Overview of Tortoise Climbing™ Recordings

How It Began

In approximately 1990, Mr. David Goettee was asked by a friend to record some duets at Bias Recording Studio. Those were recorded mostly working with Mr. Bill McElroy as the recording engineer. 

Following that, David began work on several albums that remain in various stages of process. (Those additional albums may also be accompanied by their respective companion story publications from TortoiseClimbing™).

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 David's 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.

In alphabetical order, envisioned recordings include, and their current status' are:

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, including several religious songs.

1. The hymns were selected from the hymnals his parents had collected over their lives as their churches had replaced them with newer hymnals.


2. Plus, several additional religious songs important to them were selected for inclusion.


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.  Individual webpages are included for each participant on of this website giving their credits. 

Work on this album was accomplished in two phases:

Phase I

Phase I of this project began in 1998, followed by a major hiatus between phase I and phase II because of preemptions of life. 


Mr. Goettee and Ms. Gerber-Salins began working with the traditional congregational hymns and songs they grew up with.  Ms. Gerber-Salins was producer, vocal harmony arranger on several hymns, audio engineer, and a significant duet partner on most numbers, in a mix of solo, duet, and multi-part harmony singing. Ms. Gerber-Salins' voice is part of most numbers, and she also sings the lead on her arrangement of Were You There.

All work on Phase I stopped around 2004.

Phase II

Phase II began the beginning of 2019, when David was able to focus on completing this project. David assumed the Producer's rule, and David returned to working with Mr. Bill McElroy at his new studio, who became Associate Producer, and recording engineer.


Multiple aspects completed during phase II included:

In this album, all hymns and songs are public domain, except:

The author and composer of Welcome Home gave permission for her song to be arranged and recorded as part of Hymns and Songs for Living.


Kathy's Songs

The composer of Welcome Home previously wrote several other religious songs. Planning is just envisioned on how to create arrangements for each of them and record a small album containing all her songs.

Nostolgic Solos

This was the first simple, solo album David undertook initially envisioned as a private album 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. It uses only piano accompaniment for most songs, but a couple include Karaoke tracks as well.

Current plans after completion of Hymns and Songs for Living project is to revisit the Nostolgic Solos project to create a version for general availably. That will require:

Romantic Duets

Work was ongoing on this album at the time David was asked 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 ballad music.)

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 popular romantic songs, primarily from the 1970's through the early 1990's.

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.