WAYFARER: A person who travels on foot. Life’s journey has many mountains and rugged hills as well as valleys and unexpected turns. One of the great wayfarers of American folklore was Johnny Appleseed, who wandered across the country, always planting apple seeds. The origin of the Middle English word, weyfarere, came from wey (way) and farere traveler from faren (to go). The first known use of wayfarer was in the 15th century.
A QUIET SOLACE: Solace is to give comfort to in grief or misfortune, to console or to amuse. It’s first known use was in the 13th century. Giving solace should be to assure, cheer, console, reassure, comfort or soothe with reassurance. Quiet means to make little or no noise or to carry out discreetly. To give quiet solace is to calmly soothe and comfort.
NOCTURNAL: The word nocturnal relates to an occurrence at night. The word is Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French nocturnel and Latin, nocturnus from noct or nox, night. The first known use was in the 15th century.
PIROUETTE: Pirouette is a ballet term, which is an act of spinning on one foot, typically with the raised foot touching the knee of the supporting leg. It is an act of spinning, twirling and turning. The origin of the word pirouette is French, literally, teetotum. The first known use is 1706.
CASCADE: Cascade is a small waterfall, typically one that falls several stages down a steep rocky slope. The definition also includes a large amount of something that flows or hangs down, or things that happen quickly in a series. The origin of the word Cascade is French, from the Italian cascata, from cascare (to fall) and from Vulgar Latin casicare and Latin casus, fall. The first known use was in 1641.
JOURNEY: Traveling from one place to another, a trip. The origin of the word is Middle English, from Anglo-French jurnee day (day’s journey). The first known use of journey is from the 13th century. The combination of the two words, Wayfarer’s Journey, further emphasizes traveling on foot.
HOMECOMING: Homecoming is an instance of returning home. It also has the meaning of a high school, college or university game, dance or other event to which alumni are invited. The first known use was in the 14th century as from Middle English homcomyng, replacing hamcume. Ham (home) + cyme (arrival)
AMBIANCE: The mood, character, quality, tone, atmosphere, particularly of an environment or place. That which surrounds or encompasses. Also spelled ambience. The origin of the word ambiance comes from the French ambi (ant) surrounding. Also Middle French, ambient, coming from the Latin, ambient + ance.
BERCE– USE: A lullaby or cradlesong; a musical composition usually in 6/8 or 3/4 time. The composition for instrument or voice usually has a soothing, reflective character, thus lulling a child to sleep. The origins of the word berceuse comes from the French in 1875-80, equivalent to berc (er) to rock + –euse (suffix forming a noun)
SOLITARY SERENADE: Solitary: A secluded or lonely place, done by oneself. Single, alone. Origin 1300-50 Middle English. Serenade: a piece of music, vocal or instrumental, played in the open air at night, as by a lover under the window of his lady. Origin of the word serenade is from the French (1640-50) sérénade and the Italian serenata.
TIMES FIVE: Times Five is written in 5/4 time signature, coming from the term quintuple meter characterized by five beats in a measure. Before the 20th century, quintuple time was rare in European concert music, but is more commonly found in other world cultures. This 5/4 time signature is divided as a 3+2 feel. (1-2-3,1-2, accents on the 1) With most compound meters, it is helpful to identify the metrical pattern within the bars.
POINT OF NO RETURN: The point in the flight of an aircraft beyond which the remaining fuel will be insufficient for a return to the starting point with the result that the craft must proceed: a critical point at which turning back or reversal is not possible. Also refers to a decision-making process where one has committed oneself irrevocably to a course of action or policy.