Planned Recordings: Overview

This is a quick overview of recordings in TortoiseClimbing's planned pipeline.

How TortoiseClimbing Began, Where and with Whom

In approximately 1990 David was thinking about making some recordings. A friend asked him to record some duets at Bias Recording Studio, which was both relatively geograpically convenient and had a great reputation. They worked with recording engineer, Mr. Bill McElroy, then a partner at Bias

Following that, David continued with Bias and Mr. McElroy to begin recording what turned out to be drafts of several albums.

In 1991, Ms. Heidi Leah Gerber-Salins began working at Bias Recording Studio, which included assisting Mr. Bill McElroy with audio engineering. Thus, she assisted on completion of final touches on the first solo album, Nostalgic Solos. Ms. Gerber-Salins also assisted with in-house production at Bias of a limited number of cassettes of that album for friends and family. She became David's engineer and eventually producer for a umber of years after Mr. McElroy left.

What Albums Are in the Planned Pipeline

In alphabetical order, here are the planned recordings:

Hymns & Songs for Living

This is first album planned for public release. It is accompanied by the companion publication, History Through 26 Hyms and Songs. (See Publications for details.) Following public release of this album and book, plans are to work on completing other albums in this pipeline, and possibly companion publications.

The request for this album occurred in early 1998. David's father died in late 1996, and then in Spring of 1998 his mother to ask him to record their favorite hymns and several religious songs.

1. They jointly selected the hymns and songs 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.

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

What became 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 most numbers. The singing is a mix of solo, duet, and multi-part harmony parts. Ms. Gerber-Salins' voice is part of most numbers, and she also 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. Ms. Gerber-Salins was not available so David assumed the Producer's rule, and returned to working with Mr. Bill McElroy at his new studio, with Bill as Associate Producer, and recording engineer.

Multiple aspects added in phase II included:

All hymns and songs are public domain, except:

The author and composer of Welcome Home gave permission for this project to arrange and record her song as part of Hymns and Songs for Living.

Kathy's Songs

The composer of Welcome Home previously wrote several other religious 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 as a private album in 1993 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 others it uses prerecored Karaoke tracks as the accompaniment.

Plans after completion of the Hymns and Songs for Living project 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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