A Musical Call to the Polls


Liana Alpino is a freelance harpist and harp instructor based in Nashville, Tennessee. In her spare time, she enjoys composing new works for harp and making pop songs more accessible for the harp through her arrangements.

Play for the Vote allows musicians to be involved on Election Day

—by Liana Alpino

Above: Liana Alpino performs outside a polling place in Tennessee on Nov. 3, 2020, as part of Play for the Vote. For more information on Play for the Vote and how to get involved with future elections, visit playforthevote.com.

Election Day. A day, especially in 2020, many people seemed to simultaneously look forward to and dread. Personally, I was conflicted about how I felt about the day. Sometimes I ask myself how I can effect change and if my single contribution really matters. We’re continuously told that every vote counts, but sometimes it’s hard to see the bigger picture. Experts told us that the 2020 presidential election would be the most important election of our time. I certainly didn’t want to be passive about it, but I also didn’t know how I could make a difference in the world around me or how I could contribute to my community, especially during a pandemic. That’s why when I heard about Play for the Vote, I was immediately intrigued by its mission and wanted to know how I could get involved.

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