Recent Rambles

Rambling on Live Oak Trail.

I get up early most days, before the sun, and I dig in.
Not a complaint, an Exclamation.
I always try to find some way to be Engaged Life, in the Moment.
Employing an Athletic Philosophy in all that I do.
What we Practice informs our Doctrine.
Words on paper mean nothing, Actions come First.
Perspiration is the only proven elixir to turn Dreams into Realities.

On most weekday evenings I drive Lucy to her Dance Studio in Orange County. The hours in between dropping her off and picking her up are crucial, I always try to make the most of them: Reading, Riding and Rambling. Seeking Beauty in the hills, at the beach or in the pages of a book. And I Always find more than I seek. Recently Rambling in O’Neill Regional Park and the Quail Hill Trail in Irvine — There is so much to do, so close to us, always. We just have to look.

Ceremony of the Sunset on Quail Hill Trail.

This weekend Ann, Lucy and I drove up to Santa Clara, CA for a Dance Convention. Yesterday, while Lucy was in class, I got out to Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness for a long Ramble along Alameda Creek and lunch on Flag Hill before heading into San Francisco with Ann and Lucy for dinner.

Cow on Cave Rocks Rd.
The view from Flag Hill Rd.

My Girl (Official Music Video)

My Girl is from The New Arms EP.
Produced By Matthew Ryan.

Purchase Here!

My Girl
(Mike Vallely / Matthew Ryan)

Don’t think for a minute
That everything is doom
What you are is bigger 
It’s bigger than this room

My girl
The future is yours
My girl
The future is yours

I see you now
So broke and so uncertain
But something else comes
After you’ve been hurtin’

My girl
The future is yours
My girl
The future is yours

My girl
The future is yours
My girl
The future is yours

My Girl
Written By: Matthew Ryan 2017 Plastic Violin (BMI)
and Mike Vallely 2017 Burn And Burn Publishing (ASCAP)

Mike Vallely: Lead Vocals

Matthew Ryan: Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals

Molly Thomas: Violin

From The New Arms EP
on Street Plant Records

Produced By Matthew Ryan

Video By Ted Newsome

Now Available: The New Arms EP

Now Available:
The New Arms EP
Produced By Matthew Ryan.

Get it / Listen Here:

bandcamp (Digital and CDEP) — Best option to support the EP and Independent Music.

Street Plant — Signed CDs Available.

iTunes

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I’ve been writing songs for as long as I can remember.

Early on, I had a knack for hearing a Song on the radio and immediately creating my own situational or satirical lyrics for the Song. I’d Sing these Songs over and over for anyone who’d listen, mostly just my brother and sister. Every now and then I’d stage a concert in my kitchen or backyard. I’d flyer the neighborhood, going door to door, inviting people over for the big show. This audience was mostly comprised of my Family Members and a few of our Neighbors and Family Friends. I’d Sing them My Songs, they’d smile, and tell my parents: That kid is going places. Definitely not as a Singer, but he’s going places.

When I was in high school I joined my first band, Resistance. I proudly walked the high school hallways with my Lyric Notebook and Skateboard in hand. I filled that Notebook up, but none of my Lyrics were ever used in that band, as I was soon kicked out of the band for “Skateboarding too much.” Ha, ha… But I never stopped Writing and Singing Songs.

In January of this year, I had the Honor of being in a room with an Artist I greatly admire, Matthew Ryan, Working On and Writing Songs Together over the course of a weekend. We had met 4 months earlier and quickly became Friends. Writing and Working with Matthew was a lot of Fun. The material was heavy and very meaningful to both of us, but we found a way to lean into it when we needed to, and to laugh and goof off in the time between.

We thought that we were just “demoing” some Songs but at the end of the weekend we both felt that we had actually done something final, and that also, the three Songs that we had worked on, were together, a complete thought.

Matthew said, “I think you have an EP… Dude.”

The New Arms EP is Available Now Available on bandcamp in both in Digital EP and CDEP Formats.

CDs can be Signed upon request.
Just simply email me with the request after you have placed the order:

mike@streetplantbrand.com

bandcamp is a great place to purchase Music and to Directly Support Artists. They make the DIY aspect of releasing Music easy and rewarding. A purchase on bandcamp is a great way to Support this EP and Independent Music.

Thanks for your support!

Black Mountain Trail

4/2/17

While in Las Vegas with Ann and Lucy for a Dance Convention, I had a really nice Ramble and Scramble yesterday to the peak of Black Mountain in the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area.

What a Beautiful Day on the Trail: Blooming Cacti, Wildflowers and a Brilliant Blue Sky playing Canvas to an ever changing Painting of Cumulus Clouds.

As lizards darted across my path, I got the Legs and Lungs Burning up the Trail to eat my lunch at the peak of Black Mountain (5030 feet), where I Soaked In Views of the Las Vegas Valley and off into Arizona and California before heading back down.