Author Archives: Michael Kurek

Hilltop Diary, Nov. 11, 2020

Hi all, after a wee bit of Indian summer, we’ve now entered the drizzly, chilly days of Daylight Wasting Time here in Nashville. The most earthshaking news is that I’m joining in the popular uprising called “Mass Exodus” from Facebook, at least I’m mostly exodized. I have deleted my FIVE, count’em five, FB “artist” pages […]

Hilltop Diary, Nov. 4, 2020

It has been an eventful couple of weeks at Hilltop, but also a time to buckle down and work.  We managed to go buy a pile of pumpkins in various sizes and colors at a country stand not far from us. Crystal carved a face in one of them, and I baked its seeds for […]

Hilltop Diary, Oct. 24, 2020

Welcome back to Hilltop. Since my last entry, it has pretty much been down to business with teaching my Home School Connections course online, the last two weeks on Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams, and Copland. Next up is Mr. Brahms. But we had an interesting meeting at our house! Four young men, Vanderbilt music majors I […]

Hilltop Diary, October 9, 2020

Time keeps flying by at Hilltop! The deer have been devouring the thousands of acorns coming off of the two great oaks in the front yard. One of them must have good breath, too, because it ate the tops off of all our parsley in the back garden. We’ve had beautiful days, weather-wise, with the […]

Hilltop Diary, Sept. 23, 2020

I’ve been trying to post every two weeks, and this time (today) it falls on my birthday, the number of which shall remain nameless (or numberless). I’m not big on celebrating birthdays, but my wife, Crystal, always makes them a special day, as only she can do, starting with her homemade Main wild blueberry pie […]

Hilltop Diary, Sept. 9, 2020

It hardly seems as though two weeks have passed since I last wrote. Over Labor Day weekend we had a wonderful time sharing a modern mountain cabin in the Smokey’s with our good friends the Pearces, where we enjoyed a spectacular view, good food, and some sight seeing. Tomorrow, September 10th, in the afternoon, the […]

Hilltop Diary, August 26, 2020

The weather here has finally moderated, and we are enjoying the garden with the addition of some new flowers. I have been composing every day during the daytime, coming down the home stretch of my symphony, which I hope will be done by Labor Day weekend. [UPDATE: It’s done! Click on the Symphony No. 2 […]

Hilltop Diary, August 12, 2020

Thanks to a second course of antibiotics, I am happy to report that our well-loved kitty Oliver has fully recovered from whatever infection appeared to bring him near death’s door when I last wrote. Here he is, snoozing happily with his brother, Noah (behind him), on a typical sunny afternoon. In the woods outside, the […]

Hilltop Diary, July 28, 2020

Welcome back to my little “Hilltop” that we named after the famous home of Beatrix Potter in England’s Lake District. Here is one glimpse of ours, the beautiful, bright-copper weather vane on our house, which we found a few years ago on a trip to Maine. Since last time I wrote, we happened to catch […]

Hilltop Diary, July 14, 2020

Welcome back to Hilltop! We have continued to enjoy our outdoor gardens and some new spotted fawns, but have also turned our attentions indoors these last two weeks. It has been a time of transition, as Crystal gears up to begin her new job as the full-time music teacher at St. Edward School in Nashville! […]