Put away your sports books. Let’s talk music.
February 4, 2016
Tier 3: Gossip, shop talk. It is the subject of conversation so often that people start to believe its not small talk anymore. Kick off a Tier 2 with this: Not only did the Beatles influence popular culture, they also reflected it. “Morneau had 4 assists, a grand-slam and a touchdown yesterday.”
Listen to those around you. They would rather not take the time to develop their skill at exchanging ideas with another person. And yet we all do it. But the act of observing will lead to self-discovery and humility. They need to get in and get out.
Who cares? This conversation starter stinks like early morning coffee urine. Prepare to classify.. The larger the audience is, the more likely that musical order will prevail over musical chaos.
There is an unofficial 5th tier. Classify their conversation, and you’ll arrive at one of these tiers. Sometimes, its useful to perform a Tier 4. Paul McCartney got married to Linda Eastman yesterday.
Tier 4: Traffic, weather, sports events, small talk. But in continual avoidance of Tier 1 we avoid progressing our ideas.
Is the subject of sports more common than the subject of music? Definitely. The Tier 4 conversation cannot be avoided, even for those familiar with the concept of Conversation Tiers. It may even improve your conversations. Its because its easier to talk about, and you dont have to think at all. An example is guitar feedback loop between from a Les Paul and a Marshall Stack. Id listen in on that one.
The Minnesota Twins played well.
Tier 2: Culture, art, current events, and politics. This exercise may seem snobbish and meaningless. Example of a Tier 1 conversation starter: The repetition of notes and rhythm patterns in music is more appealing to a large audience than a random series of notes and rhythm patterns. The highest form of conversation. 9 years of a continuous feedback loop between the fab-four and popular culture turned John Lennon from a mop-top screamer into an anti-war activist.
Conversation Tiers are defined as:
Some people avoid Tier 1s because conversation is more of a utility for them, rather than accepting it as an art. It is a mechanical conversation.
Tier 1: Abstract ideas, philosophy
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