Hymns and Songs for Living

Why This Project Was Undertaken

Mr. Goettee's father died in 1997. Then, in early 1998 his mother observed she thought it would be wonderful if he would record their favorite hymns. (The final list turned out to also include a few religious songs.)  Thus, David's then ongoing efforts on the Romantic Duets album was put on hold and all work was focused on the Hymns and Songs for Living album.

This project consists of three technically different and separate parts:


After establishing David would record his parents' favorite Hymns, David and his mother worked together and selected which Hymns and Songs should be included on the album. One of the songs selected was Welcome Home, by Kathy Brigman Haupt. Since it is largely an unknown song, a little bit of the story for why it is included seems important. Ms. Brigman had written it as a memorial tribute some years before for her grandmother, the sister of David's mother. (See link in the side menu to separate webpage for Kathy Brigman Haupt: Welcome Home.)

Overview of Mechanics

For this album, Mr. Goettee and Ms. Gerber-Salins were working with the traditional congregational hymns and songs they grew up with.  The hymns were selected from the hymnals his parents had collected over their lives as the churches they attended replaced them. Several additional favorite religious songs are also included.  All of these are largely in the style of ballads. 

This project began in 1998, had a major hiatus because of various preemptions in the lives of both David and Ms. Gerber-Salins. Fortunately, the begining of 2019 David was able to again focus on completing each of the several parts of this project.

For Phase I of the recording, Ms. Gerber-Salins was producer, vocal arranger on several hymns, audio engineer, and a significant vocal partner on many numbers in a mix of solo, duet, and multi-part harmony singing.  Ms. Gerber-Salin's voice is part of most numbers, and she sings the lead on her arrangement of Were You There. Many numbers on this album are duets with Ms. Gerber-Salins, and a number of others include her on multipart harmonies.

For Phase II of the recording, based on previous discussions with Ms. Gerber-Salins, David assumed the role of producer, identifying and coordinating completion of remaining pieces needed to create a quality product. Mr. Bill McElroy became the associate producer and audio engineer working with David. Mr. McElroy located and facilitated participation of needed artists in Ashland, VA.

All hymns and songs are public domain, except:

The author and composer of Welcome Home gave permission for her song to be arranged and used on this recording.

Many Are Due Credits

A number of artists collaborated (instrumental, vocal and technical) bringing their wealth of training, experience and skills to this project to create this album.  Each is addressed on a separate credit page on this site. The credits for the artists are grouped by contribution type, and by when they occurred within the two major phases of this project:

Companion Book of History Stories

Details about each of the hymns and songs included on this recording, and their places in history, are included in the separate publication titled History Stories: Hymns and Songs for Living as an accompanying companion to this recording.  Information about that book is available on this website under Publications.