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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

Alone in this motel, I stare at the floor
Where something that I never noticed before
Is sticking straight up between those two boards.
A tiny green thistle, no more than a weed
Not a leaf to its name, just a stem from a seed
It carries a message I think I can read:

CHORUS:
Every wall is a window, every floor is a field
Every ceiling's the wide open sky beneath which we're healed.
You're no weed, you're a flower, ready to bloom
So, bloom where you're planted, even in this dark, cold room
Bloom where you're planted
Even in this dark, cold motel room.

You took root deep down in the darkness below
In dirt cold as a grave, and you started out slow
Little by little, determined to grow.
You made your way up through a crack in the floor
And you're not done yet; no, you're gonna grow more
'Cause when you emerge, you'll throw open a door!

(CHORUS)
And you are a flower, ready to bloom

Unplug, unmask
Don't tell, just ask
Let go, give in
This time, we win.

I stand at the sink and I fill up a glass
I water the plant, saying, "This too shall pass"
'Cause you're not alone anymore; I'm here with you.
I see how you struggle, you strain and you strive
I watch how you fight for your chance to survive
And I see this flower in me; I'll make it through, you're gonna see!

(CHORUS)
And you are a flower, ready to bloom

I am this flower, even in this dark, cold room.
I'll keep on going, even in this dark, cold room.
We'll keep on growing, even in this dark, cold motel room.

credits

from UNPLUGGED: A Survivor's Story in Scenes & Songs, released October 22, 2017
Maya Kuper: vocals, keyboards
Paul McComas: bass, background vocals
Mike Holden: electric guitar
Justin Marsh: drums
Megan Corse: background vocals
Joe Dilillo: acoustic guitar
Written and produced by Maya Kuper & Paul McComas
Recorded by Joe Dilillo with 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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