Planned Recordings: Overview

This is a quick overview of recordings in TortoiseClimbing's planned pipeline. In alphabetical order, here are the planned recordings.

Hymns & Songs for Living

This is the first album planned for public release. (There was a completed private album in 1991.) It is accompanied by the companion publication, History Through 26 Hyms and Songs. (See Publications for details.) Following public release of this album, ebook and planned audio book, plans include completing other albums the pipeline, and possibly companion publications.

David's father died in late 1996. In Spring of 1998 his mother asked him to record a represenative list of their favorite hymns and several religious songs.

1. They jointly selected the hymns for the album from the hymnals his parents had collected over their lives as their churches replaced them with newer hymnals.

2. They also selected several non-hymn religious songs important to them, one of which is a contempory christian song.

A number of musicians collaborated, both instrumental and vocal, bringing their wealth of training, experience and skills to this project. Separate webpages of credits are included for each participant. 

Work on this album was divided into 2 phases:

Phase I

Phase I of the recording began immediately after his mother's request in Spring 1998. Ms. Gerber-Salins became producer, vocal harmony arranger on several hymns, audio engineer, and a significant duet partner on many numbers. The singing on this album is a mix of solo, duet, and multi-part harmony. Ms. Gerber-Salins' voice is part of many of the numbers. She sings the lead on her arrangement of Were You There.

After his mother's death, work slowed. Then a major hiatus began in about 2004 because of preemptions of life.

Phase II

Phase II began in January 2019, when David was able to focus on completing this project. Because Ms. Gerber-Salins had moved on in her life, David assumed the Producer's rule, and returned to working with Mr. Bill McElroy at his new studio in Ashland, VA, as Associate Producer and recording engineer.

Multiple aspects added in phase II include:

All hymns and songs are public domain, except:

The author and composer of the contemporary Christian song Welcome Home gave permission for David to arrange and record the first public release of her song as part of Hymns and Songs for Living.

Kathy's Songs

The composer of Welcome Home previously wrote several other contemporary Christian songs. The plan is to create arrangements for each of them and record a small album containing Kathy's other songs.

Nostolgic Solos

This was the first simple, solo album David made for private release in 1991 for freinds and family. It is 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. Acompaniment for most of the songs is solo piano. For a couple it uses prerecored Karaoke tracks as the accompaniment.

After completion of the Hymns and Songs for Living project plans are to revisit the Nostolgic Solos project and create a version for public release. That will include:

Romantic Duets

Work was ongoing on this album at the time David's mom asked him to record Hymns and Songs for Living. All work on this project was put on hold. (This album is also largely in the style of ballads.)

In 1993 when Mr. McElroy left Bias, 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 then popular romantic songs, primarily from the 1970's through the early 1990's. All accompaniments are prerecored Karaoke tracks.

Over the next 4 years David and Ms. Gerber-Salins gradually recorded materials for this project. During that time, Mr. Goettee’s and Ms. Gerber-Salins' professional relationship expanded and evolved to include Ms. Gerber-Salins fulfilling roles of co-producer, occasional singing collaborator and very importantly, friend, working together on the draft Romantic Duets album. (As noted above, 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 on with Ms. Gerber-Salins, they remain draft recordings. Thus, no decision has been made about release of those draft recordings.

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