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My Legacy : The Sentimental Journey Tapes Chuck suggests that he will most be remembered as the guy that handed them free gratis one of his "Sentimental Journey" organ tapes.
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By Chuck Hinman

My Legacy : The Sentimental Journey Tapes

As I live out my life waiting for my heavenly townhouse to be completed, I occasionally reflect on what one thing I will most be remembered for when I'm out of here. Certainly I have lived in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, long enough to have left some tracks. The question is -- what tracks will I most be remembered for?

For what will Chuck be remembered most

Several things come to mind. Will it be my jogging days when Bartians saw me huffing and puffing my way every noon from the Phillips gym to Marie's Steak House and back (17,000 miles over 30 years)? Or will I be remembered for my story writing? Or perhaps you will say that I touched more people with my music.

Here's my entry which you may never have known about.

Chuck's 'Sentimental Journey' organ tapes

I suggest I will most be remembered as the guy that handed them free gratis one of his "Sentimental Journey" organ tapes. I used to never leave home without taking a couple of my latest tapes to give away to some unsuspecting person.

If you didn't get one, I'm sorry I missed you. I estimate I gave away over a thousand to friends and strangers across the United States. I was a well known customer at the east side post office mailing my tapes.

Recording digital organ music on cassettes

This is how that happened. I was fortunate to have owned two state of the art Technics organs. They were digital organs and complicated to master. But they came at a time in my life when I did master all of the bells and whistles. I learned how to record on then-popular cassette tapes. The master tapes have been preserved on CDs. It was time consuming but the end product was a 'labor of love.'

The dozen SJ tapes were done in big band style. Each of the tapes have twenty of the most popular songs of the day. Because I had the best equipment available, the tapes are unashamedly professional sounding.

Chuck's own arrangement begins and ends each tape

Each tape starts and ends with the same Chuck Hinman arrangement of Sentimental Journey. Technics organs were unusual in that they had digitally copied sounds such as an actual choo-choo train on a clickity clack track, so realistic sounding that you can almost smell the coal smoke as it lumbers off in the distance with a wailing train whistle to conclude the delightful tape.

It is no wonder to me when I receive word from someone (many times complete strangers) that one of my SJ tape is playing in their car wherever they go. One lady wrote that she picked up one of my SJ tapes at a garage sale. Another person says she has a portable radio-tape player and she does her housework daily doing the 'light fantastic' to the SJ tape played by someone who handed her the tape at Luby's Cafeteria years ago.

Not a bad legacy for a former Nebraska farm boy, wouldn't you agree?

Written by Chuck Hinman. Emailed Saturday, 13 February 2010

Chuck's niece cuts corn off the cob, listening to his tape

On Tuesday, 28 July 2009, Sheri Hinman, Chuck's niece, wrote to him about listenting to one of these tapes:
Hi Chuck!

Had to send you a note. This morning I was cutting some corn off the cob and thought I would listen to some music. Your tape was near and so I put it in and went on a Sentimental Journey! I remember so well how my folks enjoyed listening at home and in the car to those tapes!

Thanks for the trip!
Love, Sher
People still enjoying tapes is music in the ears of a deaf old man

Chuck replied to Sheri the same day:
Hi Sheri,

I didn't realize when I was making (and giving away) those Sentimental Journey organ tapes so many years ago that they would still be played all these many years later. Those tapes (spread widely) are unquestionably my greatest musical legacy and you'll never know how you made my day by dropping a line that you are listening to one of those tapes as we speak!

When Connie and I went to Luby's cafeteria every evening for an enjoyable meal, I would take a couple SJ tapes in my pocket to give away before we came home -- even if I didn't know the recipient.

Years later I have had some of these people (strangers) tell me THEY ARE STILL PLAYING MY TAPE IN THEIR CAR.

Can you understand how that is 'music in the ears' of a deaf old man?

Uncle Chuck

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