FIVE FIRSTS: Mira Stanley of the Sea the Sea

October 1st, 2014, 9:00 am by Greg

NAME: Mira Stanley
BAND AFFILIATION: THE SEA THE SEA
INSTRUMENT: shared vocals, electric/acoustic guitars, percussion, piano

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Madonna’s Like A Prayer. Not only did I buy this album, but I learned every single word just prior to my sixth birthday. I spent the last night of my fifth year alive dressed up as Madonna, singing through the entire album. There might have been some pretty serious interpretive dancing as well.

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2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … It was either the Beach Boys or Crosby, Stills & Nash. Both were big outdoor stage shows. I saw the former from someone’s shoulders and the latter from a blanket. I remember how exciting it was not only to be around so many people, but to be out in the world at night.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Piano. Although when I was seven years old, I used all of the money I had saved to buy a guitar and a pink guitar strap.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I was forever putting together variety shows to perform for neighbors when I was growing up (one of them included sheets on the laundry line as curtains and the aforementioned Like A Prayer). But I auditioned for “Annie” when I was nine years old or so, and sang, of course, “Tomorrow.” And I was so excited that I totally psyched myself out and barely squeaked out a whisper.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I was in a trio of girls at the end of junior high. We had no band name, we never played a show, but we had band photos!!

Mira Stanley joins musical partner Chuck E. Costa as the Sea the Sea on the no-pepper stage at the Low Beat in Albany on Thursday evening (October 2). Great Mutations open the show in support of their recently released debut album, “Cheap Stuff.”

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