Marc Dinkin

Marc Dinkin

BandFolkChildren's Music

I am a professional writer of catchy, fun children’s songs, musicals and melodic rock music. Recent projects include “I Believe in B,” winner of the International Songwriting Contest, and “SUV: The Musical!” the runaway hit at this year’s Fringe Festival. My rock band is called Youngster.

Biography

CHILDREN SONGS: Year of being camp Music Director led to a penchant for writing songs that kids love to sing and dance to, even if they might be also learning something. I'm a staunch believer that children are at least as smart as adults, and enjoy clever lyrics and catchy, interesting music at least as much. I have written songs for Music Pen, The Learning Company’s Reader Rabbit CDs and an online game for Ragu.

MUSICALS: “SUV: The Musical,” a collaboration with NYC journalist Gersh Kuntzman, turned American consumerism on its back. Songs dealt with the heavy romance between two crash-test dummies, the lure of the “New Model,” the “Bigger is Better” culture and the philosophy of a greedy oil mogul. Influences ranged from Rogers and Hammerstein to Tom Lehrer and Pete Townshend. I am currently working on “Gods on Earth,” a musical about super-heroes.

YOUNGSTER (ROCK/POP songwriting)
I’ve been writing songs and performing with the popular NYC-based power-pop band Youngster for the last several years. I like to write about relationships gone wrong (“Manipulator”) and right (“Unknown Place”), the American dream/nightmare (“No Toy Surprise”), and traumatic memories (“Circumcision Blues”).

Lyrics

I Believe in B

Written By: Marc Dinkin

(Spoken Intro:)

Letter B: Boo hoo!

Letter C: What's wrong, letter B? Why are you crying?

Letter B: Oh nothing. It's just that letter A just came walking by, and everyone was shouting , "A number 1," and "A is awesome." But no one ever cheers for me! The only words that start with B are "bad" and "boo' and "blah."

Letter C: That's not true, B! Plenty of great words start with B. I mean, without you, we wouldn't even be able to breathe!

Letter B: You mean it?

Letter C: You bet I do!

(Song:)

Letter B, you may be
the second letter in the alphabet
But to me, you're the best letter yet.
Who lets the sky be blue?
Letter B - you do.
Letter B, I believe in you.

Who can build a bridge
across a cavernous ridge?
Who can teach an ox to box?
When you've got a messy room,
who provides the broom?
And who puts us on a bus?

Letter B, you may be
the second letter in the alphabet
But to me, you're the best letter yet.
How would babies be born?
And where would we get bamboo without you?
Letter B, Oh I believe in you.

A may stand for "ahead."
And B may start "behind."
But "average" starts with A
And B's a better letter all of the time!

Letter B you may be
the second letter in the alphabet.
But it's clear to see
You're the best letter yet.
Letter B you better believe me,
believe me cause it's true
that I believe in you.

You're beautiful! Brave!
You're the boss! Now, B-have!
Letter B, I believe in you.

(Spoken:)

Letter B: Thanks letter C.
You're so kind.

Letter C: Actually, that's letter K. He's kind. I'm...I'm cool.

Letter B: Oh, sorry about that.
Letter C: That's OK!

Queen Q and King U

Written By: Marc Dinkin

QUEEN Q AND KING U

Oh queen Q,
oh is it true
that you always need to be
right next to U?
We've noticed that in
everything you do
the two of you are stuck like glue.
Well tell me true
our great Queen Q
What's going on between you and U?

Queen Q:
Well I must admit it's true
that my king is letter U.
I can't be in a word
unless letter U's there too.
If I try to sew a quilt
or just go on a quest
Letter U's beside me,
yes he really is the best!
So I understand your query
but anyone's suggestion
that Q could be without U
is quite out of the question.
Oh I must insist it's plain to see
U is a letter of quality!

Oh queen Q, oh is it true
that you always need to be
right next to U?
We've noticed that in
everything you do
the two of you are stuck like glue.
Well tell me true our great Queen Q
What's going on between you and U?

