Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Are You a True Artist?

I see these inspirational articles floating all around me, forcing me to examine my artistic direction and stripping my soul to bare bone. Are you a true artist? – they … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Path to Success in the Arts

From time to time I receive e-mails from young people wanting to enter the field of music composition. They ask for advice on how to “break into the industry”, how … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Personal Recommendation

Personal Recommendation If you want to get anywhere, you need to be introduced and recommended by another person. Do you want to land a graduate school, a new job, a … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Epiphanies

I have been reading my diary from ten years ago and stumbled upon a very important turning point. In October of 2003 I wrote timidly: “A thought has been coming … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Where Does a Talent Come From?

Where does a talent come from? It’s a lucky combination of genes, sometimes from the immediate ancestors, and sometimes from generations far beyond our knowledge. Here is a photograph of … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

What Is the Shape of Your Music?

Why are you attracted to certain kinds of music and not the others? What need does the music fill in your life? What are the circumstances in which you find … Continue reading

May 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Constraints and Freedom of Art

I’m going very slowly through Bertrand Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy, refreshing on some long forgotten concepts and discovering new ones. I marvel at the different models of society … Continue reading

May 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Uncovering the Hidden Message of a Moth

I haven’t yet talked about the inspiration behind the cover of my album Lacrimosa. Let me share with you this fascinating story. In July of 2011 in North Carolina, I … Continue reading

May 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Delightful Art – Education, Techniques, and a Toolbox of Renaissance Composers

Did Renaissance composers in training use pencil and paper? Did they study scores of their mentors? Was improvisation strictly forbidden? What was the ratio of boys to girls in a … Continue reading

April 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

My Poems, Essays, and Short Stories on Facebook

If you have enjoyed my poetry, please consider following me on Facebook. I set up a new page devoted to my poems, essays, and short stories. In my writing I … Continue reading

December 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Who Needs Art?

Before my grandmother died, I had enough foresight to ask her to write down a few stories from her life. She left a beautiful diary describing her childhood, adolescence, and … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Duty and Allegiance of an Artist – A Message of Paul Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler

This essay was originally a part of a scholarly paper I wrote while in graduate school at New York University. The main body of my work consisted of detailed compositional … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Is Beautiful Out of Style? – Composer Dosia McKay Bets Her New Album It Is Not

Dosia McKay’s debut album Lacrimosa is available for download on iTunes and other major digital retailers. Lacrimosa is a post-classical fusion of Renaissance and Electronic Soundscape music. Dosia McKay’s creative … Continue reading

July 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

25 Fun Exercises to Trigger the Flow of Creativity

Many people in creative fields struggle from time to time with the inability to tap into the flow of creativity. Call it the writer’s block, lack of inspiration, the departure … Continue reading

January 29, 2012 · 1 Comment

Hidden Art

A few months ago I went for a walk around the Lower Manhattan’s financial district. I was looking forward to arriving at my final destination – the trendy waterfront boardwalk, … Continue reading

October 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Guts – A Reflection on the Psychology of the Creative Process and Perseverance as an Artist

This essay was written in October of 2009 after I attended a masterclass with Phil Kline at the New York University. It was originally published on the NYU Composers’ Forum. … Continue reading

August 28, 2010 · Leave a comment

Vasily Kandinsky – It’s Only Art. Or Is It?

“Every work comes into being in the same way as the cosmos – by means of catastrophes… The creation of the work of art is the creation of the world.” … Continue reading

January 5, 2010 · 2 Comments

Making Music, Making Love

Several years ago I was in need of some mindless decompression and so I went to the movie theater to see a popular at that time chick flick The Devil … Continue reading

May 14, 2008 · 1 Comment

Colargol – Music Influences, Polar Bears, and First Loves

It would be very sophisticated and high-brow to list Scriabin or Schoenberg as my musical influences. Brahms might be classy, and Bach perhaps too predictable. But in all truth and … Continue reading

December 18, 2007 · 4 Comments

Kronos Quartet, Early Music: Lachryme antique – Review

The Kronos Quartet, one of the premiere American chamber ensembles, has pushed the boundaries of genre, style, and interpretation for over 30 years. From its conception, ever since violinist David … Continue reading

November 7, 2007 · Leave a comment

Success

The depths of the ocean are supposed to be earth’s last frontier. Far removed from the reach of humankind, indeed, even from the rays of light, are bizarre creatures of … Continue reading

October 9, 2007 · 2 Comments

Who Needs Art?

Before my grandmother died, I had enough foresight to ask her to write down a few stories from her life. She left a beautiful diary describing her childhood, adolescence, and … Continue reading

September 3, 2007 · Leave a comment

Birthing Art

It seems to me that artists don’t really create anything new. I feel that everything has already been created, but it has not been brought into light, it has not … Continue reading

March 12, 2007 · 4 Comments

Curiosity

I think I write music because I am curious. To create a new piece of music out of silence and darkness, to observe how it takes shape and becomes a … Continue reading

December 19, 2006 · Leave a comment

Creative Process

My well educated, well traveled, and well read friend asked me once about the creative process of music composition: “So you just sit at the piano and kind of make … Continue reading

October 27, 2006 · Leave a comment

Hearing

I sit in the first row in my Musicology class so I don’t get distracted by other students and can better absorb the lecture. In close proximity to my left … Continue reading

September 15, 2006 · 1 Comment
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