Now That’s Ninjarific #4: The Rapping Buddhist Edition

One of the best things about the interwebs is that it’s filled with lots of groovy stuff.

I mean, sure, it’s also filled with lots of crap and bunches of snooze. But some stuff is so ninjarific that it just begs to be shared.

Thus the advent of the Now That’s Ninjarific series.

Now I have a place to share the awesomesauce stuff I bump into with some of my favorite people ever.

Woot! Yay! And woohoo!

Some of the aforementioned grooviness is sound stuff. Some of it’s not. All of it’s totally ninjarific. It sort of has to be to qualify for an installment of Now That’s Ninjarific, right?

Holy crap!

Has it seriously been that long since the last time I did an installment of Now That’s Ninjarific?

Sorry taters. My bad.

I’ve had all of this ninjarificness piling up all over the place.

And it’s not like I’ve been hoarding it or anything. I love to share the awesome.

It’s just that somehow the last couple of months have felt like one big fast forward. Or something.


Enough blabberpants. It’s time to crack open the vaults and release the monkeys let the ninjarificness flow.

Crayons. That you can eat.

I just ordered two coloring books and a heaping tower o’ crayons for my desk.

I figure this will make for a pretty fabulous way to take a break, recharge my superpowers, amp up the inspiration juice and make pretty things to hang on the fridge.

And then Luxirare goes and drops a bunch of brilliant on us with edible crayons.

Edible crayons people!

I don’t even know what to say about this.

Except booyah!

And maybe where were these when I was a kid?

Because these nuggets of genius would have been way easier on my digestive tract than those waxy Crayolas.

The ingredients for the green crayon?

Peas. Green beans. Dried kiwi. Green fruity pebbles. Dried pumpkin seeds

And these crayons aren’t just yummy. You can actually color stuff with them.


(Found thanks to @kirstinbutler, a constant supplier of ninjarificness. I am, in fact, thinking of changing the name of this blog-ey bit to Kirstin Does It Again. Because she rocks that much.)

Homage to Saint Morrissey

I found the music of The Smiths when I was 11. Thanks to Missy, my mustard sandwich eating neighbor who played Strangeways, Here We Come for me at the pool. And changed my world forever.

I was hooked.

Hopelessly, irretrievably hooked. It was love at first listen.

And I’ve been hanging out with the music of The Smiths and Morrissey for almost 25 years.

So when I bumped into The Smiths Project I got all weak in the knees.

What is The Smiths Project?

A musical mission by Janice to sing every Smiths song by the end of 2010. And to share it on her blog.

Here’s how this homage happened:

“This year I plan to do what I really love and concentrate on happiness that already exists in the world instead of striving for that dangling carrot of a better world tomorrow, new slender thighs, etc…

I’ve been singing these songs all my life so the only thing that changes is that I’m going to record them. Each Smiths song, in order by album, by the end of 2010.”

Right on.

But what really got me was what she said here:

“This started as an exercise in accepting myself as I am, without falling into my typical trap of making sure I sound ‘perfect’ before I let people hear my music.”

As a musician, and someone who’s working on telling perfectionism to suck it, I totally clapped out loud when I read this.

Janice is doing a gorgeous job covering the tunes. My favorite, so far, is this version of Reel Around The Fountain.

But, mostly, I just love that she’s doing what she loves. And enjoying the awesome that’s already there.

(Janice is @blackpiano on Twitter.)

Monk + Buddhism + Rapping = Awesome

Kansho Tagai is a Buddhist monk. He is, in fact, the head monk at a 400 year old temple in Tokyo.

He also raps.

Yeah, raps.
Under the name MC Happiness.

Aside from the fact that MC Happiness is the coolest name ever, this dude is brilliant.

And he totally gets the power of music to create bridges.

Tagai has given the Buddhist sutras a hip hop makeover. Which has made these sacred verses accessible to way more people.

“When I listened to rap music for the first time, it was in English so I couldn’t understand a word,” Tagai said.

“I realised that the same can be said for Buddhist sutras because most people can’t understand a word. And the thing is, listening to rap music makes you feel good even though it may be incomprehensible.”

Bridges baby!

Get all the deets on what MC Happiness is up to.

(I found this bit of awesome thanks to @lissaboles.)

Saved by singing

This story really rocked me.

Because someone’s life has pretty much been saved by singing.

Christian Ellis is a Marine. Who served in Iraq. He’s seen and experienced things I don’t even pretend to understand.

And when he came home he ran into some serious hard.

Couldn’t sleep. Flashbacks. Full on PTSD.

Great big, super deep, really dark hard.

He’s tried to commit suicide three times since he got back.

And singing has given him hope.

He’s working out the hard stuff through song.

This is the part that gave me goosebumps:

“It used to be I would never leave my place, I wouldn’t be able to sleep for three or four days at a time. Now I can sleep for three or four hours at a time, so I’m making progress, small steps, and singing helps.”

This rocks. Plain and simple.

(I got hip to this thanks to @ravendrum, who are doing some seriously amazing work of their own.)

Holy $%#@!

Sometimes I find something that just blows me away.

