A special treat for all you Peppermint Tree fans! A fellow Evelyn D. Lohoefer fan who wishes to remain anonymous has given us more songs to discover, or rediscover, as the case may be. The original vinyl had been well-loved,
and that is why not all tracks were able to be digitized
These songs are very much in the same delightfully quirky vein as the ones on Come and See the Peppermint Tree. All thanks to our anonymous friend for this labor of love!
Download the collection of songs, plus scans of the cover and liner notes: Sometime Anytime (105 MB zip file)
Artists: Evelyn D. Lohoefer, Donald McKayle, Catherine Stephenson, Lee Reynolds, Charlie Byrd, Wallace Mann, Larry Logan, Bertell Knox
Cover art: Remy Charlip
Tracks included in this download:
Watching Things Go By
Gingerbread Man & Red Wagon
The Rooster with a Purple Head
Quite a Day
I had forgotten about this album until I saw the title, “The Rooster with a Purple Head!” And Remy Charlip doing the artwork! He died in the last year or so, I’m sad to say.
Gaby, that is sad news about Remy Charlip. I only knew him through his book Arm in Arm. I would get lost in those beautiful illustrations. I just went to remycharlip.org and found out he was a dancer–I had had no idea. I am starting to realize that when a book or recording touches our lives, as important as it may be to us, it is only a tiny glimpse of the wonderful mind and life of the creator.
Gaby, are you related to Donald McKayle? in 2017, after listening to this album for the first time in 50 years, I sent Mr. McKayle an email about my experience with/of the album (largely the same as my comment on the jessbird.blog “Sometime-Anytime” page).
oh my oh my, how wonderful to find this :). I’ve missed this music
I think the artwork shown might be the Washington re-release, as the record I got from my parents in 1960 was from Riverside Records and looked very different. I listened to “Rooster” so much when I was 5 that I memorized it and can still “do” it decades later in the correct (and distinctive) voices. I’m sure this album was at least partly responsible for my love of the non-sequitor, and for a foundational understanding of the transitory nature of life (whoa – too deep!). Listening to it for the first time in more than 50 years was indescribable. I know, I know (together): there IS no elevator in that tree. Thank you, Jessi, thank you.
Thank *you*, Brian, for contributing your story as well as factual details. No such thing as too deep. This music has been meaningful for a lot of us!
I am currently selling both “Come and See the Peppermint Tree” and “Sometime-Anytime” on E-Bay. Records in good shape, covers worn but cover art still pretty. Here is a link: