My name is Clara Dinkin and I just turned 18 may 5th. I’ve always loved the lyrics of songs. They capture a piece of me and I tend to fall in love with the words of artists because I feel like once you hear a person’s story, song, or poem, you have a better understanding for who they are. I love writing songs and have been since I was five, but didn’t take it seriously until I turned 16 and I started writing about my own identity as well as tell stories about my friends and family through my lyrics. Everyone says that when you turn one year older, you don’t feel it until half the year is over, but when I turned 16 something inside me shifted. I realized that I was gay and it scared me so much that I didn’t come out for a whole year later. I’ve known ever since I was very young, but didn’t feel like I was ready to tell my friends until the end of freshman year. Writing songs during that time really helped me to step into myself and not focusi ng so much on how I was different from some of my friends and family. I’ve been preforming at open mics since I was 16, sometimes preforming covers, and other time preforming originals. Songwriting has opened up so many opportunities in my life and in the future I would love to make it more of a side profession instead of a hobby.
Through my songs I like to tell stories as well as write about what I believe in. In my own life, I have never been bullied, but I have stood up for my friends and family when they were. I wrote a song called Invisible Scars about a member of my family who was depressed and how it impacted their life as well as the lives around them. I truly believe that every person should be treated equally no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or class. I feel like as humans we are so disconnected from people who are different from us. I feel like through art and music, we can come together more and by listening to each others lyrics and words, we can start to understand more about who we are as well as who the people around us are, instead of letting our first impressions of people be all we see them for.
*Stand Up, Speak Out’s Note: Be sure to follow Clara’s social media! Clara’s Sound Cloud page can be found here: https://soundcloud.com/clara-dinkin/