You don’t know this, but fifty years ago, while I was a grad student in physical chemistry at UC San Diego in La Jolla, I was banging around the library. Somehow I found a folklore recording of “The Ramayana Monkey Chant”, which I now know is the Kecak Dance. I was entranced, and listened to the tape cassette many times, finally making a pirate copy.
Now, I visit Ubud and we book tickets to the Dance. It’s exactly as I remember from fifty years ago: a vast choir of men chanting, no instruments. Bali men young and old, chanting in syncopated rhythms.
I was swept with emotion, and as I do, I cried. I was able to revisit my past memories for real. Wow!