Today’s entry comes not from Hilltop but from “beachside”, where I am vacationing at Fort Lauderdale by the Sea on Florida’s South Atlantic Coast, just north of Miami.  We have a lovely third-floor room with a balcony overlooking the beach and ocean. They have a bar on the beach and provide lounge chairs and umbrellas. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]