Areopagus

Areopagus

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Our music is unique and innovative - bringing together an amalgamation of the style and sound of the Dave Matthews Band & Limp Bizkit to create a truly imaginative melodic alternative rock sound with lyrics that are truthful, soulful and grip the very depths of those who hear them

Biography

Influences - Dave Matthews Band, Limp Bizkit, Creed, Thousand Foot Krutch, Pearl Jam, Three Days Grace, Bob Dylan & Keith Green, and so many more, but what influences us the most as a band are lyrics that we can relate to and any band or artist that can put together lyrics that hold treasures untold, is a band that influences, shapes and molds the music of "Areopagus," the first melodic alternative rock band.

What sets us apart from other bands is - Our Music - Listen first to, "I might need some help," which, like a majority of our music, has a truly original and refreshing sound, bringing things both new and old to the table creating a genre we call, "Melodic Alternative Rock," Forging and paving the way for our music to lead us into new frontiers, creating music that grips the hearts and minds of the world around us and as such is very hard to classify it into a single genre, therefore we created our own genre, using descriptive words that can help to better define what the listener is about to hear, rather than just classifying it as just rock, which has such a wide spectrum of variations that the listener in some ways, really does not know what to expect, it could be something from way back in the day, written by the Beatles, to something current written by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, or the girl of "Fly Leaf," that if you listen to such songs, giving them a side by side comparison, you would be tempted to classify them as different genres – but instead such songs are thrown into the melting pot of American culture that we call "Rock," and because our music does tend to stand out as being different than wha,t’s normally expected when you associate your music with "Rock," we put together the term “Melodic Alternative Rock,” as a new genre of music so that when people hear the term, "melodic alternative rock," then their first incline, their first perception, their first thought will be the of the band Areopagus, our band, the first "melodic alternative rock" band.

Our story is unique - and how our music came to be is a tale told in the future Autobiography of "Mike Wanke," called "Behind the Mask." Mike Wanke has lead one of the most amazing yet tumultous lives of any other person alive today. Being born in Africa - immigrating to the USA when he was 5 - having his father die when he was nine and his mother abandoning him about a year later - forcing him to raise himself from the age of 10 on up - being involved with almost every type of criminal activity known to man, thus being subjected to torture, stabbings, being shot, left tied up in a burning building and so much more until the age of 16 when he turned his life to God and become one of the youngest board certified Orthopedic Physician Assistants in US history. He fought a 400pound black bear to the death, was attacked by a pack of wild coyotes, was a 1996 Olympic hopeful in Taekwondo, thats just skratching the surface. And since March 1, 2002 when he was 24 he has continually faced and fought off with limited successes life threating and terminal illnesses, which have devastated his life in so many ways, meaninwhile doing all he can to improve the lives of his fellow man - this is where his lyrics come from this is where the music begins - this is where you will find the band - aeropagus - named after an actually place in Greece, which is translated "mars hill," that during the heights of the Roman Empire, Areopagus, was the center of philosophical debate about the meaning of life where scholars and Philosophers from all over the known world would come to debate. The lessons and experiences that have shaped and molded the point of view that Mike Wanke now holds as to the meaning of life, is debated and talked about throughout his lyrics and songs and the music helps to build the bridge that bridges the gap between the emotional and physical feelings that only music can bring

Lyrics

I might need some help

Written By: Mike Wanke

VERSE I

When my tears fall to you on the other side
I tey to figure out what it is I'm trying to say
It's then I realize that it's not about what i do or say
But that I've been living my life
One breath at a time
Oh - one breath at a time

VERSE 2

When I'm dizzy trying to figure out the real me
Apathy and ignorance, blowing smoke seems to be my trend
A hollow smile on my mask looking for a true friend
Reclused and depressed, searching for -
for a reason to be
for a reason to be

CHORUS

I might need some help to get me through the night
stop fighting in my mind, my head
it's tearing me apart

VERSE III

In my minds eye, imaginations run free
Hearts run wild, lovingly - my life is so inclined - yeah
To yeild and sacrifice my all - to pay it forward and not rewind
This picture framed of my life that you - you are painting on
oh why - why are you painting on me?

