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Just a Few Seconds

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Musicians have always been with us. From cave dwellers knocking out a tune on a blade of grass, to Roman trumpeters at the Colosseum, to buglers marching into battle, to Led Zeppelin at Wembley Arena. But we only ever hear about famous musicians and their stories of decadence and overindulgence. There is a common misconception that unknown professional musicians spend half ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published February 6th 2011 by Derek Newark Pulbishing
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Nov 15, 2011 Heavensent1 rated it liked it
Just A Few Seconds: A Story From The Hidden World Of Music And Beyond is one man's memoir.

Derek Newark dreamt of being a professional musician. His first taste of the limelight was while performing in a talent contest, in his youth, which turned out disastrous. His friends had faith in his goals; however, along the way, a person must survive and sometimes life throws you curves you had no idea were coming.

The story begins with Derek, a.k.a. Nemo James, and his struggles to find a band that not o
Steven Turner
Apr 16, 2013 Steven Turner rated it really liked it
Just a Few Seconds by Nemo James is subtitled “A Story From the Hidden World of Music and Beyond” which is a title that perfectly describes the life of Derek Newark/Nemo James and many of my musician friends. This is a brilliant portrayal of not only the love of music but the struggles to see that love blossom and bloom into the life that you just know you are destined for. Rejection and perseverance are two of the key elements in this book. Music is a fickle lover that can have you riding a ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Tami rated it it was amazing
Just a Few Seconds is the first book that explores the adventures and misadventures of Derek Newark (stage name Nemo James). Like many kids, Derek became enamoured with music from a young age and decided he wanted to be a musician. At first, it wasn’t much more than a daydream. After all, he had difficulty reading music and his musical repertoire was somewhat limited.

Over time, through short and longer term gigs playing an amazingly diverse range of music, Derek gained experience (and confidenc
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Jun 16, 2012 CoffeeTimeRomance andMore rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
I really enjoyed Mr. James’ anecdotal telling of his life story. The chapters are short and each tells its own story, though they are in chronological order. This is a fascinating look into the life of a working musician who was almost famous a few times. He is a very interesting man who survived many trends in the music world and then reinvented himself not only once but twice. He has a way of writing that makes me feel as if he were just having a conversation with the reader. His writing style ...more
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