Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Meet Tahoe Jackson

Our first Most Mesmerizing Person, Portland rock diva Storm Large, named soul singer Tahoe Jackson as the most fascinating person she knows:
"Tahoe nearly died from a rare lymphatic disorder and underwent a dangerous surgery that had only been done ten times before. Out of those ten times, only three people have survived it....Tahoe being the third. She lost three hundred pounds and now has such a raging glory around her, it is impossible to not love her immediately. She attacks the stage with a drunken freedom that sucks you to your feet and shakes you out of your old self."

Welcome, Tahoe.

1. What motivates you to get up in the morning?
The fact that there is a possibility to live the life that I want. The fact that I create my own reality...and coffee at Extracto..doesn't hurt.

2. What keeps you awake at night? What obsesses you?
I am a poet/ songwriter
Words..and the human condition.

..but a good S.V.U. marathon (Ed. Note: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Tabitha Take-Over on Bravo...getting lost in Powell's: "Where is that damn Rose Room?"

3. What do you struggle with most?
Balance of my life, letting go...letting someone love me.. in due time. no patience and when I am hurt to let someone help and take care of me.

4. What is the most valuable lesson you've learned?
That I am not this body...I am not my color, I am not just a woman, these are the things that house me but they are not my home...I am spirit, that will always define me. There is no space and time...nothing can hold me back, only if I think I live in that house, because it means I have to live in a world that's manufactured for me...No sir not for me.

5. What is your personal philosophy or motto?
I am busy, I 'm partying...whoa

Love in the deep creases of your soul you will find solitude and peace.

Try to wake up and say "I am perfection..." therefore I can shine on everyone I meet...
let it be known... everyone is of worth..

You have this idea: then you're not going around "I 've got to work on this and that".. you can say" i am polishing what' s under all that guckey of life"...still got to put elbow grease in your life, but now instead of thinking "what will i find",.. you can say, "i clean up pretty good"..and extend your hand to another...I am still polishing....can you help me, got one of those polishing rags...

Miss Tahoe Jackson originally hails from a musical family in the Bay Area. Her brother Paul is a bass player with Herbie Hancock and the Head Hunters, and sister Joyce is a flautist with such groups as Tower of Power and Weather Report. Tahoe has been gracing Pacific NW club and concert stages for almost a decade with her distinctive, (and instinctive) voice and passionate live performances. Many have compared Miss Jackson’s voice to the plaintive growl of Etta James mixed with the majestic grace of Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. Known mostly for her powerhouse vocals and brash stage persona, Tahoe is currently writing songs for a solo project, tentatively titled “The Love Bully Diaries.”


Kronda said...

Wow. I can't believe I've never heard of her. Thanks, Storm!

Hot Toddy said...

This is a fantastic idea, Marco. Love it!

therese said...

Loved listening to her song list, glad to "meet" her. This is an awesome project.

Sue KuKu said...

I would just like to say to Tahoe, thank you for your words on your most valuable lesson.

So inspirational. I think I need to print this out and tape it to my mirror.

Marc Acito said...

Thanks KuKu. That's exactly the kind of response I'm hoping this project will get.

Onward and upward.