Its Own Worst Enemy: Finish
I decided the simplest and most direct image would be playing off the Victrola idea. I had toyed with the idea of having Marco's tongue wrapped around his head, but that would have obviously obscruerd his all-important facial expressions. Then I thought to have him standing on his tongue, but to do that, the tongue would have been so long and oversized that it may have been confusing as to what it actually was. (It also made for a clunky, uninteresting composition.
So we've simply tied it in a knot -- giving us the opportunity to have a good facial expression and getting good gesture with the hands. The kind of gesture when the hands are ready and anxious to help with something, but are unsure of what to do, so they become twitchy.
Good luck Herd!