FIVE FIRSTS: Mira Stanley of the Sea the Sea


NAME: Mira Stanley
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.

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.”

FIVE FIRSTS: Chuck E. Costa of the Sea the Sea

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