Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Word of the Day: evanescence

Nobody knows how a performance will turn out: it differs every time, with the audience, the musician's mood, the humidity, the novelty, the familiarity. As soon as it's over, it's gone, vanished. The musician may get run over by a bus outside the hall or the bar. And this uncertainty, this evanescence, is especially true of a quiet, intimate instrument, a solo instrument, such as the guitar. Everything comes back to the moment, the intense and mysterious physics between the guitarist and the guitar, and the guitar and the listener.

- Tim Brookes, guitar: An American Life

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the event of fading and gradually vanishing from sight; "the evanescence of the morning mist"

WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.

· noun: the event of fading and gradually vanishing from sight (Example: "The evanescence of the morning mist")

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