Josh Milan's Shapes, Color and Magic EP is a Musical Tour De Force!

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Honeycomb Music is extremely proud to present Josh Milan's phenomenal new "Shapes, Color and Magic" EP. On his latest EP, Josh explores some of the most innovative jazz and dance music rhythms ever released on the label. "Acts 2 and 4" set the tone for a remarkable collection of instrumental songs that include such gems as: "9 Pound Hammer," "Peace," "God Is On My Side," "The Plight of the Square" and "First Graders."

You can hear hints of Milan's vocals throughout the project, but his lead vocals aren't the focus here. In "Shapes, Color and Magic," he pushes the boundaries and challenges our beliefs around danceable jazz music. As with his "6.9.69" LP, this EP is very jazz influenced, improvisational and timeless.

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All songs written, produced, and performed by Josh Milan, except where noted.
All songs recorded and mixed by Josh Milan at Honeycomb Music Studios in East Stroudsburg, PA, except where noted.
"9 Pound Hammer" mixed by Glenn Thornton.
"First Graders" mixed by Moise Laporte.
Saxophones performed by Lawrence Clark.

Mastered by Adam Cruz at EbbnFlow Studios in Bloomfield, NJ.
Published by Josh Milan Songs (BMI).

Cover art design by Adam Cruz.
Executive Produced by Josh Milan and Adam Cruz.

Thanks to Cymande, Weather Report, War, Mandrill, Chick Corea, Earth, Wind & Fire, John Scofield, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Herbie Hancock, Epiphone Guitars, Fender Basses and Yamaha Musical Instruments. Thanks also to Apache for making such a boss Shekere.

I'd like to dedicate this project to the memory of my friend Paul "Trouble" Anderson and the legendary King of the Open Mic bars, Ron Grant. Gone but never forgotten.

©2018 Honeycomb Music, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Distributed by The Cruz Music Group, a Division of Mixtape Sessions Music, LLC.

South Africa Nov. 2018

South Africa 
November 22, 2018 8:08 AM

My dear wife just called to check and see if I felt sleepy on the drive to the airport. I told her that I have to go to the restroom room, which means that I can’t be sleepy. She thought that was so funny for some reason. That conversation took place around 45 minutes ago. Now my bowels are at a code red level. So when I got past security, I made a detour to the restroom. I thought, “Sweet!! There’s no one in here. I can take full advantage of the privacy. I won’t have to worry about making noises and things. I can be free! Yay!!!” This is an awesome Thanksgiving so far. I even take my jacket off before I do anything. This movement is about to be serious. This toilet is going to pay the price. After around 10 minutes of bowel movement bliss, I thought I’d sit a little longer. Be in the moment, ya know? We don’t appreciate these moments enough as a people. Ya know?
And that’s when it happened. I heard two Spanish guys walk in(they were speaking Spanish and English).
And one says to the other, “Yo, do you smell that?” Now. This moment could make or break my entire Thanksgiving day. This moment is intense. Do I pick my feet up so they can’t see my shoes, preventing them from identifying me? What do I do??
These guys have no idea how long I was holding it in. I was almost in pain. 
The other guys says in response, “Daaaaaamn yo” and they leave!!! They leave for Gods sake!!! They didn’t use the restroom!!
Now, why am I embarrassed? This is a restroom. This is where one goes to relieve themselves. Normal human beings relieve themselves in a restroom. And usually it smells. So why am I embarrassed?
I’ve never been in a public restroom and left because of the smell. I’ve smelled some restrooms all over the world. Singapore, China, Japan, Africa, Europe, Even Australia and never have I walked out of a restroom because of someone’s poop smelling bad. The disrespect these young guys displayed is highly uncalled for. This is the kind of stuff that makes me want to not wash my hands and go say hello to these guys, shaking their hands. Creeps. 
Anyway, South Africa!!!! Yay!!!!!!

10:22 AM
On the plane and sitting next to a germaphobe. She’s wiping EVERYTHING down. Even the little plastic bag that the blanket comes in. Great!
When I was getting on the plane I saw a woman with a Geri Curl cut into a really hip style. So I’m thinking, “Are Geri Curls back?”
She had a ton of activator in her hair. It smelled like the 80’s. Tussy, and Sweet Honesty came to mind immediately. 

11:39 PM
The flight was cool. No real drama or action. Two drunk men talking loud. But that was about it. There was this one moment when the flight attendant asked, “ Would you like the omelette or the pancakes with the fruit compote?”
I asked for the omelette with the turkey sausage. To which he replied “Here’s an omelette for the big man.”
What? What does he mean by that? I could understand if I were 5 years old. That’s what you say to a child. Something like, "how’s my big man doing?"
But at my age, I don’t feel that it’s appropriate to say “big man”. He’s not encouraging me. Does he think I’m going to be inspired to become a football player or a police officer now? What if I were a woman would he have said “Here’s an omelette for the big woman.” Does that sound ok? Why is it ok for him to call me that?
Geez. Where do they train these attendants? 

Nov. 24 12:43 AM
Is it cool that I really dig some of The Beach Boys tunes? My body clock is all off right now. Geez. OK. I’m off to sleep. 

