Miss Lynn

Miss Lynn

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandFolkChildren's Music

Miss Lynn likes very good words, very good songs, very silly faces, and very good times with very fun kids (and grown-ups)!

Biography

On the day 9-year old Lynn Hickernell was selected as captain of a gym class kickball team, she knew just what she would do: the first members chosen for her team would be the classmates who, like her, were usually picked last. As the teams assembled, she ignored the quizzical facial expressions and continued to select smaller, less-coordinated 4th graders, instead of the stronger, faster students who quickly made up the opposing team. She knew that her team might not be obvious victors, but if they worked together, they could show the other team what they could do.

Which turned out to be lose. Badly. By a score of approximately 25 to 0. And while it wasn't much fun to lose that spring morning, many years later it made a good story.

Miss Lynn still loves a good story. Her favorite thing is to share them with kids through her songs, and to hear their stories in return when they talk and sing together. The songs on her CD, "Something New," include stories of a homemade "garbage" band ("Make Something New"), a sandy return from beach vacation ("Itty Bitty Nitty Gritty"), the perils of cooking without proper time and care ("The Tale of the Hasty Baker"), and the international journey to build one family ("Once Upon a Time").

Songs from "Something New," as well as Miss Lynn's first CD, "Outside the Lines" (2008), have been featured on the radio in Boston, St. Louis, central Ohio, and all over the Internet.

Lyrics

Clap My Feet

Written By: Lynn Hickernell

I feel so excited, I want to clap my feet
Makes want to stomp my hands and clap my feet
I'm so filled up with happy feeling
That it kind of leaves me reeling
Stretch my legs down to the ceiling
And clap my feet

I feel so excited, I want to jump up high
So far off the ground that I can almost fly
I feel so light, it seems to me
The earth below has set me free
Released the bonds of gravity
When I jump up high

I want to spin like a top
Want to spin 'til I drop
And the ground doesn't stop
But keeps spinning around me
So up and so down around me

I feel so excited, I want to shake my hair
Take my pigtails out and shake it everywhere
There just can be no denyin'
This feeling sets my tresses flyin'
Until I look just like a lion
And shake my hair
And stomp my hands
And clap my feet
And spin
'Til I drop

Good Words

Written By: Lynn Hickernell

I like lots of different things that come from different places
I like the clouds found in the sky, and the smiles you find on faces
I like to read good books, like you find at the library
But some of my most favorite things, you can find in the dictionary

I like very good words
Good words
Very very good words
Yes I like very good words
Good words
Very very good words

ONOMATOPOEIA is a very good word
O-N-O-M-A-T-O-P-O-E-I-A
"Onomatopoeia" means a word that sounds like what it is
Like "splash" or "crash"
Or "pop" Or "drop" or "BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZ"
Onomatopoeia is a very good word.

I like very good words
Good words
Very very good words
Yes I like very good words
Good words
Very very good words

PERPETUITY is another good word
PE-RPE-TUI-TY
Perpetuity describes something that keeps happening forever
It goes on, and on, and on, and on,
And on and on and on and on and on and on and on
In perpetuity--it's a very good word

I like very good words
Good words
Very very good words
Yes I like very good words
Good words
Very very good words

Tarantella is a dance from Italy
Ylang-ylang is a Filipino tree
Dicotyledon is a plant with two leaves in its seed
Superfluous means that something is unnecessary

Pianissimo is Italian meaning very soft
Fortissimo is the opposite, meaning very loud
If you add another "sissi" in the middle, then it adds another "very" at the front
Pianissisissimo means very very soft
Fortissisissimo mean very very loud
Pianissimo
Pianissisissimo
Fortissimo
Fortissisissimo
All very good words

I like very good words
Good words
Very very good words

(pianissimo)
I like very good words
Good words
Very very good words

(fortissimo)
I like very good words
Good words
Very very good words

Conglomeration is an excellent word
CONGLO-ME-RA-T-I-O-N
"Conglomeration" means different kinds of things rolled into one
Like the words in this song
Onomatopoeia, perpetuity
Ylang-ylang, Tarantella
Dicotyledon, Superfluous
Pianissimo, Fortissimo
This song is a conglomeration of some very good words!

I like very good words
Good words
Very very good words
(pianissimo)
I like very good words
Good words
Very very good words
(pianississimo)
I like very good words
Good words
Very very good words
(fortissimo)
I like very good words
Good words
Very very good words
(fortississimo)
I like very good words
Good words
Very very
Good words
Very very
Good words
Very very good words!

Easy Peasy

Written By: Lynn Hickernell

could never dress myself when I was very small
I couldn't pick my t-shirts out, or put them on at all
I had to wear whatever Mom or Dad chose every day
'Cause it was much too hard for me back then, but now I say

That it is
Easy peasy mac and cheesy
I can do it--one, two, three!
I am growing, I am learning
I'm helping to take care of me
It's my responsibility

I can put my shoes on both my feet
It's easy
I can look both ways before I cross the street
I can tell a really funny joke to crack you up
I don't drink from a bottle, now I use a cup
Don't need a lid on the top, I won't spill a single drop

It's easy peasy mac and cheesy
I can do it--one, two, three!
I am growing, I am learning
I'm helping to take care of me
It's my responsibility

I can eat my lunch all by myself
It's easy
I can take a book down from the highest shelf
I can ride my bike with training wheels to help me out
And one day soon I'll even learn to ride without 'em
It's a snap! It's a cinch! I can do it in a pinch!

It's easy peasy mac and cheesy
I can do it--one, two, three!
I am growing, I am learning
I can brush my teeth and comb my hair and wash my face
And put my toys away into the proper place
I'm helping to take care of me
It's my responsibility!

Frosted with Sprinkles (The Doughnut Store Song)

Written By: Lynn Hickernell

Tomorrow is Friday, and I can't wait
Miss Lynn's coming over for a doughnut date
She'll be here at ten o'clock, or a little before,
And then we'll walk right down the street to the doughnut store

It's going to be so great on our doughnut date
We'll look at all the doughnuts and we'll contemplate
I'll order frosted with sprinkles, as tradition dictates
Oh, we're going on a doughnut date

She will push, and I will ride
Past the church and the flowers beside
Look at the cars and play "I Spy"
I see something red, or blue, or green
With my little eye

It's going to be so great on our doughnut date
We'll look at all the doughnuts and we'll contemplate
I'll order frosted with sprinkles, as tradition dictates
Oh, we're going on a doughnut date

I'll have some juice
One large coffee for Miss Lynn
The doughnut lady smiles
Grabs a couple munchkins and throws 'em right in

When the doughnuts are gone and we've had plenty to eat
I'll climb back in the stroller and head back up the street
I'll feel so sad our date has to end
I guess I'll have to wait 'til Friday comes 'round again
Around again, around again

It's going to be so great on our doughnut date
We'll look at all the doughnuts and we'll contemplate
I'll order frosted with sprinkles, as tradition dictates
Oh, we're going on a doughnut date
It's going to be so great
On our doughnut date
Tomorrow is Friday and I can't wait

Ready to Go

Written By: Lynn Hickernell

I woke up one morning and opened my eyes
And looked out the window to see a surprise
While I was sleeping, during the night
The grass was replaced with a blanket of white
So
I put on my long red underwear
I put on my fuzzy grey socks
And stood in front of my mother, and said,
"I'm ready to go
Out in the yard to play in the snow . . . "
My mother said, "No."

So . . .
After I put on my long red underwear
After I put on my fuzzy grey socks
I put on my stripey green turtleneck
I put on my woolly white sweater
I put on my indigo blue jeans
I put on my slippery purple snow pants
I put on my heavy black coat
And I put on my shiny yellow boots
And stood in front of my mother, and said,
"I'm ready to go out in the yard to play in the snow . . . "
My mother said, "No."

So . . .
After I put on my long red underwear
After I put on my fuzzy grey socks
I put on my stripey green turtleneck
I put on my woolly white sweater
I put on my indigo blue jeans
I put on my slippery purple snow pants
I put on my heavy black coat
And after I put on my shiny yellow boots
I put on my warm aqua mittens
I put on my fluorescent orange ski cap
And stood in front of my mother, and said,
"I'm ready to go out in the yard to play in the snow . . . "
My mother said, "No."

So . . .
I took my candy-cane scarf that hangs down
And wound it around, and around, and around,
Until I just knew that she'd let me get going,
Because my two eyes were the only things showing
And I stood in front of my mother, and said,
"Mmmmmm hmmmmmhmmmm hmmmm hmmmmm mmmmmmm mmmmmm hmmmmmmm mmmmmmm
Hmmmm hmmmmm mmmmm hmmmmmm hmmmmm . . . "
My mother said, "What?"

So I said a little louder,
"Mmmmmm hmmmmmhmmmm hmmmm hmmmmm mmmmmmm mmmmmm hmmmmmmm mmmmmmm
Hmmmm hmmmmm mmmmm hmmmmmm hmmmmm . . . "
My mother said, "What?"

