David Synn is a passionate musician, lyricist, and poet who was born, raised, and currently creates in St. Albans, West Virginia. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing him and I’ve even had the honor of editing his recent poetry collection, Cynical Rhymes and Lullabies and previous book.
With no further ado…
EX: Tell me all about your creative journey.
DS: I am a musician. I have played keyboards for some of Charleston WV’s premier Heavy Metal bands and have released 4 solo albums to date. I’ve always felt I was a better lyricist than an actual player, but never had the talent to sing. I’ve been writing song lyrics since my teens – writing on everything from napkins on my lunch break at work to the dozens of notebooks I can no longer find. I have no delusions of fame. I do what I do for the connections I make with other people; the interactions and the overall feeling that we are never truly alone.
EX: Who/what are your biggest inspirations?
DS: Honestly I don’t read a lot of poetry. I do like a lot of poets; Bukowski, Terrance Hayes, Sarah Kay; the performer in me is really into stand up poetry. I’d be lying if I said I was a scholar in it though. Most of the rhythms and imagery that I use I’ve gotten from transitioning song lyrics into poetry. Some people have criticized it for being wrong, but I think they’re missing the point. It’s not about what’s right or wrong. Again it’s really just about making connections with people. I didn’t go to school and major in literature or creative writing. My voice is strong, and it is never stronger than when I write.
Again, from where I am traditionally a musician, most of my muses are in fact musicians, not poets. I’m really big on singers such as Geoff Tate formerly of Queensryche and Gary Cherone from the band Extreme. I relate to their writing, and I want people to relate to mine. Another big thing I’m influenced by is pop culture. Sometimes I get influence from movies or television shows. I don’t have a dedicated muse. I just observe and write what I see.
EX: What is your creative process like?
DS: Usually I start out with an idea. I’ve tried to free style and it always either ends up parts to be used for several poems or I get nothing solid from it at all. I’ve found when I go in with a preconceived idea of what I want to write about I get the best results.
EX: What are your current projects?
My newest book is called Cynical Rhymes and Lullabies. It’s my second book, and like it’s predecessor it is very dark and brooding. This book however has more of sense of balance than my previous piece. Where the first book was meant to be kind of a chapbook, Cynical Rhymes and Lullabies is really more of a collection of poems.
Thank you very much for taking the time to have this interview! It was great finding out more about you and I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors.
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