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Welcome to the beta 2 version of TortoiseClimbing'sentirely new website. This version of the website will replace the original .com website, becoming TortoiseClimbing's™ new permanant website.

NOTE. During development of beta versions for this new website, it is hosted under the separate URL: The plan is to migrate this completely new version of TortoiseClimbing's™ website to the original .com URL. When migrated, this .net URL will be automatically redirected to the .com URL. So, any references you establish will continue to have trouble free access to this information.)

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Check out the considerable information about these projects (including detailed credits for each of the many persons involved in helping with each of the projects. The most expansive details are about the making of the Hymns and Songs for Living recording).

You can access each major category of information by first clicking on the appropriate category on the Top/master menu found along the top of each webpage. Then burrow deeper by clicking on any dropdown submenu that interests you.

Master Menu on Top of All Pages

Additional Submenu Drop Downs Are Included on Many Webpages

Many webpages under "Recordings" and "Publications" also contain a Dropdown SubMenu box located at the top left, immediately under the Master menu bar. Those submenus provide access to numerous additional detailed webpages that expand on materials in the Master menu summary page. Click on any Dropdown SubMenu and a list of additional other webpages related to the webpage you are on will dropdown. Clicking on any of those dropdown links will take you to those webpages, with return links.

Status Reports:

Hymns and Songs for Living recording;
• Companion History Through 26 Hymns and Songs book; and
• New Website.

Updated 5/15/2022


(4-24-2022) Added new webpages about first ever mastering of the 1959 performances by the Annapolis High School choirs of 1959, 60 and 61 of John Stainer's, The Crucifixion.

(4-18-22)Completed sitewide upgrade as part of replacing web fonts. Various new capabilities added, including a new look-and-feel.

Replaced all Adobe Edge fonts because Adobe announced they are discontinuing that service. The fonts selected from Google's Content Delivery Network (CDN) server for fonts are easier to read.

Added logo for TortoiseClimbing™ to all pages of website.

Detailed edits of content continue. Continuing to make updates/edits, revisions and expansions. There are several credit pages for musicians who are part of creating the Hymns and Songs for Living album still awaiting feedback from several artists to finalize their pages. Outreach to obtain info to update their placeholder credit pages is continuing.

Updated and expanded most of the webpages by including a button at the bottom that assists users to initiate providing comments about that webpage. That function passes the name of the webpage from which they initiated the comment to assist in linking the comment to the webpage about which the user is commenting.

Prepared collaboration materials for online editing with Ms. Heidi Gerber-Salins (Phase I producer, et al) to gather her refinement inputs on webpages about her and her mom. Waiting on her to have time to work with me to review and comment.

(4-26-2022) Expanded capabilities of TortoiseClimbing™'s 404 Error message for Page Not Found. Added a link enabling users to go back to the previous page where they triggered that error message, and from that webpage initiating submition of a comment about the broken link.


Advance Notice (5-8-2022). Creating a mastered version of the Annapolis High School combined choirs from classes of 1959, 1960 and 1961 performace of The Crucifixion. It is planned to complete that project later this year, 2022. Plan includes making available as a digital file download from the AHS download page. Details will follow, including other possible formats.

  1. (2-8-2022) Recorded vocal for verses of "Welcome Home." That is the final song of the 26 hymns and songs on the playlist.
  2. Completed initial post production of "Welcome Home" in mid February 2022 and provided electronically to recording engineer. Because of a volume issue with that version, in mid-April prepared a follow up version and sent electronically.
  3. (March 2022) Final mixing sessions delayed by computer problems with vintage computer system used for this project. Replacement ordered.
  4. (Mid-April) Notified that new equipment installed, but there are still a few missing software "plug-ins" that remain to be located and obtained. Will schedule mixing session ASAP after all software is received and operational.
  5. Prepared detailed notes as guide for further refinements in mixes to be made during working sessions with engineer to produce final mixes of hymns and songs.
  6. Changed order within hymn "Amazing Grace" by moving cello parts from the interlude to become the opening intro.
  7. Provided detailed notes of suggestions for revisions in draft mixes to recording engineer who has incorporated.
  8. Reviewing options for distribution of recording, as CD, Streaming, etc.


  1. (April) Solicited comments/edits on history writeup for "Welcome Home". Received feedback, finalized history and updated editors copy with revisions to that history.
  2. As noted below, editor for final version identified.
  3. Draft of book sent for planning purposes in early 2022.
  4. Revised book sent to editor April 2022.
  5. Hopefully work with editor will rapidly produce a final version of history book.

Older Historical Information

Accompaniment Materials on Recording

Welcome Home:

  1. First Draft of lead recorded (2-8-2022);
  2. On 10-13 and 10-21-2020, recorded vocal choral arrangement to refrains for "Welcome Home";
  3. Practice tracks were sent to David to practice for recording lead.

Handbells and Shuttle Pipe (Baby Bagpipe):

On 9-11 & 12, 2020 worked with Wayne Morrison, and Westminster Ringers offsite in Westminster to record:

  1. Baby bagpipe (Shuttle Pipe) as part of interlude for "Amazing Grace";
  2. HandBell/HandChimes as part of interlude for "Amazing Grace";
  3. HandBell/HandChimes for accompaniment on last verse of "Amazing Grace".
  4. HandBell/HandChimes for accompaniment to augment last verse/refrain of othewise A Capella "Just A Closer Walk with Thee".

On 10-8-2020, recorded:

Cello parts now used as introduction to "Amazing Grace" (both melody and harmony lines);

On 11-12-2020:

Used newly acquired audio editing software and successfully transposed key of shuttle pipe to key of "Amazing Grace" recording for use with the handbells in the interlude.


The focus of earlier work was on recording the augmenting vocal harmony parts and completing mixes of the most complicated hymns with many parts. Those recordings are completed and pending detailed final mixing.

Book - History Through 26 Hymns and Songs

During September 2020 - January 2022:

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