Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

New Soundtrack – Homecoming – Short Film by Josiah Signor

I recently finished scoring a short film by Josiah Signor – Homecoming. I attempted to illustrate the emotions of this intimate and moving film with the simple instrumentation of clarinet, … Continue reading

November 29, 2009 · Leave a comment

New Soundtrack – Original Music Score to Freaks

The enclosed is a scene from the 1932 film “Freaks” I scored recently. Those of you who follow my whereabouts might know that I am currently studying scoring for film … Continue reading

October 5, 2009 · Leave a 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


In the town of Nobake Time congeals Like a peach pie filling from a can Hours come and go In assorted colors No experience necessary For your convenience Days are … Continue reading

July 23, 2009 · 1 Comment


She is looking for crumbs of him At the table they sat That day she could not eat A nauseous heart Is a sign of a different Kind of hunger … Continue reading

July 22, 2009 · Leave a comment


Tangled breaths of water nymphs Waves’ incessant moans Intertwined in endless Ebbs and flows Nothing satisfies let me Stay let me go Neither food nor Sleep comfort wordless angsts As … Continue reading

June 9, 2009 · 2 Comments

Glass – Electronic Soundtrack – New Music for Dance

Excerpt 1 Excerpt 2 This past winter I was invited by a fellow composer and my former teacher James R. Carlson to participate in the annual Art Moves, a collaboration … Continue reading

April 20, 2009 · Leave a comment


Plush velvet cottonwheat Strands of mauve and milk In snug pleats enveloping Faded gray wooing Fond weave of yarn Shelter petals rust Safely closely holding Folding and unfolding Winter’s hush … Continue reading

April 11, 2009 · 2 Comments

Death by Settling Down

Used to carry wind in his pockets The call of the forests Chirped in his ears No more Found strangled in his sleep Smothered he was By a crafty hand … Continue reading

April 10, 2009 · 1 Comment

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

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

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


Heaven or Earth? Day or night? Water or air? Neither Just the horizon Cradling the face Of stillness I walk blindly Knowing less Hearing anew Feeling Truly Unreservedly Barefacedly ©2008 … Continue reading

December 4, 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


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

Daddy’s Gal

Don’t you worry child You will never starve Your bubble gum smile Will break daddy’s heart You can order him around He will get you the red car Cause you’re … Continue reading

April 11, 2008 · 2 Comments


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


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

When a Man Loves a Woman

When a man loves a woman He will watch her from afar One quick glimmer from her eyes Will feed his soul for a month He’ll sculpt Davids and pietas … Continue reading

March 1, 2008 · 4 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


An agent is easy to spot in a crowd He wears a three-day stubble And a white cotton shirt With nonchalantly rolled up sleeves Behind designer shades The dark circles … Continue reading

February 5, 2008 · Leave a comment


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

Close Encounters

Which floor? Next available For here or to go? I’m only passing through How are you? It’s going to rain I know, I’ve been busy I’m not a morning person … Continue reading

February 3, 2008 · Leave a comment
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