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"Next time you hear an effective and affecting lyrics-first, narrative and nakedly personal songwriter like Billy Manas, just remember that this act of staying out of the way of the lyrics is a musical skill, not a literary one. Props where they are due." -John Burdick  Hudson Valley Almanac 

"Billy Manas has star power."  Woodstock Times


"Billy Manas is a very passionate guy who operates on many levels and all of this finds its way 
into his music." Poughkeepsie Journal

"You could say that Billy Manas gets straight to the point - his no-frills directness takes familiar songs and makes them his own - his locomotive acoustic guitar, exuberant harmonica, and road-worn voice are the touchstone of a seasoned troubadour."  Paul Higgins WKZE

Fighting Our Demons 

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The phrase gets thrown around a lot. We use it to describe our difficulty with staying clean. We use it when friends of ours die unexpectedly. “They just couldn’t fight those demons.” But what are those demons exactly?

They’re feelings. Feelings are always what got us into this mess in the first place. Most people don’t go from playing two-hand touch in the backyard to sucking on the end of a stem, so generally when we are younger, we turn to alcohol or weed experimentally…

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5 Ways To Avoid Relapse 

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The other day I saw a video of a man breaking the news to his son that his mother died of an overdose. Somehow the logic was that if people got to voyeuristically look at how broken up this eight-year-old child was at the reality of losing his mother, they wouldn’t use and put their child through the same thing. This, of course, is not a deterrent really. It has the same effect as driving slow past a fatal car wreck. People love to look but they’re most likely still…

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Is it a dating slump or just destiny? (Naomi B) 

January and February in New York, as many people already know, can be tough. What was fortunate for me this year was that I signed a book deal in December, and it required me to write the entire 50,000-word manuscript over those two months. For the first time in my recent memory I did not […]

TIMELY Jack Kerouac: 9 Mad Observations on Love. 

During the long stretches through the Great Plains and much of the Midwest, I re-read Kerouac's masterpiece and discovered something about him that I don’t think I was ready for when I first

#itwasneveradress 

permission granted by co-creator Tania Katan

James Brown, at one time, put a great deal of effort in telling us that it is a man’s world. That was, of course, in 1966 — which was a long time ago. As a matter of fact, one could argue that those days have long since changed.

There’s been an obvious shift in our media as more and more celebrities- both men and women- publicly own their feminism and actively use their celebrity to promote gender equality. It’s in the movies that are made, and the books that we…

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It Was Never A Dress (TIMELY) 

International Woman’s Day is approaching this Friday, March 8 and even though its earliest observance goes back to 1909 in New York, it wasn’t until over a hundred years later when Barrack Obama breathed new life into it that it became what it is today: a time set aside to observe the accomplishments of great […]

Five ways to tell he’s in it for the long haul 

The last year and a half, for me, has been umm…different. In one respect I have had the unparalleled good fortune of watching myself grow into the person I feel I have always been meant to be; manifesting the wildest dreams from my childhood. I pounded that pavement in search of an agent and a […]

The Next Time I Get Naked 

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I am different than most people in many ways — I work as a truck driver among other union truck drivers and yet, I am also a writer, a singer, guitar player, and songwriter. I am extraordinarily sensitive, and I don’t go near power tools. Yet, I also am like a lot of other guys when it comes to my relationships with women. The pull of biology causes me to make less than wise decisions that I go on to regret soon after I make them.

In the past, if I was within striking…

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