Like stunned-mouth-open-speechless.

This is one of those things.

There’s this five year old drummer named Jonah. And this kid rocks the Casbah.

At first I thought, Oh, a five year old drummer. This will be cute.

Then I watched this kid drop one of the biggest awesome bombs I’ve ever seen.

This. Kid. Kills. It.

Jonah tears up that drum kit. And he totally nails the song. And he’s five frakking years old!

The other cool thing?

He’s already mastered the funky drummer face thing. (It’s mandatory that you make kooky faces when you drum. It’s like a drummer’s law or something.)

Check out this video.

And hold on to your ass at the 2:45 mark. Jonah blows up!

If you want more of this awesome check out Jonah’s site.

(Thanks to @AmySeyBrown for the heads up on this one.)

Your turn
So that’s the latest offering of awesome from the super secret ninja lair.

What ninjarific stuff have you bumped into lately?

Lay it on me. I’d love to know.

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11 Responses to Now That’s Ninjarific #4: The Rapping Buddhist Edition
  1. painter of blue (Sybil Archibald)
    February 17, 2010 | 2:18 pm

    Love all of it! Made my day thanks : )

  2. Sara
    February 17, 2010 | 2:29 pm

    Ooh I am loving all this stuff.. and I adore The Smiths/Morrissey, can’t wait to go and dig through all that stuff.. I have ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’ in my head now. 🙂

    Have you heard of the Young @ Heart chorus? They are an awesome group of seniors singing all sorts of stuff and there’s a documentary about them that is so touching. And seriously, they do the Ramones!
    .-= Sara @Soulspackle´s last blog ..Happy Chinese New Year =-.

  3. Leila
    February 17, 2010 | 3:08 pm

    Needed a little sound healing today. Needed it a lot actually!
    Just watched the 5 year old. Oh my good God. Loved it!
    And have just listened to Reel Around The Fountain.
    Beautiful wall of sound. Stuff that makes me weep. Glorious.
    Music=Soul-full healing connection.
    Thanks so for sharing!
    .-= Leila @SunflowerLeila´s last blog ..Stumbling, falling, starting over. =-.

  4. Wulfie
    February 17, 2010 | 5:23 pm

    Awesome links. Rapping monk..too funny. Awesome drumming. But…

    LOL@Sara’s I wanna be sedated! Busted a gut.

  5. Fabeku
    February 17, 2010 | 6:36 pm

    @Sybil – Glad you liked the ninjarificness.

    @Sara – Yay for meeting another Smiths/Morrissey fan. You’ll probably really dig The Smiths Project then.

    And the Young @ Heart chorus? Rawk! They’re totally going to be a part of a future edition of NTN. Thank you for sharing that awesome. I love them.

    @Leila – Glad the sound-ey stuff came at a good time for you. Isn’t Jonah incredible? I also know what you mean about the cover of RATF. It struck a chord with me too. And Music=Soul-full healing connection? Yesyesyes.

    @Wulfie – I heart the rapping monk muchly. So cool. And so smart. And so cool. (Did I say that already?)

  6. Linnea (cafemercury)
    February 17, 2010 | 6:41 pm

    Right now, I think this post is ninjarific. I’m battling a bit of stuckness and bad-moodiness and this made me smile, and I’m grateful for that smile, and I imagine I’ll be even more grateful when I have a chance to clicky those linkies. But right now, time to take off the chef’s hat and don the “homework helper” cap.

    Thanks for the giggly break, though!
    .-= Linnea (cafemercury)´s last blog ..where the wolf meets the lion — Full Moon Dreamboards =-.

  7. Fabeku
    February 17, 2010 | 6:51 pm

    @Linnea – Sorrysorrysorry about the stuckness and bad-moodiness. I’m happy this made you smile. (Yay!) For me, these installments of ninjarificness are like little reminders of awesome. They help me when I’m feeling stuck and ughed out too. I actually come back and click through these links when I feel funked out. Because, you know, I’m a nerd like that. 🙂

  8. Kathy
    February 17, 2010 | 9:26 pm

    What can I say? You are splendiforous and these links are wonderlicious! thanks – I especially enjoyed finding the Smiths project. Wow – I love the human spirit! And I love your writing. Always good for a smile.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Birthing New Beginnings =-.

  9. Josiane
    February 18, 2010 | 12:39 am

    Fabulous collection of ninjarific stuff – those were really great finds! I love MC Happiness, Jonah is all kinds of awesome, and… now I’m craving crayons! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Fabeku!
    .-= Josiane´s last blog ..Taking action instead of resolving to do so =-.

  10. Fabeku
    February 21, 2010 | 12:06 pm

    @Kathy – Wonderlicious! I love that. Can I borrow that from you? Glad you dug the links. And yeah, The Smiths Project is pretty awesome.

    @Josiane – MC Happiness just rocks. I mean, hello, a rapping monk! Genius! Jonah blows me away. And crayons… yep. They rock too.

  11. Hannah
    February 24, 2010 | 7:22 pm

    Punk Cabaret Is Freedom, @amandapalmer

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