Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

The Flow – Chapter 1

Numbness does not have to be destructive. Its lukewarm embrace can be nourishing, sustaining, prove wonderfully protective. When all other emotions have failed, numbness remains to offer a guiltless escape. … Continue reading

November 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Freakish Intensity

The cover design made it more real. The novel is out with the editor and I am inching toward the release of the book. I am about to enter the … Continue reading

July 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Back to the Novel Writing

Some of you have asked what happened to the psychological thriller I was writing last year. I had to put it aside for the last few months as I worked … Continue reading

June 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

From Faint Inklings to Tangible Embodiments

Once upon a time, Kate Steinbeck had a faint inkling about commissioning new music for her ensemble. We had talked about it many months in advance, before she really knew … Continue reading

June 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Home Archeology

Discovery of a buried ziplock bag during a routine weeding of a flower bed led me to a more involved archeological dig which produced the featured figurine. It was slimy … Continue reading

June 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rubble Becomes Art – Score Editing

The final and crucial step of self-editing. Yes, I could catch the same mistakes on the computer screen, but there is something tangible and more immediate about editing on paper. … Continue reading

June 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

New Music for Pierrot Ensemble and Percussion

I had a lot of fun creating this graphic animation/representation for my new piece. “Abandon” captures a fleeting moment of forsaking self-imposed restraints in favor of complete freedom and joyful, … Continue reading

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rubble Becomes Art

I have spent the last four months composing a triptych of songs commissioned by Kate Steinbeck and Pan Harmonia, based on the poems of three North Carolina contemporary poets. Although … Continue reading

April 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

A Unifying Principle

How do I express this movement musically? And when I hear gripping music, how do I paint it? These two artistic disciplines have been closely related in my creative output. … Continue reading

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chamber Music Commission – Art Songs

In celebration of its 20th season (2019-2020), Kate Steinbeck and Pan Harmonia have commissioned me to create an innovative work for voice, flute, bassoon and guitar for the chamber music … Continue reading

January 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Flow – A Psychological Thriller for Artists and Creatives

The Flow, my psychological thriller went out to Beta Readers today. I never thought I would write a book like this. I was only going to outline the plot, just … Continue reading

January 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Flow – a Psychological Thriller

An exciting day for me. I have finished the first draft of my psychological thriller and I’m able to share a more descriptive blurb with you: “A broken artist. A … Continue reading

November 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Cemetery

Cemetery in Wejherowo. This section dedicated to small children. Growing up in Poland, I was never sheltered from the reality of death and suffering. I remember visiting the graves of … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Pan Harmonia Commission

I am pleased to announce that I have received a commission from Kate Steinbeck of Pan Harmonia to compose a new work in celebration of Pan Harmonia’s 20th season. This project will be … Continue reading

August 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Composing the Harpsichord Concerto

Enjoy a composer / painter studio visit while I share the inspiration, challenges, and discoveries in writing a harpsichord concerto.

August 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Harpsichord Concerto, II – Ballade

Traditionally, the second movement of a concerto is a slow one, allowing the audience to catch a breath between fast sections, but giving no rest to the soloist whose virtuosity … Continue reading

August 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Harpsichord Concerto, I – Ritornello

The new harpsichord concerto is finished. Enjoy the preview of the first movement, the Ritornello. I will upload the other two movements in the next few days. Ritornello is a … Continue reading

July 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Terabyte Tiara – New Painting

I have been working intensely on the harpsichord concerto and came to a point where I felt that a quick change in artistic disciplines would do wonders to reset my … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

In Search of Divine Patterns

I have always believed that there is a divine order in all things. Studying calculus in college and diving deep into music theory showed me hidden treasures few people are … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Harpsichord Concerto – Work in Progress

The second movement of the harpsichord concerto is now in its final stages. Here I am checking the form for possible structural flaws. In my book, symmetry is always better … Continue reading

June 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Intersection of Art and the Real World – Twenty Years Later

I am skimming through a few episodes of The West Wing in disbelief that the series is almost twenty years old. In nearly every episode president Bartlet gives his staff … Continue reading

June 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Toolbox

You can accomplish anything if you have the right tools. However, the problem often lies in the fact that the right tools may be out of reach, you may have … Continue reading

May 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Harpsichord Concerto

I am presently composing a concerto in three movements for harpsichord and string orchestra (4,4,4,2,1 or larger). The total length of the music will be approximately fifteen minutes. I hope … Continue reading

