The Band Director's Lessons About Life: Volume 1: 50 Parables on Life's Performance Cycle

The Band Director's Lessons About Life: Volume 1: 50 Parables on Life's Performance Cycle

by Donald Lee


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It’s tough to find your way in the no-man’s-land between traditional religious dogma and New Age “woo-woo”. Spiritual author and speaker Donald Lee masterfully reveals a common-sense and universal view of spirituality in his new book of modern-day parables.

Do you feel adrift in a sea of conflict? Do you feel your life needs direction? Has your spiritual journey got you lost in the woods? “The Band Director’s Lessons About Life” offers simple advice and relatable stories from your friendly, neighborhood band director. Using music as a metaphor for life, each little parable begins with a story from school and ends with a reflection on the spiritual meaning of the story.

How to:

  • Find your path.
  • Be yourself.
  • Persevere through struggles.
  • Learn from failure, and
  • Love the process.

Fifty stories and reflections to pick you up, dust you off, and set you on your way. Or take five minutes before bed to read a parable. You’ll sleep with a positive, inspirational message in your mind.

Donald Lee draws on decades as both a band director and a religion teacher to expertly craft band room vignettes that are both entertaining and illuminating. Whether you’re a Sunday pew-warmer, a hermit monk, or a high-mileage astral traveler, you’ll find something to love, cherish, and chuckle at in these fascinating stories. Pick up your copy today!

“If you pick up this collection, consider that you found a treasure. I do. It both entertains me, and inspires me.”

Archbishop Gerard Pettipas, C.Ss.R

Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan

“The stories made me laugh. The reflections made me think. These lessons are for everyone.”

Joanne Byfield,

Journalist, Radio/TV Producer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999210939
Publisher: Inc
Publication date: 11/15/2019
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Donald Lee is an author, speaker, spiritual teacher, economist, band director, and musician-a real Renaissance Man. Donald melds his decades of experience as a band director and religion teacher along with his life-long spiritual quest to weave a book of modern-day parables: shining spiritual light on ordinary life.

Table of Contents


My Story

Part 1: Preparation

Parable 1: I Can Only Teach You What You Want to Learn

Parable 2: Things Are Not Always What They Seem

Parable 3: Time Is All You Have

Parable 4: It Doesn’t Matter What You Know Right Now

Parable 5: Choosing an Instrument

Parable 6: Is My Saxophone Fixed Yet?

Parable 7: If It’s Not Yours, Don’t Touch It

Parable 8: Where Does This Road Lead?

Parable 9: Blow Your Own Horn

Parable 10: Make Your Own Kind of Music

Parable 11: See the Best in Yourself and in Others

Parable 12: Creativity and Divinity

Parable 13: What We Believe Changes Us

Part 2: Practice

Parable 14: I Can’t Play That

Parable 15: Always Do Your Best

Parable 16: Nobody Else Can Do Your Practicing for You

Parable 17: We Perform the Way We Practice

Parable 18: Playing in Tune

Parable 19: Have Fun!

Parable 20: Little Missed Key Signature

Parable 21: If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It

Parable 22: Keep Your Nose to the Grindstone, Eyes on the Goal

Parable 23: Welcome Problems

Parable 24: Taking Care of Your Instrument

Parable 25: Shut Off That Music

Parable 26: Progress and Plateaus

Part 3: Performance

Parable 27: We Have to Perform

Parable 28: Do We Have to Wear Our Uniforms?

Parable 29: Strive for Perfection—But You Won’t Achieve It

Parable 30: The Cure for Nervousness

Parable 31: Would You Do That to Me?

Parable 32: It’s Showtime—Every Day

Parable 33: You Can’t Just Not Show Up

Parable 34: Focus on What You Can Change

Parable 35: Sometimes Everything Goes Wrong

Parable 36: Playing Our Part in the Whole

Volume 1: 50 Parables on Life’s Performance Cycle

Parable 37: Be the Music

Parable 38: What Did You Say?

Part 4: Reflection and Redirection

Parable 39: The Concert Debrief

Parable 40: A Personal and Private Space

Parable 41: As You Sow, You Create Spiritual Potential Energy

Parable 42: Put Away Your Cell Phones

Parable 43: Students Should Get Paid for Going to School

Parable 44: Fix What’s Broken

Parable 45: Nothing’s Happening—That You Can See

Parable 46: It’s Not Just About You

Parable 47: It’s Not Fair

Parable 48: So the Concert Was a Disaster

Parable 49: Forgive—To Be Free

arable 50: Where Do You Go from Here?


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