Local Authenticity and Don McGlashan

Braae, Nick (2016) Local Authenticity and Don McGlashan. In: The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter. Cambridge Companions to Music . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 307-316. ISBN 9781107680913

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The singer-songwriter is aligned with notions of authenticity in popular music discourse. In recent years, one part of this discourse has focused on singer-songwriters’ connections with “local” people, places and issues (Zuberi 2007). This essay considers the notion of local authenticity with respect to Don McGlashan, a New Zealand singer-songwriter, using Moore’s (2005) persona-environment model as a method for examining, holistically, the songs in their broader critical context. Moore’s approach considers how a musical environment shapes a listener’s understanding of the song’s persona. Two songs, ‘Andy’ and ‘Dominion Road,’ are discussed. I argue that aspects of the songs’ environments—stylistic setting, harmonic language, and rhythmic ambiguities—frame and reinforce the persona’s words and situations. Thus, rather than undercutting the lyrics, the musical content serves to strengthen and authenticate further McGlashan’s expressions of New Zealand.

Item Type:Book Section
Keywords that describe the item:Music, Songwriting, Analysis, New Zealand, Masculinity, Culture
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:4565
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