Each song title on 22, a Million
begins with a number that holds a private significance for Bon Iver mainman Justin Vernon. The album begins with "22 (OVER S00 00N)
" and concludes with this piano-driven hymnal.
"Being 22 is me," Vernon explained to The New York Times
, "and then the last song being a million, which is this great elusive thing: like, what's a million?"
"The album deals a lot with duality in general and how that works into the math. I was big into Taoism in college, and the paradox of duality, and how it's always one thing and the other — you can never have one thing without the other," he continued. "So it's 22 being me and a million being the Other. That was a way to look at it as a circle."