Apologies to the 50% of our readers outside of the U.S… though what’s going on here today likely has indirect if not direct worldwide relevance… To our U.S. readers: Please go vote. If you have already, thank you. If you have not, please do your best to get out there. Lives are at stake, and that’s no hyperbole.

We’re taking today off to reflect upon what democracy means. We’ll be back tomorrow with the usual articles on our small corner of the news world.

The music will always be here. Even if the outcome this week is undesirable, a small consolation is that there is a long tradition of protest music in this country. It has been (and continues to be) some of our most creative, raw, and emotional offerings.

But right now, no one can predict the future. In a few days, we will celebrate or mourn accordingly.