Chorus(x2)

BRIDGE

your are the only thing I think about when i dream
You are the angel inside me
without you i feel like I've died
But your so far from me
I just need you back, back in my life

CHORUS

I might need some help to get me through the night
Stop fighting in my mind, my head - its tearing me apart
I might need some help to get me through the night
So stop fighting in my mind, my head, my heart -
oh it's tearing me aprt

The way i see

Written By: Mike Wanke

Intro:
This is the way I see,
the way I see,
the way I see(x2)

Verse 1:

I wish you could see thru my eyes - The way you make me laugh when you tug at your clothes just melts my heart away
Wishing that we weren’t so far apart the sound of your voice makes me weak in the knees
A soul mate is what i am trying to seek!

Pre-chorus:

This may be hard for you to see
But you just might be the one for me
This is the way I see!

Chorus:

I feel so lonely in this world of hate
People judging me - Personality just is a thing of the past
Your looks and what you got are all that seems to pass
Why did it all have to come down to this

intro to v2:

This is the way I see,
the way I see, the way I see (x2)

Verse 2:

Baby, I wish you could see me the way that I see you
Funny, cute and often even shy is how I see you tonight in this light
And with your eyes you would see that there’s more to me than what you might be able to believe
You’ve been handed a list of what a man should be

Pre-chorus:

Instead of following your heart cause your heart just might lead you to me
This is the way I see

(chorus)

There’s so much left unsaid between you and me
That when I think of you, perfections beauty is all I see
There’s so much more to you than I can ever know
But with my dying breath, all of you is all I want to know

(chorus x2)

I am me!

Written By: Mike Wanke

I am me!
Alternate title: What is me?

Verse 1:

What is it that you want of me?
I am not here to prove myself to anyone. I am me.
What is me........that is a hard one.
Some call me crazy, others just call me weird.
I am in love with punk music scrambled together with a little hip-hop
You know like Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, DMX, Eminem,
I like to sing too so add a little Dave Matthews, Third Day, Caedmon’s call just to name a few
But I enjoy every type anything that makes noise – that’s what I like
But it’s gotta have a message – it’s gotta say something deep - something more
I don’t wanna listen to someone singing about something that they’re not in love with
I wanna hear em scream – I wanna see them sweat and move all over the stage
Especially the girlies –
I can think of Pink, Jewel, Alanis, Avril and the girl from Evanesces a little Jennifer Knapp too
Just to name a few – I’m sure you all know the rest
So what are we doing here, sitting around so calm
We all gotta get up, get up and dance . . . . .

Chorus:

It’s called individuality – I am me that’s all I can be
Sorry if you don’t like me – go away then, stop bothering me
I won’t fake it, my mask is destroyed, Ima say it proudly
That I’m a Christian, musician, doctor wannabe – but above all - I AM ME

Verse 2:

I choose my friends wisely, and so should you
But no matter how careful you are some will still stab you in the back
Take your clothes, money, possessions, obsessions
the ones I have I know are there till the end.
I’ve proven them – it cost me a lot – cost me those I thought were friends
But in the end, I’m better off – cause soon I’ll be dead and I need to know who my real friends are
I love to laugh and be a little sarcastic, life’s short – so enjoy it
I have a sick sense of humor sometimes – I laugh so hard when people get hurt
But I am me, I doubt I will ever change
celebrate who you are - get up and dance

(chorus)

Bridge:

I laugh as how confused some people can be
Deluded in their imaginations of greatness of who they wanna be
They refuse to see themselves for who they really are
What sad people – I know cause one of them I used to be

Shhh
“welcome to planet earth, come back down before I beat you”
shhh

Watching my muscles ripp in the mirror when all that other people saw was Shamoo
If you think you can sing – don’t wait for Simon to judge you
He’s one man, do it on your own and let the world see you and be your judge
But you gotta open your eyes, be willing to see the truth
Cause the truth hurts and most of us deny it – but not me – at least no longer

(chorus x2)

Hungry & Thirsty

Written By: Mike Wanke

Hungry & Thirsty
Alternate title: Stranded

Intro:

Are you ready to rock and roll?

Verse 1:

I’ve lived for 25 years now – 25 years too long to live without love
I’ve been involved with many people over the years
Some said they cared, some even took the time - some said they loved
But in the end they all left me stranded with their lies – stranded with their lies

Chorus:

I was hungry, thirsty and lonely – I was crying and dying (x2)

Verse 2:

When people hear about me and the crazy life I’ve lived
They all wanna be part of me and live my life instead
Of the one that they got – the one that they call friend
I tell you now it’s not worth it, cause in the end – I’ll die in the end – alone again

Chorus:

I was hungry, thirsty and lonely – I was crying and dying
I was hungry, thirsty and lonely – I was crying and no one heard
I was dying and no one came, I was crying and no one cared
I was dying and no one came - I was hungry, thirsty and lonely

Bridge:

Yeah
Who will feed me (who will feed me) - Who will bring me water (who will bring me water)
Who will love me and be my friend (who will love me and be my friend)
I need a shoulder to lean on (I need) - Someone to listen (Someone)
As I’m dying all I need is a friend (As I’m dying all I need is a friend)
All I need is a friend (all I Need is a friend) – will you be my friend (will you be my friend)
All I need is a friend (all I need is a friend)– here I am alone again ( here I am alone again)

Chorus:

I was hungry, thirsty and lonely – I was crying and dying
I was hungry, thirsty and lonely (I was hungry) – I was crying and no one heard
I was dying and no one came, (I was dying) I was crying and no one cared
I was dying and no one came –( I was hungry) I was hungry, thirsty and lonely

I was hungry – I was thirsty, I was lonely and afraid
I was hungry – I was lonely and afraid
I was crying and no one heard me, I was dying and no one ever came to me
I was crying and no one ever heard me, I was dying and no one came
When I needed someone – there was no one

All I have to give!

Written By: Mike Wanke

All I have to give

Intro:

I will always be there for you - I will be there when you need a friend
But friend is all we can be - Cause that’s all – all I have to give

Verse 1:

you're my comfort not a superstar - i can reach up and bring you back down –
up to the ground and give you everything you dream about

Pre-chorus:

and you can run from me - and you can hide from me - but i am right beside you - in this life

Chorus:

I will always be there for you - I will be there when you need a friend
But friend is all we can be - Cause that’s all – all I have to give – all – I said all I have to give - yea

Verse 2:

I have found you ..
but I don’t know if you should know - I'm not sure if I can tell you
I dunno if you feel the same thing - i don’t wanna ruin everything

Verse 3:

You got your flaws and I got more – sometimes you drive me insane with jealousy
Still there’s just something about you – something that makes me feel happy inside
I’m just crazy about you – and to me your more than meets the eye

Pre-chorus:

and you can run from me - and you can hide from me - but i am right beside you - in this life

Chorus:

I will always be there for you - I will be there when you need a friend
But friend is all we can be - Cause that’s all – all I have to give – all – I said all I have to give - yea
All – whoa all I have

Bridge:

I look and stare so deep in your eyes - I touch on you more and more every time.
When you leave I'm begging you not to go - Call your name two or three times in a row
Such a funny thing for me to try to explain –
How I'm feeling and my pride is the only one left to blame.

(chorus x2)

Cause that’s all – all I have to give – all – I said all I have to give
Its all I have – all I have to give – so, so - so – so - so Ill give it all

Sometimes I wonder

Written By: Mike Wanke

Sometimes I wonder

Verse 1:

Somebody once told me that all my hard work would pay off
Somebody once told me that if I work hard enough
I could get and do anything that that I want get and do anything that I want)
(pause)
Is it worth it – to work so hard for love (is it worth it to work so hard for love)

Chorus:

Sometime I wonder what it is that I want
I sit and wonder who it is that I wanna love

Verse 2:

It’s kinda weird now that I’m a grown man – I’m 25
How it is that I’ve never been in love before – I mean I am a guy
Maybe I’ve just never met the right one (Maybe Ive just never met the right one)
Maybe I’ve just never seen anyone who wants my love
(Maybe I’ve just never seen anyone who wants my love)

Chorus:

Sometime I wonder what it is that I want
I sit and wonder who it is that I wanna love - Whoa - Whoa

