Irish Mythen – A Question of Firsts

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My intros to these pieces generally involve me roasting the artist slowly over a gentle heat. There’s always something I can tease apart about them for a cheap laugh (What, you thought this was a high-brow view into someone’s inner psyche?). But Irish Mythen has stymied me with one short sentence – on her Twitter profile she states (amidst the guff about music and story telling), ‘Collects books and music’. Sorry everyone, but there is no way on earth that I can criticise a fellow book collector. So here then are the firsts of the utterly perfect Irish Mythen…

FIRST RECORD YOU EVER BOUGHT
Brothers in Arms Dire Straits

FIRST PERSON WHO MADE YOU WANT TO BE A MUSICIAN
Chrissy Hines

FIRST GIG YOU EVER SAW
Tracy Chapman and The Hothouse Flowers, okayed The RDS and I still have the ticket stub

FIRST PERSON YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH
Bruce Lee

FIRST THING YOU THINK ABOUT IN THE MORNING
Yoga and I have to pee

FIRST PERSON YOU’D INVITE TO A PARTY
Mavis Staples

FIRST THING YOU’LL BUY WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST MILLION
More guitars and another house

FIRST THING YOU’LL ABOLISH WHEN YOU RULE THE WORLD
Men having rights over a woman’s body, like piss off already 🙄

FIRST ALBUM YOU’D SAVE IF YOUR HOUSE WENT UP IN FLAMES
Dire Straits Brothers in Arms

FIRST PERSON YOU’D SEND ON A ONE-WAY TICKET TO THE HEART OF THE SUN
….I live in Canada so our neighbour across the border

FIRST THING YOU EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC
The good ship lollipop – I was 4 it was my auntys wedding

FIRST SONG YOU’D HAVE PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL
You are not alone – and then haunt everyone I know

FIRST INSTRUMENT YOU EVER OWNED
A Yamaha F16 my Mam bought it for me when I was a kid. Best gift any one has ever given me

FIRST PERSON YOU’D RAISE FROM THE DEAD
Well me if I’ve just had my funeral song played, but other than that Anthony Bourdain

FIRST PLACE YOU’D VISIT IN A TIME MACHINE
1960’s Ireland and hang with my parents because they were, and remain, the hippest people I know

FIRST TRACK ON YOUR APPLE MUSIC OR SPOTIFY MOST PLAYED LIST
William Prince, Breathless

FIRST TRACK ON YOUR IMAGINARY ALBUM OF YOUR OWN GREATEST HITS
When I took over the world that time

FIRST PERSON YOU’D ASK TO JOIN YOUR ALL-STAR BAND
Mavis Staples

FIRST THING YOU’D LIKE TO CHANGE ABOUT YOURSELF
My temper

FIRST ARTIST YOU’D BOOK TO APPEAR AT YOUR OWN UNLIMITED BUDGET FESTIVAL
Mavis Staples

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