When someone is reciting something from memory (or singing something from memory, as in a recital
), they quite often assume a certain posture: Standing erect, they clasp the fingers of each hand together. See photo for example. (Photo comes from a comic parody
of the Major General Song
.) Apparently there is sound reason for this posture; pulling on one's arms thusly expands the chest cavity, allowing for more lung capacity and thus volume. Perhaps a Discredited Trope
, as it was probably done a lot more in the 19th century than today; modern classical singing technique expands the chest, sides and back by other techniques which do not require alterations of a neutral standing posture, and a singer trained this way would have no reason to employ the hand-clasp.
- Giovanni Jones (the fat opera singer) assumes this posture in the Looney Tunes short, "Long-Haired Hare."
- In the Family Guy episode, "Model Misbehavior", Peter (all four of him) takes this position when reminiscing about the time he was a member of the singing group, "the Four Peters" (basically humming "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" by Mozart).
- Merida does this in Brave when receiving elocution lessons from her mother.
- A backstage video of X Japan doing post production catches hide doing this to mock a particularly bombastic part of "Dahlia." Toshi joins in.