“He was a highly dedicated and skilled, confused and powerful boy, a trained killer who had hired himself to do a job.” Seventeen-year-old Stephen Rinaldi went into the ring. Literal and internal, it was a ring with powerful, politically connected enemies. They wanted to crush him even before the chance of becoming a man.

No training, no prayers, no prior life-experience had prepared him. Only for Now is a fast-paced action-adventure for adolescents of all ages. Told by his student and friend, Lenny Greenman, Only for Now tells how one individual took a beating in every way a person might, yet stood tall in a world that tried to “kick him in another direction.”

Amidst the divorce of his parents, backstabbing betrayal, the ridicule of buddies who once called him a friend, and the unexplained and hurtful end of his first love, Stephen leaves home for his first year of college.  Exceptionally skilled in the Chinese martial art, he inadvertently challenges another karate/kung fu teacher named Yang. Yang and his school of more than 125 students become Stephen’s adversaries on a distant college campus far from home. His life literally goes into the ring, a struggle inside and out, between turning the other cheek and fighting back… hard.

In Only for Now, one person collides with the many people who want him gone. He faces formidable foes and literally goes “under cover”… but in the end, Stephen Rinaldi emerges as a real-to-life Hero. Life is short but wide. Only for Now is wide and stands as a lasting testament to those who believe that growing up need not mean, giving in.
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About the Author

Into 2017, Stephen’s 4th Symphony was nominated for the Pulitzer and Nemmers Prize in Music. Winner of three 2009 Telly & Ava Awards for his 2005 Visualized Concert, Kakehashi: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, Stephen’s concert-version was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. His 15 feature film scores include the Oscar-nominated 12:01PM, and most recently, The Unwilling. An ASCAP Concert Awards recipient each year since 1992, Stephen’s more than 1145 works include 4 symphonies, several concerti and over 33-hours of Music for Ensembles of the 3rd Millennium™. With 28 CDs and 6 books on iTunes, and simply by word-of-mouth, Stephen’s pioneering, self-publishing entity known as STORMWORKS has gone from 0 to many thousands of worldwide renderings since 1992.

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“Melillo is to wind music what Beethoven was to the symphony orchestra, and he follows a Beethovenesque design of increasing the musical tension almost to the breaking point, receding, and then reaching again. It is superlative musical craftsmanship and inspiring to hear.”  Marvin Sosna, Music Critic


His S-MATRIX Symphony was fabulous, full of childlike wonderment as the composer intended and marvelous sounds.  And they worked to maximum effect — a brilliant, original use of orchestral resources for a sophisticated, sensational, beautiful and satisfying experience.”   Nancy R. Ping-Robbins, Music Critic


…a new voice in the direction of music, his sound – a bridge between the serious and the immediately visceral.”  Maestro Gerhardt Zimmerman, Conductor


…his ability to create a mood, find precisely the right touch of drama and create the needed effect was manifest… the sustained chords in the choir, the timpani’s roar, the harp’s glissandos.  Melillo used them all with a sense of absolute rightness and the result was fresh, joyful and exciting… each measure scored with an unerring ear for drama and emotion.”  John S. Sweeney, Music

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