Play Something Pretty That You Like to Play

Non-Fiction - Memoir
299 Pages
Reviewed on 01/20/2024
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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.

Foluso Falaye

In Play Something Pretty That You Like to Play, Greg Allen Morgoglione shares his unconventional music career path, which involves playing music in assisted living communities. Greg, who used to assume the older generation is not a great audience for today's music, found himself surprised when he decided to play in assisted living communities. Eventually, this unconventional idea led him to a sustainable and lucrative career in music after giving the corporate world a shot and seeking something more satisfying. Greg reflects on his experience of getting sponsorship, performing in assisted living communities, and getting other musicians on board. Besides shedding light on the stereotypes surrounding the older generation, the book provides clear business strategies musicians can use to tap into community venues and make music for the 100 million Americans who don't have access to music.

As a versatile musician who is disappointed in how little Spotify, Apple Music, and most music streaming companies pay, I was thrilled to read about Greg building a profitable music career. His approach of getting sponsors, branding T-shirts, and delivering small, mobile concerts is explained well in this book and shared through engaging conversations, resulting in a greatly enjoyable and enlightening experience. The book not only contains intriguing stories from the author's exciting music performances but also profound analogies about the music industry, politics, humility, stereotypes, and more. Play Something Pretty That You Like to Play encourages all creatives to think outside the box and work toward the world they desire. Music artists who wish for steady gigs and hope to exit the struggle stage will find the answers they seek in this groundbreaking book. If you want a successful music career, don't miss out on this masterpiece.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

The often-quoted words of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche say it all: “Without music, life would be a mistake.” But it goes beyond the mere thought of having music with you at all times. Music must be accessible to everyone and it’s not. Isn’t that what equality, the backbone of our cultural reality, is all about? Greg Allen Morgoglione’s Play Something Pretty That You Like to Play tells one musician’s story about bringing music to the masses in his community. Music defines who we are in so many ways. Music is more than stories; it’s emotions, feelings, political and social statements and so much more. And, yet, sadly, so many people are left without this beautiful part of life. So, more than just singing about change, the author wanted to be part of the change to make music part of the equality equation.

Greg Allen Morgoglione’s book, Play Something Pretty That You Like to Play, is a memoir of music and the importance music plays in all of our lives. Always a singer, the author “started writing songs in the 90’s, another unique twist to the soundtrack of my life. Every song has a story. Though many of those stories have escaped me, countless songs bring back vivid reminders of who I am and how I got here.” The author shares his experiences performing for multiple community groups that might otherwise miss out on the music experience. He shares his stories musically, and each song he writes is a story in itself. The stories are written from the heart and will have readers enthralled and, hopefully, inspired to share music everywhere. A powerful and enjoyable narrative.