Bridge:

Then I look at you I see the way I wanna be
I take a look in your eyes and I can see to my surprise
How much love you have for me - Despite my sin and all of crimes

Interlude:

Despite all my crimes – love is such a hard work
I just don’t understand – why it takes such hard work to be a man
Yeah, yeah, yeah

(chorus x2)
La, la, la, la, la – whoa, la, la, la, la, la, la – whoa
(chorus)
Of all the girls I’ve met so far there can only be one –
who will be God I’m waiting for that one
I’m waiting, I’m waiting – I’ll be waiting, Ill be waiting for that that one
Sometimes I – I wonder . . . . who am I gonna love

Struck

Written By: Briant Gibb

Struck

Verse 1:

I felt so weak when you passed me by - You smelt so good I couldn’t deny your beauty

Pre-chorus:

Then you gazed into my eyes – and my heart was stolen away, so far away

Chorus:

Why do you keep on running – when you’ve been gone for so long
Why do you keep on crying – when you’ve got no shoulder to cry on
Why, oh why, oh why – tell me why

Verse 2:

Second time around again – and this time you look better than before

Pre-chorus:

What will it cost me to be with you tonight
Cause you got me struck down falling all around

Chorus

Bridge:

Can a man take fire in his heart and not be burned
Can a man take fire in his eyes and not be blinded

Chorus x2

Learning to love

Written By: Mike Wanke

Learning to love

Verse 1:

You know Joe – we’ve all seen him living where the trash is
Underneath the freeway, somewhere on the streets - Holding out his hand, saying I need money to eat
There was a time I wouldn’t give him a frigging dime - Cause I’ve been homeless and on the streets
In America man – you have got a choice
You don’t have to live out where the trash is – so I shut my heart up from him and said

Pre-chorus:

I guess love is something that I – I still have to learn - yeah

Chorus:

I’m learning what it means to feel – I’m learning what it means to love
I’m learning to keep it real – I’m learning what it means to rise above
And make my life the sacrifice

What you gonna do when it comes down to me and you?

Verse 2:

You’ve probably heard me complain before – bout how I never had a home
At such a young age – love was something that was just made fun of at home
If I had a crush – it was something that just was not acceptable by my mom and dad
So they taught me their way – they taught me how to hate
Now that I’m all grown up – I feel like a family is all I need – I don’t
I don’t care if it comes from a wife or kids or from friends who accept me for who I am
But loving them is something that I – I still have to learn - yeah

(chorus x2)

Bridge:
I know who I’m attracted to is something I can’t really control
But I’m confused about love – if it’s something that I must choose
Cause since I was young that is what I was taught that love is a choice but now I’m finding out that
truth, freedom, beauty and love is something that I still have to – still have to learn – yeah

(chorus x4)

Discography

1. Reflections from mars hill - 2000

2. Acoustic Compilation #1 - 2000

3. The Last Word - 2001

4. Mike Wanke & Friends - Acoustic Compilation #2 - Who you are! - 2003

5. Mike Wanke & Friends - Acoustic Compilation #3 - The Good Life - 2004

6. Mike Wanke & Friends - The Chaos Theory - 2005

7. Areopagus - Ode to Love - Double Album(Acoustic & Electric) - Coming summer 2008

From 2001 thru 2005 Mike Wanke, had a variety of tracks that had limited airplay or internet streaming - but when I stopped touring and promoting my music in September 2005 due to breaking both my hips while jumping off stage during the 5th show of "the chaos theory" tour and after becoming extremely ill and going through mulitple bouts of chemo and multiple surgeries I havent had anytype of airplay that i know of - However once, "ode to love," is released I plan to get some radio play of our music once again

Set List

Our set list is wide and various depending on the type of venue we are playing at - we have repertoire of about 120 songs that we work with on a regular basis and do a variety of shows from a simple 3 song - 15min set, to playing almost our entire set list over a 4-6 hour period - we just love to perform - and will play when ever and where ever people want us to play, and if by chance there is a night of the week we are not performing somewhere, we will go find a busy street corner and open up our guitar case and just play, we ALWAYS attract attention and draw people into our world of music when we perform