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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

The Buddhist Cure for Disconnection & Loneliness. 

We try to fill that hollow place within us with food or drugs or alcohol or consumerism—just about anything we can get our hands on—but it doesn’t take too long to realize these external entities do not make us feel whole for any length of time. In reality, they don't make us feel whole at all.

Why we Chase after the Ones who Break our Hearts. 

It seems as though we really need to decide what kind of compromise we’re willing to accept. The lover who doesn’t give us butterflies, but is there for us lovingly and consistently---or the “tricky type” we long for who will keep our lives pulsing with drama and strife at every turn.

The Difficult Task of Learning How to Love. 

The small minority of people who are able to stay in relationships for years on end are the ones who realize—or most likely just understand on an intuitive level—that they are shacked up with a fallible human. They are going to have many things about them that are unpleasant.

5 Ways to Know it’s Time to Leave. 

It’s never fun to go through a breakup. In fact, not many of the things in life that net us the best possible results are “fun.” They are, however, necessary and really not as bad as they may seem in your head.

When your Soulmate is a Jerk & Other Life Challenges. 

I have a woman in my life that I met in my 30s. When we started dating, our relationship was seen by many people---especially by her parents---as super controversial because I was 16 years older than her.

Are you a Sapiosexual? 5 Ways to Tell. 

If you are a sapiosexual, you probably already know that that is the myth about the guy who was cursed to spend all of eternity pushing a boulder up a hill, only to have it fall down to the bottom again every time he got it to the top. It was made famous by the French philosopher, Albert Camus. Realizing that my date would have a difficult time discerning the difference between Camus and Shamu, I just put the brakes on the whole process.

The 4 Unmistakable Signs of Being in a Lonely Relationship. 

I mean, I still felt a pang of loneliness in that instant where I realized there was no one for me to text about what sort of a day I just had, but when I dug into the reality of what I recently separated from, it was quite a bit less than my emotions wanted me to initially believe.

The One Thing we can do Today to Get out of our Funk. 

Go 24 hours without complaining about anything. That means even to yourself. This is not an easy task. A lot of us may have already mastered the art of not bitching to everyone around us, but if we pay attention to the noise in our heads after someone cuts us off in traffic or we are assigned something unenviable at work, a lot of times you’ll notice that you are complaining quite a bit—even if it is silently and just to yourself.

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