Hi John, no worries =)
I've got two friends that are professional painters, who's listening skills are way beyond average.
And I think that there is some kind of connection there, maybe the right brain thing.
Many ME's are very good at logical left brain thinking.
I just try to push right brain thinking a little by recommending people to read Betty Edwards books on the subject, and to take a look at perfect pitch ear training drills.
The brain is a wonderful tool, so why not use the whole thing.