The five songs Clara Benin can’t live without

Clara Benin mounts two farewell shows on 29-30 July.

The Five Songs Clara Benin Can't Live WithoutWelcome to the first installment (finally) of The Five Songs I Can’t Live Without, which says what it does on the tin: five songs someone in particular can’t live without, however they interpret that last bit. We’ll talk not just to musicians, but also to other interesting folk, granted we get our acts together. We kick off with singer-songwriter Clara Benin: a darling of the indie scene, she’s mounting two farewell (for now) concerts – she’ll take a break from music, she says – this coming Friday and Saturday, 29-30 July, at Teatrino. But before she goes on that break, we somehow managed to ask her about those five songs.


These are some songs that inspire me to get up whenever I feel down, and songs that remind me hit pause whenever I feel like life is too fast.


“Both Sides, Now”
Joni Mitchell | Clouds (1969)


“Perfect Day”
Lou Reed | Transformer (1972)


Switchfoot | Nothing Is Sound (2005)


“Mad About You”
Sting | The Soul Cages (1991)


Dave Matthews Band | Under the Table and Dreaming (1994)


[Coming Home: A Clara Benin Concert happens on 29 and 30 July from 20.00 at Teatrino, Greenhills, with support from Keiko Necesario, Reese Lansangan and Rizza Cabrera. You can also watch her new music video for “Closure”Clara was talking to Niko Batallones.]

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