Overview of Recordings
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 began his own first major project, which was the Nostalgic Solos private album. 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 an in-house production of a limited number of cassettes of that album for friends and family.
The plan is to revisit that project to:
- Convert the analogue master tapes to digital;
- Possibly augment here and there as appropriate;
- Remaster; and
- Make those recordings available, perhaps via the TortoiseClimbing website.
In 1993, when Mr. McElroy left Bias and 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 for that project, Mr. Goettee’s and Ms. Gerber-Salins' professional relationship expanded and evolved to include Ms. Gerber-Salins fulfilling roles of co-producer, 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.
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, which also includes several religious songs. Thus, efforts on the Romantic Duets’ album was put on hold to focus on the Hymns and Songs for Living project.
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 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.
For this album Ms. Gerber-Salins was producer, vocal arranger on several hymns, audio engineer, and a significant duet partner on many numbers in a mix of solo, duet, and multi-part harmony singing. Ms. Gerber-Salins' voice is part of most numbers, and she 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 that project began in 1998, it had a major hiatus because of preemptions of life. The beginning of 2019 David was again able to focus on completing this project, including:
- The recording;
- Accompanying history stories book; and
- A significant rebuild and expansion of the Tortoise Climbing website capability.
In this album, all hymns and songs are public domain, except:
- Morning Has Broken (lyrics)
- Be Thou with Them (lyrics); and
- Welcome Home (both lyrics and music)
The author and composer of Welcome Home gave permission for her song to be arranged and recorded as part of Hymns and Song for Living.