1:42 PM
I went to sleep this morning around 1:45 AM and I can’t believe I’m waking up so late. They say it’s my body clock but I’ve never experienced waking up this late. It’s weird. Sound check is at 3. 

2:00 PM
After giving it a little thought I’m actually glad I slept for so long. I needed it. My body feels rested.

3:57 PM
Headed to soundcheck. Feeling good. Everyone seems to be excited. We stopped at a liquor store and some of the workers rushed me to take pictures with me!! I felt like a Star!

LOL. I know I have music that people know, yet I’m always shocked at the love I get from the people. Feels nice. God is good. 
On the drive there I couldn’t help but notice some areas that had the poorly built homes. Literally steel walls and roofs. Some of them were made with random sheets of plywood.

There were families living there. These people are surviving this way. This made me so thankful of the blessings that have come my way. 

9:48 PM
I know a young woman, who is more like a niece to me. She’s living here as a freelance writer. Totally kicking life in the butt. Everyone is so very proud of her. She’s tagging along with me tonight to see me do my thing. Now I really gotta be extra good. I can’t have her see me rock and I not show off. Lol. All of the young guys were losing their minds when they saw her. She grew up to be such a beautiful woman. Somehow I keep envisioning the baby she was when she was born. 
The place had a good energy. Wasn’t sold out yet, but I can feel the energy growing in the place. As we walked through the crowd the people started yelling and making cheering noises. That felt nice. It’s always nice to feel the love. Even as I type this I can see more people coming in. 

Nov. 25th 11:16 AM
There was magic last night. We all had a good time. Maestro(the Promotor) seemed pleased. 
I played a lot of my own music. Which did well. People are the same where ever I go. 
They all love to drink, party, and mingle with each other. I am inspired to do some new music. Watching everyone groove to music I came up with is really a good feeling. I’m hooked. 
Today is my last few moments here. My flight leaves tonight. We’re going to eat. I’ll take some pics to show you guys. 

5:18 PM
Maestro checked me out of the hotel and took me over to the area where he and his guys grew up. They took me to a small place that had a big tent where they all drank beers and talked. They even had a pair of CDJ’s set up in case somebody felt like playing. I saw a woman walking up the street, balancing some of her belongings on her head as she walked. And she wasn’t walking slow. Do you understand what I’m saying? She was balancing some items on her head and it didn’t look light. What really stood out to me was seeing the children outside playing. Running around seemingly playing games. I’ve not seen children really play like that since the 90’s. Our kids are watching the Internet and playing video games. Nothing wrong with that, but there’s something to be said about children fellowshipping like that. There must be some social skills being developed. 
I was enjoying hanging with the guys on their downtime. The guys took me to lunch with them before taking me to the airport. The place was a common place for them. I felt privileged to be with Maestro and the entire crew. They had conversations in their language and big laughs as though I was a part of them. I didn’t understand a word they were saying but they were having such a good time that when they laughed I laughed. Whatever they just said sounded like it must have been hilarious. Once we arrived at the restaurant I could immediately tell that this place was a favorite here. It’s a buffet styled restaurant. They had Chicken Feet!! I know I should have tried it. One of the brothers, Sandile, seemed to enjoy them. But I passed and had the chicken and what I thought was pork. The food was good. We had beers and talked some more. I even took a photo with a guy in the restaurant that recognized me. That felt pretty cool. 

Waiting on the plane now. I’ll be here at the airport for a while. All good. Thanks for reading.

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My trip to Ibiza was dope!!

August 25th, 2018 4:43pm
Why am I sitting here at Buffalo Wild Wings for over 10 minutes waiting for a server? When I’m annoyed like this, I start noticing all of the negative things about the situation I’m in. It’s a horrible practice. For example, I’m looking at a waitress who appears to be in training. She’s following another waiter and I suppose she’s learning how to handle/serve customers. 
While the waiter is taking the order of a customer, she’s standing beside him, moving her body to the music that’s playing in the overhead speakers. She’s not fully dancing but kinda moving to it. Ummmm. This is very, very poor etiquette for someone in training. And why do the women all look like they’ve just gotten out of a fight in prison? One of the young ladies is wearing fake eye lashes that are almost hanging off of her lids. Believe me. I’m not that snobby. But one of the waitresses is wearing sky blue eyeliner looking like the mascot for the Detroit Lions. Maybe I’m just hungry. 
Finally the waiter came after I asked someone to get him to serve my table. He’s friendly with a dash of hood. But whatever. I’m way too hungry to be getting upset. 
I’m pretty excited about this opportunity to go to Spain. 
EOL is a great collective that I’m proud to be a part of. 
A production like this isn’t cheap. And so we don’t get to do it all of the time. 

We’re about to take off and ummm. Yea that’s all I got. 

It’s only 8:29??!! This is going to be the longest six and a half hour flight ever. 
When we land we won’t have long before rehearsal. So now is the time to try and get a little rest. I have plenty of time. But I’m not sleepy dang it. 

