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    Read UNPLUGGED the novel + listen to UNPLUGGED the musical! This bundle gives you both.

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  • UNPLUGGED is a tale of depression, recovery and self-reinvention. It’s also the story of how a young woman is taught and healed by nature — by the very land beneath her feet.

    This expanded 15th Anniversary edition of Paul McComas' award-winning novel includes sheet music for 12 "Dayna Clay" songs. Softcover, 364 pages, published 2017, John Daniel & Co.

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    Jimi Hendrix. Janis Joplin. Jim Morrison. Each rocketed to the top of the rock ’n’ roll pantheon — then died at age 27, a casualty of drugs, despair or both. More recently, when Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain took his own life at the same age, his mother lamented, “I told him not to join that stupid club.”

    UNPLUGGED imagines someone whose membership in that club is denied — barely.

    Dayna Clay struggles through the final concert of a wildly successful tour. Tormented by an ever-deepening depression, the 27-year-old rocker hands her guitar to a fan and beats a retreat. Forfeiting her career, she sets out incognito for parts unknown and winds up in the Badlands of South Dakota, where her growing connection to the land and to the people she meets there begins to heal the wounds of an abusive childhood.

    Meanwhile, Dayna’s disappearance only serves to boost public interest in her — and to fuel her skyrocketing record sales. Laboring to choose between her musical ambitions and the new life she has made, she finds herself stranded in a far-flung corner of the wilderness she has come to love. Saved from a suicide attempt earlier by nature, she now may perish by the very same hand.

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lyrics

You tell me it's in writing—well, that ain't worth a damn
You show me a signature, and I'll show you a scam.
Oaths and vows, well, they're just like the paper that they're on
'Cause paper burns, and paper turns to ash, and then it's gone.

CHORUS:
Now you lock up your treasures in fireproof storage for to keep 'em all safe and sound.
What you gonna do when your fireproof storage burns right down to the ground?

If you seek Eternity, want to hold it in your hand
I would say you'll have to stray away from the ways of Man.
Ride out to the mountains, they will stand till the clocks run down
It's safe out there, but friend, beware when you ride back into town

(CHORUS)
Where you lock up your treasures…

Way back when, you had a friend, the best you've ever known
But it weren't secure, 'cause ya can't insure what you've only got on loan.
Once upon a time, you had a lover sweet and kind
And they were true, came through for you—until they changed their mind.

(CHORUS)

I said you locked up your treasures in fireproof storage for to keep 'em all safe and sound.
What you gonna do now your fireproof storage has burnt right down to the, burnt right down to the, burnt right down to the ground?

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from UNPLUGGED: A Survivor's Story in Scenes & Songs, released October 22, 2017
Maya Kuper: vocals
Paul McComas: acoustic guitar, background vocals, bass
Mike Holden: electric guitar
Justin Marsh: drums
Written by Paul McComas
Produced by Maya Kuper and Paul McComas
Engineered by Joe Dilillo and Maya Kuper
Mixed by Joe Dilillo at Solid Sound Recording in Hoffman Estates, IL

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The Dayna Clay Project Chicago, Illinois

"Dayna Clay" is a fictional 27-year-old rocker, battling depression and PTSD in the wake of childhood sexual abuse. Maya Kuper & Paul McComas’ alt-rock musical "UNPLUGGED: A Survivor’s Story in Scenes & Songs" chronicles Dayna’s bumpy journey through the South Dakota Badlands, and into self-discovery, healing, full embrace of her bisexuality, and love. Proceeds support RAINN and The Kennedy Forum. ... more

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