QUEEN Q:
Well many people ask one thing:
"Oh Queen Q, why make your king
a vowel who won't howl,
or even say a thing?"
In words like Quick and Quack,
letter U won't make a sound
Sounds like "Uh" or "Oooh" in fact, aren't even found.
Well I admit that U is shy,
but I'm just not one to gripe
And the truth is I have always
really liked the quiet type.
I think it's fine that King U is silent
Just like every man should be!

CHORUS

The Circumcision Blues

Written By: Marc Dinkin

When I first popped out of mommy, I was bald and wet
And there was no one I could talk to. I was bored.
So they threw me on my bottom and they wiped away my face
Then they pulled out my umbilical cord.
And then a week or so later
when my belly got better
And I just about got over the cramp.
They threw me on a table
just as soon as they were able
And they pulled out a danish and a clamp.

It’s a no-win situation
It’s not an offer you can refuse
You just lie there in anticipation
For the circumcision blues.

I was screaming, I was crying,
but nobody seemed to care
They were drinking up
and dancing ‘round the room.
They were talking ‘bout my days to come
How wonderful they’d be…
But to me, my future it was gloom.
I saw all my closest relatives, the only ones I knew
There was a tiny man with glasses and a beard.
I thought maybe I got lucky (They’re just giving me a name!)
Until that joker with the scalpel appeared.

It’s a no-win situation
It’s not a choice that you can choose
You just lie there in anticipation
For the circumcision blues.

Bridge: Circumcision.
By a man with bad vision.
And you never even hurt another man in your life.
Circumcision wasn’t my decision.
First they bless you,
then they show you the knife.

So I held onto the table
and I bit my bottom lip
I closed my eyes
and I began to say a prayer
There were people taking pictures from all corners of the room
I was naked and I had no hair.
I could not defeat that man,
no I would have to sing soprano.
I wondered if my new room
would be pink.
And then they took that clamp and fit it
Then they went head and did it.
And they had the nerve to offer me a drink.

Well, it’s a no-win situation
Not worth that little sip of booze.
You get an 8-day, paid vacation.
And then the high precision,
deep incision
circumcision blues.

Bigger is Better

Written By: Marc Dinkin

When Jefferson bought land from France, he didn't buy a small French isle.
He bought himself 800,000 big square miles
When Hancock signed his name, he didn’t do it in 10 point.
And when David Crosby gets caught with drugs, it's not just one small joint, because...

CHORUS
I’m an American
So bigger is better!
If I see a giant yacht for sale
You know I'm got to get her.
My dog is not a beagle, he's a giant Irish Setter,
Cause I’m an American
And bigger is better

My DVD collection has a zip code all its own
And the plasma screen I watch them on is like a small end-zone!
My house is built from Redwoods, got more guns than the police!
And I've fathered 7 children – they're all morbidly obese!

Driving up my driveway, you'd get through a book-on-tape
There's a team of men I hired just to work the 10-foot drapes
Those windows in our bedroom are the largest ever devised
And they're not the only thing in there that’s really oversized!

CHORUS
Cause I’m an American
So bigger is better!
I’d buy a brand new mansion just
To be the largest debtor
When I type my emails, I use only capital letters
Cause I’m an American
And bigger is better!

BRIDGE
Give me my steroids, I’m growing every day
Now I bench-press our thousand-pound armoire
I gave my wife a diamond-covered 10-ton bidet
And 12-carat ring, and a great whale’s tail fin
That she glued to the back of our 12-ton new car!

Have you seen the Pentagon? It's not some little fort!
Or the cinnamon buns they're selling at your hometown mall food court?
No winter storm is worthy ‘til we’re under tons of snow.
We even love the deficit, let’s watch those trillions grow!

So when I have my heart attack, I know just what I'll do
I'll get a quintuple bypass, not some triple one like you!
Super-size my Coke and fries, and I’ll pay the extra cash.
No wonder we all love to worship J-Lo's ass.

CHORUS
Well I’m an American
So bigger is better!
Show me a new compact car
I'm certain to forget her.
I’d raise a farm of fancy sheep just to throw away the sweater
So if you want a big pile of dough
Make sure you're selling something so
Unbelievably overblown
And let your lawn get overgrown
And throw away that mini phone.
And build your house from slabs of stone.
And make yourself a giant clone
Of someone huge like Sly Stallone
Overdosing on hormones
Cause everybody’s always known…
That you’re an American
And bigger is better!

