her arrangement of Were You There.

A number of other musicians collaborated, both instrumental and vocal, by bringing their wealth of training, experience and skills to this project to create this album.  Credits for each are included on individual webpages of this website. 

Although phase I of this project began in 1998, there was a major hiatus between phase I and phase II because of preemptions of life.  Phase II began the beginning of 2019, when David was again able to focus on completing this project. David assumed the Producer rule, and Mr. Bill McElroy became Associate Producer, and recording engineer.

Things being completed during phase II, include:

In this album, all hymns and songs are public domain, except:

The author and composer of Welcome Home gave permission for her song to be arranged and recorded as part of Hymns and Songs for Living.

Nostolgic Solos

In approximately 1990, Mr. David Goettee began recording at Bias Recording Studio working with Mr. Bill McElroy.  Following recording some duets with a friend, David undertook his own first private album project, which was the Nostalgic Solos. It was ballads from the 1930's through WWII and a few decades afterward about values that make life worth living, including: love; loss; sorrow; bereavement, dedication; and needed social change.

In 1991, Ms. Heidi Leah Gerber-Salins began working at Bias Recording Studio, which included assisting Mr. Bill McElroy with audio engineering on several songs on the Nostalgic Solo album.  Ms. Gerber-Salins also assisted with in-house production at Bias of a limited number of cassettes of this album for friends and family.

The current plan after completion of the project for Hymns and Songs for Living, is to revisit the Nostolgic Solos project. That will require:

Romantic Duets

In 1993 when Mr. McElroy left Bias, Ms. Gerber-Salins became Mr. Goettee’s audio engineer and co-producer. Having just completed the Nostalgic Solos, David began work on what was conceptualized to be a duet album of popular romantic songs, primarily from the 1970's through the early 1990's.

Over the next 4 years gradually recording on that project, Mr. Goettee’s and Ms. Gerber-Salins' professional relationship expanded and evolved to include Ms. Gerber-Salins fulfilling roles of co-producer, occasional singing collaborator and very importantly, friend, working together on the draft Romantic Duets album. Work on that album was put on hold in 1998 to focus on the Hymns and Songs for Living.

While the recorded materials for the Romantic Duets album were previously converted from analogue to digital and worked with, they remain draft materials. Thus, no decision has been made about release of those draft materials.