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Joel R. L. Phelps

Back in the days when everyone believed Bruce Lee was the baddest guy walking the planet, they used to tell this story about how he could reach right into your chest and take your heart out so fast he could show it to you, still beating, before you died. Probably Bruce never actually did that, but JOEL R. L. PHELPS sure does: one minute you’re pushing the buttons on your stereo, everything more or less fine, depending. Then Warm Springs Night starts up, and midway through you’re staring at your heart, right there in front of you, pumping away in time, going beat, beat, beat. . . .

Neat trick—and it works precisely because it’s not a trick at all. As with other kinds of magic, the key is a matter of belief: clarity of intent, sincerity of purpose, are everything, and the only things that let Phelps achieve the desired effect. Which is, in this case, to tap into a certain bloodline, an

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