How GOT7’s Eclipse Portrays Separation & Struggle Musically | CCBDTK — Ep.3


GOT7’s newest comeback, Eclipse, features such attractions as a moon-shaped window, collapsing stairs, and musical portrayals of separation and brokenness. Let’s discuss these in reverse order in this episode of Classical Composer Breaks Down the K [intro plays] Eclipse is a song about doubt, about things falling apart, and this division is foreshadowed musically from the outset — rather than just starting with chords or a melody, it starts with chords and a melody and a second modified vocal countermelodic line. So the harmonic part is doing this
[plays the chords and bass on piano.
Like F#m9. That’s a nice chord that’s in this] And vocal line is doing this
[plays the melody on the piano] And the countermelody is doing this
[plays that as well] Putting it all together it sounds like this
[look at that video editing] The texture is clearer in the actual song when all of these layers are in different timbres, rather than all being played on the piano But while the main vocal line will probably draw your attention the most if you don’t concentrate on something else, the fact that all three parts begin simultaneously slightly overwhelms perception, giving a sense that more is happening than you can fully process at once. Many Kpop songs reach this level of textural complexity, and a song like LOOΠΔ’s Butterfly builds up to a significantly denser texture by the end, but starting a song this way makes a statement — GOT7 aren’t easing you into this with a gradual buildup of layers; they’re starting with a texture already divided. and, while the main vocal melody is pure, the countermelody is made up of vocal fragments, chopped electronically into little shards of sound, often panning between sides. Like the texture, this isn’t inherently unusual in Kpop, but its use here supports the themes of Eclipse — of something so familiar and human as the voice being fragmented. Let’s move forward to the first chorus, which lands with a drop, which is appropriate, because eclipses are part of nature, and drops… …are also a part of NATURE.
[clip from the drop of NATURE’s “썸(You’ll Be Mine)”] It’s a nice solid bass note, but it’s not on the tonic — that is, the most stable note of the key. Eclipse has been somewhat ambiguously either in E major or C-sharp minor but the bass lands on F-sharp, so it drops, but not onto something quite stable — Like it landed on a floor that was tilted, and it’s still trying to move toward true stability. And it does move, with the bass working its way up to C-sharp, a sort of stability, or home, but it reaches C-sharp at a point that is rhythmically de-emphasized, before being thrown back down to F-sharp on the next strong beat. And, speaking of rhythm, it’s a 3 3 2 — that is, the bass notes have lengths of [demonstrating on piano] one two three, one two three, one two within the measure this adds a bit of syncopation and energy compared to putting them straight on the quarter notes such as
[plays a version with the bass on straight quarter notes] Which would be rather square and boring. With the 3 3 2, it sounds like
[plays the correct version on piano] The 3 3 2 pattern is still fairly common; they’re not doing something unusual rhythmically, but they’re going somewhere with this, and we’ll come back to it. Everything I’ve been talking about applies to the second verse through chorus, but let’s move on to look [screenshot from GOT7’s Look] at the bridge The bridge starts out sparse, in contrast with the generally thick textures of the song up to this point, but then starts building up with triplet rap [obligatory bdg screenshot], which is normal, and the chopped voice sounds, which have been happening, and then adds in the “bddd.” Now,
Umu: “bddd”
Sean: is a fairly common vocal technique at this point; various groups, Including GOT7 in past songs, have used it, and it’s very similar to the technique used to produce flutter-tonguing on wind instruments But its usage in the context of this song continues the theme of fragmentation. It’s a way, without electronic manipulation, of taking what could be a smooth pure sound [sings a note], And breaking it into a few tiny bits of sound Umu: bdddddddddddddddddddddd
In this, the year two thousand nineteen, Umu dabbed.
That is a thing that just transpired. And then we hit the third chorus. Now, I’m aware that the drop/dance break is not in the album version of the song, but I’m going to talk about it here, because it is in the MV, which you’ve presumably seen if you’re watching this video, and it makes the song better, not just as an opportunity for dance, But as a culmination of the concepts that have been developing throughout the song thus far. The 3 3 2 pattern from before is back, but this time is at half-speed with the kick drum hitting [clap] one two three [clap] one two three, [clap] one two The slower pace adds emphasis, making each beat feel heavier. The 3 3 2 being half speed could risk losing energy except that there’s a much more elaborate drop happening than before, with a glitchy-sounding bass which, in its glitchy-ness, continues the fragmented texture from the
Stealth Umu: bdddd Sean: And so it feels more emphatic, more active, and more broken than the song’s previous drops. After almost continuous singing for over three minutes, they lose their voices for about 10 seconds, and so the return of their voices after that absence adds intensity to the final part of that chorus. Eclipse, while using elements familiar from other music, [moon returns] assimilates them to complement the lyrical and visual themes of the song by musically dividing and breaking apart into fragments and layers. As for the collapsing stairs, there have been warnings about the stairs. We have been told about the stairs, and yet it keeps happening [SBaHJ and Dave fall] As for the conveniently-shaped and -sized window, the moon acts as a piece filling in the space, almost like it’s a…Puzzle Moon [that’s a GWSN song] Filling in the 창문. And any window is a door if you’re committed enough to defenestration, so it could even be…a moon 문. [remember 2013 memes? I do.] Thank you for watching this episode of Classical Composer Breaks Down the K. A link to GOT7’s Eclipse is, of course, in the description. Also a link to a playlist of other episodes of Classical Composer Breaks Down the K.