Bigger is Better

Written By: Marc Dinkin

When Jefferson bought land from France,
he didn't buy a small French isle.
He bought himself 800,000 big square miles.
When Hancock signed his name,
he didn’t do it in 10 point.
And when David Crosby gets caught with drugs,
it's not just one small joint, because...

CHORUS
I’m an American
So bigger is better!
If I see a giant yacht for sale
You know I'm got to get her.
My dog is not a beagle,
he's a giant Irish Setter,
Cause I’m an American
And bigger is better

My DVD collection has a zip code all its own
And the plasma screen I watch them on is like a small end-zone!
My house is built from Redwoods, got more guns than the police!
And I've fathered 7 children – they're all morbidly obese!

Driving up my driveway,
you'd get through a book-on-tape
There's a team of men I hired just to work the 10-foot drapes
Those windows in our bedroom are the largest ever devised
And they're not the only thing in there that’s really oversized!

CHORUS
Cause I’m an American
So bigger is better!
I’d buy a brand new mansion just
To be the largest debtor
When I type my emails, I use only capital letters
Cause I’m an American
And bigger is better!

BRIDGE
Give me my steroids, I’m growing every day.
Now I bench-press our one thousand-pound armoire.
I gave my wife a diamond-covered 10-ton bidet
And 12-carat ring, and a great whale’s tail fin
That she glued to the back of our 12-ton new car!

Have you seen the Pentagon?
It's not some little fort!
Or the cinnamon buns they're selling at your hometown mall food court?
No winter storm is worthy ‘til we’re under tons of snow.
We even love the deficit,
let’s watch those trillions grow!

So when I have my heart attack,
I know just what I'll do
I'll get a quintuple bypass,
not some triple one like you.
Super-size my Coke and fries, and I’ll pay the extra cash.
No wonder we all love to worship J-Lo's ass.

CHORUS
Cause I’m an American
So bigger is better!
Show me a new compact car
I'm certain to forget her.
I’d raise a farm of fancy sheep just to throw away the sweater

So if you want a big pile of dough
Make sure you're selling something so
Unbelievably overblown
And let your lawn get overgrown
And throw away that mini phone.
And build your house from slabs of stone.
And make yourself a giant clone
Of someone huge like Sly Stallone
Overdosing on hormones
Cause everybody’s always known…

That you’re an American
And bigger is better!

Playground

Written By: Marc Dinkin

The world was a playground
I walked it with you
The sidewalks were slides
Every window, a view
The trains were like coasters
The guard dogs were squirrels
The world was a playground
now it's only a world.

Every new table they placed on the street
Was waiting for us to take a seat
now the dancefloor's just something to hold up my feet
And though the sun's coming up
I just can't stand the heat
I drown in the sandbox
I'm hit by the swing,
And when I walk across a bridge now,
I don't feel a thing
When it rained on our heads then,
we'd go diving for pearls.
The world was a playground
But now it's only a world.

Swinging on the bars
that now we only stand behind.
Chasing all the cars, ignoring all the signs.
We'd go round, we'd go round, we'd go round, we'd go round
Now I sit still on the ground.

Now the gates have been locked
And they've all gone inside
We would hide, we would seek
Now we only seem to hide.
And I know that you're out there
Counting down by some tree
But I'm tagged and I'm frozen and I can't even see
past the grass that has grown from my feet to my face
They're the same blades we'd rip out and throw into space.
These gray buildings were rocks once
that I climbed with my girl.
The world was a playground
now it's only a world.

Discography

YOUNGSTER has released:
Here Diagonally (LP, 1999)
Ludicrous Speed (LP, 2003)

Set List

We typically play for 40 minutes but can sustain 3 hours worth of original material and covers. Here's a sample set list:
Born Under Mars
Stop Wishing
No Toy Surprise
Moment of Silence
Manipulator
(Afraid to) Fly
Counting the Days
Total Abandon
Big Believe
Jean
Unknown Place