Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Are You a True Artist?

I see these inspirational articles floating all around me, forcing me to examine my artistic direction and stripping my soul to bare bone. Are you a true artist? – they … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · 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

The Duty and Allegiance of an Artist – A Message of Paul Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler

This essay was originally a part of a scholarly paper I wrote while in graduate school at New York University. The main body of my work consisted of detailed compositional … Continue reading

August 15, 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

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

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

Mysteries

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

Unknown

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

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

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
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