Election Season Playlist

Margaret Streeter

As we near the home stretch of election season, we asked Trinity's staff what music they’re listening to as they get pumped for the polls and life beyond. For some, it was all about mood, while for others, music with a strong message won out. Check out the tunes below, and tag us on social media (@TrinityWallSt) using #ElectionSeasonPlaylist to add your choices to the mix.


America the Beautiful by Ray Charles

"I picked ‘America the Beautiful’ because it reminds me of all the ideals America stands for and what we all must continue to live for every day." ­– Lynn Goswick, Congregational Communications Manager


Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley

"‘Could You Be Loved’ by Bob Marley reminds us that it is all about being Love and loving. So vote. When we love and vote, we let the darkness come out of the light." - The Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones


Once in a Lifetime by the Talking Heads

"I picked 'Once in a Lifetime' because it reminds me of the surreal nature of this year— and because I truly believe this election represents a once-in-a-lifetime moment to choose our nation’s course." – Patti Walsh, Chief Communications Officer


I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free by Nina Simone

"My nomination to the list is, 'I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free' by Nina Simone because no matter who wins, the work of liberation must be championed and shared." – The Rev. Kristin Kaulbach Miles


Ella's Song by Sweet Honey in the Rock

"I always go for 'Ella’s Song' from Sweet Honey in the Rock. They sing, 'To me young people come first, they have the courage where we fail; And if I can but shed some light as they carry us through the gale.' It reminds me that, no matter what happens, 'we who believe in freedom cannot rest.'" – Jennifer Chinn, Senior Program Manager, Youth Programs


Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours by Stevie Wonder

"'Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours' is one of those songs that can’t help but put you in a good mood. I plan to have in on repeat on my record player before, during, and after I mail in my ballot." – Margaret Streeter, Social Media Manager


Electioneering by Radiohead

"I think Radiohead's 'Electioneering' is brilliant and super timely. 'When I go forwards, you go backwards and somewhere we will meet / voodoo economics.'" - Mel Baker, Senior Artistic Administrator


I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston

"Because you can’t NOT dance to this song. It’s 4 minutes and 50 seconds of pure joy. Whether happy or sad, this song has the power to help a lot of people." – Joe Lapinski, Archivist


Cabinet Battle #1 from Hamilton

"The words 'You Don’t Have the Votes,' sung by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, are actually just a small part of 'Cabinet Battle # 1' in Hamilton: An American Musical, but the words are always true for at least one candidate at the end of every election." – Jim Melchiorre, Director of Editorial Content