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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 22 Oct 2012 7:41 AM

Today in the roundup: Graeme Jenkins on ending his Dallas Opera run, wondering how much Madonna sang and a local rapper’s first rhymes.


THE DMN IN REVIEW: Lots of good stuff in Sunday’s Dallas Morning News. Michael Granberry profiled Kelcy Warren, the man who kicked in $10 mil. to name the new Downtown Dallas deck park after his son, Klyde. … Scott Cantrell sat down with Graeme Jenkins ahead of his 20th and final season as music director of The Dallas Opera. … And Cheryl Hall talked with Dallas Arboretum CEO Mark Brinegar about the cash cow that is Chihuly.

SUNG OR SYNCHED?: Our local music writers found themselves with an unexpected show to review Sunday night. That’s because Madonna canceled her Saturday night gig at the AAC due to “severe laryngitis.” So how were those pipes on Sunday? It sounds like the real question was: How much of those pipes did we hear? “Out of roughly 23 songs, Madonna sang perhaps four of them live (the rest were all, rather unconvincingly, lip-synched),” Preston Jones writes on “If she did any lip-synching, it was minimal. Every time Madonna had a microphone in her hand, she was really singing,” Mario Tarradell writes on

QUOTABLE: “I was in sixth grade, and I had to do a skit with a sock puppet. I made mine about Star Wars, but I rapped the whole thing. That was the first time I did it. I called it Sock Wars. I did it behind the curtain, or whatever, and my teachers were buggin’ out. I got an A.

– Arlington-based emcee Playdough, on his first rapping experience, in a profile on