Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

From Faint Inklings to Tangible Embodiments

Once upon a time, Kate Steinbeck had a faint inkling about commissioning new music for her ensemble. We had talked about it many months in advance, before she really knew … Continue reading

June 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chamber Music Commission – Art Songs

In celebration of its 20th season (2019-2020), Kate Steinbeck and Pan Harmonia have commissioned me to create an innovative work for voice, flute, bassoon and guitar for the chamber music … Continue reading

January 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Fragments

I think about all the places I have ever lived and feel a profound sense of loss. I am grateful to heave been exposed to different environments and experiences, but … Continue reading

February 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Limitation as Freedom

I am discussing the concept of limitation in the context of artistic freedom. When I am faced with the whiteness of my creative page, I like to set limiting parameters … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · 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

Calliope – The Patroness of Inspiration

Calliope is the muse of epic poetry, the patroness of inspiration. http://tinyurl.com/muaj4ru

April 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Times of Solemnity and Reflection

Times, seasons, holidays, remembrances. It’s good to have days set aside for reflection and solemnity. Though our perspectives of the World may differ, we share the the joys, sorrows, and … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion – New Album of Experimental Music

Endless Immersion, a new album of experimental music is set to release on April 9, 2015. Endless Immersion – The Concept I want to challenge the traditional way we listen … Continue reading

March 25, 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

Is Now Not Enough? – Where Music and Poetry Meet

Have you downloaded the free track from my latest album? “Is Now Not Enough?” – read about the inspiration behind the title. Please share, like, and comment. https://soundcloud.com/dosiamckay/is-now-not-enough-1

January 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

December 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dosia McKay – Composer Portrait – Part 2 – Lacrimosa

Here is the second part of my documentary in which I discuss the birth of my album Lacrimosa. If you missed the first part, you can watch it here.

March 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guts – A Reflection on the Psychology of the Creative Process and Perseverance as an Artist

This essay was written in October of 2009 after I attended a masterclass with Phil Kline at the New York University. It was originally published on the NYU Composers’ Forum. … Continue reading

August 28, 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

Channel Surf

You can never get them to sit on your lap Got over the top of the other one We’ve got something They all have to answer to God There is … Continue reading

April 14, 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

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

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

Nobake

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reprimand

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

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

But If You Must Fly Away

But if you must fly away Spread your featherless wings Believing The meek shall inherit the Earth The sunbaked fields lie fallow Unbroken horses Wild with defiance Of unharnessed boys … Continue reading

August 29, 2008 · 1 Comment
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