Still not sleepy. So I suppose now is as good a time as any to run my mouth. I watched a documentary called Zeitgeist. And let me just say, holy crap. This challenges everything we know as humans. This documentary makes a bold claim that the story of more than one man born of a virgin that healed the sick and raised the dead predates Jesus Christ by over a thousand years. Horus the Egyptian God has the same exact story! And Mithra a Greek godlike person lived hundreds of years before Jesus. Krishna is another. There are many of these “holy men” born of a virgin and had 12 disciples, was killed and rose again 3 days later. And most of them were born on.... wait for it.... DECEMBER 25th. Yeah. Zeitgeist The Movie(2007) is the name the documentary. Watch it for yourselves. There’s a few things in this movie that challenges what we believe. A must see. Anyway Ibiza. Yay!!! I’m going to try and sleep now. 

August 26th, 2018, 3:06pm
We’ve arrived in Ibiza. But we only have an hour in our hotel before rehearsal. Our keyboard player wasn’t able to attend this gig. Louie has a backup player(Abel Marcel) that arrived with a cast on his right hand!!!! WHAT?!? How is this going to work???? We’ll see. 

August 27th, 2018 9:17am
Random thought. Do you remember Geoffrey Holder? He was an amazing Trinidadian-American dancer, actor, voice actor, and composer. He had soooooo much style and class. 
Anyway today is round 1. I must say, the keyboard player was very impressive with his left hand. I’d much rather his hand be healed. But he sounded good with his left hand playing everything. We’re going to do a rehearsal at sound check, and stay to do the show. Everybody is in good spirits. This should be a good show. One of the first times I’ll be sitting the whole time. I’m on keys during the whole set. 

First round done. We played a set as it streamed on the Internet. It was a private crowd and it was awesome. 
I have a vocal trainer(Deborah Zuke Smith) and I must say that the exercises really kicked in. I can hear it in my own voice. I felt very good. And the musicians in EOL are all pretty amazing at what they do. We had a special guest guitarist with us tonight. Paco Fernandez. One of the legendary Flamenco style players in Spain. This man is so very special. I feel honored to have shared the stage with him.  
After the performance, Louie took us to a Sushi spot that belongs to a friend of his. They fed us soooo much food. When I get back to my room, that toilet is going to pay the price!!! 

August 28th 2018 7:24pm
Tonight it’s going down. We had a very long rehearsal. The sound wasn’t what we were accustomed to. It needed tweaking for our liking. We tried to rehearse over it. But it proved difficult. Louie was trying his best to be patient. 

August 29th 2018 10:14pm
The show was good. We pulled it off nicely. There was a mistake or two. But to me the show was A+! The talented Richard Wilson was there painting a picture of The Elements Of Life that looked unbelievably lifelike. 
I wanted to hang and celebrate but I knew I had to get up for my flight. When we got to the airport we learned that our flight is delayed. There’s a possibility that we may not make our connecting flight in Paris. The flight was full of children. 3 or 4 we’re crying at once. I swear it’s true. One kid was doing something in the back of my chair, making me move. It’s as though the child was kicking my chair. Why are so many babies traveling these days?
When we arrived in Paris, we had to go through security and all of that. I felt anxious. Besides that, I can’t find my car and house keys. Gloria, my mom in-law, and my daughter are not picking up the phone. Now my anxiety is at a 5 alarm blaze. Once through security I had to run with my 3 bags through the airport. I almost knocked a woman down. I felt horrible. I hit the back of a child’s heel with my bag. I know it must have hurt. But I kept running. I’m sweating. My shirt is wet. It kinda feels like I have to pee, but I don’t wanna think about it. My stomach is hurting a little. Honestly, I thought maybe if I farted, the pain would go down. But as I was about to, I felt a surprise guest trying to join the party, so I reneged. One lady said, “we’re all going on the same flight.” I’m thinking to myself, “you’d better start running then”. 
The gate was K51. We started at C!
But I made the plane. Whew. My shirt was wet. I’m breathing hard. My head is now hurting. I’m thirsty. I get to my seat, 15J and there it was. A baby! Sitting right next to me!! Could this really be happening. And the seats are really really tiny. I’m barely squeezing in. 
Now let’s recap for a sec. 
I’m sweaty, just got off a very loud plane full of crying children, I just did an OJ Simpson impression running through the airport, I barely make my connecting flight, and now I have a baby sitting next to me. The mother says the child is 10 months old. Great!!!
Right now is a good time for a very hard drink. No ice. 

After a few moments, the woman with the baby was offered a better seat. Thank God for this blessing. 
I watched a movie entitled, “Goodbye Christopher Robin”. My eyes welled with tears as watched. This is the remarkable story of the man that wrote the children’s book, “Winnie The Pooh”. 
Anyway. I’m headed home now. I have a slight headache. But I feel blessed. Thanks for reading.

One more thing before I sign off. Zuleica manages everything band related with the assistance of Maritza Cancel and Moises Montoya. I need you all to really know that this whole production wouldn’t happen at all without their hard work. I just needed to acknowledge them. They’re all so so reliable and go the extra mile to make us all happy. Louie doesn’t have to tell them to do anything. It’s a wonderful situation. 
Cute ain’t she?

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