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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

Hand over hand, I ascend in a land of soil that passes for stone.
Progress is slow, and all that I know is how much remains to be known.
Hunger and thirst become bad, become worse as the shadows around me grow long
But the pangs are for naught, for all that I've brought are my body, my spirit, my song.

And I'm miles from a friend or a phone, and the wind up here chills to the bone.
I could turn back, retrace every track, and still be no closer to home.

Day after day, over earth, over clay, I keep moving, a woman possessed.
Night after night, I await morning light and the chance to continue this quest.
Mile after mile, entranced all the while by these Badlands, half heaven, half hell
Climb after climb, I grow stronger each time, but never as strong as the spell.

And sometimes my prospects seem poor, for each peak that I reach leads to more.
How can your search ever come to an end if you don't know what you're looking for?

Hand over hand, I ascend in a land where nothing is set in stone.
Progress is slow, and all that I know is how little can ever be known.
Hunger and thirst are more blessing than curse: they remind me that I'm still alive
So I struggle and try, but the summit's so high, it's not certain I'll ever arrive.

And I'm miles from a friend or a phone, but I'm equally far from alone.
If the foundation beneath me gives way, God give me faith, God give me strength
If the foundation beneath me gives way, God give me faith in my own, in my own, in my own, in my own.

credits

from UNPLUGGED: A Survivor's Story in Scenes & Songs, released October 22, 2017
Maya Kuper: piano, vocals
Paul McComas: bass
Written by Maya Kuper and 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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