The Dancing Face #1: Thomas Mars

by devinking

4.4.09 SNL/NBC/Lisztomania

Thomas Mars’ right hand outstretched and holding a microphone he slightly pushes forward. His left arm is cocked, elbow out, hand on hip. He switches his hand on the microphone and pushes his right arm out, swaying, allowing it to return. He holds the mic with his left hand, the mic stand with his right hand, just above the knob to raise/lower it. His feet push him back and forth and he rocks his hips and bounces like the people in the 80s movie his fans used in his bootleg video.

When Thomas Mars starts singing he sings to you with a slight shake of his head: “So sentimental.” His left hand comes of the microphone and then comes back. He says “no” and stretches out his left hand and shakes it, flopping, to emphasize his point. He switches his hand placement on the microphone/mic stand, the right is now holding the mic, the left the mic stand. He leans a bit down and to the left and cocks his head up to the mic.

Both hands resting on top of the microphone. Both hands resting on top of the microphone. Both hands resting on top of the microphone. Both hands resting on top of the microphone. Both hands resting on top of the microphone. Both hands resting on top of the microphone.

He drops his left hand and brings it back up to the microphone just as the band drops out for the chorus. He looks up like a young boy waiting for the Eucharist.

Thomas Mars looks to his left. Thomas Mars drops his left hand to his side and quickly brings it back up to the middle of the mic stand, which he shakes as the rest of the band comes in behind him for the chorus. Thomas Mars switches his hand placement and sways back and forth and bounces on his toes.

Thomas Mars slowly pushes his right hand out from the microphone while grasping the microphone with his left hand. He looks like he is snapping the fingers of his right hand, but he is really just swaying his hand around, shaking it one, two, three times until the note he sings turns into an “oh” and he points with his hand and his hand raises slightly.

Thomas Mars right arm sways back and forth off beat in front of his body and out to his side. His hand points at his side, like a cowboy’s gun, and he lifts it up, puts it on the microphone, drops his left hand to his side, brings his left hand back to the microphone stand, pulls the microphone off the stand with his right hand, picks up the microphone stand with his left hand and places it quickly back and to his left so he can walk in front of the microphone stand while holding the microphone, with its red cord, in his right hand.

He walks towards stage left extending his open left hand while tipping the microphone at an angle to his mouth. His left hand opens up and moves towards his face and Thomas Mars puts his left hand on the top of his head and ruffles his hair. His left hand drops to his side and then picks up the microphone cord, the red microphone cord, as he leans back to his right, into the microphone. He looks out into the crowd and moves back stage right. He looks towards stage right.

Thomas Mars leans back and rights himself towards the center of the audience still holding the microphone in his right hand and the red microphone cord in his left hand. He leans to his left and comes back up in a circle–his left hand gestures outward moving with his body–until he comes up with his eyes closed and his left hand, still holding the red microphone cord, gestures as if to say, “who knew? I did.”

The left hand comes up to the microphone and Thomas Mars is now holding the microphone with both hands while he leans into the microphone and sings. He drops his left hand to his side and moves it behind his back. He moves backwards and his left hand re-appears from behind his back and grabs the top of the discarded microphone stand.

Thomas Mars walks forward with the microphone stand as if his hand was around a friend’s shoulder and Thomas Mars was telling this friend how to break up with his lover, who Thomas Mars is now sleeping with.

Thomas Mars is wincing. Thomas Mars brings the microphone stand into his shoulder and points upwards with his left index finger.

Thomas Mars leans the microphone stand backwards a bit and cross leans to his left while doing so, eventually ending up behind the microphone stand. Thomas Mars puts the microphone back on its stand and sings with his right hand on top of the microphone and his left hand right below the microphone. The stand is leaned back just a bit. He looks like he is taking the Eucharist.

Thomas Mars sways his head a little bit back and forth. He looks up and to the right. He puts both hands on top of the microphone and sways back and forth. His right hand drops away and sways outwards and to the side of his body.

Thomas Mars’ right hand sways in front of his body, grabs the red microphone cord, and then sways back out to the right of his body, upwards towards his head into a point, a point, and then his palm stretches outwards, towards the audience. The red microphone cord rests in the fleshy part of his hand that connects his thumb to index finger. HIs right hand comes back down and grabs the microphone stand and Thomas Mars takes a step backwards and then one forwards and to the side, as if practicing a jazz square without knowing how to do one. He bounces up and down. His left hand is on top of the microphone stand. His fingers raise up and he turns to the left, drops the microphone stand down towards the back of the stage and bends over with his back to the crowd.

Thomas Mars takes the microphone off the stand, holds it with his left hand to his face, holds the red cord up with his right hand, looks directly into the microphone and points upwards with his right index finger. All the fingers on his right hand extend and Thomas Mars rotates his body to the right, his face following his outstretched hand.

Thomas Mars drops his right hand.

Thomas Mars switches the microphone to his right hand and lightly fingers the red microphone cord with his left hand.

Thomas Mars curls up the red microphone cord in his left hand and brings them–his hand and the cord–up to his chest, possibly to his heart. He steps forwards and extends his hand outwards.

He sings deeply into the microphone and leans backwards while stretching his left hand, still holding the microphone cord, outwards to the audience. He stays leaning for a few seconds, bopping up and down, until he casually uprights himself into a half twist that takes him backwards towards the microphone stand which he grabs with his left hand.

Thomas Mars lets the microphone go and it rocks back and forth next to him. He looks upwards, over the crowd to his left and extends his left hand, carrying the red microphone cord, outwards pointing his index and middle finger. His left hand drops palm out onto the top of the microphone stand. His body twists to his left and leans the stand away from the audience. Thomas Mars looks away from the audience, crosses his left foot back over and turns back around while putting the microphone back on its stand.

Thomas Mars sucks his lips and bobs his head; he holds the microphone with his right hand and the middle of the microphone stand, red cord bundled up with it, with his left. He bounces up and down and brings his left hand back away from the microphone stand, drops the red cord and puts both hands on top of the microphone. He twists his body to the right and leans the microphone stand back and to the left. He swings it slowly back in front of his body and leans back with it. To be clear, he takes two steps backwards with it and then comes back forwards to sing with both of his hands resting on top of the microphone. His right hand drops to his side, raises it upwards and out in a warm gesture while his head tilts back and to the left. His left hand is not resting on the microphone and longer.

Thomas Mars places his left hand on top of the microphone and his right hand on the middle of the microphone stand, gripping the red microphone cord with it. He leans the stand backwards, tilting his body with it, though he leans his mouth in closer to the microphone proper. The song ends and he violently pushes the microphone stand back and to the left of his body while he turns away from the audience and walks towards the drummer. He uprights the microphone stand with his right hand, turns back around into a full bow, all the while holding onto the microphone stand. He stands up, lets go of the stand, walks to his right while waving, bows again, turns to his left, and walks back to center stage.

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