Bio & Blog

That’s me and my band playing at The Stanhope House in Stanhope, NJ, just one in a long list of totally unexpected, but wonderful experiences I've had in the last couple of years. Unexpected because I wrote my first song in 2009 when I was fifty-two years old.

That first song, Every Day Matters, was dedicated to the memory of my sister Christine who died in 1987 when she was twenty-six years old. After I wrote my sister's song, floodgates opened and I wrote dozens more.

I connected with Renee Paddock, one of Northwest New Jersey's premier violin players and her husband Clark, now my bass player, at an open mic night, and together with my friend Phil Landis, who plays a mean guitar, we began performing at local coffee houses as Karen Kamenetsky & Friends, and I kept writing songs.

I recorded my first album, Every Day Matters at Mountain Ledge Music in 2011. It is dedicated to my sister Christine. I am setting aside 10% of the proceeds from the sale of each CD in the hopes that I will one day be able to fund a project in memory of my sister that will directly benefit patients being treated for Hodkgin's Disease.

In what seems like the short time since that album was finished, I've played with the "Friends", by myself, with just Phil, and just Renee, and sometimes with other friends sitting in. I have played at open mics, at coffee houses, at music festivals, at Farm Markets, at several local eateries, and one "Great American Roadhouse".  I've been on the radio, and I've taped a live cable television show.  All totally unexpected, and wonderful experiences.

In 2012, I recorded my second album, Sing With Me, a collection of songs for children and families that includes some "green" themed songs, some sing-alongs, and even a lullabye. Check out the Just For Kids section of this website for more information. 

I recently began recording a third album, as yet untitled. I'm not sure where that is going yet, but I know we're going to have a great time figuring it out.

Its been a wild ride, and a lot of fun, and at the center of it is the music. So far, my music has been very well received, from women "of a certain age" singing along to
Older Than I Thought I Was, to a radio listener calling in to say that Grandpa's Tree was one of the best new songs he had heard in a long time. I hope you will listen to a song or two - and let me know what you think.   

Click here to link to my Performance History


Pesach Musings 

Pesach Musings 

I am not playing much music lately. There are plenty of musicians who are. I can’t bring myself to pick up the guitar most days. So I am posting some thoughts here instead. 

Passover is one of the most important “teachable moments” in a religion that asks us to learn from virtually every experience the Jewish people have ever gone through. 

The Haggadah, the guidebook for the Seder, instructs us to consider ourselves as having actually been enslaved in Egypt, to put ourselves in the place of…

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It's been a while... 

It's been a while since I've made music for anyone but myself; 2017 has been a very tough year. 

I've been living with Rheumatoid Arthritis since 2000, and I had a few good years of playing my guitar every day, making music all the time, playing out when ever the mood struck me. Then there were some pretty bad flares and it hurt too much to play more than a few minutes a day.

I did try to stay involved, songwriters workshops, open mics; I hosted an open mic for quite a while.

In August of 2016, I was…

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Hanukkah 2015 is almost here! 

It's hard to believe that Hanukkah is less than 100 days away! It seems like it was yesterday that we were hustling to finish recording and release "With This Flame" for Hanukkah 2014!

I have begun a campaign to let people know about the album. I'm sending out free downloads by the dozens - maybe you're visiting my website because you received one...

My dream is that someday you will hear all the songs from "With This Flame" spilling out of Hebrew School classrooms, being covered by synagogue house bands at…Read more

Musical Goings On 

Seems like the first open mic at the Eastern Asian Bistro last Thursday - hosted by me - was so well received - with so many people happy to have a place to play - that there will be another open mic there this Thursday, hosted by James Furman and Wolf Mojo. They will have a full sound system, bass amp, even drums from what I hear - so if you want to make some beautiful noise - be there for sign ups at 6:30 pm. We had twelve people step up to the mic last Thursday - and twice that many in the audience -…Read more

The CDs are in the mail 

UPS tracking says the first batch of "With This Flame" CDs will be delivered by end of day tomorrow. I can't wait to see them - and send them out to you!