Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Freakish Intensity

The cover design made it more real. The novel is out with the editor and I am inching toward the release of the book. I am about to enter the … Continue reading

July 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Flow – A Psychological Thriller for Artists and Creatives

The Flow, my psychological thriller went out to Beta Readers today. I never thought I would write a book like this. I was only going to outline the plot, just … Continue reading

January 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

End of the Chapter

I will be sad to leave my studio at the end of the year. I spent 4 years in this space composing music, painting, writing, playing instruments, and singing. Creative … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · 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

Fidgeting in the Sacred Space

Where have you done it? So far I have done it on the kitchen counter, in the bathtub, in the basement, in the bedroom, in the bathroom, the living room, … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

What Is The Point Of Art Making?

What is the point of quiet and consistent art making in a world run by those who scream the loudest and who put on a gaudy circus? If I stop … Continue reading

November 27, 2015 · 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

Not Knowing

I remember that day a year ago. It was before I began composing “Endless Immersion”. I only had a general idea of what I wanted to do, too vague to … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Translating Color to Music

I feel restless again. Restless to translate these colors I have been dabbing with into music. I don’t hear the sounds yet. I just feel the need to remove myself … Continue reading

August 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

Composer Portrait, Part 1

Fun to re-watch. If only for the old hair.

February 18, 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

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

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

Fear

Uploading the recording session of my new album to my computer. If the hardest part is behind me, why am I so nervous suddenly? http://www.dosiamckay.com/stringquartet.shtml

March 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Composer’s Diary – Writing a String Quartet – Part 2

Life, death, ecstasy, discarding two weeks worth of work, and starting over – I talk about it all. I’m taking you behind the scenes of composing my new string quartet … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Composer’s Diary – Writing a String Quartet

Unscripted look behind the scenes – the very early stages of composing a new string quartet and some of my scattered thoughts.

December 27, 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

New Lute – New Music!

While Will Tocaben is transcribing my new piece from the traditional notation into the Baroque tablature, he is also waiting for his new instrument to be built. Here is the … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Your Title Here – What’s in a Name?

Writing a piece of music is one thing, but finding an appropriate title for it is another. I always know what the piece is about, but it doesn’t always translate … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Piece for Baroque Lute

I have a strong first draft of my Baroque lute piece I have been writing for Will Tocaben. I am going to give it a rest tomorrow and come back … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Writing for Baroque Lute

You might remember me mentioning that I am writing a piece for a lutenist Will Tocaben. This is the first time I have written anything for a string (strummed) instrument … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 1 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

Music Composition Statistics

Music composition is a very time consuming process. I usually like to schedule 3-4 weeks for a short chamber piece. The current vibraphone / string quartet piece took me about … Continue reading

May 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

String Quartet Premiere in New York – March 10

My new string quartet will be premiered on March 10 at 1:00 pm on the Composer’s Voice Concert in Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York by Josh Henderson, Blake … Continue reading

March 4, 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

New String Quartet – Rehearsal via Skype

Skyping the rehearsal of my new string quartet. Unfortunately the speed of the connection was not sufficient to handle the audio and the sound was very choppy. Maybe next time … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

New String Quartet – Is Now Not Enough?

I am pleased to announce that I have finished writing a new string quartet. I have entitled it “Is Now Not Enough?”, as the music explores the restlessness and insatiability … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Composing a String Quartet – Behind the Scenes Look

This is a fragment of a MIDI print from my new string quartet. The scattered rectangles represent the notes and the vertical lines their velocities. Blue = violin 1, red … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · 3 Comments

Preliminary Sketch of the New String Quartet

This is a preliminary sketch of my new string quartet which will be premiered in New York this March.

January 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

In the Studio – Planning the New String Quartet

I have a premiere of a new string quartet in March in New York. I always begin with a sketch of the formal design.

January 7, 2013 · 1 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

New String Quartet

I am working on drafts of a new string quartet. After my electronic album, I really missed writing for acoustic instruments. I am planning a new recording project which will … Continue reading

November 19, 2012 · 1 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

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

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

25 Fun Exercises to Trigger the Flow of Creativity

Many people in creative fields struggle from time to time with the inability to tap into the flow of creativity. Call it the writer’s block, lack of inspiration, the departure … Continue reading

January 29, 2012 · 1 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

New Soundtrack – Mister Jung Stuffed – Short Film by Ann Orrin

I have finished scoring a short film by a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts – Ann Orrin. Those of you who have followed my musical path for … Continue reading

January 24, 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

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
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