Noah Blumenfeld writes songs of hope. He’s a genre-bending trumpeter, singer and songwriter from Colorado, USA.
Noah grew up in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. As a child, he wandered deep into the wilderness outside his hometown, following bear tracks up streambeds and chasing deer on long, lonely trails.
After his parents gave him his first trumpet, he went straight to his favorite canyon. He stayed there until it was nearly dark, blowing long tones that resonated to the tops of the peaks. A knot of hunger made him hurry back home, but he returned the next day. The hills became his home.
Noah spent days alone in the mountains blowing his horn. He learned to make the cliffs tremble and the pine needles dance. He grew alert to the birds’ songs and joined the chorus of grasshoppers and bees in the meadows. He tuned his sound to match the tenor of a cricket’s chirp or the leaves stretching softly after a rainstorm. He made friends with the owls and raccoons. He slept on soft grasses, the stars shining brightly above.
One day, a traveling musician heard Noah’s trumpet echoing over the hills, and asked Noah to join his band. They traveled America together, playing for farmers on the corn-rich plains, tough mavericks on the western slopes and hard-working dreamers in the crowded cities. Noah played the wild music he learned from the animals and trees, and learned that other people understood and loved it, too.
On the road, Noah listened to people tell stories about their lives. He heard poetry in their tales. He learned how words connect to form stories and stories connect people to form communities. But when he tried to tell his own stories, no one could understand.
Noah needed new words and melodies to tell his stories. To find them, he left and went far away from the mountains and road he’d known.
He crossed the ocean to the old cities of Europe. There, he played his horn in cobbled town squares and met people with strange, dazzling songs and stories.
Noah heard words of joy, sorrow and belief. He learned that stories create identities and let people form opinions and take actions. He saw all the individual tales connect to form the greater human story that spans the past, present and future.
He put new care into choosing his melodies and words. Sometimes he joined the songs others started, listening and echoing what came before, then adding variations. Other times, he started new songs, playing something he had learned in the mountains, or something improvised in the moment.
Noah discovered that everyone can choose their songs and stories. Because stories lead to actions and actions create the world, we can shape reality with our stories. Noah learned to sing true stories of understanding and hope.
Noah’s sensitive voice and colorful horn give his songs natural power. Each word and note feels intentional, a choice to believe that we can build a better world.
“The journey seems too far and the road is overgrown,” he sings. Though it may be hard, the future calls us onward: “Be brave and take your next steps.”