67 thoughts on “How GOT7’s Eclipse Portrays Separation & Struggle Musically | CCBDTK — Ep.3

  • May 31, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    Thanks a lot Sean! As a non-musician I didn’t understand everything you explained but that’s my fault 😂 but you definitely gave me a better understanding of the song and how got7 incorporated the theme of struggling and hardships musically. So yeah, I really appreciate this series! 👏🏼😊
    And Umu, I love you 😂❤️

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  • June 2, 2019 at 1:28 am
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    This was great , so complex you mentioned and reasercged stuff i never new thank you❤💛💚💙💜

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  • June 2, 2019 at 1:34 am
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    Umu’s dabdab is amazing

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  • June 2, 2019 at 1:35 am
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    I feel like I can appreciate the song even more now thank you!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 1:36 am
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    YAAAASSSS SEAN BREAK DOWN ECLIPSE 🌓

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  • June 2, 2019 at 1:47 am
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    Thank you Umu and Sean for this video! (loved the sound effects haha xD)
    Hm… half I could understand but the other half… I understood with my heart LOL kidding, music is just too complex to me, that's why I appreciate all artists works, like you guys. And GOT7 showed a new side of them, JB did a great work again <3

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  • June 2, 2019 at 1:47 am
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    the homestuck shirt is a lot to handle while watching a kpop video
    update: the stairs. im hskshd

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  • June 2, 2019 at 1:52 am
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    I’m glad we get another episode of this series! I love it so much!! 🧡

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  • June 2, 2019 at 1:59 am
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    i love this video genuinely and seriously, and this whole segment is super interesting but im losing it over the homestuck shirt youre wearing heskfjngdfdk

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  • June 2, 2019 at 2:11 am
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    First of all thank you for featuring GOT7, second of all this was beautifully done and very much appreciated. Keep it up please! Their Flight Log albums are also very interesting if you ever get the chance to listen to it!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 2:22 am
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    React to WINNER – Ah Yeah pleasseee🙏🏻

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  • June 2, 2019 at 2:28 am
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    Brilliant

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  • June 2, 2019 at 2:55 am
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    Please do superhuman!!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 2:58 am
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    WAIT IS THAT BDG ON UNRAVELED AT 3:38 OMG

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:20 am
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    The UNRAVELED reference!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:20 am
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    Holy crap I love Sean's breakdown videos. It's really interesting to see him break down all these songs and the crappy puns make it better

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    I loved the video but i still want to know why you didn't react to JUS2 😭😭
    It's really one of the best songs and MV of the year. Focus On Me deserves more love

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  • June 2, 2019 at 4:04 am
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    Great explanation, and Umu made me laugh aggressively.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 4:30 am
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    God bless the Umu Moon Bird

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  • June 2, 2019 at 4:33 am
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    Idk that i need this till now, thankyou sean and umu!🔥

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  • June 2, 2019 at 4:39 am
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    i really love this series! keep it up

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  • June 2, 2019 at 4:53 am
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    "moon operator" is my new favorite credit. everyone else can go home now

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  • June 2, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    GOT7💚 Thank you so much!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 5:09 am
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    Omg Umu is so extra😂😂

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  • June 2, 2019 at 5:39 am
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    since the elevator (senorita mv) and stairs (eclipse mv) are broken, how can i go up? should i asked nct dream?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:05 am
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    💚💚💚💚

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:33 am
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    I Love this!!!!!!!!!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    You should listen to their song Rewind. I love it and the samples really fit the title. Got7s member youngjae wrote it.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:53 am
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    QUALITY CONTENT! MY HAPPY HEART 🙂

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  • June 2, 2019 at 10:10 am
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    I hope u could give the album a listen please🙏 😍 and thank u so much for this 💚💚

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  • June 2, 2019 at 10:22 am
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    I can’t believe you referenced Homestuck in a GOT7 MV.

