There was a time, before I got into the craft of audio engineering, where I could hear a song and enjoy it for what it was... a great song with a hooky melody and cool lyrics... but for the most part, those days are gone, and they have been for a long time now - and I find that sad. I cannot listen to a song without immediately focusing on certain facets, without de-engineering the tracks. If you've been an engineer for any length of time, let's say 3 years or longer, you too probably suffer from this curse; at least once in awhile - you can't listen to a song without immediately analyzing it. You hear a song and the first thing that pops into your head is something like "Those vocals are so smooth, I wonder what mic and pre was used?" Or, "Man, what a great guitar tone!" But it can go further than just that... you find yourself in the "what I would have done" mode. "I would have brought that kick drum back a bit" "That vocal sounds harsh, they should have trimmed the hi mids a little" "They should have added a 4k snap to that snare." "The sibilance on that track is terrible. They should have dampened the EQ on the reverb." "Too much Reverb." "Too dry." "Too Compressed." "They should have compressed that more." I'm can only speak for myself, of course. Perhaps I'm wrong, and it's not as common as I think it is, and maybe I'm one of a very few who suffers from this curse. (But I don't think I am). I miss being able to listen to music the way I used to - when I first heard Sgt. Pepper, or dropped the needle on Dark Side Of The Moon for the very first time. I was amazed at the artistry, the performances... the soul of music. Now, I'm forever stuck listening to music through the ears of an engineer. Anyone else? -d.