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Will Power Versus Won't Power


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What does it take to lose weight? Willpower. Stop biting your nails? Willpower. What does it take to stop watching America's Got Talent? Half a brain—but that's a different issue. Getting back on topic: what does it take to give up smoking? Again, Willpower. So let me get this straight: Willpower is forcing yourself not to do something. Wouldn't it make more sense to call it Won't-power? But no—everyone gives Willpower all the praise and approbation. Well, not this week! I think Won't is just as important to songwriters as Will—maybe more important. I tried to prove that with songs about Will and Won't. I won't tell you which side won; but I will tell you the music definitely won.


  • Cody Owen Stine "Paris Mismatch -Theme Music" from Unreleased Master 00:00
  • Rebecka Tornqvist "My Shining Hour" from The Stockholm Kaza Session (Kaza) 04:00
  • Frank Sinatra "I Won't Dance" from Sinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings (Signature Sinatra) 07:00
  • Ella Fitzgerald "Baby, Won't you Please Come Home" from Twelve Nights In Hollywood (Verve) 12:00
  • Ray Charles & Betty Carter "People Will Say We're In Love" from Ray Charles and Betty Carter (Hallmark) 16:00
  • Mr. Rogers "Won't You Be My Neighbor" from Won't You Be My Neighbor (Back Lot Music) 19:00
  • Sara Gazarek "Never Will I Marry" from Thirsty Ghost (Self-Released) 22:00
  • Ron Boustead "I Won't Scat" from Unlikely Valentine (Art-Rock Music) 26:00
  • Debbie Reynolds "You WOn't Be Satisfied" from The Best of Debbie Reynolds (UMG-Geffen) 32:00
  • Freddy Cole "Who Will Take My Place" from This And That (High Note Records) 36:00
  • Holly Cole "God Will" from The Best of Holly Cole (Blue Note Records) 44:00
  • Radam Schwartz "Trouble Just Won't Go Away" from Organ Big Band "Message From Groove and GW (Arabesque Recordings) 49:00
  • Seth MacFarlane "Love Won't Let You Get Away" from Music Is Better than Words (Universal Music Ireland Ltd.) 54:00
  • The Real Group "There Will Never Be Another You" from Jazz: Live (Gazelle Records) 59:00
  • Jamie Cullum "I Won't Grow Up" from From The Vaults (Smashdigital) 01:02:00
  • Connie Evingson "I Will" from Let It Be JAZZ (Minnehaha Music ) 01:05:00
  • Hot Club of San Francisco "You Won't See Me" from John, Paul, George, And Django (Hot Club Records) 01:10:00
  • Shirley Horn "You Won't Forget Me" from You Won't Forget Me (Universal Music) 01:18:00
  • Cassia DeMayo "Heart, We Will Forget Him" from Heart We Will Forget Him (Self-Released) 01:26:00
  • Johnny Hartman "Will You Still Be Mine" from Once In Every Life (Photoplay Records) 01:27:00
  • Malene Mortensen "Que Sera Sera" from Take Me To Your Heart (S2S) 01:32:00
  • Jimmy Witherspoon "I Won't Tell A Soul" from The Blues Is Now Verve Reissues) 01:36:00
  • Nina Simone "Will I Find My Love Today" from Live At Carnegie Hall (WMG-Rhino) 01:42:00
  • Brian Stokes Mitchell "I Won't Send Flowers" from Plays With Music (WMG-Rhino) 01:50:00
  • Alexis Cole "Someday My Prince Will Come" from Someday My Prince Will Come (Self-Released) 01:54:00
  • Cody Owen Stine "Paris Mismatch -Theme Music" from Unreleased Master 01:59:00



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