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No Requiem


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Calchas

 Genre: Folk-Rock
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Well friends, it's been almost six years (right?) since I fried my old Power Mac G5 and had to take my leave of you all. I retired August 1st, cashed in my savings, paid off my car AND BOUGHT A NEW MAC!!!

Anyway, gods willing "I'll be rockin' the Mac again."

Here is a folk rocker that deals with the environmental crisis.
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NO REQUIEM

I.
Won't You lend an ear my friends?
Got something to say, and it just can't wait.
It's our plight... concerns us all;
---a matter of life and death.

I'm not talkin' 'bout politics;
no bullshit left/right dichotomy.
There's much more than that at stake.
It's time that we all awake!

1st Chorus:
What will we do when the forests die,
and the desert claims the land?
How will we fare when we cannot breathe,
'cause the air is thick with the poisoned by-products of our plans?

II.
We're the authors of our fate,
---this post-industrial tragedy;
and now "all the world's a stage,"
for the damage that has been done.

Will we wisely change our ways,
---retrace our steps in the nick of time?
Or just simply forge ahead,
ignoring the warning signs?

2nd Chorus:
What will we do when we've tipped the scales,
and the ice caps are no more/
How will we fare when the oceans rise,
and our cities die,
'cause our coastlines are lying beneath the brine?

III.
It's "to be or not to be."
The place is here and the time is now!
It's not hard to understand.
Just open your eyes and SEE.

The community of life,
exists in a delicate balance friends.
If we let it slip away,
we won't see it's like again.

3rd Chorus:
What will we do when the soil is fried,
and the land yields only weeds?
How can we thrive if earth can't provide
the essentials that all creatures need
if they're to survive?

4th Chorus:
What will we do when our time is up?
Can we drink this cup to the dregs?
How will we fare once we've snapped the web?
Can the techno-crats and politicos save us in the end?

It's a race against the clock...
It's a race against the clock...
It's a race against the clock...
It's a race against the clock...
Tick-tock tick tock! (2x)

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Hits: 852
Comments: 47
Fans: 22
Plays: 70
Downloads: 14
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Dec 18, 2016 - 01:51:26 AM
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2016 - 03:44:54 PM Last Played: Mar 30, 2017 - 05:53:09 AM
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Hardware:
Guitar, bass, and keyboards
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Percussion: Drums on Demand & Apple Loops
Comments
richard13 said 186 days ago (December 18th, 2016)
Welcome home bro
When I read the lyrics you posted before this post was approved I could not believe you could fit all those words into the metre/meter but you did! And you articulated them very well. An ambitious song for your return. Loved the clock.

Congratulations on your retirement. Enjoy it: you earned it. Rock on!
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Calchas said 185 days ago (December 19th, 2016)
Hi
This was the most difficult thing I've ever had to sing. NUMEROUS takes, and I'm still not satisfied... But one eventually has to just let go. :-)

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
egobandit said 186 days ago (December 18th, 2016)
damage is done
like the accordion was a great treat, like zydeco, very cool. we are facing hard times that are hard to deal with , man will not know the way out
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Calchas said 185 days ago (December 19th, 2016)
Bro!
I wrote this six years ago. At that time no accordion. When I bought my new Mac---lo and behold---an accordion patch! And just in time!

Glad you like it Tim.

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
Dadai.2 said 186 days ago (December 18th, 2016)
You're inside the door...
and just in time as all that bad stuff happening outside!

Welcome back, Mike. You haven't lost your touch. Well performed and produced song. And the upbeat tempo keeps the ear tuned to the fast-paced lyrics.

cheers...
Jack
Check out my latest song called Frisco Feel
Calchas said 185 days ago (December 19th, 2016)
Thanks Jack...
Great to be back in the saddle.

