That being said, the other skill fundamental to my career (the ability to analyze music) IS largely a natural talent. Unlike my teaching skills, I really don't have to work terribly hard at it - somehow my brain just does the work on its own with little conscious effort from me. It's a "gift", as such abilities are often described.
Brad Roberts, lead singer of The Crash Test Dummies, described this phenomenon in the song "How Does a Duck Know?", when he sang, "All my organs doing their jobs, no help from me."
Paul McCartney articulated the act of songwriting in similar terms: "It comes through your own layers of personality, your own mindset and your musical background," he said. "My brain will filter out all that I don't like.” (Pritchard and Lysaght, The Beatles: An Oral History, p. 193) Paul is describing the creative process (putting things together) whereas in my case it's the same phenomenon but analytic (breaking things down). But the concept is the same: Let our brains do their thing.
The only comparison I can make is that it's quite similar to using a calculator - you punch in the figures and operations, then it spits out the data without any further effort from the user. If a user doesn't know how to accurately enter the numbers or the proper order of operations, then any subsequent calculations will be inaccurate and worthless. But once a user learns how to properly use the instrument, the calculator itself does all the hard work while the user merely presses buttons.
Just as the balance between analysis and explanation is integral my success as a Beatles scholar, so too the balance between intuition and cultivation is equally important.