Welcome to The Melomaniacs. Page contents What is a Melomaniac? Core Team MembersContributors What is a Melomaniac? melomaniac /ˌmɛlə(ʊ)ˈmeɪnɪak/ A passionate or obsessive enthusiast for music. A person that is inordinately and abnormally affected by musical or other tones in certain ranges of sound. The Melomaniacs is a multi-media news and events organization that was inspired by the overwhelming desire to connect people with what they love about music. Music has three avenues in which a listener can connect with it. We have our motor system – music that can make us move. We have our emotional system – music that can reach us deep at the core. And we have our cognitive system – music that can make us think. Music has the ability to greatly affect our psychology and music is inherently linked to our mood. We believe that music sounds the way we feel. We aspire to build a strong sense of community for like-minded people who enjoy music and the connections they make along the way. Get to know our staff a little better here. Core Team Members Our founders and core team members live and breathe music. While you are asleep or just waking up we are texting one another about a music gig we just attended, breaking news, what is unfolding in music today, or arranging the exclusive interviews that you will see in the days & weeks to come. Make no doubt about it, we are working passionately to bring you the very best. Stu Kelly Founder / Managing Editor Stu Kelly began his career in music journalism while conducting his undergraduate studies at the University of Mississippi. During his time in college, Stu began freelancing for The Daily Mississippian and The Oxford Eagle as a contributor and a photographer. Stu also conceptualized a weekly radio program called Riverbed Radio, which aired on 92.1 WUMS every Sunday afternoon. After graduating from Ole Miss in 2011, Stu moved home to Washington, D.C. where he continued his career in music journalism freelancing for Relix Magazine, JamBase.com, NYSmusic.com and LiveMusicDaily.com to name a few. Stu is extremely passionate about the the thriving community that surrounds live music and he’s proud to share that passion through The Melomaniacs. Read all of Stu’s articles here. Send an email to Stu here. Jason Jones Editor Jason Jones holds an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University. His previous poems have appeared in Cumberland River Review, The Ilanot Review, J Journal, Saw Palm, Wraparound South, and others. He hails from Roanoke, Virginia but lives in St. Louis, Missouri now, where he covers local music for The Riverfront Times. Contributors We have connected with some very very talented melomaniacs who will be contributing to our online publication. Brady Wayne Cooling Photo Contributor Brady has been capturing some stellar images up and down the East Coast. We are excited to bring you some of his photos to our website. See all of Brady’s photo contributions here.