Ryan "Shmedly" Maynes started playing piano when he was three years old and writing songs at the age of five. He has played in various bands including Floor 13, Date with Dizzy, Holliston Stops, Northern Lights (keyboards), The Ben Vaughn Desert Classic (bass and accordion), Arlo, and has been involved with many musical projects including recording with Weezer. Currently he lives in Pasadena with his wife and two sons and plays with the band The Electrolites. He has toured all over the world. In the last few years he has enjoyed working with composers on such TV shows as Third Rock from the Sun, That 70's (and 80's) Show and Weeds.
Elizabeth Harper performs excerpts of her exchanges with Ryan "Smedly" Maynes on MySpace, and incorporating some of Maynes' songs into her performance—at Café Mestizo on October 27.