Hymns and Songs for Living

Why This Project Was Undertaken

In early 1998, following the death of Mr. Goettee's father in later 1997, his mother observed she thought it would be wonderful if he would record their favorite hymns. (The final list they put together turned out to also include a few religious songs.)  David redirected efforts from his then ongoing project recording the Romantic Duets album, i.e., it was put on hold, and all work was focused on this album, Hymns and Songs for Living.

This project consists of three technically different and separate parts:


After his mother requested David record his parents' favorite Hymns, David and his mother worked together and selected the list of Hymns and Songs to include on the album. (The side menu provides a link to the playlist.)

One of the songs selected was Welcome Home, by Ms. Kathy Brigman Haupt. Since it is largely an unknown song, here's a little bit of the story for why it is included. Ms. Brigman wrote it as a memorial tribute some years before for her grandmother, the sister of David's mother. She loved it and kept a framed copy of the lyrics on her bedroom wall till she died. (The side menu provides a link to the webpage about Kathy Brigman Haupt: Welcome Home.)

Overview of Mechanics

The hymns were selected from the hymnals his parents had collected over their lives as the churches they attended replaced their hymnals. Several additional favorite religious songs are also included.  All of these are largely in the style of ballads. 

Phase I of this project began in 1998. Mr. Goettee and Ms. Gerber-Salins worked with the mostly traditional congregational hymns and songs they grew up with, and completed draft recordings for an enormous portion of the project.  Then a major hiatus of years' duration occurred, because of various preemptions in the lives of both Mr. Goettee and Ms. Gerber-Salins.

Fortunately, the begining of 2019, he was able to again focus on this project and undertook completing each of its several parts. That was Phase II of this project.

For Phase I of the recording, Ms. Gerber-Salins was:

Ms. Gerber-Salin's voice is part of most numbers, and she sings the lead on her arrangement of Were You There.

For Phase II of the recording, based on years of discussions with Ms. Gerber-Salins, they had developed numerous decisons about things that would benefit for revisions and additions to complete the recording. David assumed the role of producer, identifying and coordinating completion of the remaining pieces needed to create a quality product.

Mr. Bill McElroy became the associate producer and audio engineer. He located and facilitated participation of several needed artists in the Ashland, VA area who provided additional vocal harmonies at various parts of some of the hymns, and several additional insturmental accompaniments, including real pipe organ.

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 separate credit pages of this website. The organization of the credit pages for the artists are grouped by when their involvement occurred within the two major phases of this project:

Additionally, a cross reference webpage is also provided for all the artists, which provides cross reference by:

Companion Book of History Stories

The companion hymn history book provides details about each of the hymns and songs included on this recording, and their places in history. That information is found on this website under Publications. The book is titled History Stories: Hymns and Songs for Living.