Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

“Unveiling” Premiered by North/South Consonance in New York City

Play Excerpt 1 Play Excerpt 2 On June 7 North/South Consonance under the direction of Max Lifchitz premiered my work for string orchestra entitled “Unveiling”. The concert took place in … Continue reading

June 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

My Musical Interpretation of “The Girl on the Bridge” Knife Throwing Scene

I had the privilege to record 4 demo soundtracks with the NYU session players over the last two years. My first session featured 5 instruments, the second session – 11, … Continue reading

June 22, 2011 · 4 Comments

Enchanting Soundtrack to a Short Film “The Garden”

I recently completed a demo soundtrack to “The Garden” (2009) – a short film by Jason Stefaniak. Enclosed is only a short fragment of the film. My goal in writing … Continue reading

April 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

Will You Come Before Winter?

Will you come before winter? Frost silenced the mornings The mirror of the harbor Cracked the rays of the sun Will you come before winter? Fall fulfilled her waiting Aimless … Continue reading

April 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

New Soundtrack to a Scene from Ivan’s Childhood

Here is a scene from Ivan’s Childhood (1962) by Andrei Tarkovsky I scored recently. I recorded the soundtrack at the new Dolan Studio at New York University. Ivan’s Childhood is … Continue reading

March 28, 2010 · Leave a comment

The Climb – New Soundtrack to a Short Film by Vincent Ma

I am happy to unveil the soundtrack to a short film by Vincent Ma, a talented filmmaker from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. This beautiful and evocative film … Continue reading

March 5, 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

Christmas Archangel

Small talk potluck smiles Clench my jaws tight Just like stage fright An hour of social delight In a less-traveled corner My weathered friend I finally gird myself With long … Continue reading

January 2, 2010 · 1 Comment

Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Sonata in A minor for flute alone

Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Sonata in A minor, Poco adagio There are never enough hours in the day for me to do everything I want to do. This summer … Continue reading

August 21, 2009 · 3 Comments

The Power of Color

“Color is the power which directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with the strings. The artist is the … Continue reading

August 8, 2009 · 4 Comments

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 Soft ruffles brush Against … Continue reading

April 5, 2009 · Leave a comment

Two Moods – New Music for Clarinet and Piano

1. Haunted 2. Wind Chimes (Samples from a live performance by Jeffrey St. John Sherwood, clarinet and Melony Maness, piano, March 29, 2009.) I am happy to unveil Two Moods … Continue reading

January 29, 2009 · 2 Comments

Twenty Years of Dust

Twenty years of dust Mama never was big on Perfect moments Daddy heard No swelling soundtracks When he looked at her Only raw and earthy Belonging When she held his … Continue reading

June 24, 2008 · Leave a comment

Surge

Out of autumn winds You have woven me Out of pregnant silence You have spoken me You have strung me In a garland of flickers Around your neck I am … Continue reading

May 21, 2008 · 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

Adrift

Through the cracks in the windows The sea whistles its ancient song Waves crash against the walls In endless ostinatos The foam Seeps in under the door Sizzling mysteriously Rock … Continue reading

April 3, 2008 · Leave a comment

Orchestration / Scoring Demos

A good composer has to be able to wear many hats; that of an orchestrator, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, and, of course a creator / inventor. I finally had some time … Continue reading

March 22, 2008 · Leave a comment

Epiphanies – Artwork and Music Combined

I thought I would experiment with combining my abstract painting with music. The video features 10 of my paintings and the soundtrack is one of my electronic compositions entitled Thousands … Continue reading

March 20, 2008 · 4 Comments

Emerging

All my days have been written In your book Before any came to be And then you gave me The chisel and a hammer To carve them out From the … Continue reading

March 15, 2008 · Leave a comment

Subtleties

Between grayness of daybreak And fleshness of a morning Between already And not yet Between being And existing Lie subtleties and nuances A pale hand of a geisha Pours amber … Continue reading

March 6, 2008 · Leave a comment

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? … Continue reading

March 3, 2008 · 6 Comments

Chocolate

Chocolate is sweetest Right before it enters the mouth The silkiness of suspense And vanilla of anticipation Make the cheeks tingle No one likes waiting But maybe the denial In … Continue reading

February 23, 2008 · 2 Comments

So This is Happiness

So this is happiness? This breeze from the river That tangles your hair The unexpected wintry sun Painting a grimace on the face Of a fleeting unimportant Moment in between … Continue reading

February 13, 2008 · 2 Comments

Beautiful is the Mention of Your Name

Beautiful is the mention of your name Lovely is the shape of its sounds But were it not for the language My lips would call upon it still With velvety … Continue reading

January 29, 2008 · 2 Comments

Das Wohltemperierte Klavier

I will not be still In the presence of eternity Breathing into a fleeting moment Blessed be the pleasures of the mind The symmetry of the Universe And the anticipation … Continue reading

January 25, 2008 · 2 Comments

Lullaby for a Foreigner

Lay down your strange head On a soft cotton pillow There are no feathers inside That’s not how we stuff things ‘round here Close your Baltic eyes Dream of rusty … Continue reading

January 20, 2008 · Leave a comment

Dirty Old Men

Dirty old men lick their fingers When they eat gristly chicken They spit out the bones Of buy one get one free virgins The meat is enhanced With a saline … Continue reading

January 20, 2008 · 5 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

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

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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