Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Rediscovery

Dandridge, TN – rediscovering the town of my birth, of my American birth, that is. Remembering how difficult and lonely the first years were and how many people showed me … Continue reading

August 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Seven Colors of Love

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 … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

“May Night” by Tadeusz Miciński

Crowned donkeys sat on the grass – crickets kiss a wild rose – and death shimmers on the pond and plays a frolicking song.           Mayflies, … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Soft

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

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bach and Beyond

Sometimes when I hear music like this, I feel that after Bach and his sons, every composition is superfluous. Much of this piece consists of a unison line against simple … Continue reading

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

I am an Exhibitionist

I am no psychologist, but sometimes I think that our adult years are only meant to be spent resolving our childhood dramas and fulfilling our infantile dreams. Why do I … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · 4 Comments

Cello – Love Against Reason

I began to study cello in 2010 while I was in graduate school. Don’t ask me why. The timing was certainly haphazard, but I fell in love with the instrument. … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Parting for Baroque Lute Now On Video

I composed Parting for Baroque lutenist Will Tocaben in the summer of 2013. At that time it seemed that everywhere I turned I saw relationships falling apart and close and … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

Personal Recommendation

Personal Recommendation If you want to get anywhere, you need to be introduced and recommended by another person. Do you want to land a graduate school, a new job, a … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · Leave a 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

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

Hunger

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

Longing

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

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

A New Name

She will give you a new name Your name will be A mighty conqueror A brave warrior A knight of valor Ten thousands of ruddy horses Will storm through the … Continue reading

February 7, 2009 · 3 Comments

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

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

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

Unspoken

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

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

Chocolate

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

Loneliness

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

Espionage

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

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

Shifting Sands

What do you do when love Sifts through your fingers The tiny crystal prisms Refract evening light The sun rides up and down On the color rainbow And leaves your … Continue reading

January 24, 2008 · 1 Comment

If My Brother Were In Town

If my brother were in town We would waste no time Discussing the weather I would parade him on the waterfront And with a paralyzing gaze I would let the … Continue reading

January 21, 2008 · Leave a comment

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

Colargol – Music Influences, Polar Bears, and First Loves

It would be very sophisticated and high-brow to list Scriabin or Schoenberg as my musical influences. Brahms might be classy, and Bach perhaps too predictable. But in all truth and … Continue reading

December 18, 2007 · 4 Comments
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