Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeremy M Brownlowe.
Jeremy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Typewriter Troubadour came around as complete happenstance. After years of feeling stuck in life, living my dreams from the top of a barstool, I set off on a road trip across the United States… Early on in the journey, I stopped at a random poetry open mic in Flagstaff, Arizona where I met a poet who suggested I use the typewriter I had in tow to write custom poems for people throughout my travels.
Without any other options to earn some extra cash for the road, I gave it a shot. I was shocked to find how receptive and curious people were — seeing a typewriter in public — and how open they were to express their heart and soul. Since 2015, I’ve typed in various cities and towns across the country, creating several thousands of poems on the spot.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a crazy wild ride — as any person reckless enough to be a writer would probably embrace! Things have definitely progressed, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. I didn’t have a sign for several months. I literally sat on the ground across the country to write poems until I finally wised up and bought a small table and chair in New York City. Some towns and cities were more receptive than others, but the universe always seemed to provide — even if it came in the form of a humbling reality check.
While I love the adventure and uncertainty of the road, the constant travel wore me down after awhile. It was lonely on the open road, always being a stranger to an extent, but the experience gave me an opportunity to really get to know myself. It hasn’t always been an easy road, but it was the route that led me to San Diego where I have been embraced by a supportive community, which has helped me to build upon the “business” side of Typewriter Troubadour by making regular appearances at the Farmer’s Markets and special events.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Typewriter Troubadour story. Tell us more about the business.
There are other typewriter poets in the world — many of whom are my dear friends and colleagues. While we all have typewriters and create something for someone on the spot, each of us has our own style. The name, Typewriter Troubadour, came to me in a download the moment I woke up in the back of my car in Brooklyn.
I had made my way across the entire country — completely sustaining myself off poetry, and finally had found a name for myself. A troubadour is a performer who’d sing or recite poetry in the town square way back in the Renaissance era, and as a public performer whose mission is to help spread love all across the land — it seemed fitting.
Throughout the years, my work has taken the form of an intuitive reflective art, rather than traditional poetry. I don’t write in any particular form. The words are all created on the spot. My focus is more on the conscious connection between myself, my client, and my higher creative self. This practice has been an excellent way to see the unity of the human condition, and how important it is to have an emotive creative outlet to express ourselves, and love to others.
Where do you see your industry going over the next 5-10 years? Any big shifts, changes, trends, etc?
There is no doubt going to be major shifts in ALL industries over the next 5-10 years.
There is already a lot of talk about how technology is starting to not only replace people’s jobs — but also a connection with other people. Lugging a typewriter into the public space is kinda my way to signal people to slow down — to reflect on the antiquity of the machine, and take a moment to disconnect from the cellular machines of today to have a connection in real life.
The most rewarding experiences come from poems that people request that will make a difference in their lives or the people they present them to. This takes a certain amount of vulnerability on both their part and mine. As people begin to awaken — and become more in touch with their inner truth, a lot of self-care is going to be needed to repair the damage that modern society has done to people’s spirits.
- Website: www.typewritertroubadour.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/typewritertroubadour
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Typewritertroubadour
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