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Lost Madonna Tapes Reveal Time Spent in Synagogue

Madonna was at a troubled moment in her life. She was in a period of transition, fear, and mystery, and needed a place that felt like home. Thankfully, she found refuge in a place of worship — a place where … Read More

By / October 24, 2008

Madonna was at a troubled moment in her life. She was in a period of transition, fear, and mystery, and needed a place that felt like home. Thankfully, she found refuge in a place of worship — a place where she had a man to take care of her, and where she could experiment with her music.

Surprisingly, we are not talking about the Like a Prayer video.

As it turns out, once upon a time, before the kind of raunchy, pseudo religious music videos, and before all that Kabbalah stuff, Madonna was merely a dancer with aspirations of breaking into the music biz, and was living in the basement of a synagogue in Queens.

This week, The Daily Beast broke the story of a lost Madonna tape, recorded in said basement, where you can hear Madonna’s first song, and some pillow talk between her and her now ex-boyfriend, Dan Gilroy. You can listen to the tape bellow, with present-tense interjections by her Madgesty about her life, religion, and the Talmud.