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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
In Play Something Pretty That You Like to Play, Greg Allen Morgoglione discusses the Accessible Music Project (AMP), a venture aimed at transforming music accessibility, particularly for seniors. He critiques the music industry's lack of initiatives and advocates for fair compensation for musicians. The author tells us about his unique music journey and discusses the transformative power of music across generations. He provides us with details about community venues, tossing out stereotypes about seniors' musical preferences, the evolving music market, advocating for equality, "soul currency," and adapting to contemporary preferences. The author categorically rejects age-based stereotypes and calls for equal regard for seniors as music lovers. The book's substantive themes are written as strategy sessions between Morgoglione, Nate, and Vic as they collaborate on prospects for community music events.
I had a lot of fun reading Play Something Pretty That You Like to Play by Greg Allen Morgoglione, partly because the writing style is casual and conversational in tone, facilitating comfortable reader engagement, and also because of the passion that Morgoglione exudes that practically leaps off the page. I think where the author truly excels is in clearly presenting and explaining complex ideas, such as the disconnect in the music profession's approach to the Access Limited demographic. He very effectively communicates the urgency of addressing this issue, and it goes a long way in reinforcing the argument for better understanding. The standout for me is the emotional impact the book conjures up. I admit I got a little bit choked up when an elderly resident, Mrs. Dodson, asked to see Alice, Morgoglione's dog, during her final moments. I was not expecting such a deep response, and in that instant, the author brought home the role of music in comforting and connecting individuals. Very highly recommended.