Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

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

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

DIY Watercolor Palette

Since I have grown weary of fighting the tubes and wasting precious pigments, I have decided to move my watercolors into tiny plastic containers. Hopefully this new system will work … Continue reading

July 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Seven Colors of Love

Seven Colors of Love Love is green Like freshly-cut grass Raw earthy and sour The stiff sharp blades Pierce your bare feet Without apology Love is blue Like mother’s blouse … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia now on Spotify

I am excited to announce that my album “Glossolalia” is now on Spotify. I recorded the album two years ago with the fantastic string quartet from Poland – NeoQuartet and vibraphonist … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Seeking an American Premiere of a String Quartet

I recently sent the score to “Glossolalia”, my string quartet, to Canada. I am happy that this piece is enjoying international travels. It has been previously performed at music festivals … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Seven for Piano Solo

“Seven” – a newly completed piece for piano solo. A virtuosity fix of sorts. Colorful harmonies and cascading arpeggios. For virtuoso and advanced pianists. Get the score at http://dosiamckay.com/music/seven.shtml

December 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gabriela 2 – Ink on Paper

Gabriela 2 – Ink on paper. I am playing more with black and white, and then, of course, where ink meets water, grey happens. I love those soft interactions and … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Eternal – Mandala Drawing

The beauty and power of geometry. The mysticism of sacred mandalas brings order into chaos. I have been experimenting with these concepts lately and find them inspiring, centering, and relaxing. … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jackpot – New Composition Inspired by a Visit to a Casino

It is odd to imagine that a quick stroll through a casino would become an inspiration for a new composition for a chamber group, yet the surround-sound cacophony of blips, … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Women Who Shape Us

I will wish my Mother a happy Mother’s Day on May 26 because that’s when the Polish celebrate it. Today I am posting a photograph of my Grandmother. Not a … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

In the Casino

My first time in a casino. I was asked to show a proof of age. Granted, the room was dimly lit. Granted, the staff is trained to make you feel … Continue reading

May 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

New Classical Guitar Album Release

Sergio Puccini, an Argentine guitar virtuoso, will soon release an album featuring my composition “Parting” I originally wrote for Baroque lute. And did I mention that Paul McCartney’s music will … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Grit and Glitz on Princeton’s WPRB Classical Discoveries

Today “Grit and Glitz” was featured on the Princeton’s WPRB Classical Discoveries hosted by Marvin Rosen during the “In Praise of a Woman” music marathon devoted to American women composers. … Continue reading

March 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Aurora – For Stereo Headphones and Closed Eyes

Aurora – Meant for stereo headphones and closed eyes. http://www.dosiamckay.com/lacrimosa.shtml

February 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Expletivo – Music So Vulgar It Should Be Bleeped Out

This is high-brow art music, and so it is proper to hide behind a made-up Italian word like Expletivo, but the essence of this movement might be better expressed through … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

Originally posted on Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer:
“Every work comes into being in the same way as the cosmos – by means of catastrophes… The creation…

February 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mereise Ine Me – Free Download

For a limited time I am offering a free download of my track “Mereise Ine Me”. Please share with friends, like, and comment.

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Originality, Imitation, Success, and Failure

Wishing you and myself many brave attempts, a few graceful failures, and many original results in this upcoming New Year. “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Music, New Year, New Ideas

I am concocting something new. It’s too early to talk about it, even though I have been working on it for a couple of months, but I might be able … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cello – Love Against Reason

I began to study cello in 2010 while I was in graduate school. Don’t ask me why. The timing was certainly haphazard, but I fell in love with the instrument. … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Calliope – New Painting with a Musical Theme

Calliope – hand-drawn digital pencil and ink. Available as a giclee print on paper. I am setting up my print shop and would like to gauge your interest in acquiring … Continue reading

November 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Painting / Drawing with Musical Theme

A detail of a new painting / drawing I am working on. This one will have a musical theme.

November 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia Reviewed in Poland!

“The music is ecstatic and trance-inducing, strongly influencing emotions of the listener, even one who is not musically educated”. – from the recent review of Glossolalia by Ewa Palińska in … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia Set to Release June 4

My new album Glossolalia is set to release on June 4, 2014! Glossolalia, meaning speaking or praying in tongues, is a spiritual practice or a worship expression found in certain … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Music Everywhere

The subway trains in Warsaw squeal the same melody the New York trains do. The melody outlines a minor 7th, falls a minor 2nd and rises a minor 3rd. In … Continue reading

March 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Facebook Milestone – 2000 Followers

2000 is a very nice number. And so far no sign of the Y2K bug. https://www.facebook.com/dosiamckay

May 25, 2013 · Leave a comment
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