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 162
No Requiem Rock Jan 9, 2018 167
Sibling Revelry Rock Dec 31, 2017 194
Explorers Folk Dec 11, 2017 228
Tunnel Vision Folk Dec 8, 2017 219
Tilting At Windmills Rock Dec 4, 2017 190
Freedoms' Child (Slight Return) Rock Nov 25, 2017 234
Ariadne's Thread Rock Nov 15, 2017 372
Just A Man (After All) Rock Nov 10, 2017 269
STRANGEROUS Rock Nov 3, 2017 329
After August Folk Oct 27, 2017 288
ZEPHYR (Just Can't Stay) Rock Oct 19, 2017 325
Good Man Down Rock Oct 13, 2017 502
Freedom's Child Rock Oct 9, 2017 491

Favorites

Title Artist Genre Plays
102 slow sunday irok Rock 58
Traveler FarhanBabeh Blues 128
S.H.O.C. - Silver Sea (Amazing free jam experience) Darius_Andreas Rock 50
tremverb 86 irok Rock 113
Aurora - Veiled Goddess of the Night falconep New Age 165
THE LIGHT OF LOVE KCsGROOVE [+2] Rock 242
UTIRNR Tony2008 Rock 371
Breaking of Nations Paigan0 Rock 99
Lipsync (The Kitchen Sync Mix) Neumuzik Alternative 106
Neverwhere jarcieri Rock 107
Allcome kitsune Alternative 102
It's Like That ldecarmine Jazz 111
Beat the Street toveco [+1] Rock 216
Sailing Down the Highway Taluyaq Rock 130
Vacation in California brewchugger Alternative 221
Challenged Love Xolv [+1] Pop 127
Puzzle Man larszzz [+1] Rock 182
Oh Man!!! Straydog23 Rock 144
Dance to the Beat Dorothy_Wilson Electronica 148
Moving Through Clouds (OTT) becwil Electronica 191
Heightened Valleys of my Consciousness revoltington Rock 168
Acoustic Song Riff Mindbend8r Rock 100
Love Me til the End Ziur Electronica 137
Dreadnought Neumuzik Alternative 159
You Know I Love You LuxuryofDespair Folk 144
MOVIN' ON KCsGROOVE Rock 279
Take Me Nowhere Swampguitar Rock 102
save me that80sboy Alternative 487
Mirror rorriM jarcieri Rock 117
Weirdness Divided mawgrit Alternative 121
The Earth Is About to Shake Mindbend8r Rock 111
space fabric facofone Other 122
LOVE AFTER LOVE cacciamai [+1] Alternative 188
Footprints mre Jazz 196
Brand New Hell BlancFroid Pop 216
Open E Tuning 80 irok Blues 120
A Thousand Tears grathy Rock 232
One Size Never Fits All falconep Other 239
The Speed Of No Thought ExperienceSelvan76 Rock 113
Lady Luck jarcieri Rock 113
Sands of Time toveco [+1] Pop 226
Anchovy Pizza And Other Delights BewareTheFish Rock 119
ça c'est bien khu Rock 174
Orange Neumuzik Alternative 161
Drifting Today... ( folk rockish ) Dadai [+1] Folk 232
Going Home Dorothy_Wilson Other 217
I'm not coming down with you Jondinham Alternative 108
Angels Blessing (2017 Remix) Mike_Lynn Holiday 305
Hahaha 102 irok Rock 181
Krokodil BlancFroid Alternative 224
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