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
Daugrin said 186 days ago (December 18th, 2016)
Beat The Clock
Great to have you back in town. You were missed by friend!
The production powers are tops on this effort, has a comfortable post-folky grunge. The online advocacy for this issue is plainly mainstream. Unfortunately, nothing just breaking the edge in yer analysis, more talking points than lyrics. maybe Mr. Gore can revitalize the carbon futures business... or something... before the little ice age ruins the agenda.

Daug
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Calchas said 185 days ago (December 19th, 2016)
Daug!
Glad that this is now mainstream. When I wrote it six years ago, just before I fried my old Mac, the issue was in the air but not yet quite so "mainstream" as you say. Not an analysis. A lament. Mr. Hawking says that they'll be no more humans on earth in 1,000 years. I think he's wrong. I foresee small pockets of humans tilling the land, singing their songs, telling their myths... as of old. In many ways, an improvement over this toxic techno-culture. One man's opinion.

I missed you too!

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
Philip18 said 186 days ago (December 18th, 2016)
No Requiem
Pacy delivery, clear vocal and varied instrumentation keep the song moving well. Plenty to think about in the lyrics. Entertaining!
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Calchas said 185 days ago (December 19th, 2016)
Thank you sir!
Again, I wrote this six years ago, so it's not exactly timely, but I think the issue will remain important. How can it not?

The pacy delivery is intended to underscore the sense of urgency. I'm glad you like it!

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
tempie said 185 days ago (December 19th, 2016)
folk
I like the jangle and I really like the wordy, Gordon Lightfoot type phrasing and direct story telling. I'm generally not much in for didactic stuff but I like the subject matter and this is brutally honest but at the same time kind of jaunty and friendly. That falls short of what I mean, but you know what I mean ha. I like it!
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Calchas said 185 days ago (December 19th, 2016)
THX!
"jaunty and friendly"---Didn't want to attack anyone. Preachy issue-related tunes mostly alienate. I wanted to convey that at a very deep level we're all on the same side, and in the same danger; whatever our degree of belief/disbelief. Mostly, this is just fun as hell to play on the guitar! Ha ha...

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
J.A.Stewart said 185 days ago (December 19th, 2016)
As The World Churns

Welcome back, Micheal. You've jumped back in with both feet, with this rousing piece of music. Nicely done.

Profit over Prudence is at the heart of this issue. The cost of action to address this problem is very small... when compared to the potential and predictable price inaction will bring.

That *ticking* we hear at the end of your song is not just a clock. It's a time bomb. ;)

--- Joe
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Calchas said 185 days ago (December 19th, 2016)
Hey Joe! (Pun intended...)
Not only do you have a knack for clever turns of phrase (I counted two... and love 'em!); but I agree fully with what you wrote. Many thanks for the welcome back man.

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
DWL said 185 days ago (December 19th, 2016)
A fine return
Always like a bit of subversion.

Wrap up a message in a jolly tune.

Nicely done.

Cheers

Dick
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Calchas said 184 days ago (December 20th, 2016)
Jolly!
...but with a dark hint of melancholy. (Consult minor chords please...)

Great to see your smiling face again Dick! :-)

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
PeterB7858 said 185 days ago (December 19th, 2016)
No Requiem
Great to hear you back in town, Mike. Love the vibe of this. And the message needs to be shouted out in every medium possible. Fine work. I like the vocal work! Compelling package. Thanks.
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Calchas said 184 days ago (December 20th, 2016)
Thank you Peter...
I'm proud of the music... I am of two minds re the vocals. This was disturbingly difficult to sing. Numerous takes and I still drift out of key here and there!

Glad you're on board with the message.

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
Bowman said 185 days ago (December 19th, 2016)
Your retirement
is not only a well earned reward for you but for us here at MJ as well.
Great upbeat work that warms the heart and brings a smile to my face.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Calchas said 184 days ago (December 20th, 2016)
Thank you Charlie...
Glad to be back here. Hope to make a continuing positive contribution.

