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Peppermint Tree composer dies

I’ve just been informed by a kind visitor to this site that Evelyn D. Lohoefer De Boeck, composer and musician on the children’s LPs Come and See the Peppermint Tree and Sometime Anytime, has died. The Washington Post has published her obituary. “I don’t know if children’s interest in the songs proves that I’m a child at heart,”… Read more »

Sometime Anytime

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 and now thanks… Read more »

Come and See the Peppermint Tree

Got an extremely rare download for you. This is an album that my sister, brother and I had when we were kids in the sixties. We had a kids’ turntable; must have been a Fisher-Price one, I think. We played this record to death!

The songs on this record go a way toward explaining my and my siblings’ sense of humor. Interspersing such things as sliding down rainbows, talking critters, and elves with everyday experiences like finding a penny or playing on a swing, the story is partly sung in a wacky falsetto, partly narrated, partly evoked with quirky piano accompaniments that used more modernistic dissonant touches than I’ve ever heard in kids’ music, then or since. The whole thing had an edge…so sincerely, enthusiastically silly it verged on weird and nutty.