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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

Taylor Swift finally takes a Political Stand—Here’s why it Matters. 

But as Swift explained to her more than 11 million followers on Instagram and, by extension, her 83 million followers on Twitter, certain events that have taken place over the past two years have driven her to finally say something. Coincidentally, this is about how long Donald J. Trump

5 Ways to tell if you are Addicted to being Abandoned. 

There is an addictive pattern that was described first by Susan Anderson in her 2017 book Taming your Outer Child, called abandoholism. It’s a pretty complicated set of behaviors because there are inherent contradictions and paradoxes to look out for. The following is an easy list of traits that are generally indicative of this complaint:

We are who we Tell Ourselves we Are. 

While it is true that we can change the outcomes of animals and children by our expectations, would it not be also true that the expectations we have of ourselves will determine what we are able to do?

10 Relationship Deal-Breakers: when to Stay & when to Go. 

Certain issues are totally workable. Obviously, most relationships in the early stages include lots of incredible sex. This will begin to wane with time and if kids are part of the equation, it may fall off drastically. The incompatibility I am thinking of is when one partner wants sex twice a week and the other can’t seem to get enthusiastic about it twice a year.

When does Friendship turn into Emotional Labor? 

Seth Godin, on his podcast “Akimbo,” refers to “emotional labor” as a requirement in the field of customer service. In other words, when one is being expected to regulate their emotions as a tangible part of their occupation, this can be called “labor” in a very black and white way.

Friends with Benefits? Yeah…no. 

Consider it: two people---most often a man and a woman---are going to carry on a friendship and, in lieu of the common sexual tension that usually goes along with these types of arrangements, they are going to

5 Badass ways to Deal with Heartbreak. 

It would be somewhat silly to expect that we would be able to shut the door on all of our negative emotions and live happily ever after. Badasses cry. Badasses allow themselves to feel awful every once in a while.

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