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The Taxi Project

music TaxiProjectJosh Montoya refuses to give anything less than his full attention when it comes to any musical experience—a trait that makes him both an excellent musician, and a terrible multitasker. “I can’t even drive with music on,” he says. “It would be like bringing a Gameboy to an art museum.” Since 2008, he’s provided lead vocals and acoustic strums for The Taxi Project, as well as composed and arranged tunes for the sprawling band.

“There’s 14 different people that played on the record, between official members and special guests,” he says, referring to the band’s latest album, Dry Bones Dancing. “I really want the record to be an experience, [for people] to feel like they’ve gone on a ride, and feel like they’re in a different place than where they started.” Considering the quality of the album and the caliber of the band, Montoya appears to have accomplished his objective. Filled with layer upon layer of instrumentation and Montoya’s soulful vocals, Dry Bones Dancing balances structured songs and extended jams, sweeping the listener up in a wave of sound without watering down the basics of melody and rhythm. “We focus on improv,” he says. “The goal is for the audience to never see the same show twice.” The band will release four songs off the album each Thursday in January on its website, starting on Jan. 5 and ending on Jan. 26, when it will become available for purchase on iTunes. “[We’re] very proud of what we’ve made” says Montoya. “When I say that I’m proud of it, it’s in the same sense that you get after a good workout. A sense of peace, like, we got to where we were hoping we could get … We did the thing we set out to do, and now whatever people think of it is icing on the cake.” SCOTT MORLEY


INFO: For more information about The Taxi Project, upcoming shows, and to hear songs off the band’s latest album, visit thetaxiproject.com.

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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