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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

Flipping A Bitch 

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I was somewhere in Westchester yesterday when I wound up getting lost. Getting lost in a tractor trailer is a unique experience because it’s usually difficult to pull into a gas station and ask for directions. This is why you’ll usually see truck drivers making drastic maneuvers like leaving the truck in the turning lane with the four ways flashing while we go in search of valuable information.

I happened to see another trucker sitting on the side of the shoulder, so I…

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Am I Still In Love With My Ex? 

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Yesterday, hours after writing a post called “Thanks For The Advice?”, an email came through my personal website from someone who felt like they needed to tell me that, after reading a few of my articles, they agree that I should stay single for a little while. I wasn’t entirely sure how to react to that properly, so I sent a quick note back with the subject line, “Thanks?”

I thought that might be something that my ex-girlfriend would appreciate, so I texted her about it. She…

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Thanks For The Advice? 

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I have a serious love affair with writing. I use the word serious because, in addition to the sixty-hour work week I put in as a truck driver and the solo dad time every weekend, I also make sure I am awake at the crack of dawn and at my desk every day. Every day. Christmas, New Year’s, my birthday — it makes no difference to me.

This is why I am always so perplexed when people read my stuff and take it upon themselves to offer me free advice. The only thing that is worse than…

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Next To Me 

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What might it be like to climb up a rainbow

To slide down from the sky to the bottom of the sea

To swim back to the surface on the tail of a dolphin

What would it be like if you were here now with me?

What might it be like to fly as a Blue jay

Soaring through sky past the tops of the trees?

What would it be like to breathe in your essence

To have you for a moment in the same world as me?

What would it be like if the chains you’ve been bound by

Broke down into pieces and rendered you…

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I don’t know. 

I don’t know. I usually need to hear something to process it fully. I use the robot reading voice in Word to hear what my articles sound like before I publish them. But I think everyone takes information in differently. Good article.

Inside The Mind Of The Single Dad 

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$30? Really? To take two little girls to a children’s museum? Alright…whatever. I know their mother told them to ask me. They would’ve never thought of this on their own. Oh my God…look at all these little runny nose kids. I’m going to need gallons of Emergen-C after I leave here.

Why does it look like all these parents are fifteen years younger than me? Because they are, stupid. And everyone is so nicely paired up. You know what your problem is? You’re looking at each of these guys with envy…

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The Curse Of Our Blessings 

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As a person who tries with every fiber of my being to walk the talk as often as possible, I can see how recent events in my life went exactly the way they did. I have no problem admitting that I was blindsided by the way a woman looked and did not even realize the amount of negative energy they were emitting. I was sucked in by their defeatist story of how difficult life was for them because they were cursed with this albatross of their own incredible beauty. You might…

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In Defense Of Celibacy 

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I am terrible with boundaries. I meet a woman, I like them, I begin to feel positive feelings and I become an open book — writing the most heartfelt love poetry, giving away my social security number, my grocery money and my winter coat. Up until recently, I always sort of viewed this as a quirky, perhaps slightly humorous part of my personality. Had I been forced to scrutinize it deeper, it wouldn’t be long before I’d realize it sprung from a need for connection and love…

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Gaslight Much? 

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I do believe there are times in our lives when the universe conspires to teach us something. Generally, we are faced with a challenge and we rise up to meet it and come away better for having experienced it. Then, of course, there’s what I just went through in the last two weeks. That could probably best be described as a whole lot of “WTF?” Let me explain:

On or around December 14, things for me could not possibly have been better. A lifelong dream had come true. After…

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Go Big In 2019 

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I’ve been doing the blogging thing long enough to have definitely come across some pretty predictable patterns — so if you want to do well in this arena, listen up. I’ve got some very worthwhile advice.

Number one, look for a commonly accepted truth that is trending — say for example, Bond Crater, the famous actor was caught on camera picking his nose. Pretty innocuous. Everyone knows he picked his nose. It was embarrassing for him, slightly entertaining to the rest of us…

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