Karen Dunn started making up songs in her head while walking the ten miles uphill and backward through blizzards to the one-room
schoolhouse which was warmed only by a few feebly glowing coals. Oh wait, that might have been Abe Lincoln. Karen did however make up songs
while walking to grade school while her chronological age remained in the single digits.
Sad to say, "Morning Dew" never made it into the recording studio (a true loss to the body of '60s pop music). Now that I've had my fun, I need to have a direction. Er. Um. OK. I've got it now. I, Karen Dunn, do hereby declare that I love writing and playing and singing music. There. I've said it. I love having fun with words and phrasing, entertaining myself and others, and - shh - maybe even provoking a thought or two. Or at least being provoking.
I grew up in Dayton, Ohio and my parents hailed from the South. I've lived on the East Coast for many years and I'm fond of vacationing
in the Southwest. I love almost any kind of blues but especially the acoustic blues masters like Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, R.L. Burnside and a host of others. I received my first true introduction to the blues when I heard Rory Block perform live in West Philadelphia around 1986.
I was lucky enough to attend Bryn Mawr College (yes, that's how I ended up in Philadelphia - see, we do retain some local graduates). I was in the
corporate world for many a year. I followed my third layoff in nearly 20 years by vowing not to darken the door of an office again if I could help it.
Now I take care of computers and animals and manage to find time to make music with my friend George. So far I'm paying the bills. Who could ask for anything more? Wait, I think that one's been written already.