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Two young men in the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band started by Otha (Othar) Turner (c. 1908-2003) and now led by his granddaughter Sharde Thomas. I love the way the cymbal player's full attention awaits his moment, the way the telephone lines mimic a musical score waiting to be written, and the negative spaces among the curves profiles. I love the strength of the young man's neck, and the clear reflection in the metal of his joyful, serious face. Beauty compels us to reproduce it. Digital color photograph by American abstract realist Jo Brown, taken in Clarksdale, MS at the April 2011 Juke Joint Festival.