I have been taking ear training/music/piano lessons with the (truly) lovely and talented Rachelle Reath, and in between lessons I often ask for musical help from the (truly) lovely and talented Chloe Lampman. Chloe and I talked about working out some harmonies someday (that is, she would work them out and I would listen carefully to what I was supposed to do), and finally one day Chloe suggested we do Nina Simone's "Compassion". We learned that Nina Simone had put music to a poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar (he doesn't mince words):
Chloe pointed out that the recording had Nina doing harmonies with herself, and Chloe of course had to figure out the parts because although I am taking ear training lessons, WHOA, I could not discern what was going on there. I do have faith though that one day I will have this ability, as I do see the progress I have made. You can, you can, you CAN teach old dogs new tricks! And don't let anyone tell you otherwise.