My name is Micheal Wark. I record under the moniker CALCHAS [pronounced: CALL-cuss]. My friends just call me Mike.

I've always loved music, and always wanted to be in a band.

When we were little kids my younger brother Tom shared this dream with me.

I had a small reel-to-reel tape recorder and a broken acoustic guitar with two strings. Tom constructed a makeshift drum-kit out of cardboard boxes, large tin cans and plastic jugs. We wrote and recorded several tunes. Of course, they were crap!

I remember constructing a wah-wah utilizing a vacuum cleaner hose. I played my guitar into one end of the hose, while Tom alternately cupped and un-cupped his hands over the other end of the hose which was held close to the microphone. It actually worked quite well! We sure had fun back then...

Tom eventually played drums professionally for some twenty years. I ended up choosing another life path, which---for me---made my dream of performing a practical impossibility. In spite of this I have been playing at the guitar, and at songwriting, for many years.

Then one day back in late 2005 a friend introduced me to Garage Band. I immediately saw the potential, and went out and bought a Mac, a couple of electric guitars, an electric bass, and some cheap keyboards to use as an interface for piano, organ, and synth. I've been writing and recording pretty steadily ever since.

In 2011 my first Mac crashed and burned, and for nearly six years I stopped writing and recording. Then, on August 1st of 2017, I retired from my full time job, and bought a new Mac. Since then I've written and recorded many new tunes and remixed and remastered at least 15 older tunes (as of this writing). Once again, I'm happy as a pig in slop!

My main musical influences are classic rock, folk, folk rock, and progressive rock. Love the blues, but can't play them to save my life!

I hope many of you will share in my musical adventures. I have every intention of sharing in yours!

Be well friends!


Music rss

Title Genre Released Plays
Mixed Signals Rock Apr 17, 2018 128
Lethe (The Song Of Er) Rock Apr 2, 2018 180
Scar Tissue Rock Mar 19, 2018 229
The Crucible Folk Mar 14, 2018 198
Dream Of A Shadow Rock Mar 5, 2018 275
Port Of Call Explicit Rock Feb 28, 2018 210
Humble Hat Rock Feb 12, 2018 235
Fan The Spark Explicit Rock Feb 5, 2018 285
Notion Rock Jan 29, 2018 289
Inside This Skin Rock Jan 23, 2018 354
Shuffle Off Rock Jan 17, 2018 315
No Requiem Rock Jan 9, 2018 353
Sibling Revelry Rock Dec 31, 2017 338
Explorers Folk Dec 11, 2017 324
Tunnel Vision Folk Dec 8, 2017 329
Tilting At Windmills Rock Dec 4, 2017 250
Freedoms' Child (Slight Return) Rock Nov 25, 2017 300
Ariadne's Thread Rock Nov 15, 2017 490
Just A Man (After All) Rock Nov 10, 2017 335
STRANGEROUS Rock Nov 3, 2017 420
After August Folk Oct 27, 2017 367
ZEPHYR (Just Can't Stay) Rock Oct 19, 2017 385
Good Man Down Rock Oct 13, 2017 636
Freedom's Child Rock Oct 9, 2017 633


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Snow Day in Hell Paigan0 Rock 78
Quasar 2 falconep Other 81
Quad Bass LaFayette Jazz 291
Lets Inertia On and On revoltington Rock 93
just a fool Maxdeago Pop 70
Detroit Detour Xolv R&B 100
Awaken SebastienGabriel Rock 324
guitar jam with drum machine Mindbend8r Rock 64
Complicated (Switchback Mix) Neumuzik Alternative 107
Free As A Bird Dorothy_Wilson Electronica 105
Breaking Down The Lonely Sound /aka/ Jashfunk EmmaPeel Jazz 78
Sunbeams (AITW) becwil Electronica 144
Cowboy Tom Buckles Down That Hatch sammydix [+1] Alternative 211
Iron Train Narananda Alternative 131
A Drop In Time TapicusMaximus Metal 142
Silk Road Memory brewchugger Alternative 153
Greeting of the morning mamekkoro Classical 97
I Don't Want to Fight BewareTheFish Rock 123
western rock II morfadrena Rock 100
Don't you mistake me Jondinham Pop 105
Pedal To the Metal Dorothy_Wilson Metal 133
The One toveco [+1] Pop 197
Reckoning mkinnon Metal 80
Lady Luck Jondinham Rock 101
One Word tomdevine Jazz 154
A Place We Can Call Our Own Neumuzik Alternative 151
E rok I rok irok Rock 93
Drifting bingsolex [+2] Rock 136
Real you SebastienGabriel Rock 259
the call that never came brewchugger [+1] Alternative 142
Made For Me bingsolex [+2] Rock 217
Reminiscing remix Dorothy_Wilson Ambient 274
Struttin' - Remixed/Final GoofyDawg Blues 210
Shredtata - A Darkened Sky (Track 3) DarkShredcerto Metal 255
Last Crash BlancFroid Alternative 303
Scream hyacinth Metal 187
Stop Kissing That Girl Dorothy_Wilson Country 187
The Power To Connect (AITW) becwil Electronica 317
The Power Train Narananda Ambient 233
Gray Matters (Betsy Devos Nuclear Brain Meltdown) revoltington Rock 238
Radical THE_K_TEAM Metal 183
Flying (Closer to You) tomdevine [+1] Rock 282
Losing Ground Dyl Alternative 285
Sarah, Keeper of the Gates of Flaming Lies revoltington Rock 228
Chill Factor 9 ScottieJames Ambient 172
The Sundowner ScottieJames Other 172
Love Road of Fire Odd Rock 154
Let's Get Existential revoltington Rock 234
Pretend Naaji Pop 507
D key thing 90 irok Rock 167
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