Last week I encouraged all you holiday revelers and Christmas carolers to mark up your music with notes that will help you remember your holiday repertoire from year to year. You certainly don't want all those fantastic arrangement ideas to fade into oblivion!
Are you thinking it's too much work to get it all down in writing? Here's an alternative idea … Create a recording of your holiday tunes.
Of course you'll want to start by playing through each tune. Then include a little monologue speaking to your future self. Give yourself tips for choreographing the tune to the instrument, what you learned about playing the tricky parts, which tunes were especially popular with your audiences, etc. Be sure to include additional arrangement ideas that you'd like to develop next year. You'll thank yourself later!