Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Dosia McKay – Composer Portrait – Part 1

If we have not met in person, this might be the second best. In this candid video I discuss my pathway to composition, the sources of inspiration for my music, and … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ethyle

In nineteen fifteen Ethyle was twenty three So says the back Of a sepia photograph Only shards of second hand memories remain That no man took away her name That … Continue reading

January 1, 2013 · Leave a 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

Two Moods for Clarinet and Piano – 2. Wind Chimes

And here is the second movement of my Two Moods for Clarinet and Piano performed by Steve Loew and Daniel Weiser in a house concert in Arden, NC. In this … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Two Moods for Clarinet and Piano – 1. Haunted

I would like to share with you a video of a recent performance by Steve Loew and Daniel Weiser in a house concert in Arden, NC where they presented my … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 5 Comments

The Phone Call – a Short Story

She always knew it would end like this. It has been more than three days since she had heard from him and that was unusual, even for his introverted nature. … Continue reading

October 14, 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

Anemone from Lacrimosa with Choreography by Ann Dunn

Enjoy Anemone, the closing track from my album Lacrimosa, here in the interpretation of choreographer Ann Dunn of the Asheville Ballet. The video features a live performance at the Diana … Continue reading

October 5, 2012 · 2 Comments

Asheville Ballet Performs Lacrimosa by Dosia McKay

As the first event in its 50th Season, Asheville Ballet will perform Choreo-Off II at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, NC Friday, September 28 at 7:30 pm Saturday, September 29 … Continue reading

September 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Writing

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

September 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Free Download – Lush for Piano, Saxophone, and Jazz Orchestra

In the mood for something mellow today? Enjoy this free download of my composition “Lush” for piano, soprano saxophone, and jazz orchestra.

September 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Playing Poker

Forgive me Lauren but I lost dexterity To shuffle the decks Of life’s persistent questions I used to array them in ornate fans Draw a random card And I would … Continue reading

August 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Aurora – Ethereal Music Evoking Northern Lights

When I wrote Aurora, I wanted to blend the boundaries between the aural and the visual. I wanted to free the music from any constraints of rhythm or pulse and … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Plunge – A Little Shot of Attitude

Enjoy a preview of one of my tracks from my debut album Lacrimosa. Hear more music and download the album here. This one, entitled The Plunge, signifies to me a … Continue reading

August 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Lacrimosa – New Album Now Available on CD

In addition to MP3 downloads of my album on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby, I am now happy to offer compact discs. You can order them directly from me by … Continue reading

August 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Alone and Pensive / Solo e Pensoso

A preview of one of my tracks from my debut album Lacrimosa. Hear more music and download the album here. This track is an arrangement of the opening stanza of … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Lacrimosa – Now Available on Amazon MP3 Downloads

Amazon categorized Lacrimosa as Modern Classical, Dance/DJ/Electronic, and Miscellaneous. I would say that’s fairly accurate. I hope to ruffle some feathers in the Miscellaneous department! Follow this link to listen … Continue reading

July 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sweet Delirium

Sweet Delirium, one of the tracks on my new album Lacrimosa, employs sampling and layering of vocals. It also features Hardanger fiddle, a traditional Finnish instrument. Enjoy the ambience, ambiguity, and … Continue reading

July 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Whisperer in the Land of Shouters

Do you ever feel like a whisperer in the land of shouters? Enjoy a preview of one of my tracks from my debut album Lacrimosa. Hear more music and download … Continue reading

July 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

What is the Meaning of Anemone?

