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Chuck Hinman: IJMA. My Legacy : The Sentimental Journey Tapes
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!People still enjoying tapes is music in the ears of a deaf old man
Chuck replied to Sheri the same day:
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