Biography

Hello!

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.

I began posting at Macjams.com in 2006, and first began posting here not too long after. It was too much trying to be active on both sites (while working at both a full time AND a part time job), so I pulled back from icomp.

In 2011 my 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 about 20 new tunes and remixed and remastered at least 15 older tunes. 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!

Macjams seems to be nigh unto death these days. I don't expect it will be around much longer. Whether or not this proves to be the case, I am henceforth devoting myself to this fine community. So far folks have been very welcoming, and for this I am grateful.

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

Be well friends!

Mike

Music rss

Title Genre Released Plays
Shuffle Off Rock Jan 17, 2018 86
No Requiem Rock Jan 9, 2018 156
Sibling Revelry Rock Dec 31, 2017 185
Explorers Folk Dec 11, 2017 218
Tunnel Vision Folk Dec 8, 2017 210
Tilting At Windmills Rock Dec 4, 2017 179
Freedoms' Child (Slight Return) Rock Nov 25, 2017 230
Ariadne's Thread Rock Nov 15, 2017 363
Just A Man (After All) Rock Nov 10, 2017 267
STRANGEROUS Rock Nov 3, 2017 327
After August Folk Oct 27, 2017 283
ZEPHYR (Just Can't Stay) Rock Oct 19, 2017 320
Good Man Down Rock Oct 13, 2017 494
Freedom's Child Rock Oct 9, 2017 484

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Neverwhere jarcieri Rock 84
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It's Like That ldecarmine Jazz 92
Beat the Street toveco [+1] Rock 173
Sailing Down the Highway Taluyaq Rock 114
Vacation in California brewchugger Alternative 193
Challenged Love Xolv [+1] Pop 107
Puzzle Man larszzz [+1] Rock 169
Oh Man!!! Straydog23 Rock 130
Dance to the Beat Dorothy_Wilson Electronica 140
Moving Through Clouds (OTT) becwil Electronica 173
Heightened Valleys of my Consciousness revoltington Rock 156
Acoustic Song Riff Mindbend8r Rock 94
Love Me til the End Ziur Electronica 125
Dreadnought Neumuzik Alternative 145
You Know I Love You LuxuryofDespair Folk 129
MOVIN' ON KCsGROOVE Rock 259
Take Me Nowhere Swampguitar Rock 97
save me that80sboy Alternative 473
Mirror rorriM jarcieri Rock 108
Weirdness Divided mawgrit Alternative 110
The Earth Is About to Shake Mindbend8r Rock 106
space fabric facofone Other 116
LOVE AFTER LOVE cacciamai [+1] Alternative 169
Footprints mre Jazz 185
Brand New Hell BlancFroid Pop 203
Open E Tuning 80 irok Blues 110
A Thousand Tears grathy Rock 223
One Size Never Fits All falconep Other 225
The Speed Of No Thought ExperienceSelvan76 Rock 108
Lady Luck jarcieri Rock 105
Sands of Time toveco [+1] Pop 216
Anchovy Pizza And Other Delights BewareTheFish Rock 112
ça c'est bien khu Rock 164
Orange Neumuzik Alternative 151
Drifting Today... ( folk rockish ) Dadai [+1] Folk 221
Going Home Dorothy_Wilson Other 213
I'm not coming down with you Jondinham Alternative 107
Angels Blessing (2017 Remix) Mike_Lynn Holiday 290
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