Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

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

Three Laments of Heloise – New Music for Chamber Orchestra

Queens Envied Me My Joys If Not With You, My Heart is Nowhere My Most Wretched Soul I am very excited to introduce my new composition for chamber orchestra entitled … Continue reading

March 21, 2009 · 2 Comments


Silence on the verge Is weightier than Oceans of words Air as thick as A snow cloud Ready to burst Holding her breath In expectation Almost Nearly Not yet Vibrant … Continue reading

February 23, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Way We Were

Long after we are gone They will unearth our bones From beneath warm glaciers Or cold ashes of extinct volcanoes They will store our frail artifacts In hermetic containers And … Continue reading

February 2, 2009 · 3 Comments

Unpublished Poems

Unpublished poems Scratch the insides Of antique bureaus Peering through the keyholes Of rusted locks Awaiting pardon From blurred memories They stretch their Unexercised verbs While silently Mouthing censored stanzas … Continue reading

January 21, 2009 · 1 Comment


Dear Life Please note that Observance of guidelines Stated in the Policy Manual Is mandatory Sharp turns Are discouraged As are U-turns And turns for the worse All surprises Must … Continue reading

January 19, 2009 · Leave a comment


Possibilities Inevitabilities Liabilities Vulnerabilities Squared Multiplied Permutated Why now? Why not then? Why you? Why not you? Alternate endings In alternate universes Special features And upcoming attractions I rewind to … Continue reading

December 23, 2008 · Leave a comment

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

Jubilance and Lament – New Compositions

I am enclosing links to my latest compositions: The Jubilance and the Lament. Both works were composed to satisfy the final requirement of a counterpoint course in my undergraduate studies … Continue reading

May 29, 2008 · 1 Comment


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


What was the inspiration For the second word In the third stanza? You who grant passage To understanding Through autopsy Of defenseless frogs Observe the tiny lungs Still inflated Against … Continue reading

May 7, 2008 · Leave a comment

Here You Are

What remains At the end of the day But sobering silence Creeping in with sundown As you look around From behind the glass Of your eyes Here you are Concealed … Continue reading

May 4, 2008 · Leave a comment


Once upon a time Or maybe today Their paths crossed Or maybe they didn’t At the main entrance Or maybe on the fifth floor It was the beginning Or the … Continue reading

May 1, 2008 · Leave a comment

Promise Me

Promise me That you will not outgrow Running barefoot In the summer rain When the world Spits out Its schizophrenic songs Listen to the nakedness Of your heart And dance … Continue reading

April 18, 2008 · 5 Comments

Spider Webs

Spider webs are woven From fragile egos Damaged and discarded When no one is looking The hypersensitive yarn Magnifies every twinge And transmits it Through the delicate veins Of self-absorption … Continue reading

April 18, 2008 · 1 Comment

Beautiful Is

Beautiful is the waiting Of a patient heart It’s a high-rise cathedral To the God of Time Beautiful is the silence Of a quiet mind It’s a resonant temple To … Continue reading

April 13, 2008 · 1 Comment


Most wanted is Most wanting Nothing more Nothing less Less is more More is never enough Enough already Happiness is wanting What you already have Everything you want Is straight … Continue reading

April 7, 2008 · 1 Comment


Mysteries are unpolished gems Unapprised treasures For a discerning collector incognito Everyone else Wants a piece of the pie But he deciphers The recipe for its fragrance Once a year … Continue reading

April 4, 2008 · 4 Comments


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

Pursuit Of

Do you think we are More sophisticated Advanced Civilized Progressive? Their pencils gave us calculus Their inkwells – counterpoint Their sliding rule – velocity of light They spun the Earth … Continue reading

April 2, 2008 · Leave a comment


The thrill and the agony Of a blank page Not quite the eternal no Not yet a sweeping yes A sketchy maybe Possibly perhaps Adorned with uncertainty And thirdguessing The … Continue reading

March 28, 2008 · 3 Comments


After all these years You are still walking toward me In the rain Your pale cheeks beaded With pure droplets Your clear eyes So true and unrehearsed Words are irrelevant … Continue reading

March 26, 2008 · 2 Comments

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


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


Why couldn’t life be A multiple choice test? That way you could get it right Most of the time If you had The faintest idea And a sense of direction … Continue reading

March 12, 2008 · 2 Comments


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


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

A Winter Night

This bright-eyed morning I was passing by familiar strangers Clutching the remnants of warmth When suddenly I saw her Walking straight toward me In a black designer coat She swayed … Continue reading

February 24, 2008 · 1 Comment


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

The Calling

You used to know everything In even rows and columns Effort times distance equals destination Page eighty nine The second paragraph on the right In black and white Exhibit A … Continue reading

February 16, 2008 · Leave a comment

Sinner’s Prayer

Almighty God Breath of Life Receive this timid sigh Of unorthodox authorship As I seem to have lost My leather-bound prayer book On the way through A mirrored corridor Of … Continue reading

February 14, 2008 · Leave a comment

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


I am looking at you You are looking at me But we don’t see each other You are a moving target And I am not sure If I am aiming … Continue reading

February 9, 2008 · 3 Comments


I want to die with my high heels on And my guns fully loaded Let no one catch me barefoot And pregnant with frivolity Pausing to taste the chocolate I … Continue reading

February 4, 2008 · 1 Comment

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

Nothing to Say

Another useless phrase Another pointless gesture Another empty prayer Of a heart that’s running away And the melody of my first song Is but a shadow of days gone by … Continue reading

January 27, 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

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

Cry Not

Cry not for the poet For the poet is immune to tears He trickles down syllables With his watered down ink He sketches fountains and scribbles lakes Words rush like … Continue reading

January 19, 2008 · Leave a comment

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
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