May 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Hardcore Bread Baking

I made this loaf from sourdough starter, freshly ground spelt flour, filtered water (no chlorine or fluoride), Himalayan salt, and brown sugar. I had made the starter from freshly ground … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fragments

I think about all the places I have ever lived and feel a profound sense of loss. I am grateful to heave been exposed to different environments and experiences, but … Continue reading

February 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Quiet Room with a Large Window

To be perfectly honest, following many of you ultra successful artsy people on social media has been difficult recently. Your premieres, international travel, awards, commissions, exhibits, and accolades–you are in … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Arizona – Thrive or Survive?

A girl on the internet shared her adventures of moving from Hawaii to Arizona. She said the islands became too small for her and since she loves collecting rocks and … Continue reading

October 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Storing the Memories

First world problems: my phone with an excellent camera is broken. I am using a replacement phone with a mediocre camera. My full blown camera has a portrait lens while … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Fragile

Every morning I wake up with anxiety. I reach for my phone to quickly scan the news to find out whether the new Korean war has begun. Then I check … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rediscovery

Dandridge, TN – rediscovering the town of my birth, of my American birth, that is. Remembering how difficult and lonely the first years were and how many people showed me … Continue reading

August 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

New Music for Viola

I am happy to reveal my new composition for viola and piano. For now I only have a recording prepared using virtual instruments, but hope to reach out to living-breathing … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Awakening for Viola and Piano

Ever since I have heard Rebecca Clarke’s Morpheus, my interest in writing for string instruments was piqued. I have since composed string quartets, a string trio, a piano trio, and … Continue reading

July 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

New Guitar Recording of my Music Released

I am delighted to announce that Sergio Puccini, an Argentine guitar virtuoso, has recorded my “Parting” and released it on his new album entitled “Sergio Puccini Plays Paul McCartney’s a … Continue reading

May 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Survived

For those who care or find it amusing, my cello survived the month long cross country journey without an incident. It is only slightly out of tune and very dusty. … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Climb

Mount Shasta. Out of every three climbers who attempt the summit, only one reaches it. But not before conquering the Misery Hill, which is described as a false summit. You … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pilgrims

We are all travelers, pilgrims, believers in higher purpose, traveling in different directions, but somehow on similar paths. Or maybe on different paths but drawing the same conclusions. Who knows? … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Open Spaces

I have heard about the vast spaces of the West and it doesn’t surprise me that people have been drawn by them for centuries. Here anything seems possible. I want … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Grand Canyon

After 12 years, this is my second trip to the one and only Grand Canyon. Its vastness and gravity still pull me in the same way they did before. It’s … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Solo

I took a solo hike into the bottom of the canyon and began fantasizing about taking a full solo trip. I crave uninterrupted segments of time when I can fully … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Presidential Library

I thought a presidential library was a public library on steroids endowed by a president. A great collection of books, recordings, maps, ultra fast internet access, engaging geography or history … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Cross Country Journey

I am making a cross country journey from Asheville, NC to Portland, OR. I have uprooted my family, my music studio, and my painting studio in order to start afresh … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Change

Change is difficult because it confronts me with the impermanence of all things. I must say goodbye to this home, to this friendship, to this idea of where I fit … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Goodbye

Dear Asheville, Thank you for everything! The last five years have enriched me with new friendships, scenic natural surroundings, and much inspiration for music composition and art making. I am … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

A Musical Riddle

I came across this chart today while sifting through some old scores. It was tucked away in “Lush”, a piece I composed for soprano saxophone, and jazz chamber orchestra. I … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Treasured Possessions

Some of the most thoughtful gifts I have received over the years have been music scores by other composers. I have many officially released works, as well as a few … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Patch of Blue – Analysis of the Music Score by Jerry Goldsmith

The following is a scholarly paper I wrote during my graduate studies at the New York University in the Fall of 2009, a requirement for professor Ronald H. Sadoff’s class … Continue reading

December 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

End of the Chapter

I will be sad to leave my studio at the end of the year. I spent 4 years in this space composing music, painting, writing, playing instruments, and singing. Creative … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Świtezianka

In Polish mythology, Świtezianka is a water nymph living in the lake Świteź, also dragonfly with metallic blue, green, and umber colored wings. Watercolors, acrylics, and ink on paper, 18 … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · 2 Comments
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