So I said a little louder,
"Mmmmmm hmmmmmhmmmm hmmmm hmmmmm mmmmmmm mmmmmm hmmmmmmm mmmmmmm
Hmmmm hmmmmm mmmmm hmmmmmm hmmmmm . . . "
My mother said, "What?"

So . . .
I took my candy-cane scarf that hangs down
Unwound it, around, and around, and around,
And I took off my fluorescent orange ski cap
And I took off my warm aqua mittens
And I took off my shiny yellow boots
And I took off my heavy black coat
And I took off my slippery purple snow pants
And I took off my indigo blue jeans
And I took off my woolly white sweater
And I took off my stripey green turtleneck
And I took off my fuzzy grey socks
And I stood in front of my mother in my long red underwear,
"I said . . . I was ready to go out in the yard to play in the snow."
My mother said, "Oh! Do you still want to go?"
I looked over at the pile of clothes and said, "No . . ."

And I walked up the staircase, still shaking my head,
And lifted the covers, and went back to bed.

Teeny Weeny Song

Written By: Lynn Hickernell

Teeny weeny little mouth, teeny weeny little nose
Teeny weeny little face
Teeny weeny little chin, teeny weeny little ears
Teeny weeny little face

Teeny weeny forehead, teeny weeny cheeks
Teeny weeny eyes takin' teeny weeny peeks

A teeny weeny sneeze and a teeny weeny cough
A teeny weeny yawn just before you drift off
And your eyes close in that teeny weeny face
(You're very small!)

Outside the Lines

Written By: Lynn Hickernell

My aunt Delilah sent a box
It had a bag of marbles and a pair of socks
And underneath the peanut packing
A picture book with something lacking
No colors were inside
Just exactly how the pictures looked was up to me to decide

So I'm going to color outside the lines
I think that would suit me very very fine
The pictures were so nice before
I just think they need something more
So I'm going to go explore
Outside the lines

I think I'll make this palm tree blue
And top it with a top hat at the tip-top, too
Then I think it would be neat-o
To see that tree in a tuxedo
For a fancy dance
In multi-colored hobnail boots and polka-dotted pink pants

I'm going to color outside the lines
That is just exactly what I have in mind
The pictures have no complication
'Til I provide some augmentation
From my imagination
Outside the lines

My coloring book isn't bad
It has been some of the most fun I've ever had
But the images that it's depicting
Can be a little too restricting
To the colors in my heart
So I will get a pad of paper and I'll make a new start

Drawing pictures outside the lines
I'm going to make my own design
Something that is just mine
I have so many things today
To think and draw and do and say
Just in my own way
Outside the lines
Outside the lines
Outside the lines

Make Something New

Written By: Lynn Hickernell

Make Something New

How I love to eat OATMEAL! Oh, it is unsurpassed
'Cause it makes such a wholesome meal for me to break my fast
When the box is empty with no oatmeal left
It leaves me feeling so sad and bereft
I hold the box above the trash to drop it
When from the other room, my brother's voice at once cries, "STOP IT!"
He says, "Open up your eyes, take a look now--don't you see?
That empty oatmeal box is filled with possibility!

He says, "Hey hey hey, Don't just throw it away
There might be something else that we
Could make from that today,"
He says, "Ooh, ooh, ooh--Here's the thing to do
You just take something old . . . make something new!"

I could use it to store things, like my ball and jacks
Or maybe a coil of string and some old thumb tacks
It could be a hideout for my army guys . . .
A jail where they interrogate the spies . . .
Or if you don't have something already planned
We could spend the afternoon making an awesome garbage band!
He says, "Grab those cans and bottles, and that pickle-less pickle jar
Oh, we can rock the house with our cereal box guitar!"

[repeat chorus]

Hey hey hey, Don't just throw it away
There might be something else that you
Could make from that today,
Ooh, ooh, ooh--Here's the thing to do
You just take something old . . .
Scrape off a little mold . . .
Just imagine and behold . . .
Make something new
A paper towel roll kazoo . . .
Or a tissue box shoe . . .
Coffee can stilts, too . . .
So many things you can do . . .
With imagination and some glue . . .
Make something new.

Discography

"Something New" - full album, November 2010
"Outside the Lines" - full album, November 2008

Set List

Miss Lynn can play up to 90 minutes of original and traditional music for young audiences. She usually plays solo, although sometimes is accompanied by a guitarist.