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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

I used to dream that you'd become the dad I never had
Someone who'd look after me, come through when times were bad
A man to guard my mother's heart, complete our family
But you were only using her to get a stab at me.

CHORUS:
Your virtual virtue, your make-believe soul
Took vicious advantage in taking their toll
Your counterfeit conscience, your replica heart
Can wear me and tear me, but never apart!

With empathy and flattery, you stole my love and trust
Then you cashed them in, ground my dreams into the dust.
You got me drunk, defenses down, (and) pushed yourself inside.
I kept breathing, my heart kept beating, but something in me died.

(CHORUS)

Eight times more you cornered me, then vanished from our home
Knowing I had found the strength to make our secret known.
Someone tried to tell me that forgiveness is divine
Well, I will live, but not forgive; that liberty is mine.

(CHORUS)

Never, never, never, never apart!

credits

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