Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

New String Quartet – Is Now Not Enough?

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I am pleased to announce that I have finished writing a new string quartet. I have entitled it “Is Now Not Enough?”, as the music explores the restlessness and insatiability of a creative spirit. The same invisible force that propels migrating birds and fish, seems to stir the human imagination in search of the ideal and the transcendent, but can it ever be truly found? My composition echoes the themes I have explored earlier in my poem entitled “Unfurling”:

Be still my soul
What is your unfurling?
Your trembling
Your flutter?
What is your ache?
A void that’s ever empty
What is your shape
That I may fill it?
Chords unstrummed?
Songs unsung?
Words unspoken?
Colors unseen?

A flock of geese
Captured in perpetual takeoff
You have startled
The stillness of the pond
Marred it with ripples
Your wings
Water shedding
Gasping for air
Hungrily
Ecstatically
Forcefully

What is your haste?
Is now not enough?
Is here not plenty?

Run, soul, run
For stillness be the death of you
Chase the sun
Fly

©2008 Dosia McKay

The quartet will be premiered on March 10 on the Composer’s Voice Concert in Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York by Josh Henderson, Blake Allen, Susan D. Mandel, and Maya Bennardo. I also hope to record it this summer along with my other music for strings and to release a new album this fall.

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