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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

Nobody returns...
No one recovers...
Nobody quite goes back.

On the day the first storm hit me, I was headed for a fall
I was driving down the thoroughfare of dread.
I had no road map to guide me, just the writing on the wall
And "Abandon ye all hope" is what it said.
I was searching for an exit, I was reaching for the brakes
When the air itself exploded like a mine.
There was nothing to hold onto but the sorrow and the ache
And the me I'd tried and failed to leave behind.

CHORUS:
My second storm
This is my proving ground
My second storm
'Cause there's no turning round
My second storm
Yeah, I've been here before
This is my second storm.

Didn't know there'd be a sequel, never gave it any thought
Because lightning's not supposed to strike you twice.
But then, all things being equal, that's a battle that I've fought
All my life without considering the price.
Well, the second one took longer; I was so much more exposed
Than I'd been when I was hiding in that hole.
But by now I'd gotten stronger, so my wounded heart arose
And for the first time since my youth I had a soul.

(CHORUS)
Where I am lost, then found

No, no, nobody returns, no one recovers
Nobody quite goes back to the way they were before
But the storm helps us learn, and we discover
How the writing on the wall becomes a door.

(CHORUS)
Where I am killed, then born

credits

from UNPLUGGED: A Survivor's Story in Scenes & Songs, released October 22, 2017
Maya Kuper: piano, vocals
Paul McComas: acoustic guitar, background vocals
Mike Holden: bass
Justin Marsh: drums
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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