On Election Day this year, I was invited to play solo guitar at the polls—in this case, our lovely local Episcopal Church, St. Alban's, where just two days earlier I had performed J.S. Bach's Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro as an accompaniment to their Sunday service. It is sacred music to me, even if Bach didn't intend it to be; playing it always feels like taking a long walk through a beautiful landscape, God's handiwork.
Rev. Julie Wakelee-Lynch had the inspired idea to open up the St. Alban's sanctuary to voters as a place of meditation and prayer on a day rife with anxiety for many of us (myself included). I played for a half-hour or so in the courtyard between the sanctuary and the Parish Hall where the voting was taking place. I played Bach, I played some Celtic Airs, I played—optimistically—the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun."