How Bon Iver Wrote ‘iMi’: 5 Years, 28 People and a Piece of Cardboard | Diary of a Song

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  • Published: 05 September 2019
  • In our latest episode of “Diary of a Song,” Justin Vernon, the Grammy-winning Kanye West collaborator, recounts the emotional toll of his yearslong effort to write the song “iMi.”

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Comments • 203

  • Brian Anderson
    Brian Anderson  3 weeks back

    Hot take: Bon Iver x Post Malone collab

    • Oscar Arru
      Oscar Arru  3 weeks back

      Can someone tell me what Justin Vernons favorite song that he wrote I read it before and I can’t remember what is was. It was a song he wrote and we was quoted saying how much effort he put into it and how poetic it was. Does anyone know the answer

      • mndr1983
        mndr1983  3 weeks back

        I miss DeYardmond Edison

        • Tara McCarthy
          Tara McCarthy  1 months back

          Bon Iver will still be playing in my home when I become a very old lady.

          • suburbanindie
            suburbanindie  1 months back

            Eh I dunno. Sometimes I like Bon Iver, but mostly it's just pretentious music to me. Even the song titles make me want to vomit

            • Joey Guidi
              Joey Guidi  1 months back

              There aren’t enough Vans Old Skools in the world to account for a Bon Iver x Frank Ocean x James Blake collab

              • Monie Muse
                Monie Muse  1 months back

                Love hearing the story of creation ❤️❤️❤️

                • Ryan Hayes
                  Ryan Hayes  1 months back

                  Haha just here to spread that I work at the same camp that Vernon did and wrote some songs about and I go to the same high school in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

                  • Sabrina Lee
                    Sabrina Lee  1 months back

                    I was never into a musician that much before Bon Iver. Music was never something that really makes an impact on my life or whatsoever, but Justin's music just makes me feel deeply, which makes me feel the presence of my soul (sounds dramatic but I don't know how else to describe), which doesn't happen much and it's amazing. This video just makes me admire him more! Thank you for it

                    • Kit Grier
                      Kit Grier  1 months back

                      I completely relate to the verses to the point of tears. It pulled me out of a deep personal ditch. It inspired hope in me again. Thank you.

                      • Christian Butler
                        Christian Butler  1 months back

                        Honestly this song resonates a ton with me. In a melachony way its beautiful, mysterious and just makes you wonder

                    • E K
                      E K  1 months back

                      In my honest honest opinion, this song sounds like it was way too effortful to make. 5 years and 28 people? That can’t have been the same process by which Justin wrote songs like Hey, Ma and Holocene. He may have hit his artist climax/ceiling. Nothing will surpass Hey, Ma in particular

                      • a_ghoul
                        a_ghoul  1 months back

                        "Justin Vernon, the Grammy-winning Kanye West collaborator" is how I will forever describe Justin from now on

                        • Sabrina Lee
                          Sabrina Lee  1 months back

                          i’m SCREAMING! A Bon Iver video

                          • Maabee
                            Maabee  1 months back

                            I love the album and the song is glorious. Well done Bon Iver.

                            • Jillian Renae
                              Jillian Renae  1 months back

                              I see them play Thursday!!!!!

                              • Odivse
                                Odivse  2 months back

                                beautiful video

                                • Gilbert Mubangizi
                                  Gilbert Mubangizi  2 months back

                                  I love the anticlimax at the end of the video regarding Frank Ocean. The conversation jumps from profound insights into the song to brutally frank (pardon the pun) assessments on just how out there the work actually is.

                                  • Prokaleo
                                    Prokaleo  2 months back

                                    Love this take on an amazing song. Thanks! Any hints on the song from 3:33-3:54?

                                    • Are Gup
                                      Are Gup  2 months back

                                      Why scientists keeps receiving hair of dead serial killers... 🧬 find out to see if u is going to give birth to a killer... Da 🤦🏽‍♀️

                                      • Mark Pidgeon
                                        Mark Pidgeon  2 months back

                                        Too many cooks

                                        • 범석김
                                          범석김  2 months back

                                          다음에 같이가치 기부후원많읻 동참해주세요

                                          • Sparta Spartan
                                            Sparta Spartan  2 months back

                                            How is the new york tabloid paper still in Circulation

                                            • Hannah Halvorson
                                              Hannah Halvorson  2 months back

                                              I really do feel bad for all of the people who don't experience this music the way that we do. It is unworldly.

                                              • Natural Cook & Eat TV
                                                Natural Cook & Eat TV  2 months back

                                                Amazing and unbelieve ....

                                                • Isma-eel Enous
                                                  Isma-eel Enous  2 months back

                                                  Anybody else cry?

                                                  • Felipe Costa Peuser
                                                    Felipe Costa Peuser  2 months back

                                                    Thank God Trevor was recording

                                                    • Michel trash
                                                      Michel trash  2 months back

                                                      Eles queria o Vietnã
                                                      Queria que fossem para cima de vocês
                                                      Estao prometendo
                                                      Vão me matar ou me aleijar
                                                      Se vocês demorar
                                                      Patrões são colonizadores latinos
                                                      Adoro os estados unidos

                                                      • Jonathan
                                                        Jonathan  2 months back

                                                        I loved hearing them open with it...

                                                        • smoli
                                                          smoli  2 months back

                                                          Too bad it's his most disappointing and filler filled album yet

                                                          • RedShadow
                                                            RedShadow  2 months back

                                                            Yooo they got both Justin and *_J u s t i n_* out for this video lmaooo

                                                            • Victor Diaz
                                                              Victor Diaz  2 months back

                                                              This is awesome insight! Now I need an analysis for the whole album 😅

                                                              • 3markers
                                                                3markers  2 months back

                                                                Great work on this song. Made me cry on the first listen.

                                                                • Soledade Cantanova de Maio

                                                                  DEMOCRACIA ´TRÊS PODERES - IMPRENSA LIVRE
                                                                  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1U19eeuUL-dqfJQ6kQ--aQ

                                                                  • Joanna Revelle
                                                                    Joanna Revelle  2 months back

                                                                    Watching this in headphones alone drunk in a hostel bunk bed and it's the greatest video I've ever watched. I feel lucky to be alive with this beauty.

                                                                    • Jonathan
                                                                      Jonathan  2 months back

                                                                      I’ll die with my headphones on my head

                                                                  • Michael LeBlanc
                                                                    Michael LeBlanc  2 months back

                                                                    7:19 looking like the bad guy from Zoolander

                                                                    • jaimie roxas
                                                                      jaimie roxas  2 months back

                                                                      Genius 👏🏽👏🏽

                                                                      • Sam Ripley
                                                                        Sam Ripley  2 months back

                                                                        lovely vid. chill with the emojis tho

                                                                        • intense0excellent
                                                                          intense0excellent  2 months back

                                                                          So what's the song that was playing on the radio that he was turning on and off?

                                                                          • - tdjramsey -
                                                                            - tdjramsey -  2 months back

                                                                            intense0excellent theorized to be clarity by zedd

                                                                        • PetraPe
                                                                          PetraPe  2 months back

                                                                          im touched

                                                                          • BivackDC
                                                                            BivackDC  2 months back

                                                                            it's pink...

                                                                            • quiet feeling
                                                                              quiet feeling  2 months back

                                                                              favorite song on the album

                                                                              • Brittany Quale
                                                                                Brittany Quale  2 months back

                                                                                All men, huh?

                                                                                • Alexander James
                                                                                  Alexander James  2 months back

                                                                                  This speaks to me so much! I just made some art chopping up a random voicemail I found on my work computer 👍

                                                                                  • Edward Chen
                                                                                    Edward Chen  2 months back

                                                                                    We deserve the exact same thing for James Blake

                                                                                    • rollership
                                                                                      rollership  2 months back

                                                                                      Joe is cute

                                                                                      • Rosie Mclane
                                                                                        Rosie Mclane  2 months back

                                                                                        What an epic, inspiring tale. 💚

                                                                                        • Ariel Joy
                                                                                          Ariel Joy  2 months back

                                                                                          Amazing! My favorite song from the album!!!

                                                                                          • Elliot Jones
                                                                                            Elliot Jones  2 months back

                                                                                            Love this song so much and how much went into it. Really makes me appreciate it more after watching this. Great vid