A forbidding entrance to the blues venue Club Vegas, Clarksdale, MS, 2012. High levels of violence require that even the most modest buildings be fortified; inside the music is beautiful. The lengths to which people will go to protect their art, their music, against the forces of destruction speak to its necessity in our lives. Go to Mississippi and see for yourself. Digital color photograph by American abstract realist Jo Brown, composition in blue, gray and lavender, 2012.