Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Intersection of Art and the Real World – Twenty Years Later

I am skimming through a few episodes of The West Wing in disbelief that the series is almost twenty years old. In nearly every episode president Bartlet gives his staff … Continue reading

June 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Swimming in the Sea of Invisibility

I didn’t like my arts teacher in elementary school and the sentiment was reciprocated. I did not agonize over the fact as the teacher didn’t like any of her students. It … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jackie Kennedy – Portrait in Digital Pencil

And here is the finished portrait of Jackie Kennedy. I felt inspired to draw her upon reading her biography. Based on the photograph by Sipa Press/REX. http://tinyurl.com/lkwy97c

December 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Constraints and Freedom of Art

I’m going very slowly through Bertrand Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy, refreshing on some long forgotten concepts and discovering new ones. I marvel at the different models of society … Continue reading

May 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

Cold Stone

Cold stone wrought iron Flow my tears Ancient dripping stalactites Coarse wood kneelers Silver goblets Marble fountain pen holders Deliver me from The city of rubber Fluorescent light And processed … Continue reading

November 6, 2008 · 1 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
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