Hymns and Songs for Living Recording

Why This Project Was Undertaken

In early 1998, following the death of Mr. Goettee's father in late 1997, his mother expressed her wish for David to record their favorite hymns. Together they developed the list of hymns and songs for the recording.  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 recording this album, Hymns and Songs for Living. (However, due to intervening events of life for both David and his producer, completion of this album languished for Many years, being completed in 2020.)

The project consists of three significantly different separate parts:


After his mother requested David record his parents' favorite hymns and songs, David and his mother worked together and selected the list of hymns and songs to include on the album. (The dropdown local menu above 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 Haupt had written it as a memorial tribute some years before for her grandmother when she suddenly died. She was the sister of David's mother. David's mother loved the song, and kept a framed copy of the lyrics Kathy sent her on her bedroom wall till she died. David now has those framed lyrics. (The dropdown local menu above 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. In addition to Welcome Home, two additional favorite religious songs included are: Be Thou with Them; and Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring.  Additionally included, is what some consider a service or doxology song instead of a hymn, The Lord Bless You And Keep You. All of these are largely in the style of ballads. 

Phase I

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 many years' duration occurred, because of various preemptions in the lives of both Mr. Goettee and Ms. Gerber-Salins.

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

Phase II

This phase of the project began in January of 2019 when Mr. Goettee was able to again focus his energies on this project, and undertook completing all its parts.

Phase II of the recording is significantly influenced by discussions and notes made during the intervening years between Mr. Goettee and Ms. Gerber-Salins, where they reached numerous decisons about aspects of the draft recording that would benefit from 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:

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.

Structure of Website Presentation

Materials describing the making of Hymns and Songs for Living recording are presented cronologically according to how the recording process took place. Thus, when that particular recording was made determined the order in which involved artists are presented.

Everything about Phase I is presented first, and then everything about Phase II is presented.

A cross reference of artists, first by artist name and then by instrument is provided to aid anyone who does not know the timeline and wants to find a particular artist or instrument.

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. As noted, organization of credit pages for the artists are grouped by when their involvement occurred within the two major phases of Hymns and Songs for Living:

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

Companion Book of History Stories

Information about the companion hymns and songs history book is found under Publications. That book provides details about each of the hymns and songs included on this recording, and their places in history. The category of Publications can be reached by selecting that choice on the Top menu. For easy click access if you want to jump directly to the write up on the companion book, it is found at: History Stories: Hymns and Songs for Living.