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A Jazz Junkie
by Peter E Adotey Addo
Saturday, February 17, 2001

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Here is a tribute not only to good music but to the particular music which is all American.


I didn't know what I was doing
It was all fun and laughter
I didn't know what I was moving,
And so I did not even bother.

But I am a Jazz Junkie
And I live on the stuff each day
Don't want no help today
I just love being a Jazz Junkie

There isn't no holes in me
My act is as clean as it can be
And just before I hear jazz
I am as good as I can be.

I don't shuffle not even jive
I know that's not cool
I don't go wild but stay alive
Cause I ain't no body's fool.

My head is screwed on tight
And mind, it acts all right
Cause I am clean and clean and clean
And you can't tell the way I lean.

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Reviewed by Michael Guy 9/17/2007
After reviewing one of my poems, I know about you now; I couldn't resist clicking on this one, as I've been a jazz junkie for half my life going back to the late 60's--then I started playing piano in 1971 (no jazz yet) and today, I claim at least a modicum of knowledge of jazz piano. Thanks for this tribute to America's most special music and the pioneers that created it against the tide of culture.
Reviewed by John Leko 9/12/2007
...on that note...well done...I too am a jazz man...vocal in the pen.
Reviewed by Rosalyn Smith 2/14/2003
This was really jazzy, i can even hear the music in the background as I read it.
Reviewed by Oisín Breen 1/13/2003
Lovely. Bop all night in the wild crazy heat of jazz. Such a beautiful music the most like poetry ive ever heard. It is pure exuberance in form
Reviewed by tameko 12/7/2002
very nice poem. i've been getting more into jazz in the past few years. so i enjoyed this piece. take care.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/8/2002
good tribute to jazz music (don't much care for it except dixieland!!) :) hey, at least i am *honest*!!
Reviewed by Afrika Abney 10/3/2002
Beautiful tribute and I too love Jazz.

Afrika M.A.Abney
Reviewed by Daniel McTaggart 8/16/2002
My Dad loves listening to Jazz. Your mellow rhythms transport me to that place I want to be.
Reviewed by Damaa -- 3/22/2002
The rhythm of this piece reminds me of reading Langston.
Reviewed by Jacqueline amos (Reader) 3/11/2002
I am a R.B blues singer, you know I am feeling this. Continue I love it.
Reviewed by Jacqueline amos (Reader) 1/31/2002
Know what I like about all of your poetry thus (yes, THUS) far? It's pure. Everything you write is honest and never forced. This is another shining example.
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