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 completion.

[The Hymns and Songs album is first to be completed, and is accompanied by a companion publication of Hymn History Stories. It is planned the other albums to be completed will also be accompanied by a companion publication.]

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, the recordings in various stages of production 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. They jointly selected the hymns and songs to include on the album from the hymnals his parents had collected over their lives as their churches replaced them with newer hymnals.

2. This includes several religious songs important to them.

A number of other musicians collaborated, both instrumental and vocal, bringing their wealth of training, experience and skills to this project to create this album.  A webpage of credits is included for each participant. 

Work on this album was divided into 2 phases:

Phase I

Phase I of this project began immediately in 1998. After my mother's death work slowed, and then a major hiatus began in about 2004 because of preemptions of life. 

Mr. Goettee and Ms. Gerber-Salins began working to record these traditional congregational hymns and songs they both grew up with.  Ms. Gerber-Salins was producer, vocal harmony arranger on several hymns, audio engineer, and a significant duet partner on most numbers. Thus 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.

All work on Phase I stopped around 2004.

Phase II

Phase II began in January 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, with Bill as Associate Producer, and recording engineer.

Multiple aspects added 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 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 those several other of her songs.

Nostolgic Solos

This was the first simple, solo album David undertook. Initially it was 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. For most of the songs it uses only piano accompaniment. For a couple others it uses prerecored Karaoke tracks as the accompaniment.

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'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 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 then 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.