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
Vic Holman said 185 days ago (December 19th, 2016)
back on your feet
well you already know that i liked this. i'm glad that you got through the gates to MJ
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Calchas said 184 days ago (December 20th, 2016)
Ah, the Vicar!
And you know that I couldn't have recorded this without you helpful and much needed tutoring on this new software! Many many thanks!

Be well bro!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
Dean-Resonator said 184 days ago (December 20th, 2016)
Tick Tock
You had me hooked as soon as I heard the accordion. A great rollicking tune with a topic which unfortunately is still relevant six years after writing it. Congratulations on your retirement. Does that mean you have more time to record now?
Check out my latest song called Something odd is going on
Calchas said 184 days ago (December 20th, 2016)
I was ECSTATIC...
when I was fooling with the MIDI in and discovered the accordion patch. I'm a huge fan of the OYSTERBAND and wanted that kind of feel for this tune. Glad it hooked you!

I do, in fact, have more time to record. I have been revamping, remixing and remastering several of my old acoustic tunes, and am near completion on a new rocker. And just two days ago I came up with a chord progression for yet another newbie. It looks like my retirement is going to be musically productive. Color me grateful!

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
davisamerica said 184 days ago (December 20th, 2016)
Lightfoot/Bowie
....... lyrics and vocal delivery just a smile indeed. See you finally found the MJ keys under the backdoor mat! Excellent!
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Calchas said 183 days ago (December 21st, 2016)
I had trouble just finding the mat!
Anyway, great to be back... in spite of all the tumbleweeds rolling through the site...

Thanks for the thumbs up!

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
RichardSchletty said 184 days ago (December 21st, 2016)
The return of Calchas...
No, not a hard calcified deposit of minerals in my gall bladder. It's Mike! Good to hear you lay down this "eve of destruction" ballad. Reminds me of The Moody Blues' song "The Story In Your Eyes." Let's all recharge and light up this mouldering shell of a website.
Check out my latest song called Blessings (Alex John and Schletty)
Calchas said 183 days ago (December 21st, 2016)
I've been called a lot of things Richard...
but "calcified"? Ha ha...

Not sure I cotton to the "eve of destruction" comparison (though I like that song!).

The only "apocalypse" I believe in is still an avoidable one. This is a call-to-arms kinda tune, and not without an underlying glimmer of hope. I hope that comes through...

BTW, "The Story In Your Eyes" may well be my favorite MB tune of all time.

As for my music here, it is more inspired by a great English folk-rock group called OYSTERBAND.

Be well my friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
RichardSchletty said 180 days ago (December 25th, 2016)
Why I said calcified...
Mike, When I glanced at "The return of Calchas" in that forum thread, my aging mind read it as "the return of calculus" – one meaning of which is a calcified deposit of minerals. You are far from that, my friend. Your mind and song art are as fresh and supple as ever. Song on...
Check out my latest song called Blessings (Alex John and Schletty)
Calchas said 176 days ago (December 28th, 2016)
In reply to your second clarifying comment:
Thanks for the props old friend. I'll do my level best to "song on" and encourage others to do the same. :-)
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
RichardSchletty said 176 days ago (December 29th, 2016)
Song on...
Yep, I think I might just do that. Really didn't think I'd be checking back into MacJams but some embers seem to be glowing again.
Check out my latest song called Blessings (Alex John and Schletty)
Bob Rodgers said 182 days ago (December 22nd, 2016)
It's
great to hear your music again Mike and welcome back!
I really enjoyed this new song and good to hear you are writing again, look forward to more.

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Calchas said 181 days ago (December 23rd, 2016)
THX
Good to be back here Bob!

Glad you enjoyed the new tuneage.

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
MarkHolbrook said 181 days ago (December 23rd, 2016)
Shot to the top
Glad you are back and this shot to the top of the list almost the moment it was posted.

Very much a Calchas tune! Nicely done!
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Calchas said 177 days ago (December 27th, 2016)
Thanks Mark
Sooooooooooooo glad to be back. Six years of being pretty much unable to participate musically was very disheartening. I feel like I've been reborn!

