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In Taeyeon Kim's "I", why does the Leading Tone or Seventh sound like the Tonic?

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I'm assuming that Jenny Ji hasn't hoodwinked us by covertly consulting the score, before reviewing this song in this Youtube video. To improve my ear training, I deliberately refrained from reading the score too. But every "Seventh", that Ji identifies, sounds like the tonic scale degree to me! I just don't hear any Major or Minor Sevenths. Do these Sevenths sound like the tonic to anyone else? What's wrong with my hearing?

At 10:57, Jenny Ji says

Sev, one, five, three. Sev, five, three. Seven.

At 11:38, Ji remarks

This song is, like, exploiting how the major seventh chord on one utilizes, like, both tonic and dominant functions.

At 11:59

It's kinda cool, cuz if you just play within the major seventh chord, and add in like a nine, you get like scale degrees 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7. And then you can build dominant and tonic. So it can be dominant and tonic!

Kevin Wang BM analyzes this song more at 15:00, but perhaps his analysis deserves a separate post.

Jenny Yunyi Ji graduated with "the Bachelor of Music program at the Eastman School of Music[1] and is currently pursuing a Master's in Piano Performance under the studio of Jon Nakamatsu at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music."

[1]In 2017, according to Linkedin.

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