I heard about Hans Zimmer’s request to record a chant for the Dark Knight Rises movie. The premise was that Hans wanted to create a chant with thousands of voices layered on thousands more—all chanting in unison:
I think Hans and Nolan have created real art with their movies. So as I practiced the chant, I put all of my energy, my passion, my heart into it. I invested all that I was into those words. For a moment, I was the chant.
And then the moment became a memory, en experience filed away in a cerebral drawer, in a distant mental cabinet.
Many months later, I was sitting in the theatre of lights and shadows, viewing the film. As the lights and shadows danced on the screen, the mental cabinet shook.
The memory flooded back into my consciousness. The energy of the chant flowed through my body.
As I watched our protagonist fight his fears, I joined him in his journey.
As his courage and determination grew, so did mine.
As he jumped, I leaped.
We were one in facing fear head on.
The experience was visceral. It was personal. It was transformational.
I felt it in my body, in my bones, in my heart. It was like no other cinematic experience that I have ever felt.
Beyond that moment, I now have powerful words to fuel an inner fire; a mantra to fight fears with; a chant to crush any challenge: