Hi <<First Name>>,
From #MeToo to ongoing culture wars, many expressions of masculinity have come under fire. Women and nonbinary folx are speaking up about the pain present in many interactions with the masculine; many men, for their parts, have responded with defensiveness, or despair. And of course, plenty of men have suffered under expectations of heavy-handed gender norms.
In a world of stereotype, repression, and outright abuse, what's a good man to do?
Enter Blessed is the Man. Pastor and spoken-word artist Dale Fredrickson has crafted a full-length audio album telling the story of how men can grow their capacity for mutual love and become openhearted, emotionally expressive, and relationally connected without compromising genuine manhood.
This album challenges toxic expressions of masculinity that has caused women, nonbinary people, other men and children harm through unchecked anger, emotional repression, and self-reliant pride. This album uses poetry and the sounds of banjos, mandolins, saxophones, violins, and guitars to inspire men (and those who care about men) to let love shape their lives and write their stories.
This is a unique album, inspired in part by Mike Morrell's viral blog post, An Open Letter to my Brothers in light of #MeToo. If you want to review something evocative, provocative, and special, Blessed Is the Man is for you.
A bonus gift: Everyone who completes their album review will receive a free copy of Dale's Chapbook On Wounds & Wonder as well as a Blessed is the Man 'Zine that includes poems, artwork, and a questions for reflections.