Music is everywhere in the 21st century; we play it while we are commuting and shopping, and every advertisement seems to require a background track. Technology has enabled personal musical consumption in a revolutionary way, paving the way for an unimaginable amount of diversity and quantity of high-quality music available…

I have been reading through Christopher Small’s Musicking, and it has proved to be a masterpiece of critical thinking regarding classical music culture and life in general.

A Collection of Percussive Instruments

Classical music is often described as the traversal between moments of tension and peace. A competing yet complementary hypothesis put forth in this…

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Drowning in Choice

At a local coffee shop, retirees often reminisce about the past, but there is no going back to a time without smartphones, Tinder, AirBNB, Uber, and Amazon.

A look at institutions

Yuval Levin’s book, A Time To…

The Blessing and Struggle of Autonomy in Modern America

Drowning in Choice: I’m Helping!

A few years ago, a drunk driver slammed into my car overnight while it was parked on the street. It was a total loss, and I was launched into shopping for a new car.

Buying a car is usually overwhelming —…

“I don’t ever want to end up in a place like this.” Those were the words that left my father’s mouth as buckled our seatbelts in his car. It was our weekly visit to his sister. …

Like many people in the pandemic of 2020/2021, I began a podcast. It’s called Books with Noah. The idea is that I talk with my friends for 15 minutes about one of their favorite books. I want the podcast to serve as a repository of book recommendations.

As mentioned in…

We live in the golden age of storytelling. TV-shows and mini-series have mind-boggling cinematic quality. Streaming providers are creating their own studios—companies like Apple, Netflix, Hulu, and HBO are producing a stunning breadth of engaging content. All can be taken easily and without leaving the house.

Social networking apps and…

I admire the amber scotch that sits in my Glencairn glass. It is my favorite whisky — Laphroaig cask strength, aged ten years. I think about how the barley was grown, harvested, malted, and cooked over a decade ago. The new make was poured into retired bourbon barrels. …

A discussion of 20th century Jewish-American folk music

After a few short knocks, the front door swings open to a warm and bustling atmosphere. Your friend is holding his youngest child in his arms as he ushers you inside. Warmth envelopes you as the lingering scent of fresh bread and baked chicken waft through the house. Everything is…

“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” — Oscar Wilde

Sometimes we are lucky enough to get what we want. It changes our lives in unpredictable ways. I received an email on October 5, 2011 offering an…

Noah Jaffe

Traveler, musician, and engineer.

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