In this age where lies are taken for gospel truth (even though words like 'gospel' and 'God' are being tossed out like yesterday's garbage), what humanity searches for in life, and in music, is truth. It's the kind of truth that is plainly stated, if you can plainly listen. It is the kind of truth that does not get fed to the masses, but is found. Real truth needs no one to defend it: 1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. 2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. 3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men. 4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. 5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. 6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money. 7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. 8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. 9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence. 10. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves. That is all about Nanette that you need to know in words. The rest you will find in her music. (The 'Ten Cannots' are by William J. H. Boetcker -- published 1916)
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