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Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story (autographed hardcover)
  • Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story (autographed hardcover)
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“The echoey sounds of stretching and cracking ice filled the inlet.  The surround had become an arena, an eternal, unearthly battleground.  The white whale broke the surface slowly.  Inching forward, it broke the ice ahead of its brow, sending mountainous shards into the starry night.  Carney clutched his ATK.  He spun to Isaac standing at Carney’s right. “Just another hill, Isaac.  Just another damned hill!”


I’m a Composer.  Before studying at the Boston Conservatory of Music, I sat in the back of Corpus Christi Church in Port Chester, New York.  At age 19, and in one long sitting, I penciled, “Only for Now.”



“That’s it,” I thought.  I have divested myself of the burden.  “Now, I must learn about Music.” 

Years later, I composed Ahab, for Actor & Wind Ensemble.  We made a fine recording of the work in Leipzig.  It was ten years to the day after the Wall had come down.  (Stormworks Chapter 2: Wende.)  Actor, Kurtwood Smith enacted all of Ahab’s lines from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.



Needing to share more of the backstory, I took to book-writing again and penned Ahab, a Love Story.  Unbridled Romance, Real History, and Adventure combined in a mystery solved. Who was Ahab before the Captain we meet in Melville’s novel?

“Good!” I thought.  “Mission accomplished.  Back to Music.”



On the birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, the anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, and the anniversary of my Mom’s passing, I completed, Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story.  For me, the novel reveals the Pains of History, the longings of Romance and the Human Adventure at its highest. 

Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story completes a trilogy of stories.  Ahab, a Love Story, Melville’s, Moby Dick, and now, Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story.

 Death to Moby Dick, a Love Story, is a novel from my heart to yours.  If you are a fan of Love Stories, Adventures on the High Seas, and Melville’s Moby Dick, this is a must-read. 

Enjoy & Godspeed!

 Stephen Melillo
 Composer

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Ahab, a Love Story (autographed hardcover)
  • Ahab, a Love Story (autographed hardcover)

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Who is the Ahab known to millions of readers? Didn’t a young Ahab fall in love, and inhale the beauty of life? What happened to him? What indescribable loss pierced him? How, when, and why did he become Captain Ahab?

Given Ahab’s age and the date of the sinking, the backstory to Melville’s Moby Dick, a work entitled “Ahab, a Love Story,” comes from a timeline that is real. In this story, Ahab did live; he did love, and he did inhale the beauty of life. The history is actual. The ships’ names, manifests, and schedules are authentic. The astrological events, geographies, cultures, places, embedded stories, imprisonments, structures, battles … all occurred as documented in this story. While doing the research, I became eerily intrigued by the way in which everything lined up. You will too!

Superimposed upon this backdrop of actual history and true-to-life events, we meet young Ahab, a fictional character. Yet, by story’s end, one will wonder ... Did young Ahab exist? For me, Abie & Abbie are so real, a sequel to Melville’s Moby Dick is currently being written.

Enjoy & Godspeed! Stephen Melillo, Composer

AHAB, a LOVE STORY EXCERPT on VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/278571412

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Only for Now (autographed paperback)
  • Only for Now (autographed paperback)

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Before studying at the Boston Conservatory of Music, I sat in the back of Corpus Christi Church in Port Chester, New York.  At age 19, and in one long sitting, I penciled, “Only for Now.”


Only for Now is a young adult novel dedicated to the premise and message that "growing up" need not mean "giving in."

Seventeen-year-old Stephen Rinaldi is a highly skilled practitioner of Chinese Gung fu. In his first year in college, he faces the loss of his first love while confronting an established martial art instructor engaged in illegal activity. All of his beliefs are put to a severe test as he becomes a teacher himself. Seven-year-old Jennifer teaches Stephen to stand against Goliath-like forces and never surrender Hope.

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Nogard & Dragon (interactive story for Children of all ages)
  • Nogard & Dragon (interactive story for Children of all ages)

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Nogard & Dragon downloads to your desktop as an interactive PDF. The Music tracks are embedded within the PDF.

Dragon must find Nogard, the Keeper of the Book of Truefire. In his/her (Dragon's gender is avoided) quest, Dragon must guard against the Darkseekers and their leader, Mulicarmeisher. Dragon finds Nogard and together, they release the secrets of the Book.

Like Peter & the Wolf, this illustrated story is narrated to a 21-minute piece of Music, which is divided into 4 parts or Journals.

The suite, “STORMQuest,” from the STORMWORKS, is a Musical portrayal of this story, composed and orchestrated for young band and/or strings.

Enjoy & Godspeed!
Stephen Melillo Composer

PS: Be sure to "allow" Acrobat to access all of the embedded Music track files.

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Christmas Passion: Christmas Passion (autographed audio CD)
  • Christmas Passion: Christmas Passion (autographed audio CD)
  • Christmas Passion: Christmas Passion (autographed audio CD)

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You can preview much more about Christmas Passion here: https://stephenmelillo.com/christmas-passion

Traditional Christmas Carols... set in a way to inspire new contemplation. As Winston Spencer says, "Never Never Never stop listening." It's always the Holy Days.

Enjoy & Godspeed! Stephen Melillo, Composer

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A Cold Night, a Study of Music on Film (DVD on Amazon)
  • A Cold Night, a Study of Music on Film (DVD on Amazon)

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Learn about this milestone project and resource at Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/COLD-NIGHT-Study-Music-Film/dp/B08DSS4KX4/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=A+Cold+Night+Melillo&qid=1605532245&s=movies-tv&sr=1-1

A COLD NIGHT, a Study of Music on Film Film by Jonathan Heap, Produced by Corey Kaup Music(s) by © Stephen Melillo, IGNA 1984-2020, ASCAP

In 1984, we had the idea of first writing a song and then making a Film to that song.

In the second half of the experiment, we would strip the song from the Film.  

Pretending that the song never existed, we would treat the Film as the original inspiration for a Dramatic Score.

One film with two completely different Musical approaches and resulting psychologies would then be shown back to back to demonstrate the effects of Music on Film.

With a newly digitized film from 1984, newly recorded 2020 “quarantine-style” Heavy Metal Rock and Orchestral Tracks, and a formal release of 13 August 2020, the birthday of Alfred Hitchcock, this Music Film, entitled “A COLD NIGHT, a Study of Music on Film,” is a discussion of the processes spanning 36 years, and then a presentation of the same film with two different outcomes.

“This has to be one of the greatest creative concepts ever.”
Andrew F., Carmel, Indiana

A Note from Jonathan Heap, Director

“A Cold Night  is the brainchild of Stephen Melillo and Jonathan Heap.  But their collaboration began way before that in high school. Steve and Jonathan have had a music/film partnership starting in the 70s.  It has continued as the format grew from Super 8 to 16 to 35 and on into High-def digital. Their shared visions have included comedy, drama, suspense and long and short works including 1201 P.M. which was nominated for an Oscar. Jonathan’s focus grew to feature films and short comedy and even as recently as 2018, Melillo and Heap delivered the horror thriller The Unwilling.  They continue working together even as Steve created an enormous body of compositions that have garnered accolades domestically and internationally.”

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