michael orlen

michael orlen


.....in his guitar, you'll hear the influences of Mississippi John Hurt, Monte Dunn, Ian Tyson, and many of the pioneers of modern day folk music...this with a uniquely evolved lyrical and musical perspective....once referred to as "one of the best singer/songwriters you never heard of"


Michael Orlen is a singer songwriter with roots in the Boston music scene of the late sixties and early seventies. He was a frequent performer at legendary Boston venues including the Sword in the Stone and Turk’s Head. He performed alone and later as a member of folk pop duo “Orlen and Gabriel”, as well as the popular seventies acoustic rock trio “Home Free”. He now lives in the northern Connecticut River Valley in Western Massachusetts, is a member of the Franklin County Musician’s Cooperative, and has performed at coffee houses and festivals throughout New England and in New York state. His own songs are confident expressions of optimism with a dose of irony thrown in. He also draws on an extensive knowledge of twentieth century folk, blues, and ragtime music to choose songs that resonate in today’s world. His pleasure in performing these songs is obvious and infectious, and his engagement with his audience adds an extra dimension to his shows.....hear for yourself at http://www.myspace.com/michaelorlen


A Dog Will Have His Day

Written By: Michael Orlen

I know what you’re thinking
I know how you feel
You spend your days pushing
A rock up a hill
And just when you’ve made it
And just when you’re through
Seems there’s always a faster dog than you

Goliath and David
Vardon, Ouimet
The Baltimore Orioles
Meet the ’69 Mets
Arrows of fortune will fall where they may
A dog will have his day

Just when you’re thinking
There’s no way to turn
No way to cash in
The things that you’ve learned
Always the cowboy
And struggling through
Always facing a bigger dog than you

I know that this isn’t
My best written song
Though it’s good to be right
I don’t mind being wrong
Just thinking you might need
To hear someone say
You can take that bigger dog today



currently finishing a cd titled "Entering Greenfield"....scheduled for release early this winter....

Set List

I write most of what I perform, but I often cover the work of friends....some obscure; some not......