on laughter-silvered wings
About poets and songwriters: "Write without pay
until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers
within three years, sawing wood is what you were
intended for."~ Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S.
humorist, writer, and lecturer.
Forward by Ruffian Angel...
I got into a discussion with a grade three teacher
about religion. She talked about "Micheal" the
Archangel slaying a bad angel. I rebuked this by
saying my mom had told me that "Micheal" meant
'God-like' and that such an angel would never break
the 5th commandment, "Thou shall not kill". She told
me to sit down. I insisted. SHe brushed me off
after much dialogue by saying "maybe he was a
ruffian angel. By next recess that is what the kids
were all calling me.
Micheal the Archangel, one of only two angels named
in the connonical bible, was the ruffian angel who
slew the dragon or evil angel now known as Satan.
was Satan the good guy all along and archangel
Micheal a ruffian? In the painting 'Micheal' by
'Raphael' the "bad angel", Satan doesn't look much
different from any other angel. (Raphael's art is shown below)
Perhaps deeds--as depicted in art as the
perception of ages--do speak to us as well as
any other thing we perceive.
All art is beautiful to someone. I compose music; write poems and lyrics for songs; I write books, stories and articles; I paint, draw and sketch; I take photographs all over the world for
models, magazines and newspapers. I love art. I am an artist.
About angels and demons and their
perception, I write my own music to entertain and
provoke useful contemplation. So think about it. LOL
I respect life, cherish the free will of sentient
beings, and accept the sacredness of all creation.
My bible is the wind and the rain.
'Micheal' by 'Raphael'
Biography by "Kate"
Ruffian Angel like
most other Canadian artists, has a large repertoire
of activities in his musical background.
Hopping from town to town in his
small private airplane he has brought his music to
the smallest and to the largest of Canadian
stage life in music while he was in High School and
University Angel worked his way through school
doing stage performances and radio board shifts in
central and western Canada including his work as a
radio announcer for CKEK, CFEK, CHIN, CHAT, CHAT TV
and more. He has appeared on all major TV and Radio
networks. He was "Uncle Mike" in a Saturday morning
children's show in southern Alberta and is the
author of a popular Christmas radio special
("Christopher's Prayer") aired every year on CBC
Northern. Organizing rock concerts and emceeing
events he still found time to perform his own music.
In addition to composing music, writing poems and lyrics for songs Angel has written books, stories and articles for international magazines;
worked as a graphic artist, painting, drawing and sketching. He worked as a photographer all over the world for models, magazines and newspapers. He is a truly rounded artist.
In the young days of the Web, Ruffian, in 1998
founded WebRadio Canada International (WebRadio.ca)
which still today cyber-casts Canadian music to
Canadian Forces troops stationed in remote Canada
and around the worled in over 40 different
peacekeeping missions sponsored by the United
Nations or NATO.
Angel started his musical stage career as a
drummer with a band called Marmalade and gradually
widening his horizons to encompass guitar, vocals,
composing, song writing, and more.
Ruffian Angel's early music gigs were High School
dances and church basement "youth events" featuring
his own original songs like "Give My Love to Mary"
which he wrote along with "Moving From Town", and
other music written by other band members.
In the 1990s he travelled central Ontario with a 12-String
Robert Taylor guitar and
a 6-string Godin with
a solo acoustic act that featured covers of James
Taylor, Lyndsay Buckingham, Justin Hayward and
included some of his own work including "All I ever
Wanted", "Bleeding in Love", "Wonder Why" and others
In the 2000s Ruffian angel played with a number of
alternative rock bands including some punk start-ups
but settled down with Themis and
wrote "Angel of Love", "Demon
Bites", "Sleeping Angels", "Love
of Life", "Shadow",
Angel", and "Shattered".
In 2008 Ruffian Angel, a devoted vegan,
launched into a new style of music he describes as Wicca
Ruffian is Themis (band)'s front-man,
combining powerful vocals with occasional
unrelenting guitar leads and a generally percussive
style of rhythmic guitar.
Ruffian Angel has a characteristic guitar playing style
that resembles early rock and roll styles with
percussive, full rhythm guitar chords.
It makes sense. He started as a
drummer and still plays drums.
still a little of the down
style from punk, to add angular melodic lines
instead of heavy chords. Minor keys and minor mode
melodies are prevalent for example in his new song
"When Angel's Kiss" in the 2014 'Locked in Love
Album' the minor keys push
the music into the "emo" genre, but major keys are also used
particularly in the brightest of songs such as Themis's "Love of Life"
and "Shattered" which has a bright rock style.
Ruffian Angel's rock vocals, chorus,
and some spuriously added wind instrumentals are
reminiscent of a the
re-creation of the sounds of nature.
Other simulations of nature's sounds include:
- a breeze moving through the trees (i.e.:
vocals "The wind in the trees of the forest of
life sing a song like this..." Themis
- Love of Life).
- the roar of an ocean crashing on jagged
- droplets of rain ("splashed across my
cheeks" - Themis
- Love of Life );
- the crackling of lightning (i.e.: the
clopped out, over flogged beautiful crash
cymbal, creating the lightning
Themis song "Your
- The cry of birds and roars of animals are
some of the "instruments" that help comprise
His guitar tone is sharp and
clear with compressed sustain,
and in some songs processed with light electronic
effects or sharply overdriven without much fuzz.
A bright overdriven guitar sound with compression is
delivered clean or processed with
some flanging and analog delay.
Creatively tuned ride cymbal patterns maintain
the melodic rhythm of the Wicca song while
repetitive closed and open high hat and Snare
push the beat.
As themis lead singer and guitarist Ruffian
Angel set out in 2007 to morph the band into an
all-ages effort, focussed on producing Themis
original material extolling the beauty of nature and
ecology in a Wiccan-like framework of ecological
Do as you will but harm thee nothing.
The Themis brand
continues as Ruffian Angel edges into new genres
including emo and alt-rock.