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Peter's monthly column, since October 1997, for the
Madison Folk Music Society Newsletter, MadFolk News.
NOTE: The September 2017 WZ is the very last one, making a full 20 years of columns. THANK YOU EVERYONE for letting me yammer on for so long!!!!

We'll leave a few years worth of these on this, our website. Also, many back episodes are archived at the MadFolk site, along with the Mad Folk News. There is some talk of a book of selected columns. If anyone would be interested in such a thing, either as a paperback or a digital version, I'd love to hear from you. Again, deep thanks to everyone. --Peter

2017 Whither Zithers

September 2017 Last WZ. Hello I Must Be Going. 2.78 MB
August 2017 Coffeehouses of yore. 164 KB
July 2017 At My Window: Window songs 149 KB
June 2017 Retirement Songs 153 KB
May 2017 Fifty Years Ago Again. Crazy 1967. 156 KB
April 2017 The Nail Machine: 1833 visit to one in story & song. 517 KB
March 2017 Song: The Boomers Are Rising Again 226 KB
February 2017 Big Decision: No more national tours. 141 KB
January 2017 A Bit More Dylan: 3 quotes crossword puzzle. 217 KB
2016 Whither Zithers
December 2016 The Whither Zither Illustrated Alphabet 1.04 MB
November 2016 Me and Bob Dylan 149 KB
October 2016 Begone Listlessness: An appreciation of lists. 145 KB
September 2016 Tunas of Yore: Random songwriting scraps 132 KB
August 2016 Info Bonanza: PubMed Central 148 KB
July 2016 Music To The Rescue! 81.2 KB
June 2016 Whistle Musings: The Original Tweets 103 KB
May 2016 Amusing Amusia: Tin Ears and More 117 KB
April 2016 My Sister Susannah Remembers Music in our Childhood Home. 132 KB
March 2016 Jump Rope Rap: The weird world of jumprope rhymes. 86.5 KB
February 2016 The Ever Popular Ja-da Ja-da Jing Jing Jing 139 KB
January 2016 1,2,3: Waltzes Everywhere! 169 KB
2015 Whither Zithers
December 2015 Alan Lomax 100th! Recordings now online, plus Broonzy interview. 103 KB
November 2015 Happy Birthday To You song now up for grabs. 128 KB
October 2015 Study: the brain of the musician is different. 3.15 MB
September 2015 Reduplicatives, like ha ha, doo dah, and ringy dingy. 114 KB
August 2015 Review of Curiosities of Street Literature; a marvelous free 1871 collection. 593 KB
July 2015 Quotations Wise and Otherwise. 109 KB
June 2015 A Thwarted Romance: further along the trail. Part 2 of 2. 116 KB
May 2015 A Thwarted Romance: on the trail of a song's story. Part 1 of 2. 142 KB
April 2015 Madison Folk Music Society Logo Musings. 314 KB
March 2015 More loony musical patents courtesy of US Patent Office and Google. 1.04 MB
February 2015 Me and Kiki of Montparnasse, Part B. 229 KB
January 2015 Me and Kiki of Montparnasse, Part A. 119 KB
2014 Whither Zithers
December 2014 Whither Zither Gift Guide for the Swank. 139 KB
November 2014 Thank you Larry.  A farewell to Wisconsin's Larry Penn. 342 KB
October 2014 Help Keep This Place Clean. 98.6 KB
September 2014 Accordion Miscellany.  Strange squeezings from elsewhere. 448 KB
August 2014 Ostensibly: A follow-up to July's "Does Truth Matter?" 117 KB
July 2014  Does Truth Matter?  A question that isn't answered here. 84.2 KB
June 2014 The Tuba Skinny:  Past tubas and jugs, plus a New Orleans band. 727 KB
May 2014 Case load: a fascinating overview of my guitar case contents. 188 KB
April 2014 The painted guitar.  No words, just pictures of guitar paintings. 304 KB
March 2014 Ukulele miscellany, etc, so forth, and then some. 103 KB
February 2014 Red Sky At Night, Sailors Happy: Rhymes and the ring of truth. 135 KB
January 2014 Till the Lordly Hudson Seaward:  School songs. 99.3 KB