My Girl (Official Music Video)

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

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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.

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!

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Unforgettable Beauty

3/26/17

I had an amazing day and night hiking around the Portuguese Bend Reserve, the Abalone Cove Ecological Reserve and the Filiorum Reserve in Rancho Palos Verdes with Lucy.

We rambled for hours down through countless trails of wildflowers, and then out onto Palos Verdes Drive, before cutting over and down the Cliffside Trail to the Pacific Ocean at Sacred Cove.

From there we headed back up to the bluff above, known as Inspiration Point, to take in the Ceremony Of The Sunset as it dropped below Portuguese Point.

At dusk, we started our journey back up and through the Portuguese Bend Reserve. As darkness fell we became slightly disoriented and jogged too far to the west and found ourselves entering the Filiorum Reserve. It wouldn’t have been a big deal in daylight but in darkness everything becomes intensified. As we moved briskly along the Kelvin Canyon Trail I realized our mistake, and just before giving Lucy the bad news that we had to turn around, we found ourselves at the foot of Rattlesnake Trail. The trail was barricaded and closed due to trail damage, but I knew it went directly to where our car was parked and so under the circumstances we stepped around the barricade and took off up the trail using extreme caution.

A few hours earlier, Lucy had been very wary of any trail with a climb in elevation or that hugged a cliffside, and because of that our scramble down and out of Sacred Cove was a bit tedious. But watching her navigate the precarious Rattlesnake Trail with the utmost certainty and confidence at night was an experience I’ll forever cherish. For as we climbed up the trail, I watched her grow and mature right in front of me. As we stepped out on to Crenshaw Blvd, I could plainly see that she now knew herself better, and standing there with her senses heightened and her adrenaline still pumping, she lit up the dark sky with an unforgettable beauty.

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

Gratitude

Gratitude!

For years and years I had this reoccurring day dream.
That one day I would truly own my very own Skateboard Company, and that I would run it out of my Garage.
That I would somehow remove myself from the parasitic world of brands, sponsors and promoters and the oppressive commercial culture that they cling to.
That I would find the hole in the fence, and leave the small gray ghetto of the industry, filled with the endless broadcasting of self congratulatory noise, and step out into a Wider Reality where there is no sweating scramble for profit and domination, and no need for distinction.
I dreamt that I would one day Create My Own Destiny, By Myself, For Myself, and that I would cut a path that was clear, away from the misdirection and evasions of corporate initiatives.

I dreamt of a Skateboard Company that had a Positive Purpose.
I dreamt of a Skateboard Company that Connected People.
I dreamt of a Skateboard Company that was a Sincere Dialogue.
I dreamt of a Skateboard Company that was Open Hearted.
I dreamt of a Small Flower pushing up through a crack in the concrete.
I dreamt of Street Plant.

Thank You and Much Love to the Street Plant Battalion for helping make this dream come true.

— Mike Vallely

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.

Devil’s Punchbowl

Devil’s Chair.
Holcomb Creek.

3/13/17

I went for a nice long ramble yesterday at Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area in the Angeles National Forest. Known for its geological formations of up-tilted rock formations, Devil’s Punchbowl is visually other worldly, but isn’t that precisely what makes this world so miraculous in itself? There are so many “other worlds” all around us if we’re just curious enough to look.

I hiked in and around the Punchbowl and out to Devil’s Chair, a tall cliff in the San Gabriel Mountains that overlooks the eastern Punchbowl formations. The views along the trail of the Punchbowl and the Antelope Valley were breathtaking at every turn.

After spending time at Devil’s Chair, I hiked down the South Fork Trail to Holcomb Creek where I ate my lunch before hiking back up and out.

Sunset Beach

3/11/17

I rode my bike out to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach, CA and had a nice ramble on a trail lined with wildflowers. I also watched a Swan swim and feed for awhile in the Bolsa Pocket. Apparently Swan sightings are rare? That’s what I inferred from the excitement and chatter of the bird enthusiasts around me on the trail. Whatever the case, it was truly something to see, rare or not.

From there I rode on over to Sunset Beach to take in the Ceremony of the Sunset. I snapped this photo, watched the sun sink into the Pacific, then got back on my bike and rode home.