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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 fake an accent and disguise your voice
You say you're making a performance choice
In spooky makeup you recite your lines
You play a part to hide the girl inside
Nobody gets to see the girl I know, oh
It's only me who gets to see you glow, oh

CHORUS:
Oh, I see you glowing like a jack-o’-lantern
And it's Halloween night, whoa, oh
So keep it going, let it burn, burn, burn
Show me your light—shine your light!

So, I met this girl...

Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me
I think I recognize you from TV
You wear a costume and you change your name
But I see through your little goth-girl game
I see the sweeter side you never show, oh
It's such a treat for me to see you glow, oh

(CHORUS)

I know what you're thinking: Oh, great, now the suicidal gal is totally smitten by a walking figure of Death!

So light a candle and think of me
And all that we can be
Now I, I've seen the real you
Let me show you the real me
Whoa, oh...
Let your flame burn higher!

(CHORUS)
Show me your light—share your light!

credits

from UNPLUGGED: A Survivor's Story in Scenes & Songs, released October 22, 2017
Maya Kuper: keyboards, vocals
Paul McComas: bass, background vocals
Mike Holden: guitar, trumpet, saxophone, trombone
Justin Marsh: drums
Megan Corse: background vocals
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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