It’s an Anemone kind of day. In the language of flowers, anemone symbolizes fading hope and a feeling of having been forsaken. It can also mean anticipation. Enjoy a preview … Continue reading

July 21, 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

Lacrimosa – New Album Available for Download

My long awaited debut album Lacrimosa is now available for download at the following locations: iTunes CD Baby More digital distributors, including Amazon to follow and the CD is in … Continue reading

July 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Lacrimosa – New Album To Be Released This Summer

Lacrimosa – The Inspiration The Latin word Lacrimosa opens one of the stanzas in the Dies Irae sequence of the traditional Requiem mass and means mourning or weeping. Although it … Continue reading

July 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

To Be Asked

If he could only hear That it was time That it’s been too long And would he please come Birthday or not Rain or hunting season He would have gone … Continue reading

June 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Resuscitation

Yesterday I saw a girl Of maybe twenty five springs Clenched between the gutter Of a urine stained sidewalk And an insisting grip Of an assertive hero Compressing her helpless … Continue reading

April 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cantabile for String Quartet Featured in Brooklyn, NY

I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with the string quartet of the S.E.M. Ensemble under the direction of Petr Kotik in their annual Workshop & Reading of New Works. … Continue reading

March 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Food

In the end only food matters And those who endure your talking With your mouth full Kingdoms rise and fall For the freedom of drinking The right kind of borscht … Continue reading

February 11, 2012 · 1 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

Free Download – Lush for Soprano Saxophone, Piano, and Jazz Orchestra

As my holiday gift to you, please enjoy a free download of my composition “Lush” for soprano saxophone (Rob Jacoby), piano (Rich Shemaria), and jazz orchestra (NYU).

December 13, 2011 · 1 Comment

Grit and Glitz – A New String Trio Premiered in Brooklyn

I was recently invited by the W4 New Music Collective to participate in their program of new music at Exapno in Brooklyn, NY. I composed a new string trio for … Continue reading

November 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

“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

Middle Eastern, Indian, and Western Instruments Create a Unique Blend in the Soundtrack

I recently had the privilege to work on a soundtrack to a documentary entitled “The Work is One” by Michelle Pomeroy from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. The … Continue reading

June 28, 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

The Bubble Tree – Winner of the Skirball Film Scoring Competition

My score to The Bubble Tree, an animation by Ran Jing recently won the Skirball Film Scoring Competition and was premiered by the NYU Symphony Orchestra in a live concert … Continue reading

March 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

New Soundtrack: Brothers in Arms – A Short Film by Amos Ezra Katz

I recently completed a score for “Brothers in Arms” (2006) by Amos Ezra Katz. Using French horns, English horn, clarinet, guitar, and percussion, I attempted to create a dark, emotionally … Continue reading

February 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Birds – A New Soundtrack to a Scene from a Film by Alfred Hitchcock

I recently completed another film scoring etude by composing new music to a scene from the 1963 film “Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock. Creating psychotic chaos from musical material takes a … Continue reading

December 21, 2010 · Leave a comment

How Much? – A New Soundtrack to a Short Film by Nick Ordway

Here is another soundtrack to a short film I completed recently. “How Much?” by Nick Ordway takes a look at the position of immigrants in our society. The music is … Continue reading

November 29, 2010 · Leave a comment

Words – A New Score to a Short Film by Max Strebel.

Here is a little gem of a film – “Words” by Max Strebel (2009). I wrote a demo music soundtrack to it as an exercise for one of my composition … Continue reading

September 3, 2010 · Leave a comment

At the Airport

Those who arrive Smile guardedly Not seeing yet Yet being seen Those who depart Cry guiltily Not missing yet Yet being missed But we are playing In the maze of … Continue reading

July 26, 2010 · 2 Comments

“Unveiling” – New Work for String Orchestra

I am happy to announce that I have completed another orchestral work. “Unveiling” for string orchestra is one in a series of three orchestral compositions I am currently working on. … Continue reading

June 1, 2010 · 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

War and Peace – A New Soundtrack to the Battle Scene

I am pleased to present my latest scoring demo – the battle scene from the 2007 War and Peace film by Robert Dornhelm and Brendan Donnison. It is a mixture … Continue reading

March 4, 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

Things Are Unsaid

Things are unsaid In a certain way Fork on the left Knife on the right Definitely don’t smile Before Christmas Sometimes after the fact It’s good to acknowledge But only … Continue reading

December 11, 2009 · Leave a comment
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