    Well done sir.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    THE MOON SKWKKWWKWJ

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  • June 2, 2019 at 11:18 am
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    thisbwas super interesting, thank you for this

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  • June 2, 2019 at 11:45 am
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    3:44 WILD UMUUU

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  • June 2, 2019 at 12:25 pm
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    You guys make me keep up with any theory music knowledge that I strive to not forget!! I got my degree a year before I finished high school and now that I'm going to college away from my home town I am not able to continue my piano course… That is my greatest regret. Anyway, love your reactions and insights on music overall. Please, you should all react to the truth untold by bts and the remaining tracks from the new album💜🎶

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  • June 2, 2019 at 12:28 pm
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    this is amazing. the technical breakdown, the deadpan face, umu popping in, the dumb puns

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  • June 2, 2019 at 12:40 pm
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    This was super informative but also hilarious!!! Well done guys!! Brrrrrr!!!!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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    I love how GOT7 incorporates their struggles and insecurities through this song and all its elements. And at the same time, they managed to weave it into their music video and to the whole album concept as well. GOT7 and their producers are geniuses. Thanks Sean and Umu for making me appreciate this comeback even more!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 12:57 pm
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    Am I the only one who thinks that JB and co-producers are geniuses? Loved your video. I would also love on on PAGE from the same GOT7's Spinning Top: between security and insecurity.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 1:05 pm
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    'vocal effects: umu' sksksksks

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  • June 2, 2019 at 3:14 pm
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    thank you for this content, i love the song so much💞

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    wow i didnt even realise that the album version didnt have the dance break part…… IVE FAILED AS A FAN

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  • June 2, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    "And drops are also a part of NATURE" I'm ded 🤣👏

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  • June 2, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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    wow I learned a lot

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  • June 2, 2019 at 10:41 pm
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    This was so interesting and unexpectedly funny 😂

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  • June 2, 2019 at 11:16 pm
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    Please react to Lee Hi ft. Hanbin – No One

    Also Lee Hi ft. choi hyunsuk-1,2

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  • June 3, 2019 at 12:03 am
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    I love these episodes so much, I’m so glad that you guys started this series! Not only is it super interesting to get a more in depth understanding of why songs hit in a certain way because of their structure (which is why we’re here on this channel, let’s be honest) but those puns man.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 1:51 am
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    PEEP THE HOMESTUCK SHIRT YES I LOVE YOU

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  • June 3, 2019 at 1:51 am
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    please react to winner ah yeah!

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:49 am
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    top 10 anime crossovers: homestuck fan reacts to kpop, shows a clip of dave strider,,,,,,,,,,,,I TOLD YOU DAWG!!!!!!! IT KEEPS HAPPENING!!!!!!

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    You're so brilliant, Sean! 💗 I feel so honored as an Ahgase that you have chosen GOT7 to be part of this amazing breakdown series.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Umu prrrs are a fat mood

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  • June 4, 2019 at 12:35 am
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    Thank you for covering GOT7!

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  • June 4, 2019 at 4:30 am
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    Really enjoy your video

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:10 am
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    Was that stairs comment… a reference to Homestuck? I might jus be speaking out of my butt here but it sounded familiar somehow lol

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  • June 7, 2019 at 12:06 am
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    Why not react to their full album?

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  • June 7, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    maybe check jus2‘s album🙏😂

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  • June 11, 2019 at 4:36 am
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    a homestuck and bdg reference in a vid about got7… the Talent and Range that this video has

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  • June 12, 2019 at 2:11 pm
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    Woah

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  • June 13, 2019 at 5:29 am
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    i loved it. thats all.

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  • June 13, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    Thank u so much for featuring GOT7!🙏🏼🙏🏼 it makes me extremely happy hearing people talk (good) about GOT7🤗🤗they are having a bit of a rough time recently, and hearing people say good things about them makes me very extremely happy😊Thank u!!🤗🙏🏼🙏🏼

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  • June 17, 2019 at 11:58 am
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    I dont skip ad, i hope u get the adsense

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  • June 26, 2019 at 2:59 am
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    GOT7 just realized their new song ‘love loop’ if u have time please go check it, wanna see your reaction with umu. Btw, love your videos!!!

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  • July 1, 2019 at 5:52 pm
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    I love this for many reasons.
    One of them being puns and Umu being in charge of odd little jobs like vocal effects.
    Another is that these videos really make me appreciate the song a lot more. It's so interesting to see Sean break down both the musical and video aspects of the song. Because K-pop isn't just about the music it's about how you visually portray the music in video and voice and dance. Musicality stretches beyond just being able to play or sing a piece well it goes on to portraying it artistically.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    I'm just a simple fangirl. I ser GOT7, i upvote 😛

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:23 am
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    I really want to hear him play Eclipse on the piano now

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  • November 11, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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    Yess. I hope you would do more music theory stuff.

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