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

Spotify

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!

Matthew Ryan: Still Giving Me The Chills

Matthew Ryan is an Artist that I greatly Respect, and whose Music, Lyrics and Ethos Inform and Inspire my Thinking, Feeling and Creative Process daily. The Discovery of Matthew’s Music has been a Meaningful Journey in My Life and one that Continues. The Songs on this Playlist have Given Me The Chills and they’re Still Giving Me The Chills. Enjoy!

Follow me on Spotify Here!

Razors Edge

Photo: Rob Wallace.

The dream had been over for many years
But by November of 2013, I could no longer out run it
Enveloped in shadows, I had lost the will to fight
I had lost the will to live
But somehow, someway, the days still rolled on

Every breath I took was an SOS
But I didn’t have any friends
Only people who wanted to use me
To sell their worthless crap
I was living in an Ice Age

I had walked the razors edge as far as I could go
All that I could do was turn around
Out of the shadows of the past
Into the Light of my Life
There were New Dreams to Dream

The New Arms EP
Produced By Matthew Ryan.
Release Date: April 7, 2017

Texas Tour 2017

In conjunction with the Street Plant Open Hearted Texas Tour2017 I will be doing several music performances in support of the release of The New Arms EP Produced By Matthew Ryan.

Here are the details:

April 7:
Cactus Music
Houston, TX
3:00 PM
All Ages!

April 8:
4202 T-Shirt Artshow
Houston, TX
2:00 PM
All Ages!

April 9:
Apparition Skateboards
Austin, TX
3:00 PM
All Ages!

April 10:
4DWN
Dallas, TX
6:00 PM
All Ages!

April 11:
Deviance Skate Supply
Wichita Falls, TX
6:00 PM
All Ages!

I’m looking forward to Skating and Relating with everyone!
Thanks for your support.

The New Arms EP will be Available April 7, 2017.

Travel Well…

I’m riding through the endless narrows, across a frozen landscape. The rearview mirror has been extricated and I’m chasing a horizon that I can’t see. My headlights shine their dim light on failure after failure lining the roadside: broken systems, collapsed institutions, vacant motifs. Still I push forward, driven by something innate: Survival. But my survival must be purposeful. Survival with Honor. Step by step, mile by mile, the point is to Travel Well.

What direction I go is completely up to me, it always has been. My biggest mistakes have come from giving that power to someone else, allowing my personal boundaries to be violated. In doing so, I lost heart, I lost courage, I lost my way. No more. I have been found. I am right here, right now and the rest of it is gone, evaporated into nothingness. I have retired from the past.

My girls, our dogs, our lives and our time together on this Earth, our work and our dreams are my focus. My allegiance is pledged with every word spoken, every action, every waking moment.

The future is ours.

The New Arms EP
Produced By Matthew Ryan​.
Release Date: April 7, 2017

Matthew Ryan

1/23/17

Boston Logan Intl. Airport.

Travel day back to California after spending the weekend in Beaver, PA with Matthew Ryan working on music. Matthew and I met back in September on the Street Plant Open Hearted Mid West Tour, and it was an immediate connection. Really, it was just a chance meeting but it is one that has blossomed into a friendship and now a creative relationship… Open Hearted, truly. After meeting Matthew, I immersed myself in his music. His records have been the soundtrack to my Autumn and Winter and they will be a part of the rest of my life. Working on music with Matthew these past 3 days has been an inspiration. The heart, soul and guts that he put into these songs really means a lot to me. I snapped this pic while Matthew was putting some guitar down, his playing on these songs is nothing short of beautiful and I can’t wait to share it all with you.