A disparaging term that refers to elitist detachment from, and especially criticism of the everyday world, or of common sense and beliefs.
Let those scholars criticize our beliefs from their ivory tower; we all know how the world really works.
"He needs to get out of his ivory tower and put his feet on the ground."
An often vague, blanket term used to describe a wide variety of music types. It is usually characterized as instrumental, electronic, and with a penchant for audio experimentation used to achieve an "ethereal" or "contemplative" state. In truth, New Age music has used every musical instrument and technique, and it is difficult to pin any one album or group into the New Age category, and some people are loath to be grouped as New Age listeners, as the term occasionally has pejorative connotations.
The genre has become almost--and perhaps unfairly--synonymous with the "New Age" movement and its focus on the spirit, metaphysical holism and the environment.
The genre itself is relatively young, getting its first real start in the 1960s and '70s with groups like Tangerine Dream, and that band's alumnus Klaus Schulze. Later groups and individuals that some might classify as New Age are Kitaro, Deuter, Mark Isham, Patrick O'Hearn, Clannad, Enya, Ray Lynch, Jean-Michel Jarre, and many others.
1.) "She's such a flake; she listens to that New Age music."
2.) "I love New Age music."
3.) "I'd prefer that you call it 'Progressive' music rather than 'New Age music.'"
The use of physical or mental energy to do something; exertion.
A difficult exertion of the strength or will: It was an effort to get up.
A usually earnest attempt: Make an effort to arrive promptly.
Something done or produced through exertion; an achievement: a play that was his finest effort.
Don is efforting that task as we speak.