Video: Kittens in Space, by Jonathan "Song A Day" Mann

[Video Link]. I'm recovering from yesterday's chemo infusion (my fifth!), and feeling kind of lousy. Jonathan Mann asked me this morning if he could write a song for me as his daily song project, and if so, if I had any theme requests. I was like, duh! Kittens, and space. And like a beautiful internet miracle, bam! Just hours later, he created the wonderful video above: "Kittens in Space."

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Lyrics follow.


Maybel and Jeremy
They put their space helmets on
Many months of training are about to pay off
They are feeling excited
And proud to be representing all the Kitten race
Maybel and Jeremy are going to space

Fuel gauge!
Double CHECK!
Laser pointer!
Ahhhh CHECK!

Kitties in space!

We're getting close to Mars
Send a message back to base
One small step for kittens
One giant leap for kittens in space!


  1. “And the papers want to know whose collars you wear.”

    This is lovely. What a great gift. And I hope you’re feeling better soon, Xeni!

  2. Yeah, I love the subtle Space Oddity chording in the chorus.  Awesome.  We should all have such good and talented friends.

  3. Speaking of “Space Oddity”, take a gander at this, Xeni, a cover version by the Spanish duo Calatrava Brothers.
    First heard this played by Marion Hodges in KCRW.

  4. God Speed Maybel and Jeremy, God Speed.

    Back in my day we didn’t have bananas and laser pointers, just a ration of catnip, a flask of milk, and a ball of damn yarn.

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