As most of you know, Hubby and I drove to and from Wyoming recently… about 14 hours each way.
As with most road trips, eventually, after a few hours of chit chat, snack shopping and radio bartering, it becomes time to settle in for the long haul. For most of us, we hope for that magical conversation/radio entertainment/perfect music compilation to make the time fly.
My favorite way to hunker down is to get totally engrossed in an audio book. Hubby, too. So this trip, I brought all 4 volumes of Micheal Johnson’s ‘THROWIN’ MY LOOP’ compilation audio CDs. (No affiliation)
Michael Johnson is the author of one of my all time favorite audio CDs, “Healing Shine”.
WHAT IS THE ‘THROWING MY LOOP’ COMPILATION?
The ‘Throw’ My Loop’ compilation is a set of 4 audio CDs (you can get them one at a time) made up of the best of Michael Johnson’s syndicated column – voiced by Michael Johnson.
The ‘voiced by Michael Johnson’ part is not to be ignored… You see, not only are the life stories invaluable (dogs, horses, cowboys, love, loss, life lessons…), but if you haven’t ever heard Johnson’s down home ‘Oklahoma by way of Texas’ drawl, well then you are in for a treat!
Johnson’s voice is a character in itself… its soft gravel is like having a cowboy poet guardian angel sitting in the car with you, chatting about life and such. Kinda like the mashup of John Wayne and Will Rogers sharing the ride…
We loved every pearly note… Hubby and I cried, laughed, nodded, smiled, whimsied, sighed, winked and did just about every other kind of appreciative gesture known to listeners worldwide when something resonates profoundly.
If you can, get this set or put it on your Xmas list… whatever you need to hear, I’m pretty sure, you’ll find it in one of these stories.
AS IF THEY WERE WRITTEN FOR YOU.
That is exactly my takeaway from listening to these volumes: it was that they were written for me, which of course, they weren’t specifically, but you know, they were… because so many of these stories touched me, specifically.
And even though I didn’t know that I needed to hear any of it; it was all exactly what I needed to hear.
Same with Hubby… he felt the stories applied to him… And, he thought of a few other people that could benefit from particular stories as well.
HOW MICHAEL INTRODUCES THE VOLUMES…
The first thing you hear is Michael’s CowAngel drawl as he introduces his archives. This is what he says:
Greetings. I’m Michael Johnson and welcome to “Throwing My Loop.” That’s the name
of a syndicated column I wrote for a few dozen magazines across America and Canada for twenty years. None unfortunately, were the Saturday Evening Post, but mostly small rural
magazines, some devoted to farm life, others to rodeo, a couple of corporate groups who had their own publications like National Rural Water, and when you combine all those subscriptions, the column reached a sizeable number, I suppose. The stories, with different characters and settings, are all true stories and all are about the same thing…my obsession, and that is, What makes us rise?” What makes us care and try? What is it that really helps us? Since I was a child, I have wondered about that. Where that obsession came from, I have no idea, but it’s always been there – this deep desire to understand what causes us to rise. I even obtained a doctorate in psychology to learn the answer to that question. Sadly, they didn’t know either, but I didn’t give up the quest. For thirty years I’ve wondered , and it is with great joy that I can tell you along the way some answers have been provided. Sometimes it’s a kind word, sometimes it’s a scolding from someone who loves us. Sometimes it’s wood ducks lighting on the pond, and sometimes it’s rain…and so much more.
The stories you are about to hear are about people, good horses, and good dogs who lifted me up and gave me hope. They taught me something of value and that is – that we are stronger than we think and more than we know. And now it’s my fondest wish these stories do the same for you – these tales I’ve heard while throwing my loop.
I’m Michael Johnson and I ask…
that you be encouraged in your good works!
I knew immediately that I was going to like everything that followed…
HOW TO OBTAIN AND LISTEN FOR YOURSELVES! (No Affiliation)
I’m keeping my set in my car to listen at will. I think each time I pop in a disc, I might hear another perfect message for me in that moment.
Here is a link to find the CDs or CD set on Michael’s website. Have fun and please tell me how much you enjoyed these stories – tell me which stories touched you.
I’m smiling… I think you will be very happy after Michael Johnson plucks your heartstrings and sets your mind free.