Words Are Clever, Hands Are Better

Music & More challenge

23.) mannerism that you share with RA

talking with hands


I need to move while talking: fidgeting, pacing, bouncing of knees; I get a real workout! If I’m telling a story or trying to strongly convey something, the hands and facial movements take on a life of their own. Richard acts with his whole self, I talk with my whole self. it feels like the thoughts are trying to get out through my fingertips!


I used to be very self conscious about this trait, trying to rein it in whenever possible, but that only resulted in me appearing stiff as a board and never saying anything. this is why you’ll often find me with a water bottle in my hands now: if my hands aren’t gripping the bottle to stay grounded, then they’re screwing and unscrewing the cap while I speak.  it keeps my hands busy, affording me the freedom to speak, and hydrating me at the same time! hands are mysterious creatures.


music question: a song that you would sing on an audition for American Idol

Jar of Hearts by Christina Peri

I love to sing but my High School choir teacher confused the hell out of me by constantly switching me from Second Soprano to Alto and then back again without any real instruction, which means I never know what key to sing in. While I may totally nail it on one song, the very next one will have me sounding like a teenage boy in the midst of puberty! So if  I were going to sing something for an audience, my best bet would be to pick something all emotional and angsty, so I could lose myself in it and not think.


And it took so long just to feel alright
Remember how to put back the light in my eyes
I wish I had missed the first time that we kissed
‘Cause you broke all your promises
And now you’re back
You don’t get to get me back