Absolutely - not feeling demeaned at all, just adding some more bits to the conversation. It's interesting how our brains work, and how concentrated study in one area can affect another. Back when I was at the Armed Forces School of Music, all of a sudden I developed the ability to remember fairly long and complex strings of alpha-numeric data. Phone numbers, license plates - I needed to see them once and for some crazy reason they stuck. I attributed that newfound ability to the work I was doing with the music - I did almost nothing but music all day long - rehearsals, theory class, more rehearsal, ear training class, drill band rehearsals - all of that was before dinner. Then it was practice units - a minimum of 10 units/hours per week. For some reason, building those new neural pathways, and reinforcing what was there where the music was concerned had the side effect that I was able to remember numbers. It has faded since then, which is probably due to the fact that I don't work with music all day, every day anymore.