MY TRIP TO DC

The new WW2 memorial was too distant and formal; the Korean war memorial was powerful since it gave you a sense of the action. And here, from the National Gallery, is "Little Dancer" by Degas.

Bessie Smith in this song epitomizes the spirit of Jazz in the 1920s. Telling the truth and telling it straight. This was not a romantic or elitist form of music-- it was about the difficulties of life.