NCT 127‘s Taeyong released a new single on Soundcloud yesterday, and he shared the meaning and significance the song holds in his recent live broadcast.

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He was worried that fans would “get bad thoughts” due to the melancholic nature of the song, but was relieved to hear that fans loved it, and that it “reduce[d] their burdens inside.” Their words meant a lot to him, and he expressed how the song and its feedback made him feel like an artist.

So for the first time in my life, I felt like being an artist.

—Taeyong

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For Taeyong, the process of making a song is like writing in his diary. It’s an intimate and personal message for himself and others.

It’s a song about what I wanted to say to you or to myself or to people living in this era. It’s also a song that contains what I felt, what I want to do, and what I want to say.

—Taeyong

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While reflecting on when he wrote this song a year ago, Taeyong spoke more about why he wrote “BLUE” and what it means to be human.

He shared that “BLUE” is one of his favorites, and that it comforts him the most out of his other songs. You can listen to it below!