Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life


Dear Asheville, Thank you for everything! The last five years have enriched me with new friendships, scenic natural surroundings, and much inspiration for music composition and art making. I am … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

To Create is to Be Alive

I paint to remember and to forget. To celebrate and to mourn. To rage and to be still. In all of these I want to affirm life and gratitude for … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Being Uncreative

Today I was asked to please go to my studio and work. Apparently I am unbearable when I don’t create.

January 20, 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

Flute Concerto – The Espionage

The Espionage concerto was partially inspired by a poem by the same title I wrote in 2008 (see below) and, in a wider sense, by my fascination with the spy … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

World War I Flavored Film Score

Here is a soundtrack I composed a few years ago to “Brothers in Arms” (2006) by Amos Ezra Katz. Using French horns, English horn, clarinet, guitar, and percussion, I attempted … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

What’s the Role of a Music Producer?

I feel very much at home in a recording studio. Producing an album is a strenuous mental exercise and requires a lot of patience and diplomacy. This project was very … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a 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

A Path to Success in the Arts

From time to time I receive e-mails from young people wanting to enter the field of music composition. They ask for advice on how to “break into the industry”, how … Continue reading

July 10, 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

Where Does a Talent Come From?

Where does a talent come from? It’s a lucky combination of genes, sometimes from the immediate ancestors, and sometimes from generations far beyond our knowledge. Here is a photograph of … Continue reading

June 3, 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

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


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

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


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


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

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

The Bubble Tree – Winner of the Skirball Film Scoring Competition

My score to The Bubble Tree, an animation by Ran Jing recently won the Skirball Film Scoring Competition and was premiered by the NYU Symphony Orchestra in a live concert … Continue reading

March 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

New Soundtrack: Brothers in Arms – A Short Film by Amos Ezra Katz

I recently completed a score for “Brothers in Arms” (2006) by Amos Ezra Katz. Using French horns, English horn, clarinet, guitar, and percussion, I attempted to create a dark, emotionally … Continue reading

February 25, 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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


Possibilities Inevitabilities Liabilities Vulnerabilities Squared Multiplied Permutated Why now? Why not then? Why you? Why not you? Alternate endings In alternate universes Special features And upcoming attractions I rewind to … Continue reading

December 23, 2008 · Leave a comment


Time is melting in our fingers Hours taper off to niente Over-promised And under-delivered Somedays pass Like telephone poles In the window of a train The mythical star Of Tomorrow … Continue reading

November 25, 2008 · Leave a comment


People are letters Of the alphabet The crowd forms Random syllables Perfect strangers Pass each other With perfect precision Of prescribed distance And silent indifference But syllables are babbling A … Continue reading

November 6, 2008 · 1 Comment


Born Don’t recall Where Anywhere but here School A degree of wanting and waiting Work Is holy said my friend Worth Everything to few nothing to most Race Becoming extinct … Continue reading

October 15, 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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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
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