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
jiguma said 181 days ago (December 23rd, 2016)
Welcome back Mike - about time :)
Compex words (and lots of 'em!), but it all works fine. Like the vocal a lot, and the accordion works really well. Fast and pacy and tight as well.
Hope to hear many more in 2017.
Cheers from Oz,
Neil
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Calchas said 177 days ago (December 27th, 2016)
Howdy Neil...
Here we are again! Yeah, a lot of words. This time I had the melody first. I wrote the words to fit the melody, and it wasn't easy!!! So glad to be able to work in that accordion. (Now where is that bagpipe patch? Ha ha...)

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
davajonah said 180 days ago (December 24th, 2016)
How to
write a song about something so serious and wrap it up in bouncy, jolly music! You've managed to do just that. Very well put together.
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Calchas said 177 days ago (December 27th, 2016)
Ha ha...
Bouncy... OK... but you're the second person to use "jolly." To me it just sounds earnest. Oh well, as long as it still works, right? I do thank you for listening. Nice to be back in touch man.

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
bud said 180 days ago (December 24th, 2016)
Welcome back - been gone a while myself
i like the sound of this - the accordion brings a lot of flavor and energy - a bit of The Pogues in the house. The message is truer than ever since you wrote six years back. A fine tune!
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Calchas said 177 days ago (December 27th, 2016)
Hi Kevin!
I was a Pogues fan for awhile. This is more directly inspired musically by OYSTERBAND, who are one of my favorite Brit folk-rock outfits of all time. Wish they were better known in the states.

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
bronco said 179 days ago (December 25th, 2016)
Alright
Still have the knack for putting together that solid framework with high production values. Liked the overall feel of the song. Your lyrics were ok but I thought you should have possibly shorted them some. I know when you want to make an important point that it is easy to write a lot to say what you want to say. But sometimes more is less and a little vagueness makes us think a bit more. I speak from the standpoint of someone whose own songs get a bit wordy at times so I know of what I speak. But as someone pointed out you were able to get all the words in to fit your musical pattern which was quite an accomplishment. So rock on and have fun which it seems you did.
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Calchas said 177 days ago (December 27th, 2016)
Hello Tom!
Seems ages since we've been in touch. RE shouting the lyrics: one can only do what one can do. I'm not a very good shouter. As I mentioned above somewhere, I wrote the words to fit the melody rather than the reverse. That dictated the amount of words and even the phrasing. And I had a hell of a time singing this as well! So that it came out at all pleases me to no end. I can only hope that---this time at least---more is more. Oh, and, in the end, this WAS a bit of fun...

Be well bro!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
jimmyrus said 172 days ago (January 1st, 2017)
Cool tune
Great message. Vocals are production are really good. The sound of the bass is the bass is really good! Glad you are back up and running
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Calchas said 171 days ago (January 2nd, 2017)
Thanks Jimmy...
Your comment on the bass is much appreciated. In times past I always had trouble getting the proper tone on the bass!

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
Moviz said 163 days ago (January 10th, 2017)
You didn't
waste your time while you were away Mike by writing stuff like this....a really good conscience pricking song...top lyrics, and you're sounding great vocally too.....loving that accordion and percussion.....a top song to burst onto the scene with; the style really does suit you as well, cheers M
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Calchas said 163 days ago (January 10th, 2017)
Thanks Maurice!
I like this style a lot. In England (Old Blighty) you have the OYSTERBAND which often records in this style. Anyway, I was glad to get these lyrics recorded after waiting six years!

Be well friend!
Check out my latest song called Zephyr (Just Can't Stay)
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Name: Micheal Wark
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Been gone for almost six years after frying my old PowerMacG5. Up and running again... Wonderful to be back! ... [see more]

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Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. In the original and narrowest sense, the term referred to a genre that arose in the United States and Canada around the mid-1960s. The sound was epitomized by tight vocal

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