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Audio Store is Online at (Bandcamp). Click on Online Store Access page in above menu.

Shortly we will be adding:

Details of Products


The Crucifixion - by John Stainer

(For anyone interested, this recording contains first recording of David as a very young soloist.)

Because the score became public domain the beginning of 2023, it is now possible to make this recording available for Free download. (This historic, amateur recording is provided Free, both from this website at TortoiseClimbing™ website, and from Tortoise Climbing™'s Online Audio Store at Bandcamp.)

The original 1959 vintage, historic, monophonic record was made by editing together amateur raw tapes of the two 1959 live performances of the unique arrangement (womens choirs singing most the recitatives and arias) of John Stainer's The Crucifixion. Performces were by the 3 Annapolis High School choirs in spring of 1959. (About 41 minutes in length.)

The monophonic record was digitized the end of 2022, enabling mastering and restoration, including:

NOTE. Recording fidelity of this amateur, monaural recording is limited by its technology, but it preserves a truly wonderful and uncommon performance arrangement created by the choral director, using women's choirs instead of soloists, to perform most of the recitatives and arias. The result is a truly unique, dramatically more choral version.

What is provided free from this website are both:

Note. The Online Audio Store includes a download copy of the lyrics, but it does Not include a copy of the score. The score is available from this website.

For more details, click on The Crucifixion.

"And So It Goes" - by Billy Joel

Prior to recording the Hymns and Songs of My Mother album, David recorded a multi-part trio harmony version of this song with friends Terry (see Duets with Terry) and the Phase I Producer of Hymns and Songs of My Mother, Ms. Heidi Gerber-Salins (see Heidi Gerber-Salins - Producer, Phase I). This song will be offered, both as:

This lovely multi-part trio harmony version of this song was initially published as a solo by Billy Joel in ©1989 (about 3:40 in length). This song illustrates another dimension of TortoiseClimbing™'s repertoire.

"God Is My Shepherd" - by Antonín Dvořák

Like the song "And So It Goes" above, this song was also recorded before beginning the Hymns and Songs of My Mother project. This song will be offered, both as:

This is a lovely solo with simple piano accompaniment (about 2:15 in length). It is the 4th song in the 1895 10 Biblical Songs collection by Antonín Dvořák. Unlike the songs "Be Thou with Them" and "Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring", included as part of Hymns and Songs of My Mother, this song is perhaps more in the category of an art song, which TortoiseClimbing™ is also comfortable with.

Hymns and Songs of My Mother

This is an expansive (76+ minutes in length), high quality, extended collection of 26 classic, traditional, nostalgic, congregational hymns and songs. David is the lead on all but one hymn, and is accompanied by a number of other trained singers in various combinations and accompaniments.

Except for lyrics to 1 hymn, all are not out-of-copyright (public domain), and no longer included in many church hymnals, this album gives you the opportunity to re-live your memory of these. That memory is fostered by singing them as they were printed in the hymnals, but employing a variety of combinations and accompaniments:

The collection is composed of 21 traditional, congregational hymns, and 5 religious songs. The songs are drawn from a variety of sources, from church service songs to baroque settings, plus a folk-Contemporary Christian song.

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Target for release of completed 1) select hymns is late fall; 2) complete digital files is early winter; and 3) CD is later winter.

Note. When select tracks are made available in online store, they will be accompanied by a pre-order capability for the complete digital album.

Lyrics are available on this website for all hymns and songs. They will become available in the online store for download later.

Additional companion products:

  1. Winter, a CD version will be made available for order thru the online store for delivery via mail,
  2. The companion history eBook, History Through 26 Hymns and Songs, will be released and added as part of an optional downloadable bundle. for details see Companion History Book.
  3. Advanced podcasts of chapters from the companion history book will begin being made available shortly after the eBook becomes available, and
  4. A complete audiobook of the companion history will become available later next year.

Companion History Book

History Through 26 Hymns and Songs

Draft of companion history book being reviewed by editor. Comments will facilate creation of revised version(s) for review by editor.

When released, if you buy the album and the forthcomming companion history eBook together, the bundle will be discounted from the total for purchasing separately. (Note. To sell eBook separately we may have to establish a separate Publications online store. If so, that site will be accessible from this Store's Access page.)

Other Insights

Hymns and Songs of My Mother. Distribution plan - Album will be available for download via the online Audio store, hosted by Bandcamp, early winter 2024:

This website. Provides information about every artist involved in creation of both the Hymns and Songs of My Mother recording and the History Through 26 Hymns and Songs eBook.

(Note. There remain 3 vocalists who participated in recording Hymns and Songs of My Mother who have not provided bio materials. Additionally, the draft bio for the trumpeter is drawn from materials found on the internet, but are not yet commented on by the artist.)

Near-term Forthcoming Additional Products (2023 - 2024)

Variations on the above are planned for late in 2023 & 2024 as part of discounted bundles. Examples:

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Other Future Planned Products.

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Check out considerable information about these projects, including detailed credits for each of the many persons involved in helping create each of the projects. The most expansive details are about making the album Hymns and Songs of My Mother recording.

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